Join us Sunday, December 8 for Santa Cares Day in Columbia, MD! Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to our sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa at The Mall in Columbia.
If you'd like to reserve a complimentary ticket to this event, please visit our event page for more details.
For over 25 years, the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, has served individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and community by providing information, support, and advocacy; promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. Most recently, HCAS was selected as the 2019 Affiliate of the Year by the Autism Society of America from among 80 affiliates nationwide.
Nationally the prevalence of autism is now estimated at 1 in 59 births by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The overall rate in Maryland is about 1 in 50 and Howard County has the highest incidence of per capita in the state owing to the quality of its educational, support services and accepting community. With your support, we can continue over 3,400 individuals annually, providing critical services throughout the lifespan, raising awareness and educating the public about the complexities of autism. For more information, visit us online at www.howard-autism.org.”