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Howard County Autism Society Inc

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Columbia, MD
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Howard County Autism Society Inc

EIN: 52-1857721


Mission

The Howard County Autism Society serves individuals on the autism spectrum throughout the lifespan, their families, and communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Melissa W Rosenberg

Main address

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 308

Columbia, MD 21046 USA

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EIN

52-1857721

Subject area info

Autism

Population served info

Adults

Families

Parents

People with disabilities

People with physical disabilities

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Autism (G84)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Howard County Autism Society serves individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, and their communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. We believe that there is a place for every person with autism in our world—a place of value and a place of worth. Much of the work undertaken by our organization is directed toward raising awareness and educating the general public about the complexities of ASD. We believe that once people better understand autism, they are better able to welcome and support people living with autism into the greater community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Support Groups

Meet bi-monthly either virtually or at the Howard County Autism Society, 9770 Patuxent Woods Road, Columbia, MD. These are designed for parents and family members to connect, find resources, and support one another. Led by our Family Navigator or other facilitator.

Population(s) Served
Families

Throughout the year, the Howard County Autism Society hosts several social gatherings for its members and families. Whether winter (indoor) or summer
(outdoor) pool party, the fall picnic, the annual walk or gala, monthly movies, or any other of our activities, we encourage families to come out and join the fun. There are many families with similar stories and experiences to share. Be part of an exciting, welcoming, and understanding community!

Population(s) Served
Families
People with physical disabilities

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) receives a Community Service Partnership (CSP) grant from the Howard County Department of Citizen Services to provide special education advocacy and familial support for students with special education needs. Services include one-to-one assistance and information on special education issues; one-to-one assistance on special
education law and how it applies to personal circumstances; workshops and seminars on special education topics of interest; and a web-based special
education news center. In addition, the multi-faceted delivery of services and specialized support will assist speakers of limited English, specifically the Spanish and Korean populations.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Families

Howard County families who have loved ones with autism may soon breathe a little easier knowing that county 911 operators and first responders are already "in the know” when called to an emergency. By giving residents the
option to voluntarily "flag” their address in the system, the 911 Call Center will have first-hand knowledge that an individual with autism resides at a given address and that he or she may be nonverbal, oversensitive to sirens, unaware of danger, prone to elope, or exhibit other note-worthy behaviors. This information will be forwarded to first responders prior to their arrival on the scene.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

The Howard County Autism Society advocates on behalf of individuals with autism and their families on the local, state and national level to improve quality of life and make communities more inclusive of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. HCAS works to protect the rights of, and secure resources and services for, people with autism and their families through strategic partnerships and with the Howard County Public School System, local and state government agencies, like-minded organizations, local businesses and the community in general.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Offers expert speakers each month on an array of topics from transition and adulthood to new diagnosis, behaviors and IEP. Check our events calendar at www.howard-autism.org for a current schedule.

Population(s) Served
Parents

A social group for independent adults with ASD ages 24+. Meets weekly, usually on Saturdays, either at HCAS or out in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

HCAS is here to support individuals with ASD and their families by offering information, resources and referral to a variety of services including educational, medical, mental health, employment supports, social/fitness activities, adult services, benefits, and much more.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with disabilities

Our Family Navigator supports individuals and families with autism who are also facing additional challenges such as utility bills, food insecurities, housing, employment, domestic violence concerns, and other needs, navigating them to appropriate services.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

2019 Affiliate of the Year - Autism Society of America 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes visitors to our main website which now includes a Spanish language page and translates into over 120 other languages.

Number of Social Events for Autism Community and Attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Related Program

Social Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During 2023 we offered 101 Social Events (pool parties, potlucks, picnics, Drive-Thru Santa, Adult Social Group) and 62 Fitness Activities (yoga and fitness nights). All were provided at no cost.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes Autistic people throughout the lifespan, their families, and professional served by providing resources, social events, workshops, support groups, meetings and trainings.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Goes beyond our membership to include individuals with Autism, families, educators and community partners, donors, businesses and other supporters

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes individuals who call via phone, email us, reach out via social media or schedule in-person visits during which we can provide support and resources - in both English and Spanish.

Hours of support group services offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Four groups for Family Members and Caregivers: General Family Support Group Adult Sibling Support Group Latino Parent Support Group

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Educate individuals with ASD, their families, professionals and community members through information, support meetings, workshops and conferences.
2. Implement advocacy efforts meant to protect the rights and dignity of people with ASD; secure resources and services for persons with ASD and their families; raise awareness of ASD in the greater community.
3. Build and maintain strong partnerships with local and state-wide organizations and agencies that enhance community and make it more inclusive of individuals with ASD and their families.
4. Support individuals with ASD throughout the lifespan by providing assistance, guidance and programs that evolve over a person’s lifetime,
5. Continue to build the infrastructure of the organization to enhance the organization’s ability to support a diverse membership and maintain resources required for effective and professional operation.

In fall 2017, the organization's Board of Directors, together with its Executive Director, spent several months mapping out a Strategic Plan to guide the organization over the next five years.

The organization goals listed above represent the five major areas outlined in that plan and represent both ongoing, updated and new goals for the organization in its quest to support the growing population of individuals with ASD in our area. The goals align with the Core Services & Outcomes of the Autism Society of America, our national affiliate, and reflect the current issues facing individuals with ASD throughout the lifespan and their families.

Each of the goals listed has a its own set of strategies, a road map for its achievement and clear path for assessment.

The Board reviews progress towards these goals at each of its bi-monthly meetings throughout the year to ascertain progress, allow for the flexibility of tweaking the plan, and always to move ahead.

The Howard County Autism Society is a well-respected nonprofit organization whose efforts to support individuals with ASD and their families have made it a model of inclusion for communities across the nation.

Created, inspired and powered by loving parents helping their children and others with autism, the organization has continued to raise awareness and educate the public about the complexities of ASD for over 25 years. Its pioneering work included creation of one of the first Autism Resource Centers, extensive advocacy with the local school system, early training for first responders, free special education advocacy for families, growing work on transition and employment services, social events for families that prevent isolation, and expanding services to address the aging population of adults with autism.

Our executive director is a seasoned nonprofit manager who has brought a new sense of professionalism and community outreach to the organization.

We are expanding our staff to meet the growing needs of the autism community. In July 2018, we added a P/T Family Navigator, a trained social worker, to assist those individuals with autism and families who have a child with autism and are also facing additional challenges. This may include homelessness, inadequate food, assistance with utilities, unemployment, assistance navigating disability support services, need for respite care assistance, mental health supports and any other area where assistance is needed.

In fall 2019, we will be hiring a part-time Program Coordinator to assist in diversifying and sustaining our programs be they support groups, social activities or educational meetings. The person in this position will have a background in ABA/OT/Education and can facilitate programs and outreach to an increasingly diverse community of individuals with ASD and their families.

To date we have reviewed three of the five goals in-depth. Examples of progress achieved includes:
EDUCATION:
• Updated resource book and website resources
• Updated listings of Transition and Adult resources
• Updated brochure in English, Spanish and Korean

ADVOCACY
• Meetings with Special Education Staff, Interim SE Director and SE Liaison - Local School System
• Participation on SE Strategic Planning Process - Local School System
• Multiple Presentations to schools, faith-based groups, civic organizations on autism

PARTNERSHIPS
• Partnered cross-disability with groups on legislative breakfast, workshops, symposiums
• Cultivating new connections with disability, arts, and corporate groups
• Working with other autism groups -- locally and nationally -- on advocacy and educational efforts

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

Howard County Autism Society Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Howard County Autism Society 2020 Financial Review 2020 - HCAS 2019 Financial Review for HCAS - 2019
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12.02

Average of 41.38 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10

Average of 15.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Howard County Autism Society Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Howard County Autism Society Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Howard County Autism Society Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Howard County Autism Society Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $46,289 $41,893 $80,155 $129,968 $73,368
As % of expenses 17.0% 15.5% 28.9% 40.7% 16.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $46,289 $41,893 $79,113 $128,286 $71,453
As % of expenses 17.0% 15.5% 28.4% 40.0% 15.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $319,143 $311,854 $357,322 $448,956 $528,603
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.3% -2.3% 14.6% 25.6% 17.7%
Program services revenue 4.0% 2.9% 1.2% 0.5% 0.6%
Membership dues 1.4% 1.0% 0.8% 0.5% 0.3%
Investment income 0.7% 1.7% 3.4% 2.5% -3.7%
Government grants 33.9% 29.9% 39.4% 26.4% 38.7%
All other grants and contributions 60.1% 64.5% 55.2% 66.1% 64.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $272,854 $269,777 $277,167 $318,988 $455,235
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.6% -1.1% 2.7% 15.1% 42.7%
Personnel 26.9% 35.7% 38.8% 36.1% 29.6%
Professional fees 6.2% 6.2% 6.9% 5.8% 15.7%
Occupancy 3.2% 3.4% 3.6% 3.1% 2.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 63.7% 54.6% 50.6% 54.9% 52.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $272,854 $269,777 $278,209 $320,670 $457,150
One month of savings $22,738 $22,481 $23,097 $26,582 $37,936
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $3,240 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $295,592 $292,258 $301,306 $350,492 $495,086

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.6 16.8 21.4 21.2 10.0
Months of cash and investments 14.6 16.8 21.4 21.2 14.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.7 16.7 19.5 21.7 17.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $331,392 $378,364 $493,166 $562,410 $381,088
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $175,772
Receivables $7,447 $0 $24,527 $20,250 $111,811
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,574 $1,236 $7,486 $9,490 $10,484
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 30.4% 28.7% 44.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.4% 2.7% 13.3% 1.3% 7.8%
Unrestricted net assets $333,988 $375,881 $454,994 $583,280 $654,733
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $333,988 $375,881 $454,994 $583,280 $654,733

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Melissa W Rosenberg

Melissa joined the HCAS staff in December 2016, a nonprofit specialist with over 15 years of experience in grant writing, fundraising, community outreach and arts management. She is welcomes the opportunity to work with the HCAS board, volunteers and community partners to move the organization forward and offer additional opportunities for meaningful employment, independent living, friendships, arts experiences, social interactions, respect, inclusion and acceptance for individuals on the spectrum. Melissa received an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Howard County.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Howard County Autism Society Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Howard County Autism Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.