There are thousands of support organizations and service providers for individuals
with autism and their families. Many of the support organizations offer searchable,
online services and supports databases. It is not our objective to duplicate these
or maintain a comprehensive list of service providers and supports. Rather, the purpose
of this page is to provide links to a few key resources within the State of Maryland
and to resources related to transition age issues.
Comprehensive Resources for Maryland Families
- Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) - The mission of ASAT is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about
autism and treatments for autism.
- Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) - MCIE is a nonprofit organization that works with schools, districts, and states
to improve instruction and the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood
- Maryland Learning Links - This site contains information for parents, educators, and service providers about
special education and early intervention in Maryland. Also, it provides lists of job
training, legal, and recreational resources.
- Maryland State Department of Education Specialized Services Branch - Staff in the
Specialized Services Branch administer the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Maryland. They provide training,
technical assistance, and monitoring for Autism Waiver service coordinators and providers.
- Pathfinders for Autism - Established in February of 2000, Pathfinders for Autism has grown into the State
of Maryland's largest autism organization dedicated to helping individuals, parents,
and professionals find resources, supports, and training. Personnel from their resource
center respond personally to phone and email inquiries with accurate, autism specific
information and resources. More than 1,200 autism service providers throughout Maryland
are included in their searchable, online database.
Recreational Services and Resources in Maryland
- Camp Greentop - This camp, located near Thurmont, Maryland, is run by The League for People with
Disabilities, a Baltimore nonprofit agency. Since 1927, The League has offered vocational,
rehabilitative, educational, medical, wellness, and social services to individuals
with disabilities. A variety of camp experiences for youth and adults with ASD are
available at Camp Greentop.
- Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor - Located near Chestertown, Maryland, Camp Fairlee Manor offers special summer camping
weeks for children and teens (ages 6-21) with ASD. A wide range of activities, including
arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, and fishing are offered to individuals,
depending on age and ability.
Transition Age Youth and Young Adult Resources
Autism Speaks: Adults with Autism - This page on the Autism Speaks website provides links to many resources with information
about transition, employment, education, and other adult autism issues.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) - This nonprofit organization is run by and for individuals with autism. ASAN is
involved in public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and
respect, quality of life oriented research, and the development of cultural activities
for individuals with autism.
Going to College - This interactive website is designed for high school students with disabilities,
their parents, and secondary school professionals. Through video clips and interactive
activities, it helps students learn more about themselves, how to prepare for college,
and what to expect once there.
Hussman Center for Adults with Autism - The center is a collaboration with Towson University's faculty and students to
develop programs that facilitate a reciprocal learning experience between young adults
on the autism spectrum and student mentors. Through the center, adults with autism
participate in social activities such as art classes, as well as specialized training
in areas such as language skills and personal fitness. Student mentors learn best
practices for working with adults with autism and many continue on to careers working
with individuals with autism.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - JAN is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department
of Labor. Consultants from JAN provide free and confidential advice on workplace accommodations
and disability employment issues. JAN does not help individuals find employment but
does provide information for job seekers.
Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood (PDF) - This guide, published by the Organization for Autism Research, Southwest Autism
Research and Resource Center, and Danya International, is designed as a starting point
for parents and educators as they look toward the transition of young adults with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).