September “Upcoming Events” Newsletter

Our “Upcoming Events” newsletter is out! So many great things happening! Check out info on Adult Rec. events in Austin, new Autism Society of Texas San Antonio support group tomorrow (Sat.), San Antonio’s Autism Walk in the Park 9/29, earlybird sale tickets, & more!

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AutFest Texas 2018: Film Selection Lineup Announced!

The Autism Society of Texas is delighted to announce films selected for AutFest Texas 2018!  These films highlight an array of issues impacting children and adults with autism. Through inspiring and inventive filmmaking, viewers will see both the triumphs and challenges that living with autism can bring.  Congratulations to the selected winners, and thank you to all who submitted a film for consideration.

Short Film Selections*
Easy As Pie
Escape From the Zoo
Fierce Love & Art
Jamie’s Paper Train
Light House
Mr. Joe

Feature Film
A Boy Called Po

*Short films are listed in alphabetical order. They may not appear in this order at AutFest Texas.

To purchase tickets to AutFest Texas, please use this link.

September News

Read our September newsletter here!  Includes updates on our San Antonio Walk, AutFest Texas, Disability Mentoring Day, Advocacy Survey &  more!

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Welcome to our Bilingual Support Coordinator!

PiLar Mendoza has more than 15 years of experience as a Bilingual Spanish/English translator. She has also worked as an interpreter in the medical field (Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace), international outreach conferences, mortgage and real estate industries, as well in the social media platforms.

She previously worked at Baylor Scott & White in Texas, Community Health Partners Clinics and at TSL Nonprofit Organization in Montana as a bilingual outreach coordinator in the medical field. PiLar also worked in San Diego, California in the mortgage and real estate industries as a bilingual administrative assistant and loan processor and officer.

PiLar enjoys connecting with people of a cultural diversity and assisting the bilingual community. She is excited about working for nonprofit organizations as she can help offer educational programs to the community, (parents and families), translating documents and interpreting for them as well.

PiLar is delighted to work for the Autism Society of Texas, as she will bring a broad range of her bilingual skills and assist the Spanish speaking community in Texas. It’s my honor to be part of this amazing team!

Contact:  or 512-479-4199, Ext. 6 (Hablo Español)


PiLar Mendoza tiene más de 15 años de experiencia como traductora bilingüe en español e inglés. También ha trabajado como intérprete en el campo de la medicina (Medicaid, Mercado de Seguros de Salud), conferencias de expansión internacional, industrias hipotecarias y de bienes raíces, así como en las plataformas de redes sociales.

Anteriormente trabajó en Baylor Scott & White en Texas, en las clínicas de Community Health Partners y en TSL organización sin fines de lucro en Montana como coordinadora de expansión bilingüe. PiLar también trabajó en San Diego, California, en las industrias de hipotecas y bienes raíces como asistente administrativo, procesador y agente oficial de préstamos hipotecarios bilingüe.

A PiLar le encanta conectarse con personas de diferentes culturas y ayudar a la comunidad bilingüe. Ella está entusiasmada en trabajar para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, ya que puede ayudar a ofrecer programas educativos a la comunidad (padres y familias), traduciendo documentos e interpretando por ellos.

PiLar está fascinada en trabajar para la Sociedad de Autismo de Texas, ya que aportará una amplia gama de sus habilidades bilingües y asistirá a la comunidad de habla hispana también en Texas. ¡Es un honor para mí ser parte de este increíble equipo!

Contacto: or (512) 479-4199, Ext. 6 (Hablo Español)

Take our Texas Legislative Issues Survey! ¡Tome nuestra encuesta de los problemas legislativos de Texas!


Help us prepare for the 86th Texas Legislative Session by telling us what’s important to you!  The session starts in January 2019 and we’ll be advocating for the needs of children and adults with autism, and their families.

Please take our short survey:

You can sign up for our Advocacy email list here.

¡Ayúdenos a prepararnos para la Sesión 86 Legislativa de Texas y cuéntenos qué es lo más importante para usted!
Por favor, tome y haga nuestra breve encuesta:

¡Ayúdenos a obtener más participación compartiendo esto! ¡Gracias!

August News

Our August newsletter is out, and it’s full of information about our pool party, advocacy updates, new employment specialist & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.

Day on the Hill 2018: Advocacy Update

From July 9-12, 2018, staff and a board member from Autism Society of Texas attended the Autism Society of America’s 50th Annual Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, with a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Autism Society affiliates from all over the country were educated on a number of topics affecting adults and children with autism.

The Autism Society of America encouraged the need for bipartisan support on key legislative priorities including Health Care and Home and Community Based Supports, the Autism CARES Act reauthorization, Education including fully funding IDEA, and Higher Education initiatives that would support adults with autism. We also advocated on the topic of Employment Issues including the need for businesses to hire adults with autism, supported employment, and the request for those with disabilities, including autism, to receive minimum wage or higher.

Autism Society of Texas joined with other attendees from around the state to meet with our elected officials about the needs of those impacted by autism. We had meetings with staff from Senator John Cornyn & Senator Ted Cruz’s office, as well as staff members from the offices of Congressmen Beto O’Rourke, Congressman John Carter, Congressmen Sam Johnson, and had a chance to speak with Congressman Lloyd Doggett and his staff.

For questions or more information about legislative priorities, please contact

Hunter Hinze Fund Accepting Applications

The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting applications from August 1st-August 31, 2018. The Hunter Hinze Fund helps adults with autism live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition throughout adulthood. The Hunter Hinze 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 application here.

Thank you to the Hinze family and so many of you that generously donated to the fund. You have made this possible. The fund will take 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, 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!

Welcome to our new Employment Specialist!

We are pleased to introduce our new Employment Specialist, John Allan. John has a background working as a Hiring Manager and Director and, most recently, he gained valuable experience working as an Employment Specialist for a Transition Program in Aurora, Colorado, where he helped young adults with disabilities find job placement. John enjoys taking on new challenges and is looking forward to continuing his work in advocacy and program management. He is passionate about raising autism awareness and working to improve the lives of those in the community. John is excited to be joining the Autism Society of Texas here in Austin!

He can be reached at or (512) 479-4199.

July News

Check out our July newsletter.  Concerts for a Cause, AutFest, A Night of Metal, Sensory Friendly Hours, and More!  Read it here.

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