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:

CFMT and AST Presents: Autism Awareness Month Creative Celebration @ Center for Music Therapy, Inc.
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm

For Autism Awareness Month, the Center for Music Therapy is partnering with the Autism Society of Texas for Autism Awareness Month. As part of the festivities Center for Music Therapy and Autism Society of are coming together on April 24th at 6-7pm to Celebrate Autism and Creativity. This hour long event will have participants learn more about Autism Society of Texas and the resources they provide. Additionally, participants will make sensory objects to take home, and learn more about the benefits of music therapy.

Here is some more information about the Autism Society:

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership.

Brown Bag Learning Lunch @ Autism Society of Texas
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 Join Kristen Rakun for this month’s Brown Bag lunch!

Picky eating, meltdowns, teaching independence; these are daily challenges all parents face.  Parents often question, “Am I doing the right thing or in the right way?”.   There is no perfect answer but there are simple strategies that can help.  Spark Learning is a local behavior therapy center focused on helping parents and children navigate these challenges.

If you would like to attend in person, please email Caroline at  Otherwise, you can tune in on Facebook by clicking here:


Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders @ Impact Family Chiropractic
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am

Join Dr. Aaron Cain in an in-depth workshop that explores the connection between neuro-developmental disorders and the central nervous system. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how the brain and Neuro-Development work together and a clear direction on how to help your child’s nervous system become balanced and healthy again.

Teen Night at We Rock the Spectrum! @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We Rock the Spectrum – Austin LOVES our teenagers! Join us in a night of fun dedicated to our teen and tween audience (recommended age 12+). This is a night of inclusion so teens of ALL ABILITIES are welcomed. Admission fee will be donated to the non-profit My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation.

Lonestar LEND Conference: “Advocating for your Child, your Student, your Patient” @ Cooley Center- UTHealth
May 3 – May 4 all-day

Navigating the Road from Knowledge to Empowerment to Success
This two-day conference is designed to provide parents and professionals with the practical tools necessary to effectively advocate in academic, medical, legal and social settings on behalf of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and other intellectual/developmental disorders (ASD/IDDs).

Pathways to Adulthood @ Educational Development Center
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pathways to Adulthood is a FREE one-day seminar that will provide families and professionals with the information and tools needed to plan for a young adult’s life after high school. It is open to families whose children have a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs, and the professionals who work with them.
Topics Include:
*funding sources
*legal issues: guardianship and alternatives, estate planning
*school transition services & maximizing remaining school years
*medical transition
*opportunities for work
*ideas for establishing a positive family-run home
*building networks of support
*emotional obstacles parents face in planning
Participants will learn how to plan NOW for quality of life!
Facilitated By Rosemary Alexander, PhD. and Adriana Valadez
Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) Transition Team

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

Self-Care Retreat for Parents of Special Needs Kids @ Firefly Equestrian
Jun 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

As a parent of a special needs child, you need EXTRAORDINARY self-care. Join me and the stars of the show, my horses Scout and LJ, as we share an entire day of self-care, including horse learning and interaction, drumming/rhythm, a guided meditation and many tools you can take home to help both you and your children with stress.

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.


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