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May Mid-Month Updates

Check out what’s happening in the upcoming weeks! From a piano concert in Houston, to reading about our Volunteer of the Month, Sal Silinonte, we have a lot of good information here!  Read the May Mid-Month Updates here.  Subscribe to our newsletter here.

Autism Society of Texas Seeks Program Director

The Autism Society of Texas is searching for a professional with a strong background in programs, outreach, and family support to manage Information and Referrals, conduct trainings, and provide direct support to all AST programmatic activity, including working with children and adults with autism, and their families.

Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, Masters degree preferred.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter here.

May Newsletter

Read what is happening at the Autism Society of Texas: Round Rock Express Game, Welcome Bilingual Support Coordinator, Summer Camps and more. Read the newsletter here

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Welcome to our Bilingual Support Coordinator

Welcome Alma Christensen, Bilingual Support Coordinator

Alma graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2009.  She enjoys running, outdoor activities, traveling with her husband and spending time with her family.  She is currently volunteering with Girls on the Run.  Alma previously worked with kids with Autism providing Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. She is excited to start working with Autism Society of Texas as Bilingual Support Coordinator. Alma can be reached at Alma@texasautismsociety.org.

Alma se gradué de la Universidad de Texas en Austin donde obtuvo en el 2009 su grado de Bachiller en Psicología. Le gusta correr,  participar en actividades al aire libre, viajar con su esposo y pasar tiempo con su familia. Ella actualmente es voluntaria con Girls on the Run. Alma trabajó anteriormente con niños con Autismo proporcionado terapia de análisis de comportamiento aplicado. Ella está emocionada de comenzar a trabajar con la Sociedad de Autismo de Texas como coordinadora de apoyo bilingüe.  Alma puede ser alcanzado en Alma@texasautismsociety.org.

 

 

 

April Updates Newsletter

Read about what’s happening through the end of April in our April Updates Newsletter!

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Autism Toolkit!

Our Autism Toolkit is a great way for people to get involved in Autism Awareness Month and it also includes quick facts and information about autism! The Toolkit includes quick facts about autism, awareness ideas, fundraising ideas, classroom learning tips, autism-related books and movies, our NAAM calendar, and puzzles!

Click below to access.

AST 2018 School Toolkit (1)

April News

Check out our April newsletter here!

April Events: El Paso

Our El Paso chapter has great things happening in April!  Check out the list below. For questions about events, please email autismsocietyep@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook!

National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month (NAAM)

Autism Awareness Month is on the horizon! Are you looking to spread awareness and acceptance during National Autism Awareness Month? Here are some fun ways to get involved and help celebrate throughout the month of April!

Here is a list of 30+ things to do for autism in 30 days- April 2018

  1. Participate in or donate to The Autism Society of Texas Bike Ride and Fun Run – April 15th
  2. Write a letter to a loved one with autism
  3. Try out an Autism Friendly Business
  4. Read a book about autism or with a character with autism
  5. Share something on social media about autism
  6. Invite a friend of family member with autism to your house
  7. Watch a movie about autism
  8. Change your Facebook header picture to an image about autism
  9. Subscribe to the Autism Society of Texas Newsletters
  10. Sign up to receive advocacy alerts
  11. Buy an item at Sevenly.org
  12. Watch the Autism Society’s Brown Bag Learning Lunch Educational Videos on Facebook
  13. Wear an autism shirt
  14. Donate to the Autism Society of Texas via Facebook or the website
  15. Talk to a friend about autism
  16. Write a letter to your legislator to advocate for individuals with autism
  17. Order your Amazon goods via Amazon Smile and select Autism Society as the organization
  18. Visit our friends at Greater Goods Roasting and purchase Autism Society’s Coffee
  19. Visit Kendra Scott South Congress who will donate a percent of sales to AST- Friday, April 27th
  20. Visit Chipotle– April 29th all day, multiple locations & they’ll donate a percent of sales to AST
  21. Create an autism friendly workplace
  22. Ask for a shout-out for autism awareness month on the radio
  23. Share educational facts about autism on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  24. Ask your employer to match your donations to Autism Society of Texas
  25. Thank someone who has helped you or your loved one affected by autism
  26. Participate in #AutismStories  by sharing a photo & story for social media 
  27. Practice or watch someone with autism’s talent & sign up for the May Talent Show
  28. Call a caregiver of someone with autism and let them know that you care
  29. Share a story about how you have or would want to accept someone with autism
  30. Attend a sensory friendly movie
  31. Attend the ABCs of ABA
  32. Get your child’s haircut at Cookie Cutters Sunset Valley, Pflugerville, or Round Rock – April 22-28th

Want to support Autism Society of Texas and raise awareness? 

Here are some examples of ways that you or your business can help support the Autism Society and increase awareness and acceptance for all on the spectrum! Try hosting one of these events in your community! You can do these as a fundraiser or an awareness-raiser, or both! If you’re fundraising, let people know you’re donating the money to Autism Society of Texas to be used to support adults with autism, as well as children and their families.

  • Car Wash
  • Garage Sale
  • Bake Sale
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Jeans Day for employees: In exchange for a donation, employees will be allowed to wear jeans in lieu of the regular business attire.

There are many possibilities to show your support! The Autism Society would be happy to provide information and brochures about autism if you choose to host an event.

Businesses can also have a special Autism Awareness Day and and donate a percent of sales! This month the following businesses are supporting Autism Society of Texas: Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids, Dell, Kendra Scott, Sylvan Learning, and Chipotle Mexican Grill!  If you’d like to learn more or plan to have a fundraiser and want autism brochures, please email Carolina Sarria at Carolina@TexasAutismSociety.org. Thank you!

Check out our April 2018 Calendar to keep up with what’s happening!

NAAM EVENT CALENDAR

Announcing New Executive Director

 

Announcing our New Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of Texas, we are pleased to announce that Lynn Lasky has been selected as our new Executive Director.  Lynn is a seasoned nonprofit leader who brings 17 years of experience, previously serving as the Chief Executive of two state-level mental health education and advocacy organizations. She is a steadfast advocate for improved services across the state for people living with disabilities and truly believes in supporting individuals and families.

Along with managing the day-to-day operations of an organization, she is always willing to take the time to help individuals navigate the systems necessary to access the services they need. Lynn’s priority will be moving boldly toward our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism. She is eager to meet AST families and constituents across the state. Lynn is thrilled to be working with the local and statewide autism communities in her new capacity as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Texas.

On behalf of the board and the Executive Transition Committee, we extend a warm welcome to Lynn at an exciting time of expansion!

Kathy Palomo
President of the Board of Directors