The Journey from Struggle to Strength

Throughout the nation, parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities face many struggles navigating the array of information and service systems available to them.

A Huge Thank You!

Thank you so much to all who attended the Autism NOW DC Metropolitan Area Regional Summit in Beltsville, MD, on May 14th and 15th!

Behind the Scenes at the First Regional Summit

Thank you to all of the speakers, volunteers, and attendees that made the Autism Now Center’s first regional summit a success!

A View from the Podium

I had the pleasure of being the appointed emcee for the first Autism NOW Regional Summit held in Beltsville, Maryland.

Together We Can Do So Much

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” These words from Helen Keller found themselves in my head while I was reflecting on my experience as a volunteer at the Autism NOW DC Metropolitan Area Regional Summit.

Comments from Self-Advocates…

At the Autism NOW DC Regional Summit, the team from Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered had many opportunities to participate as attendees, speakers and panelists, and leaders for break-out sessions.

It’s a New Year – Now What?

The holiday decorations have been taken down; lots of money spent; and plenty of food eaten. Families have headed home, and personal resolutions have been made. Now, we at the Autism NOW Center ask ourselves “now what”? Is this year going to be the same as last year? Our answer is NO!

New Year’s Resolution – Let’s Do Something About Bullying

New Year’s Resolutions. What good are they unless you take action and actually do something about them? One of the hottest topics in the news this last year has been bullying.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Developmental Disabilities

Disasters and emergencies create challenges for all people; however, for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, emergencies may also present additional challenges to daily routines and to the ability to communicate with first responder teams.

Spread Some Awareness in Your World!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month thanks to a 1987 Presidential Proclamation which was the direct result of the efforts of The Arc and other organizations dedicated to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).