Build Employment Skills Now

Obtaining meaningful employment that allows our children to be self-sustaining is a fundamental goal for any parent to support. For parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) however there are many additional barriers that must be overcome


Going to College

Going to College, a web site for high school students with disabilities, helps students prepare for college. It provides video clips, activities, and


Howard Work-Study Program Prepares Students for Next Step

At 19, Craig Knill has a varied work experience. Over the past four years, he has worked for libraries, at bookstores as a custodian and as a clerical worker in the offices of the Howard County Council.


Howard Community College Offers Workshop on Self-Advocacy

A workshop last week at Howard Community College focused on self-advocacy — a means of enabling people, particularly those with developmental disabilities, to speak up and communicate their needs.


Project SEARCH Job Training Program

Howard County Launches Project SEARCH to Help Transition Interns with Disabilities to the Workplace


New Pathways Program at Howard Community College

The Disability Support Services (DSS) office at Howard Community College is pleased to announce that a new program to provide additional educational support for individuals on the autism spectrum will be offered starting this spring semester.


A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

One’s transition to adulthood is more than a chronological age. It is a time of increased independence, responsibility, and accomplishment. Why, then, should adulthood for the person with an autism spectrum disorder be viewed any differently? The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) publishes A Guide for Transition to Adulthood, part of the OAR Life Journey Through Autism series.


Executive Ulman Launches Effort to Assist Youth with Disabilities in Transition from School to Workforce and Post-Secondary Education

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has launched an initiative to assist youth with disabilities in their transition from secondary education to the workforce and to more advanced training. County Executive Ulman has created the Howard County Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, through an executive order. The Transition Council is comprised of 35 members who will oversee strategic recommendations, developed by an earlier workgroup created by the Howard County Public School System, that explored ways to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.



Transition Planning Manual

The transition from school to adulthood requires careful planning. The Transition Planning Manual written by Parents for Parents for the Howard County Autism Society provides important information on the parent’s role, self-determination, high school, college, representation portfolios, social security (SSI and SSDI), health care, relationships and sexuality, and transportation.  Transition Manual_HCAS


Transition Planning

The Maryland State Department of Education and the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities offer helpful articles on transition, college, employment services, health care, transportation, and more.