Sunday, June 24, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bowie Baysox Game to Benefit Special Hockey!

Friday, June 22nd is the Hockey 4 Hope/Autism Awareness and ASHA (American Special Hockey Association) Night with the Bowie Baysox baseball club.

These special tickets are only $7 each for box seats close to the field and money raised will go toward funding the 2nd Annual Special Hockey Holiday Classic in Laurel over the holiday break this year.

My son Jack plays with the Montgomery Cheetahs, one of the special hockey teams that benefits from this event. You have to get tickets from me (not the box office) for the special rate and for the proceeds to benefit the Holiday Classic. My family will be at the game and would love to meet you.

The game starts at 7:05pm and is held at Prince George's Stadium (4101 Crain Highway) in Bowie. If you want to go, email me at and I'll find a way to get tickets to you!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of June 11, 2012

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Tuesday, June 12:

Webinar: How to Date Like a Pro

COPAA Webinar: Transition: Supporting Students with Executive Functioning Deficits

Wednesday, June 13:

Navigating the Special Education Process (Baltimore)

XMinds End-of-the-School Year Dinner and Celebration

Thursday, June 14:

COPAA Webinar: Understanding Your Rights and Why They Matter

Saturday, June 16:

Sensory Friendly Film: Madagascar 3

Sunday, June 17:

Parent R.A.P.S. Support Group Meeting


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Autism NOW June 2012 Webinars

Autism NOW will hold two more webinars this June on the topics of dating and apps.

June 12, 2-3pm EST: How To Date Like a Pro—Katherine McLaughlin and Max Barrows will lead an honest discussion on how to date like a pro and learn about positive sexual and romantic relationships. Register online.

June 19, 2-3pm EST: Apps for Autism: The Apps That Can Make a Difference and Why—Shannon Des Roches Rosa and Corina Lynn Becker will lead this presentation on iPads as well as useful apps for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Register online.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Event Summary for the Week of June 4, 2012

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week, as well as those coming up!

Monday, June 4:

BounceU Sensory Bounce Time

Tuesday, June 5:

COPAA Webinar: Obtaining High Quality Transition Services in the Face of a Myriad of Obstacles

Transition Advocacy Program Presentation

Wednesday, June 6:

COPAA Webinar: 2011 Annual Case Law Review

Workshop: Title II Disability Benefits Including SSDI

Saturday, June 9:

Pasos Al Futuro


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Pasos Al Futuro

Junio 9 y Julio 7, 12:30-3 p.m.—Asistiendo a miembros de la Comunidad Hispana con discapacidades del desarrollo y a sus familias dándoles la oportunidad de compartir expierncias, e información sobre recursos y apoyos disponibles10611 Tenbrook Dr., Silver Spring. Ofrecido por el Arc de Montgomery County, Asha Clark, 301-984-5777, ext. 1246,

June 9 and July 7, 12:30-3 p.m.—Support group assists members of the Hispanic community with developmental disabilities and family members by providing the opportunity to share their stories and information about resources and available supports. 10611 Tenbrook Dr., Silver Spring. Sponsored by the Arc of Montgomery County, Asha Clark, 301-984-5777, ext. 1246,

CARD's 12th Annual Autism Conference

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute will hold its 12th Annual Autism Conference, Understanding Autism: Finding Hope, Possibilities, and Solutions, on October 25-26.

 This two-day conference will address a wide range of topics, including early identification and intervention, education, employment, behavior, communication, research, social skills, evidence-based interventions and other across the entire lifespan.

Cost for the conference varies based on when you register and in what capacity. The fee schedule is available online, as is the conference schedule.

You can register online for the conference, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2004 Greenspring Drive) in Timonium.

Upcoming Trainings at Kennedy Krieger Institute

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute will host a series of free trainings for parents and professionals this summer and fall.

All trainings will take place in the 3rd floor large conference room of the Creamer Building at 3901 Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore.

Register online for the free trainings or call Stacey Duvall at 443-923-7680.

June 13, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Navigating the Special Education Process—Rachel E. Stafford, Esq. will present at this training intended to help families and clinicians understand the special education process and rights available under federal and state law. In addition to discussing the special education process, the presentation will briefly discuss recent developments in Maryland law and pending legislative initiatives.

June 25, 9:30-11 a.m.: Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where Do I Go From Here?—Clinical social worker Cathy Groschan will lead this discussion and take your questions about getting a diagnosis, finding services, the education system and more. This is an introductory training for parents.

July 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: What's So Important About Joint Attention?—Speech-language pathologist Jennifer Sharpless will lead this talk about joint attention milestones in typical development and how joint attention is a pivotal skill for language, social, and play development. Strategies for enhancing a child's joint attention will be presented.

September 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Play with a Purpose: Being an Effective Play Partner to Your Child—Parents and caregivers will learn how to join and expand their child's play to promote higher levels of engagement and learning.

Friday, June 1, 2012

XMinds End-of-the-School Year Dinner and Celebration

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will host an Extraordinary Parents' Night and Dinner to celebrate the end of the school year on June 13 from 7-9 p.m.

Celebrate the end of the school year (hallelujah!) with dinner and conversation with other parents who have children on the autism spectrum. Dinner will be provided at this free event, although donations are welcome. This is an adult only event.

Registration is required to make sure there is enough food. Register online or call 301-444-5225.

The dinner will take place at Rockville Memorial Library (21 Maryland Avenue) in Rockville.

Title II Disability Benefits Including SSDI

There will be a joint Transition Times and MC Trans meeting about Title II Disability Benefits Including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on June 6 from 7-9 p.m.

Maedi Tanham Carney, CFP, of M&L Special Need Planning will present at the meeting. This workshop is about SSDI, not SSI. This program is for families who already have a strong understanding of SSI/Medicaid and who have a child with disabilities who is thinking of going to work or who is already working.

For reservations or with questions, contact Reda Sheinberg at 301-385-5889 or; Haydee M. M. De Paula at 301-984-5777 x1275 or; or Abby Lubran at 301-365-0561 or

The meeting will take place at The Arc Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street) in Rockville.

Transition Advocacy Program Presentation

The Treatment and Learning Centers will host a presentation about their Transition Advocacy Program on June 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The goal of the Transition Advocacy Program is to support adults with disabilities seeking a more independent lifestyle through greater success in employment, education, and community integration.

The presentation will take place at 2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, in Rockville. To RSVP, call Sarah Bretz at 240-813-6903 or email