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The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers in the Departments of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, Human Development, Linguistics, Kinesiology, and Special Education at the University of Maryland.

Our goal is to advance the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children and adults, and to contribute to the development of effective treatments and interventions. Our research examines the social, cognitive, linguistic, and neural underpinnings of autism.

We are also hosting the Community-wide Learning about Autism Speaker Series: UMARC CLASS, a monthly lecture series for parents, professionals, and students in the community!


AAC Workshop 9/17

Barbara Delsack, MSPA-CCC will be leading a make-and-take AAC workshop as part of our UMARC CLASS on 9/17/16. During this workshop, you will create your own customized communication board to take home with you. The workshop will follow the morning UMARC CLASS (speaker series) by Eve Megargel, advocate for nonverbal autistic individuals and author of Learning to Kiss. The morning session runs from 10 am to 12 pm and the workshop will begin at 1:00 pm. Both will take place at the University of Maryland in Lefrak Hall, room 0135.

Pre-registration is required as well as a $20 fee for participation. Participation fee covers materials and software you will use to make a product to bring home. Registration ends Wednesday, 9/14.

Late registrants may be accommodated but are NOT guaranteed a spot. Please use the link below to register as soon as possible.

Workshop Registration Form

Social Skills Groups for Teens and UMD Students with Autism

The University of Maryland's Social Interaction Group Network for UMD students with Autism (SIGNA) is now accepting UMD students for our fall semester. For more information, please go to

Read all about SIGNA in the Supporting Terps with Autism article that was a Featured Story on the BSOS website!

UMARC also is announcing a new social skills group for teens being run by UMARC's associate director Kathy Dow-Burger! Kathy Dow-Burger will be working with speech-language pathology students at UMD to run the PEERS group starting this September. This program will be implemented within a 14-week period for 90-minutes each session (5-6:30 pm Mondays for parents & 5-6:30 pm Wednesdays for the teens). More information can be found here.

The word Autism in cut out magazine letters pinned to a cork notice board
"We are wonderfully DIFFERENT 
Autism is a journey that cannot be taken alone!
Join us in building hope and community!

 Back to School! Back to Learning, Fitness and Fun at OWCA!

Check out our New Programs for the

 2016-2017 School Year! 

We are pleased to announce
 Three New Programs at OWCA:
RISE (Realizing Individual Social Empowerment) Evening Transitional Youth Program
Registration Night - 9/27/16 at 6:30pm
Program Starts October 4th
"Our World, Our Time"- After School Enrichment Program - Tentative Registration Night October 3rd Tentative Start date October 10th
Please complete the interest form by clicking the link below