Education


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

Feb
23
Thu
How a Special Needs Trust Works @ 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

You’ve heard of special needs trusts, but how do they work? What kind of distributions can you make from a Special Needs Trust to ensure a beneficiary isn’t disqualified from government benefits? Who should be the trustee of your Special Needs Trust? We’ll answer these questions and many more about the workings of a Special Needs Trust.

Hutto Autism Support Group @ Hutto United Methodist Church
Feb 23 @ 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.

Promoting Independence – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
Feb 23 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about promoting independence 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 austin@shapeofbehavior.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Feb
25
Sat
Creating school and home programs for children with sensory sensitivities @ Big Sky Pediatric Therapy
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the next course in our Sensory Workshop series. This interactive course is geared toward individuals that have a basic knowledge or experience with sensory integration. This is an intermediate course designed for parents, preschool and elementary teachers, and professionals in the community to expand their knowledge and understanding of sensory integration.

Course designed for School Directors, Pre-school/Elementary Educators, Professionals, Parents, Caretakers

• Review a variety of case studies for examples of children that benefit from a sensory home program or “sensory diet”
• Learn how to design a home program based on individual needs
• Learn how to implement your child’s sensory program in the home and community
• Learn how to design a sensory diet based on individual needs and classroom environment
• Learn how to better design your classroom environment for children’s sensory needs
• Learn sensory strategies to use in your classroom that can benefit all your students
• This course will be highly interactive and hands on

Sensory Sleuths – an intermediate workshop about Sensory Processing Disorder @ Big Sky Pediatric Therapy
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This interactive course is geared toward individuals that have a basic knowledge or experience with sensory integration. This is an intermediate course designed for parents, preschool and elementary teachers, and professionals in the community to expand their knowledge and understanding of sensory integration.

•Review a variety of case studies for examples of children that benefit from a sensory home program or “sensory diet”
•Learn how to design a home program based on individual needs
•Learn how to implement your child’s sensory program in the home and community
•Learn how to design a sensory diet based on individual needs and classroom environment
•Learn how to better design your classroom environment for children’s sensory needs
•Learn sensory strategies to use in your classroom that can benefit all your students
•This course will be highly interactive and hands on

Mar
4
Sat
Destination Life…Regional Transition Fair @ Round Rock High School
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Destination Life-Regional Transition Fair is for special education families and students with disabilities to prepare for life beyond high school including job training, continuing education, living options and more! It is hosted by AISD and 9 other area school districts. There will be over 75+ Booths and vendors providing valuable information. Speaker sessions in English and Spanish, as well as Spanish interpretation will be provided. Food available for purchase from Hat Creek Food Truck.

Representatives from: AISD Transition Team, Parent Engagement Support Office, ARCIL, Autism Society, Austin Community College, The Arc of Texas, Bluebonnet Trails, Austin-Travis County Integral Care, DADS, Concordia, U.T., Texas Workforce, Easter Seals, Gary Job Corps, Goodwill, Hill Country Stars, Marbridge, St. David’s, Adaptive Driving Program, Spectrum Autism Services,Texas Parent to Parent, Very Special Arts, Day Habilitation Centers, group homes, private providers,etc.

Some of the Break-out Sessions Topics:
• Guardianship and Alternatives
• Panel of Former Students Who Have Graduated
• Post-Secondary Options
• Living Options for People with Disabilities
• Star-Plus Program

Contact Information:
Renee Borders renee.borders@austinisd.org 512-414-6379
Claire Dixon claire.dixon@austinisd.org 512-414-5832 (Bilingual)
Kathy Palomo kathy.palomo@austinisd.org 512-414-5833

Link to flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B08ZlwqXHuPqYXlLWkh4RWMzTG8/view?usp=sharing

Link to Registration Form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zBnkA1KpzNq8kPspmrHIC4JKSFqOBW25PAVg2FtSkuY/edit?usp=sharing

Mar
23
Thu
Panel of Professional Advisor Meeting @ Autism Society of Texas
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We are excited to bring together a community of autism providers and professionals to advise and support the work of the Autism Society here in Central Texas. The primary interests and goals of this group are networking, sharing information and resources, developing collaborative programs and funding, and providing a local support group for our autism providers and professionals. We schedule meetings to network and discuss professional autism issues that may arise in our community. Please contact us if you’re interested in participating in this group.

Mar
30
Thu
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.

Apr
27
Thu
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.

 

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