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.
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!
PEERS Registration for the Fall 2019 sessions is now open! Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
Research participation opportunities! Learn more here.
Autism Self Advocacy & Support Group: This group is for those with autism and for those who suspect they have autism. You do not need to be a University of Maryland student to attend. Contact Zach at email@example.com for more information. Specific times, dates, and topics can be found here.
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).