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, Special Education, and MAVRIC at the University of Maryland in College Park and, the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Social Work in Baltimore.
What we do:
We seek 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 also host the Community-wide Learning about Autism Speaker Series: UMARC CLASS, a monthly lecture series for parents, professionals, and students in the community!
Please see information below regarding resources for students during the COVID-19 outbreak and transition to distance learning:
All four episodes of the Fall 2019 podcast series are now live on Youtube and our website! Check them out and hear from four different groups on the importance of this topic!
Join us in September, October, and November 2019 to hear high school to higher education transition specialists, high school teams, parents and students talk about ways to make students' transition run more smoothly.
We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 UMD Teen PEERS sessions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out information about the UMD Autism Self Advocacy & Support Group here!
Check out our past events:
May 2019: UMARC hosted its first ADOS-2 training May 30-31 hosted by Dr. Rachel Hundley of Vanderbilt University. Keep an eye out here for more information about the second, upcoming ADOS-2 training in 2020 and check out some of the great photos from the past event!
February-April, 2019: All five webinars of UMARC's Webex Series, Four Pillars of Financial Planning for Special Needs Families, were launched! A recording of the Q&A podcast can also be found here.
November 13, 2018: The AZURE Sensory-Friendly Concert Series was held at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
November 5-9, 2018: UMARC's Kathy Dow-Burger shared social skills interventions and strategies that help children with Autism during the Parenting Autism Summit with Penny Williams Author and Guiding Exceptional Parents. Get access to full list of the topics and speakers here.
October 6, 2018: UMD Hearing and Speech students who volunteered at the Howard County Autism Society 5k walk/run at Centennial Park in Columbia, MD.
June 7-June 9, 2018: UMARC held the PEERS School-Based Training at the University of Maryland with Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.
On May 9th, UMARC and others were invited to sit on a panel organized by the Theta Nu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha about the transition from high school to college for individuals with autism. The panelists were Kathy Dow-Burger (Co-Director of UMARC), Zachary Tumlin (UMARC affiliate and Autistic self-advocate), Dr. JoAnn Hutchinson (Director of UMD's Accessiblity and Disability Service), and two people who have siblings with autism, including Jessica Nolasco (B.A.,Hearing and Speech Sciences, 2017).