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:

DFW Autism Conference @ Hurst Conference Center
Feb 1 @ 7:45 am – Feb 2 @ 4:45 am
DFW Autism Conference @ Hurst Conference Center

The 2018 DFW Autism Conference brings together experts for two days of training that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for those with autism and special needs, their families, caregivers and professionals working with them. The presentations will cover areas of behavioral and developmental therapies/strategies and family issues. It is presented for Educators, Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Caretakers, Parents and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for individuals living with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD and other learning disabilities.

Flyer for more info: FEATNT 2018 Conference Flyer_Front

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.

Grandparents and Guardians Support Group @ Austin ISD, Covington Middle School
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Austin Independent School District supports grandparents, kincare and foster families whose child is receiving special education and 504 accomodations. Parenting someone else’s child is different than parenting your own children. The Grandparents & Guardians Support meetings will provide you with comfort, information and coaching to help ease your journey. Join us for a year of emotional support, education, training, ideas & resources. Open to all in the community.

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.

February Brown Bag: How We Piece the Autism Puzzle Together: Social Skills, Patience, and Love @ Autism Society of Texas
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for our Brown Bag Learning Lunch in February.

April T Giauque is the mother of 9 children 5 of which have special needs: 4 with Autism, 2 who are Deaf, and 1 of her deaf children has Autism.  April has her Masters degree in Special Education. Educationally, April is a Keynote speaker, presenter, and trains teachers in how to implement social skill strategies, transition skills, as well as independent living skills, and employment skills to support students who are on the Autism Spectrum. Currently, April is a Transition teacher at Texas School for the Deaf in the 18+ ACCESS program and lives near Austin Texas with her large family.
How We Piece the Autism Puzzle Together: Social Skills, Patience, and Love.
If you would like to attend in person, please email Caroline to RSVP:  Or, you can live stream from home by watching on Facebook live here.
“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.

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.

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.


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