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

Grand Opening Party! @ Sandbox ABA
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Sandbox ABA was founded by Rebecca Ryan, M.Ed., BCBA in 2013 to bring high quality ABA therapy to families in the Austin area. In just a few short years we outgrew our little cottage and moved to Bee Cave Road to expand our services and better meet the needs of our clients. Services include direct ABA, group learning, parent training, camps, workshops, and more. Tour our new space and learn about our programs for kids ages infant to 18 while enjoying music and refreshments for the whole family.


Positive Toilet Training – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
Nov 9 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about positive potty training in children with autism and other special needs. This is a free presentation and training led by our Austin-based BCBA.

Childcare is provided! The schedule is as follows:

6:45 – 7:00 – Registration/Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 – Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A Session
8:15 – 8:30 – Closing

Please RSVP with Christina Westendorf via email to We look forward to hearing from you!

Futures Planning: Insurance and Special Needs Planning @ Sandbox ABA
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Sandbox ABA is excited to again host Jason Farrell of Farrell Financial. Jason has worked with over 1000 special needs families in the last few years. He is known for helping families navigate the rocky shoals of health insurance coverage. In addition, his practice focuses on finding long-term solutions to the financial concerns that keep them awake at night and to prepare them for both the expected and unknown future.

“Please Pay Attention” lecture at Big Sky Pediatric Therapy @ Big Sky Pediatric Therapy
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This lecture will feature Dr. Stephanie Paulos, neuropsychologist of Austin Neuropsychology, Michelle Curtis, speech therapist of Big Sky Pediatric Therapy and Caren Arnold, occupational therapist of Big Sky Pediatric Therapy.

We will be spotlighting 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.
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

Thursday, November 16th • 5pm – 7pm
Light snacks provided

Contact Dori Chappell at Big Sky Pediatric Therapy at 512.306.8007 or
9433 Bee Caves Rd B3 Ste. 101, Austin, TX 78733 •
Payment must be made in full to reserve your spot • No refunds • Space is limited

Inclusion Works! @ Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk
Feb 4 – Feb 6 all-day

The Inclusion Works! provides learning opportunities for parents, educators, and school administrators to improve skills in collaborating to educate students who qualify for Special Education services in the regular educational environment with supplementary aids and services. The ultimate goal is to offer families and school staff information and education about research-based practices so that eligible students are effectively prepared for further education, employment, and independent living according to the purposes of the I.D.E.A.

Recreation and Camps for Unique Kids @ Lamar Middle School
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This session will address recreation ideas for all ages and disabilities. A free printed copy of the Summer 2018 Camp Guide will be provided. Guest Speakers from City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.


Recent Posts

September Newsletter (9/1/2017) - So much going on in September. We have been busy assisting families and individuals affected by autism, and will continue to provide services and supports to those in need. You can also read about our San Antonio “Autism Walk in the Park”, First Responder Safety Day, and our 2nd Annual Autism Film Festival, AutFest Texas. […]
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 […]
Announcing Autism Society of Texas! (1/20/2017) -   We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of Central Texas is changing our name and expanding our service area, effective immediately, to the Autism Society of Texas.  We currently maintain priority program coverage for a twenty-four (24) county service area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet,  Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, […]
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 […]
Summer Safety Tips For Children On The Autism Spectrum Who Wander (7/29/2016) - Photo by Pixabay Summer is a great time for families to bond and have fun, but for parents of children on the autism spectrum, it can be a stressful time as well. Many kids on the spectrum have issues with wandering, and warm summer months can make that a little easier to do. There are […]
Free Coding Camp at Microsoft -Domain (6/1/2016) - We love our friends at the Microsoft Domain store! They are reserving a week of their free mini-camp for Autism Society of Central Texas! Parent or caregiver required to stay at store, but they are offering free computer classes for parents at the same time! (Excel, etc). Parents not required to participate in classes if you don’t want to! […]
Texas Autism Research and Resource Center Conference (5/17/2016) - 2016 Texas Autism Research Conference The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Texas Autism Research & Resource Center (TARRC) will host the 6th annual Texas Autism Research Conference, “New Insights: Research to Practice” on June 14-15, 2016. The conference program has been finalized and features two national keynote speakers: Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Ph.D., BCBA […]
May Newsletters (5/16/2016) - Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month & has lots of great information about Autism Society of Central Texas & community events as well!  Subscribe here. May Newsletter May Mid-Month News  
National Autism Awareness Month: School, Home, Community (4/1/2016) - Here at Autism Society of Central Texas, we are so excited about all of the fun things going on during National Autism Awareness Month! We have outlined below a few ways for you to help us spread awareness and acceptance about Autism throughout the month of April in your school, home, and community. School- Create […]
First Responder Autism Training Video (3/24/2016) - After a generous donor offered to support an autism training video for first responders, the Autism Society of Central Texas worked with Red Media Group, Chester Security, parents and individuals with autism to create a free training video for first responders. The video is 26 minutes long and includes information about autism to educate and inform various […]
Thrivent Financial: Special Needs Planning Seminar (12/30/2015) - Thrivent Financial is hosting a workshop for parents of special needs children on 1/9 at our office at 4902 Grover Ave, Austin, 78756. In this seminar on Special Needs Planning, you’ll learn: How to balance your present and future needs with your loved one’s present and future needs Steps to create and implement personal care, […]