Join usMarch 12 & 13 2022for the premiere ofS'mores Wars&One Star Resort, LIVE & IN PERSON!
First, join us on Sweet Retreat Isle for theS'mores Warscompetition! Reigning champion, Flamin' Roger, and his group of campfire friends will be coaching and cheering on a team of new competitors, each hoping to secure a win. Mix in a goofy airport crew, campfire songs, and WAY too much baggage for a laugh-out-loud adventure from start to finish! Ready? Set. S'mores!
Up next, what happens when a seemingly "great deal" dream island getaway turns into a vacation nightmare? You wind up at aOne Star Resortcomplete with a bumpy shuttle service, a vegan restaurant, and a janky maintenance man named Steve. That's right. Steve. Brace for impact!
Advertise or purchase a commemorative shoutoutin Barrier-Free's program forS'mores Wars&One Star Resort,debuting March 12 & 13 at McDaniel College Alumni Hall Theater. Your ad will be included in our full color program and isestimated to reach 1000+ audience membersacross three performances.
February 13 - 19-Glory Days in Sykesville, MDwill donate10% of the WHOLE week's sales (alcohol included). Make sure to ask your server for a copy of the ITEMIZED RECEIPT (not the charge card receipt) to bring back to Barrier-Free.
Receipts can be delivered to Barrier-Free staff at any program or mailed to 7520 Main St #103 Sykesville, MD 21784.
This is the FINAL opportunity to help fund our Inclusive Theater Company prop, costume, and set budget!
Don’t forget to share on social media!
Spring/Summer Classes Now Enrolling!
All Spring & Summer classes will be offeredIN-PERSON. Please check class details for the location.
BUNDLE & SAVE- click “Learn More” on any class.
Currently Barrier-Free is not offering any virtual programming.
Find Your Creative Voice! During this eight-week course, participants will gain confidence in their own voice through singalongs, music games, and songwriting workshops, culminating in an original song written by the whole group and recorded during rehearsals.
Join us for an 8-week class for neurodiverse adults ages 18+ where we talk about it all! We'll cover everything from the social nuances of dating and navigating relationships to sexual education, consent, and appropriate ways to communicate.
Barrier-Free’s beloved summer class is back for ANOTHER round of acting fun! During the course of this 8-week class, participants will learn and engage in the basics of character-based improv and sketch comedy.
This 8-week class will encourage individuals to practice various physical & drama skills - coordination, balance, and nonverbal communication - through lots of fun activities and exercises. These activities will include anything from a football toss to hip-hop dancing - something to keep everyone engaged and excited!
"Autism masking is precisely what it sounds like- camouflaging your autism traits to fit in."
Learn more aboutautism maskingand hear first-hand from Emily Wachter, as she shares her experience with learning to unmask and how she has improved her self-identity.
Purple Bucket Campaign
Annually in March, Barrier-Free hosts our largest direct donation campaign of the year, lovingly called “The Purple Bucket Campaign.”
The purple bucket is anod to the early daysof Barrier-Free where folks may remember their change being made out of plastic bucket. Last year, we raised $8530 in support of Barrier-Free and this year we are aiming higher!
Barrier-Free is seeking donors planning to contribute amounts of $1000 or greater who want to double their impact by becoming purple bucket campaign matchers.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a campaign matcher, please reach out to us by March 1, 2022.
Towson University Autism Advocacy Basketball Games
Men's Basketball vs. Elon - Sunday, Feb 12 at 2pm
Women's Basketball vs. College of Charleston - Sunday, Feb 20 at 2pm
The Towson University Men's and Women's basketball teams are excited to host the upcoming Autism Advocacy basketball games at SECU Arena. Both teams are doing well this season, so let's support them as they chase their goals to win the conference title.
As part of the Autism community, you have access to discounted tickets ($5 off/ticket) for both games.Click on the link to purchase tickets. Promo code for both games is ADVOCACY.
Governor Larry Hogan's Virtual Listening Tour Launches
TheGovernor's Office of Community Initiatives is kicking off a series of "The State of Autism" listening sessions in all Maryland counties, starting with Howard County on Feb. 8. Sessions led by State Autism Coordinator, Katie Gandy, will be held in the other counties and Baltimore City twice weekly through May 5. The Office of Community Initiatives seeks to engage and learn from stakeholders as it builds a strategic plan to provide better resources for Maryland families. Let your voice be heard!
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by an Awesome Foundation grant from the Hey Westminster project
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