RISE for Autism

Resources, Interventions, Support and

Education for individuals with Autism

News and Events

Plans for 2015

2015 promises to be an exciting year for RISE!  We remain committed to increasing understanding of Autism for families, educators, and related providers.  We will offer a variety of educational workshops and our annual conference promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

We will increase families' access to sensory-friendly events and outings by offering at least 4 events this year.  We are thrilled to announce that our grant program, which focuses on financially assisting families' with therapies and services not covered by insurance, will continue for 2015.  Look for applications in July!

We were so pleased with the gains made on the development of our Safety Project.  This program will target the reduction of cases of wandering and elopement in our area.  We cannot thank the AACo Police Department enough for their support and dedication to this project.   We will roll this program out at a "Family Fun Safety Day", it promises to change the face of safety in our county!

 Finally, we are excited to announce we will be hiring a Director this year!  The Director will focus on the creation of future service delivery program, in addition to managing many of the existing events, projects, and fundraisers. RISE hopes to offer a range of needed services to children, teens, and adults in the coming years. 

 We will continue to fundraise throughout the year to realize each of these initiatives.  RISE has grown more in the past few years than we could have imagined and it is largely in part to the generosity of our community sponsors.  We make it a point not to solicit funds from families impacted by Autism for these events, but just hope you will spread the word.  Event fundraising helps support workshops and conferences, family events (e.g. "Sensory Friendly" Santa), our grant and safety program, and future service programs. 



Did you know that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (3/26/2014)


  • Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior
  • Wandering occurs across all settings, under every type of adult supervision
  • Increased risks are associated with autism severity
  • Half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about wandering from a professional
  • Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes

In 2011, a study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network through the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings. According to the National Autism Association, in 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement. Sixty-eight percent of these deaths happened in a nearby pond, lake, creek or river.  

AWAARE - Autism Wandering Resources 2015


A safety initiative of the National Autism Association.

Upcoming Events

Michael Kors, Coach and Pandora Spring Bingo for AUTISM

Sunday, April 12th from 1-4pm

Severna Park Elks

Workshop 4.17.15

 Improving Programming for Toddlers through Teens with Autism Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies 

Presented by:
Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D

This 1-day workshop will utilize B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to provide a framework for assessing and programming for children with autism and related disorders. Dr. Barbera will give an overview of her book:  The Verbal Behavior Approach:  How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and will highlight several strategies that can be used immediately to begin to assess and teach children with autism. 

Join us for our Sensory Friendly Safety Fair



RISE for Autism Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, May 15th, 2015

RISE for Autism, Inc

550 M Ritchie Hwy, 138

Severna Park, MD 21146

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   April is Autism Awareness Month!!!!!!!

  Here is how you can get involved:

  • We invite local businesses to participate in our puzzle piece campaign. 
  • We invite local private and public schools to Dress Down for a Cause.

RISE for Autism 550 M Ritchie Hwy, #138 Severna Park, MD 21146 info@riseforautism.com