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September News

Our September newsletter is out! Get your early bird ticket to our Jingle & Mingle party, enter our art & photography contest, and read about upcoming events!

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Jingle & Mingle Art & Photography Contest

For Jingle & Mingle tickets, sponsorships, volunteering & details, please go to the event webpage for information!

WHO: The 2019 Jingle & Mingle Photo and Art Contest, benefiting Autism Society of Texas, is open to autistic photographers and artists, as well as those with a connection to autism. 

WHAT: 

Photography: We are looking for original, striking images by autistic artists, or their friends and family, that will be donated to Autism Society of Texas to be in an online silent auction that continues at the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party on November 15th. These images may reflect a range of topics and subjects.  We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings of Texas. Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description, as well as the name of the person who took the photo and their connection to autism. These photos will be enlarged for display and be part of the online silent auction at the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party on November 15, 2019.

Art: We are looking for original artwork that will be donated to Autism Society of Texas, and auctioned at the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party. Each artwork submission must be accompanied by a brief description, including dimensions of the artwork, (and frame dimensions if included in the donation), as well as the name of the artist and their connection to autism.

All entries must be:

  • The original work of the entrant
  • Non-infringing of the rights of others
  • Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted

Professional artists & photographers who donate photography or art may be recognized on social media with a link to their website or contact information, if provided to us. We can also provide a tax letter for in-kind art and photography donations, which are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

WHEN: All entries must be submitted digitally by 11:59pm US CST, Sunday, October 20th 2019. Judging for the Photo and Art Contest takes place on Oct. 21st & Oct. 22nd. Winners will be notified on or before October 23rd. We will make arrangements to get artwork at that time. The winning entries will be displayed and auctioned in our silent auction at the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party on November 15, 2019 at Greater Goods Coffee Roasters in East Austin. We regret due to limited space we cannot accept all submissions.

HOW: Up to 2 photographs and 2 pieces of art may be submitted per person. Please send digital images of artwork and photography during judging period. Winners will be notified and we will make arrangements to get the original artwork. (We will print photos from digital images, so photos do not need to be brought to our office). Entries may be entered by emailing digital files to abby@texasautismsociety.org.

FILE REQUIREMENTS: Digital images or scans may be emailed. The Autism Society of Texas cannot be responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected entries, or for faulty uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention, or technical malfunctions.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged on originality, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the piece may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final. We have limited display space and regret we are unable to take all submissions.

WINNING ENTRIES: We will recognize the top 3 entries, (1st, 2nd, 3rd place), at the event and on social media. With the artist’s consent, we will also include a short biography of each artist that created the winning 3 entries in an article that will be on our website and newsletter. All entries may be used by the Autism Society of Texas in printed publications, on any Autism Society of Texas web asset, in a slideshow, or in any other media, provided that all uses are accompanied by appropriate attribution to the artist. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs and art. The Autism Society of Texas holds copyright to the collection of photos and artwork that constitute the Autism Society of Texas Photo and Art Contest. The Autism Society of Texas shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, winner eligibility.

LEGAL CONDITIONS: By entering the contest, you must agree to the 2019 Autism-Society-of-Texas-Photo-and-Art-Contest-Legal-Conditions. Entry of photographs and art into the contest implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.

Copyright: By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and art and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images and art you submit may be used in printed publications, on the Autism Society websites (including texasautismsociety.org and http://www.autism-society.org), in a slideshow and screensaver, may be uploaded on the Autism Society’s social media channels, or in any other media, provided that you are afforded appropriate attribution as the photographer or artist.

For questions regarding the 2019 Jingle & Mingle Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest, please contact Abby Rodgers at abby@texasautismsociety.org.

August News

Our August newsletter is out! Read about our upcoming pool party, save the date for the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party, and check out our monthly support groups!

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Get the Autism CARES Act Passed in the Senate!

Breaking news! The Autism CARES Act passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on 7/24/19 & will move to the U.S. Senate! Please contact Senator Cornyn & Senator Cruz and ask them to support the Autism CARES Act, (S.427). 

EMAIL OUR SENATORS HERE!

You can also call them at (202) 224-3121.

Read the full statement on passage of the Autism CARES Act in the U.S. House from Autism Society of America here.

About the Autism CARES Act:

The Autism CARES Act (CARES stands for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) provides critical funding for support, research, and education. It will expire on September 30, 2019 if not reauthorized before that date.

This law does the following:

•Increases the federal government’s response to the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with autism

•Expands & coordinates existing federal efforts including:

  • Research being conducted within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Surveillance and awareness activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Professional development and research into evidence-based interventions at the Health, Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) ensures all federal agencies are coordinating their efforts, sharing information, and obtaining input from people on the autism spectrum and family members as well as other outside experts

You can read more here on Autism Society of America’s website, and TAKE ACTION by emailing our Texas U.S. Senators and Representatives at the link below!

SEND AN EMAIL NOW!

Please help to make a difference! Get the Autism CARES Act reauthorized before September 30th! Thank you!

July News

Find out what’s happening this month! From Autism Awareness Night with the Round Rock Express, to a yogurt family social with our El Paso chapter, and multiple support groups, there’s a lot going on!

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Preparing for July 4th!

Watch the Autism Society of Texas on Spectrum News Austin here to see tips on celebrating July 4th and see our suggestions below!

Preparing for July 4th!

1.Plan something that will work for your loved one with autism! Consider what you think your child or teen can handle & pick your activity accordingly. Take into consideration bedtime, crowds, loud noises, and think about what your options are. A family picnic or neighborhood parade might be more enjoyable than fireworks. Also consider watching fireworks from a distance if your child is noise-sensitive!

2. Prepare for the activity! Set your loved one up for success! Whether it’s a parade or fireworks (or both!) discuss it, but more importantly, make a simple story about the activity that explains the who/what/when/where of your activity, and how that will impact the child or teen and what they can do in the situation. The story should have simple descriptions and pictures. Include any fun parts of the day as well as potential scary things and what the individual can do if they feel scared or overwhelmed. How can they take a break? Do they know how to communicate that? You can google pictures from past events if it’s an annual activity like a local fireworks display or a parade. If there’s any videos from past years, show the video too!

3. Bring items to help with sensory issues. Noise reducing or noise canceling headphones can be a life-saver. Try them at home first and make sure your loved one knows they can wear them if needed. Older children, teens and adults may be fine wearing ear plugs. Include this in your story! If light-sensitivity is an issue, offer sunglasses.

4. Bring electronic devices, toys & snacks! Bring things to do and warn about the wait if there will be one! Bring snacks, toys, and activities to do while waiting! Include this in your story! Make sure electronic devices are charged, and if the person uses one for communication, practice how they will let you know if they need a break or need to leave.

5. Have an escape route & pick your location wisely!  If you’re doing something that has the potential to be overwhelming, discuss in advance (with other adults attending) how you’re going to remove your child from the situation if things don’t go well. Decide in advance who will leave with the child. You may also want to sit somewhere that is easy to exit from. For kids who are really high energy pick somewhere your child can run or jump around while waiting for the activity.

6. Don’t be afraid to try new things! With preparation and practice, you can accomplish more & more! Over time your loved one with autism may become more comfortable with events and celebrations. When you provide sensory accommodations, breaks, and an exit strategy, it will make your loved one feel less anxious about trying the activity so they can enjoy the fun along with everyone else!

June News
Check out what’s happening in June, including welcoming our new Executive Director, events, support groups, and more! Read the June newsletter here.
Federal Action Alert: Autism CARES Reauthorization Act

The Autism CARES Act (CARES stands for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) provides critical funding for support, research, and education. It will expire on September 30, 2019 if not reauthorized before that date.  

This law does the following:

•Increases the federal government’s response to the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with autism

•Expands & coordinates existing federal efforts including:

  • Research being conducted within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Surveillance and awareness activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Professional development and research into evidence-based interventions at the Health, Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) ensures all federal agencies are coordinating their efforts, sharing information, and obtaining input from people on the autism spectrum and family members as well as other outside experts

You can read more here on Autism Society of America’s website, and TAKE ACTION by emailing our Texas U.S. Senators and Representatives at the link below!

SEND AN EMAIL NOW!

Please help to make a difference! Get the Autism CARES Act reauthorized before September 30th! Thank you!

May Mid-Month News

Check out what’s happening in the last half of May!  Read the newsletter here.

Hunter Hinze Fund Accepting Applications!

The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting applications from May 1st-May 31, 2019. The Hunter Hinze Fund helps autistic adults live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition throughout adulthood. The fund was launched by Dr. J.D. and Kathy Hinze, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Texas to honor the memory of their son, Hunter.

It is their wish that these funds be used for:

•services and supports that would provide autonomy, skill development; or

•a sense of purpose that promotes self-sufficiency and fosters independence.

Grants are available for individuals 18 years and older who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and live Texas. You can read more about the fund here and find the applications here:

Apply Here: English

Aplicar aquí: Español

Thank you to the Hinze family and so many of you that generously donated to the fund. You have made this possible. The fund takes donations on an ongoing basis.

If you’d like to make a gift to the Hunter Hinze Fund to help adults in transition, you may give a donation online using the “Donate” button at the top right of the screen and in honor/memory of -please include For Hunter Hinze Fund.  Or a check can be mailed to Autism Society of Texas, 300 E.Highland Mall Blvd., #205, Austin, TX 78752. Please put Hunter Hinze Fund in memo line. Thank you! Questions: info@texasautismsociety.org