For those living with autism, related different abilities and community members with whom we share our world!

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We serve:



Children and Youth with Autism and related developmental differences


Families and Caregivers



Community Members with whom we share our world!

We at Spectrum of Hope provide health, wellness and community services guided by our hearts, experiences, culture and unity to cultivate hope and wisdom!


Our Purpose:

To help those living with autism, related different abilities and our community realize their greatest sense of well-being by securing opportunities and experiences that build hope, health, and happiness!

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Our Impact as a Social Purpose Entity

Identification and Outreach:

Spectrum of Hope seeks to develop a knowledgeable community of multi-disciplinary professionals who identify or assist in the identification of children and youth with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and who make timely referrals for support and services.


Linkages to Support:

Spectrum of Hope with like-minded community partners seeks to grow an informed and diverse community of individuals living with or providing services to those living with autism who are able to easily access educational, medical, therapeutics and social supports over the life-span.


Greater Hope, Health and Wellbeing:

Ultimately, We aim to foster a diverse community of caregivers and family members living with autism and related developmental differences who are able to realize a greater and sustained sense of well-being as evidenced by self-reported levels of stress and community involvement.





What is a Social Purpose Entity?


“A Social Purpose Entity is a company whose enduring reason for being is to create a better world. It is an engine for good, creating social benefits by the very act of conducting business. Its growth is a positive force in society.”

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Our Services

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Autism Diagnostic and Special Needs Medical Consultations

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Family Guidance

Caregiver Support and Enrichment

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Community Education, Professional Development and Consulting

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Medical Consultations

  • Autism Spectrum Diagnostic and Medical Consultations for children and youth showing signs of Autism or with a diagnosis of Autism


  • Special Needs and Medical Consultations for Students of Educational Entities and Clients of Community Organizations




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Family/ Caregiver Support and Enrichment

  • Family & Caregiver Guidance / Care Coordination


  • MAMAS (Mothering Authentically, Mindfully and Aware of Self)-Mothers & Female Caregiver Support and Enrichment


  • Linkage to the Father Support Group - Dadvocates.





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Community Education

& Consulting

  • PGSNIPS-Prince George's Special Needs Identification Physician Support Program:

an outreach program for healthcare providers in partnership with the Prince George's County Health Department

  • Autism/ Special Needs Workshops/ Trainings
  • ASD/Special Needs/ Medical Community Consulting and Advocacy


Contact: Rhonda Mitchell at RLMitchell@co.pg.md.us

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead,

Meet our Team

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Rhonda MItchell

Community Outreach Specialist and Physician Liaison, Prince George's County Health Department

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Andrea Gonzalez

Bilingual Referral Intake COOrdinator

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Brenda Reed, CNA

Certfied Nurse Assistant, Practice Manager, Guide and Mother of child with Autism

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Dr. Abila Tazanu, M.D.

Pediatrician and Autism/ Special Needs Medical Consultant, Mother of children with Autism

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Dr. Abila Tazanu, M.D.

Abila is a pediatrician with greater than 20 years of health and community service provision. She is a mother of five inspiring adult children, three of whom have autism and related co-existing emotional concerns. She serves as Spectrum's Lead Medical Guide/ Consultant where she pursues her passion for enhancing the lives of those living with ASD and related different abilities; while enriching the communities in which we live!


Abila received her B.S. in Microbiology and her Doctorate of Medicine from Howard University in Washington, D.C through an accelerated B.S.- M.D. Program. She then completed her pediatric residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital/ University of Virginia. A native of Washington, D.C. , raised by parents who immigrated from West Africa and the Caribbean, she now resides in Maryland. Her cultural background and personal struggles to identify and support her own children created the vision for the One World Center for Autism, Inc. (a non-profit) where she served as director for 14 years.


Her drive to give hope and genuine support continues to fuel her passion to help individuals living with autism and related special needs in a more focused and holistic manner. Her vision is to create a standard of centralized comprehensive medical care and linkages to therapeutic interventions for all individuals on the spectrum which incorporates family support, individual support and community awareness.



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Brenda Reed, C.N.A.


Brenda is a Certified Nursing Assistant and mother of an amazing son with autism. She is a deeply caring, honest and knowledgeable guide and coordinator. Brenda uses her lived experience to serve as our Practice Manager and Family Support Guide. She is the inspiration behind our name "Spectrum of Hope"


brenda@spectrum-hope.com

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Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea is a compassionate bilingual medical assistant and certified community health worker with over five years of experience in fast-paced positions. She is committed to helping community members improve wellness through hands-on support and education. She is an amazing mom of four children, one of whom is diagnosed with autism. She is also incredibly passionate about helping others on their journey and is able to truly relate. She is eager to share her knowledge of resources with families and all she serves.


andrea@spectrum-hope.com

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Rhonda Mitchell

Rhonda is a dedicated community coordinator of the Prince George's County Health Department who is purposeful and insightful about creating community connections that enrich those with developmental differences and the professionals who support them. She has built connections with greater than 200 pediatric providers which have increased the awareness and implementation of developmental screening in Prince George's County Maryland. Rhonda serves as our Community Outreach Specialist and Physician Liaison.


rlmitchell@co.pg.md.us

Meet our Partners!

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Autism and related different abilities place us on a journey that can not be taken alone.


Whether we live with or serve those with with different abilities, we must build connections that help us all realize our greatest potential as a community. We are grateful to have these community partners with whom we can support children, youth, families and ourselves as service providers!

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Request to speak to a member of our team!


Complete an inquiry form by scanning the QR code above or clicking the Link below!



Click Here: Inquiry Form

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Contact Us!


Main Phone: 301-375-0940


Fax: 301-882-9732



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Email Us!


English:

Brenda@spectrum-hope.com


Spanish (Español):

Andrea@spectrum-hope.com


Community Outreach and Services:

rlmitchell@co.pg.md.us


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How to Prepare for your Appointment

Please complete you initial visit form prior to your child's/ youth's visit!

Scan the QR Code below to complete the form or go to:



Click Here: Initial Visit Form

  • If you are a NEW patient for our Autism Specialist, we asked that you check-in no later than 40 minutes prior to your appointment time for insurance verification and completion of appropriate forms/surveys/questionnaires.


  • If you are an ESTABLISHED patient of our Autism Specialist, please check-in 30 minutes prior to your visit with our Autism Specialist for insurance verification and/or completion of appropriate forms, surveys and/or questionnaires.


  • When you are meeting with the Autism Specialist please plan and expect to spend up to 2 (two) hours.


  • If you are 15 minutes late for an Autism Specialist visit, your appointment may be rescheduled to the next available appointment or converted to a smaller more focused concern or task.

Spectrum of Hope and our Participation with Health Insurance

Spectrum of Hope is seeking participation in the following insurance networks. Once participation is approved, we will be happy to confirm current appointments and schedule new ones. As we expand, we will consider joining additional networks.










If you have any questions about coverage for your child's or youth's visit, please contact: Brenda@spectrum-hope.com

Health insurance
  • Aetna-accepting patients
  • Aetna Better Health-accepting patients
  • Cigna-accepting patients
  • Care First/ Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Priority Partners