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

Savings: how much do I need? What are the best tools? Is a 529-ABLE account a good option? @ 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway
Mar 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Many people with a child with special needs are concerned and want to know how much savings is needed to ensure their child is cared for a lifetime. Learn from how much savings and social security your child will require in order to support them for a lifetime. Learn more about the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” Act of 2014. Is an ABLE account right for your family? Where and how do you set one up? We’ll break it down and provide ABLE Act resources.

Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Meet parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum and discuss common issues and challenges.

Texas Autism Advocacy Day @ 1100 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
Apr 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm


Please join the Autism Society of Texas, Autism Speaks, Easterseals, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Texans for Special Education Reform, Texas Parent to Parent, and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, as we spend the morning discussing legislative issues affecting children and adults with autism, and their families. We’ll also hear from Texas legislators. Following issues & advocacy training, we will a have complimentary lunch. In the afternoon we will visit with legislators or their staff.

No advocacy experience is required and we would love to have as many attendees as possible! During legislative visits in the afternoon, if you are not comfortable communicating with legislators or their staff we will assign you to a group with an appointed spokesperson.

The schedule details and meeting room within the Capitol are being finalized. Once we have them we will email all registered participants with this information. There is no cost to participate in this event and lunch is included.

The event is free but please register so we can plan for complimentary lunch and legislative visits.


Parking: Inexpensive parking is available in the Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage. It is located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

For questions about the event, please email Jacquie Benestante at or call

(512) 479-4199.

ABCs of ABA @ ABA Today
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am
ABCs of ABA @ ABA Today

In partnership with the Autism Society of Texas a free ABCs of ABA workshop will be provided for parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning ABA strategies. This training is hands-on with break outs to practice prompting, reinforcement, and shaping strategies. It is intended for individuals with children/students ages birth to 12. It is a great starting point for individuals to learn about ABA and gain a foundation in basic strategies.

RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Rany at

Event Flyer:


Putting it all Together: The 10 Important Steps to Take to Build a Fortress of Protection for your Child. @ 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway
Apr 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Do you ever go to a seminar thinking you will go away with all the answers only to feel even more overwhelmed when you leave? This session reviews everything we have discussed over the past year. We will review the 10 most important and manageable steps you will need to take to build a fortress of protection for your child.

Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Meet parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum and discuss common issues and challenges.

Residential Choices: Central Texas’s Best Options @ 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway
May 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Central Texas’s best options for residential choices. This year, we will bring even more options together that will allow you to determine which ones may fit your family’s specific needs. This session is not only for those currently deciding on residential options, but for those who are planning years in advance. Come and network at this well attended event.

Preparing for the Future – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
May 18 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to discuss how to help children with autism and other special needs to prepare for the future. 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!

Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Meet parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum and discuss common issues and challenges.

Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Jun 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church | Hutto | Texas | United States

Meet parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum and discuss common issues and challenges.


Recent Posts

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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.
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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  
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Dr. Vince Carbone: Teaching Communication Skills Workshop (10/3/2015) - Central Texas Autism Center presents Dr. Vince Carbone, BCBA-D 2-day workshop, “Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities” on November 3-4, 2015.  For all ages and levels of learners- non-vocal to near conversational! Learn the Verbal Behavior Approach to teaching communication and establishing instructional control. Recommended for parents, teachers, Behavior Analysts, […]
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