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You Finally Received the Waiver, Now What?! Information for New Enrollees

The Maryland Autism Waiver is a home and community-based services (Medicaid) waiver for children with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will help newly enrolled families understand what they can and should expect from the autism waiver. 

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Finding Resources: For Newly Diagnosed Families

Welcome to our community of families living with autism in Howard County. The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) provides support, fellowship, and resources.

As you learn more about your child’s diagnosis, here are a few resources to help you navigate the system. We know it can be overwhelming at first, but remember we are here to help.


Psychiatrists Unveil Plain English Guide to DSM

By Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News
May 5, 2015

As mental health professionals, policymakers and advocates focus on taking steps to mend the fragmented mental health care system, the role of patients and their friends and families is sometimes overlooked.

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Do Autistic Kids Fare Better in Integrated or Specialized Schools?

The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.


Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

A Parent’s Guide to to Applied Behavior Analysis is an informational is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.


Autism Insurance in Maryland

Autism Treatment Covered Under Maryland’s Habilitative Services Mandate


Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Results from the High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium

Younger siblings of children with and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at increased risk for developing ASD


Online Video To Help Physicians, Parents Recognize Early Signs Of Autism Released To Maryland Pediatricians

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced today that a first-of-its-kind, free online video tutorial on early autism recognition will be distributed to member pediatricians throughout the state.


Understanding the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism

The 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will be published in May 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). There has been considerable concern from the autism community about the changes in the diagnosis of autism and related disorders, and the implications of those proposed changes. This article presents a very brief overview of the fundamental changes.


Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary program serving children, families, and professionals in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) community. CARD combines research, clinical service, a therapeutic day program, and training programs to unlock the potential of children