Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

​APPS (Autism Program Planning Success for Employment)

The APPS Assessment assists individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders with self-determination and employment readiness skills.  The program, which is offered at the Workforce & Technology Center in northeast Baltimore, includes:

  • Small group, interactive learning sessions that focus on:
    • Self-determination
    • Self-advocacy
    • Decision making
    • Career interests and skills
    • Job exploration
    • Work expectations & responsibilities
    • Employer expectations
    • Employee responsibilities
    • Job readiness

Program requirements:

  • Documentation of an autism spectrum disorder
  • Completion of high school requirements
  • An interview with program staff prior
  • Ability to participate in all APPS programs and community activities with little supervision.

Pathways

Pathways provides educational support services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  The DORS Pathways program is a collaboration between DORS and two- and four-year colleges throughout the state. Students participating in Pathways enroll in credit/certificate classes and register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) at their college. DORS Pathways coordinator works with the students, their families and DORS Counselors, as well as the DSS staff and faculty at the college.

Program Includes:

  • Adjustment to college life
  • Career guidance, counseling and exploration activities
  • Assessment services 
  • Employment and communication skills
  • Individual and group sessions

Program Requirements:

  • Have a documented diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
  • Have a DORS Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that supports college as part of a vocational plan. 
  • Register with the Disability Support Services program at the college. 
  • Attend weekly group sessions.  Students must schedule their classes around this standing appointment.

Driver Education

DORS Workforce & Technology Center offers customized driver education for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

6 APPs students and a cardboard cutout of Johnny Depp in the lobby of a movie theater.

The APPS program includes worksite visits in the community, such as this class visit to the AMC 14 movie theaters in Columbia.

Three students and an instructor in a classroom. Two students are seated; the instructor and a student are standing.

College students with autism spectrum disorder receive on campus guidance through Pathways. They meet regularly with the Pathways Program Coordinator and participate in a Social Skills group.

Two men sitting at a table with papers on it and an Autism Awareness banner behind them.

Pathways Program Coordinators are available at:

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC),
Howard Community College, and Montgomery College. Four students (three male and one female) and an instructor standing along a wall, smiling.

Pathways Coordinators: help students access on campus supports, communicate with professors to make sure students are staying current with assignments, and provide ongoing support so students can be successful in college.