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The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland is pleased to announce that a limited number of $150 camp scholarships are now available for 2017 for individuals with autism (under 21 years old) in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.
The camp scholarship may be applied to any summer camp of your choice for an amount up to $150.00 (one camp scholarship per family, please).
To apply, please click on the Google Form to complete the application and submit proof of your child’s autism disability (such as the front page of your child’s IEP, or a professional diagnosis on letterhead) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Autism Spectrum Support Group of SOMD, PO Box 2162, California, MD, 20619. All information submitted is confidential. Your application will not be considered complete until proof of disability is provided.
Application deadline is May 15, 2017. Scholarship awards are “first come, first served” and are time-stamped upon receipt of both the form and proof of disability. Applicants will be informed of a decision by June 1, 2017.
Have questions? Want to meet other parents of children with ASD? Freaking out about your child’s IEP? We are “Families helping families!”
Our next Support Group meeting is Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at THE COFFEE QUARTER (22576 MacArthur Blvd #336, California, MD 20619). See you there!
Please note that Support Group meetings will be held at the CQ on the third Wednesday of the month until further notice.
Hear ye, Hear ye! It’s Autism Awareness Month and the festivities are about to commence!
On Saturday, April 8 join the Noble Knights and Fair Ladies of Personalized Therapy, LLC, at a royal gathering to “Raise Awareness Day & Knight!” Squires and pages, ladies and maidens, and their families will enjoy activities including games, crafts, bounce houses, their FAMOUS silent auction and dessert auction filled with treasures worthy of any dragon, vendors and magical service providers, a buffet fit for royalty, and more!
Join the fun and festivities from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Bollywood Masala Taphouse 1637 at 23418 Three Notch Road, California, MD (across from the Wildewood Shopping Center). Assisting in the pageantry will be area organizations that provide information and resources about autism spectrum disorders and related supports for families.
Adventurous knights and fair damsels can then rock out and dine out on Saturday, April 22 with friends and family at the Annual “Rock Out for Autism!” This yearly gathering of great local and regional bands will be held at the Olde Town Pub at 22785 Washington Street in Leonardtown, MD from noon until very late! A portion of the food and drink sales will be donated, so eat and drink like a king!
Proceeds from both events will be donated to local 501(C)(3) organizations that provide support to individuals and families impacted by autism.
These 10th Annual Autism Awareness Day events are generously sponsored by Personalized Therapy, LLC, Olde Town Pub, and the Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland.
You’ve seen the news reports – a tragic story of a child who has wandered, a teen who is misunderstood, a person who is uncomprehending in a dangerous situation. How many of these situations could have been avoided?
Many have recognized that more must be done to train law enforcement and first responders to effectively deal with individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our loved ones with autism also need training on how to interact without fear, to recognize that a first responder can be of help, and that self-advocacy is necessary in protecting themselves from harm. Families also want to ensure that in dangerous situations, first responders have all the information they need to understand and support individuals with disabilities, and want to share that information in a proactive way.
In 2017 we are partnering with Pathfinders for Autism to welcome police officers, firefighters and other first responders at three Southern Maryland training events in Understanding Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which is MPCTC, Corrections, and MEIMSS Certified state-mandated instruction for Law Enforcement and First Responders.
We are also partnering with Pathfinders and ARC of Southern Maryland to teach our teens and adults (aged 13 and older) positive ways to interact with the law or first responders, so they understand what is happening in confrontational or dangerous situations, even as they want to be understood in return. We welcome them to come watch BE SAFE The Movie and learn from Pathfinders how to interact effectively!
Join Us on Wednesday May 17, 2017 in Prince Frederick!
6:00 – 8:30 pm – BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening
Join Us on Thursday June 8, 2017 in St. Mary’s City!
12:00 – 4:00 pm – Understanding Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
6:00 – 8:30 pm – BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening
All training is free and all materials are provided. To register, please go to our Law Enforcement Training page or our BE SAFE Interactive Screening page! You can register online using the Google Forms or contact us to register!
NOTE: If you can’t make the dates listed here for “Understanding Autism,” consider attending the MPCTC class in Sykesville on June 22, 2017! Here is the link to that event: http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/news/view/502
We are also expanding the information we are providing about wandering/elopment, safety in emergencies, and voluntary registration for individuals with disabilities or medical fragility on local, regional and national databases in order for emergency personnel to support them in times of crisis. Please check out that information by going HERE!
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT
We believe that a supportive community should be an informed community. Family members and caregivers of individuals with special needs, special education teachers and para-educators, behaviorists, therapists, adult services staff, school administrators and transition specialists, medical providers, and other concerned professionals are welcome to observe the Certified Law Enforcement/First Responder Training. Limited space is available for observing BE SAFE Interactive Training. Please contact us at (240) 561-8860 in advance of attending either event to find out if space is available. Donations to support the costs related to hosting any of these training events is welcome and gratefully accepted.
Contact us at 240-561-8860 or email email@example.com if you have any questions!
Rick Lavoie — The Motivation Breakthrough: Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child – IS SOLD OUT!!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Doors Open at 8:15 am
Conference 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department
46900 South Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland will hold its first Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Nicolletti’s Pizza in California, MD.
This meeting will take the place of our regular Support Group Meeting.
Join us for Pizza and socializing from 6:30 – 7:15 pm.
The Annual Meeting will commence at 7:15 pm and will conclude by 8:30pm.
The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to conduct such business that may come before the Membership, including a review of our accomplishments and presentation of our Annual Report, any discussion related to our By-Laws, future plans for the organization, and so on.
This meeting is open to the public.
In addition, for 2016 and subsequent even years, we are required to hold elections for our Board of Directors. With this notice we are formally calling for nominations to the Board. Qualification follows.
Only Members of the Support Group who meet the following two criteria shall be allowed to vote in Board elections.
- Family/Caregiver: Parents or caregivers of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, including foster parents and state- or court-appointed caregivers.
- Individual: Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, including those who are self-diagnosed, and who — for the purposes of voting — are at least 18 years of age.
Quorum at the Annual Meeting shall be constituted by the Members present at the Meeting. Members shall complete a Membership application at the Meeting if one isn’t already on file. We have many forms of Membership, including for teachers and professionals, and all individuals with a connection to autism or to social/pragmatic communication disorders are invited to be Members. Only the two categories of Members listed above have voting privileges for Board elections, however.
As this is our first election, we are requesting that Members vote in person or by proxy only; please contact us if you wish to complete a proxy form.
We are formally calling for nominations to the Board of Directors. Each elected Director shall agree to serve a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2016. At least five Directors shall be elected. More Board Members may be elected depending upon the number of nominations.
Each elected Director shall be a Member of the Support Group. In addition, each Director shall meet the following qualifications:
- Directors shall support the purpose statement of our Support Group as outlined in Article II of our By-Laws.
- Directors shall live in or have a professional or historical connection with the Southern Maryland region (Calvert, Charles, and/or St. Mary’s Counties).
- Elected Directors should have a connection to the autism community; that is, each Director shall be (i) a person with an autism spectrum disorder, or (ii) a family member or caregiver of a person with an autism spectrum disorder.
For a full explanation of Director and Executive Officer duties, classifications of Membership, and other information about us, please see our By-Laws.
Nomination for anyone who meets the above qualifications shall be made and sent to Terri Griest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are so inclined may self-nominate. Anyone nominated or recruited who wishes to serve shall be placed on the ballot. Directors shall be elected by simple majority. For the full voting procedures please see our By-Laws.
Nominations will be accepted by email, phone, mail, or in person to Terri through 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
The selection of Board Members to our Executive Committee will follow at a Summer Board meeting within thirty days of our Annual Meeting. The Board shall meet as a whole at least twice a year. Our Executive Committee meets at least four times a year.
Your current Board of Directors (Terri, Tracie, Missy, June, and Toni) are a temporary Board who began working together in 2013 on attaining formal nonprofit status. We agreed to serve for the purposes of initial organization of our Support Group. All of us have had involvement with our Support Group for a much longer time, especially Terri, who has been involved with this as a labor of love since 2002. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. We hope you will attend our first Annual Meeting – this organization does not exist without the support of our wonderful Members!
See you on June 15th at Nicolletti’s Pizza!
Mail registration for parents and family members of individuals with disabilities for Rick Lavoie — The Motivation Breakthrough: Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child is now open! Please print the conference flyer (Rick Lavoie Conference 2016 FINAL flyer), fill in the registration form on page 2, and send the form with your check to the address provided.
Online and phone registration for parents and family members of individuals with disabilities for Rick Lavoie — The Motivation Breakthrough: Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child will open soon! Watch this space for updates.
Registration for professionals who work with individuals with disabilities as well as ongoing registration for parents and family members of individuals with disabilities begins September 10, 2016.
The YouthFirst lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is conducting a study researching how adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders understand and interpret interview questions about mental health. If your child has ASD and is between the ages of 12 and 18, and speaks English, he or she may be eligible. Please contact Camille Wilson at 240-257-3089 or email@example.com. Click here for the pdf flyer: SIPS ASD flyer 05202015.
This month’s Support Group meeting will be held
May 18, 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at
22741 Three Notch Rd., California, MD 20619
Join us for our regular monthly Support Group meeting!
The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland meets monthly to offer support and share information among parents and caregivers of children with ASDs.
The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland Meeting meets 6:30-8:30 p.m., currently at Nicolletti’s Pizza, 22741 Three Notch Rd., California, MD 20619.
The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland is made up of families helping families. Its purpose is to support families impacted by ASD, educate families and members of the community on issues related to ASD, raise public and professional awareness of ASD, work in partnership with other organizations to inform and educate families and community members about issues related to ASD, and advocate on behalf of people with ASD.
Registration information for Rick Lavoie — The Motivation Breakthrough:
Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child will be available here soon!