The Autism Society is committed to educating people about autism and various interventions.  In addition to families who live with autism every day, we also work to help members of the community understand the disorder.  We can send written material on a wide variety of autism-related topics and, with enough lead time, provide speakers.  We also make a point to inform our constituents about trainings, workshops, and presentations around the region.  As resources allow, we sponsor educational programs and offer scholarships so that parents can attend conferences.  We are always looking for ways to collaborate on educational initiatives.

Upcoming Events

VELA Courses @ VELA
Jan 30 – May 10 all-day

VELA offers free Autism, Special Education in the Schools Course, Self-Care Course, case management, and support groups for parents who have children with special needs. All services are free and provided in English or Spanish. You can see the courses on the web calendar:

“Please Pay Attention” – a workshop focused on ADHD @ Big Sky Pediatric Therapy
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This lecture will spotlight Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how it impacts the elementary school aged child. Combining the expertise and perspective of three community professionals, we will focus on the components of ADHD and executive functioning, and provide strategies for parents and teachers.

During the lecture we will address:

· Terminology pertaining to ADHD and Executive Functioning

· How ADHD is diagnosed and the components of executive functioning

· The neuroanatomy behind ADHD and executive functioning deficits

· What a child with ADHD/executive functioning deficits is entitled to in the public school setting and the typical accommodations often recommended

· How ADHD can impact a child’s language skills and social interactions

· The difference between sensory processing and ADHD

· Different strategies that you can implement into your child’s everyday life to set them up for success

When – Saturday, February 24th • 9am – 12pm

Where – Big Sky Pediatric Therapy 9433 Bee Caves Rd B3 Ste. 101, Austin, TX 78733
Cost – $65.00
Light snacks provided


Contact Big Sky Pediatric Therapy at 512.306.8007 or
Payment must be made in full to reserve your spot • No refunds • Space is limited

**Please note, this lecture is NOT a certified CPE course. However, we are happy to give a certification of completion to anyone who requests.

THRIVE Parent Group @ American Legion -Charles Johnson House
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thrive Parent Group meets at the same time as Young Adult meeting in the same place. Drop off your young adult and meet with like minded parents and have the conversations that have been on your mind;
How do I meet parents like myself;
How do I navigate these new waters with my kid out of school
How do I help my kid find friends,
How do I navigate the legal and govt code with disabilities and get the resources i need
How I can I find my kid housing, employment and much more etc.

Also, as parents, what is next for me, what are my goals, what do I need to move forward powerfully in my life!

Contact Suzyn, the meeting coordinator, for questions 512-767-0788

Destination…LIFE! Regional Transition Fair @ Round Rock High School
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Event to help prepare and support students with disabilities and their families for life beyond high school. Hosted by nine area school districts. Information about job training, post-secondary education, living options and other resources.

CTAC’s First Annual Verbal Behavior Conference @ University of Texas Commons Learning Center
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – Apr 6 @ 4:30 pm

For the first time, three of the top experts in the field of Verbal Behavior will be presenting in one conference! Earn 12 BACB Type 2 CE’s with Dr. Mark Sundberg (author of the VBMAPP), Dr. Vince Carbone (Director of the Carbone Clinic) and Dr. Patrick McGreevy (author of Essential For Living.)

Music Therapy and Autism @ John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science
Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm

Join us at the Health Museum in Houston, Texas for a lecture by Veronica Butler, MSed, LMT, CIMI, MT-BC, of the Music Therapy Center of Houston. The lecture will be demonstrating the positive uses of music therapy in homes with Autism. The lecture will be from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM and open to all ages. Admission to the museum and lecture will be free and includes entry to our newest exhibit, Biorhythm. Although the lecture is open to the public, we highly encourage pre-registration.

Texas Autism Research Conference: “New Insights–Research to Practice” @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day

Keynote speeches and breakout sessions on a variety of topics including the following:
• Early identification, screening, and diagnosis
• Innovative intervention, treatments, and supports for children
• Innovative intervention, treatments, and supports for adults
• Efficacy and cost-efficiency of Applied Behavior Analysis
• Transition to Adulthood
• Functional Behavior Management
• Social Language Development
Full conference program to be complete by March 1

Autism Society of America National Confernece @ To be announced
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day

Enjoy sessions looking to the future of autism that will explore issues like how success should be measured, what innovations will change the quality of life for those with autism in the coming years, how to navigate programs, services and support systems throughout the lifespan and how to advocate for effective public policy followed by a day on Capitol Hill for all conference attendees.

World Autism Organisation Congress @ Marriott Marquis Hotel
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

Historically, 1200 -1500 people attend the WAO international congresses, most of which boast over 120 speakers, an extensive range of poster presentations, as well as educational and informative exhibitions. All these contributions culminate in a far-reaching and beneficial impact for the people of the surrounding communities, a perfect platform for networking, fellowship and enjoyable socialising amongst all delegates, as well as provide a vital catalyst for knowledge enhancement across the globe.
Check the website regularly for more information.


Recent Posts

February Mid-Month Updates! (2/16/2018) - Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Austin Marathon, numerous support groups, our Friends & Family Happy Hour and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.  
January News (1/18/2018) - Check out our January newsletters for events & activities. January Newsletter January Mid-Month Updates  
December Mid-Month News (12/20/2017) - Read our December mid-month newsletter here! It’s packed with information & events! Not getting the newsletter? Subscribe here.
December News (12/12/2017) -  Read the entire December newsletter here!  Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month! Don’t miss out on what’s going on! You can subscribe here.
November News (11/5/2017) - Read all about AutFest Texas, the free surf therapy event with “A Walk on Water”, a recap of our San Antonio Walk in the Park, and more! So much happening this month! Read the newsletter here.  
AutFest TX Honorary Guest, Lindsey Nebeker (10/27/2017) - We are thrilled to announce our Honorary Host, Lindsey Nebeker, featured in the documentary “Autism In Love” which will be shown at AutFest Texas on November 12, 2017 at Alamo Drafthouse.  Lindsey will be joining us as a panelist for our women and autism discussion. About Lindsey: Lindsey is a Development Specialist at the Autism […]
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Texas Tribune Festival: Stipends & Discount Code (8/1/2017) - From The Texas Tribune Festival Organizers: The seventh-annual Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event taking place Sept. 22-24 on the University of Texas at Austin campus. For people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans, the Festival brings together more than 250 of the biggest names in politics […]
June News (6/2/2017) - The June newsletter is packed full of information! We’re starting a new group for girls with autism, and a run club for individuals with autism and their families! We also have an Access-Austin interest meeting this month (adult vocational program), and our First Responder Morning on June 11th which is a free event for kids […]
May News (5/30/2017) -          To read about what’s going on in May click below: May Newsletter May Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
April Newsletter & April Mid-Month News (4/5/2017) - The April mid-month newsletter is out! See what’s happening the last two weeks of April!  Read it here. Read all about what’s happening at the Autism Society of Texas in April! We are grateful to have numerous partnerships with local businesses, excited about our upcoming Talent Show, and can’t wait for our Texas Autism Advocacy Day […]
Autism Awareness Month Newsletter: Everything You Need to Know! (3/24/2017) - Read our special edition Autism Awareness Newsletter here. April is right around the corner! At the Autism Society of Texas, we’re excited to promote not only awareness, but also acceptance, for everyone affected by autism. We have many events happening throughout the month, including City Proclamations declaring Autism Awareness Month, fundraisers at Chuy’s, Kendra Scott, Cookie […]
April Is Autism Awareness Month! (3/23/2017) - Autism Awareness Month is on the horizon! Are you looking to spread awareness and acceptance during National Autism Awareness Month? Here are some fun ways to get involved and help celebrate throughout the month of April! Here is a short list of 30+ things to do for autism in 30 days- April 2017 Attend Crossfit […]
February News (2/28/2017) - Check out our February newsletter and mid-month updates!  Read about events and happenings for adults and kids with autism, as well as their families or caregivers. February Newsletter February Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Brown Bag Learning Lunch Series (1/24/2017) - In January we started a new monthly series, the Brown Bag Learning Lunch.  Join us at our office (or watch live on Facebook), as we discuss different issues affecting individuals and families with autism. Feel free to bring your lunch with you as you hear from local experts. Check out the upcoming events below.  For […]
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Free Parent Training for Military Families (1/6/2017) - Free training for current & retired military families- 5 week course begins next week. (1/9/17 week). Training Details · Training is provided via online modules and videoconferencing with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level · The curriculum lasts 5-weeks and parents should expect to spend about 30 minutes on independent work and 1 hour with […]
Welcome, Zak Van Voorhees! (11/1/2016) - We are excited to announce that Zak Van Voorhees has joined our team as Employment Coach for our new adult vocational program, Access-Austin! Zak is excited to join the Autism Society of Central Texas!  For the last several years he has had an incredible amount of diversity in his work experience, but in every role […]
Access-Austin: Expanding Opportunities for Adults with Autism- Still Taking Clients (9/1/2016) - On September 1st at the Austin City Council meeting, the Autism Society of Central Texas was approved for a Social Services & Capacity Building grant through Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department! We are beyond thrilled that with this generous grant, and we can now provide even more services to our local adult autism […]
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