March Mid-Month Updates!

Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, summer camps, recreation events, our Surf Therapy event and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.

#TeamTuesday for Autism Awareness Month

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images and videos of those who are affected by autism and who would like to be a part of Autism Society of Texas #TEAMTUESDAY. These images may reflect a range of topics and subjects but should embrace how those with Autism can thrive in our world! We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings of Texas. Each photo and video submission must be accompanied by a brief description, answers to prompt, as well as the name of the person who took the photo/video. The Autism Society Reserves the right to choose not to post something that may be deemed inappropriate by the Autism Society of Texas staff.

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

WHO: The 2018 NAAM #TEAMTUESDAY Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video weekly posts are open to all who are affected by autism, including children, adults, family members and caretakers.

WHEN: All entries must be submitted from March 26, 2018 until April 30, 2018.

HOW: Up to 3 photographs and 1 video (under 5 minutes) may be submitted per person. Entries may be entered by emailing digital files to

FILE REQUIREMENTS: Digital images/videos or scans of prints 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.

ENTRIES: 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 photographer. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs. The Texas Autism Society holds copyright to the collection of photos that constitute the Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest.


  • Name
  • Fun Fact
  • How do you thrive with Autism?
  • What do you wish others knew about Autism?

DISCLAIMER: The Autism Society Reserves the right to choose not to post something that may be deemed inappropriate by the Autism Society of Texas staff.

LEGAL CONDITIONS: By entering NAAM #TEAMTUESDAY, you must agree to these conditions. Entry of photographs into this event 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 may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used in printed publications, on the Autism Society websites (including and, 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.

For questions regarding the 2018 #TEAMTUESDAY Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Entry Contest, please contact our Intern, Tiffany Williams at

March News!

Read our March newsletter here! Great information about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Teen Spring Break Karaoke, Advocacy training & more! Click here to read all the news!

Social Media Day for Community Living: #FundMFP

Advocacy Alert: #FundMFP (Money Follows the Person) 

Meredyth Alexander, Advocacy Intern

EMPOWER Care Act gets Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Back Home. 

The Bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act (Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources & Care Act) – helps Medicaid beneficiaries receive long-term services and support in their community or home and help save taxpayer dollars in the process. Introduced by Sens. Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA), it extends and improves the Money Follows the Person program (MFP), first enacted in 2005, and authorized by President Bush. MFP enhances the lives of older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently and age with dignity.

MFP favors community-based services by rebalancing Medicaid to provide grants to states to effectively assist individuals with disabilities and older adults to transition to community-based living. Thanks to MFP, by the end of 2015 more than 43 states and the District of Columbia participated in the MFP demonstration as over 75,000 people left their nursing homes or institutions.

There is evidence that community-based services improved individuals’ quality of life and participants experienced increases in all quality-of-life domains that were measured. This independent evaluation was conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and provided to Congress in a 2017 report.

Unfortunately, MFP expired September 30, 2016, and while states can continue to use grant funding, they are running extremely low on funds and it is NOT enough to maintain the program at current levels. As a result, fewer individuals will be able to be transitioned out of institutional settings to the care of their choice. Last year was the first time that the number of people who transitioned to the community declined drastically! We must take action now so older adults and individuals with disabilities have the option to get out of institutions.

S. 2227 improves the MFP program and gives people with disabilities and older adults greater control over their lives. It is fiscally responsible! MFP improves the quality of life of individuals and saves the states’ and federal Medicaid funds.

Act Now!

Join us as we participate in a social media day on Thursday, March 8, 2018 to #FundMFP

The EMPOWER Care Act will improve and extend the program for five years.  Urge our Texas U.S. Senators to support the and fund MFP (Money Follows the Person).

Please post on Facebook & Twitter! If you’d also like to call or email, contact information is below:

Senator John Cornyn
Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-2934
Central Texas Office: 512-469-6034

Senator Ted Cruz  
Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-5922
Central Texas Office: 512-916-5834

Here’s What You Tweet or Post on Facebook:
I am urging Senator______ to support and fund the EMPOWER Act and fund Money Follows the Person, #FundMFP. This will help people with disabilities, including autism, live independently.
More Information: and Post on Facebook. Make sure to tag your Senators and include#FundMFPFind
Target Members of the Finance Committee
Hosted by the Disability and Aging Collaborative in Conjunction with:
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
The Arc of the United States
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Autism Speaks
Autism Society
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Center for Public Representation
Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Council on Aging
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
National Down Syndrome Congress
Summer Camp Guide/Guía de Campamentos 2018

Take a look at the 2018 Summer Camp Guide! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas.

Aquí está la Guía de campamentos y recreación para el verano del 2018. Esta es una guía comprensiva para niños con necesidades especiales en el centro de Texas y áreas cercanas.

Download the 2018 Camp Guide here: 

English: 2018-CampGuide-ENG_FINAL   Spanish: 12018_CampGuide_SP_FINAL 2_1

February Mid-Month Updates!

Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Austin Marathon, numerous support groups, our Friends & Family Happy Hour and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.


February News

Check out our February newsletter here!

Welcome to our Spring Interns!

We are thrilled to have three part time interns this Spring assisting us in various areas! We know they are going to be a great asset to Autism Society of  Texas!

Meredyth Alexander, Advocacy Intern

Meredyth received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015, and is now working toward her Ph.D. She is a disability rights advocate in the Texas Partners in PolicyMaking class graduating in April 2018. She is a parent advocate of an 8-year-old son with autism. Meredyth is steadfast in her pursuit of public policymaking support of disability rights for all Texans living with autism. She is eager to collaborate with stakeholders and rally support over critical legislation for autism as an advocacy intern. She loves writing, photography, yoga, and documentary filmmaking. Meredyth has experience as a teacher, public speaker, curriculum developer, and research associate. Meredyth can be reached at

Carolina Sarria, Intern

Carolina grew up in League City, Texas, where she attended Clear Creek High School. She is now studying International Relations & Global Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys reading, dancing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and is excited to be interning at the Autism Society of Texas. Carolina has a younger brother, Alejandro, who is on the spectrum. They enjoy doing activities together such as watching movies, taking walks in the park, and eating ice cream. Carolina can be reached at

Tiffany Williams, Intern

Tiffany is studying Sociology at the University of St. Edward’s and will graduate in May 2018. She enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs, going to the movies, and learning! She is excited about working on advocacy, awareness & acceptance, and upcoming events. Tiffany’s past experiences include interning for Victim Services at The Office of The Governor in Austin, Texas and has also volunteered for the Girls’ Empowerment Network in Austin, Texas. Tiffany can be reached at




Announcing Bike Ride Coordinator, Abby Rodgers!

We are excited to welcome Abby Rodgers, who will be working with us this Spring to plan the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, happening on 4/15/18 at Georgetown High School!

Abby attended Texas A&M University, with a major in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and a certificate in Event Management. She enjoys working with events and festivals on the organization and planning of logistics. Abby has past experience with events from her internship at C3 Presents, where she worked on the Crowd Services logistics for Lollapalooza music festival. She continued to work with the company at their other festivals, including Music City Food & Wine, Austin City Limits, and Voodoo music festival. She recently worked with the Austin Trail of Lights on their fun run and ticketing for the event. Abby is excited to work with the Autism Society of Texas, to help produce a fun and successful 10th Annual Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run!

Welcome, Abby! We’re happy to have you on board!


Double Your Impact! Donate to Austin Marathon #TeamAutism!

A huge thank you to the Moody Foundation, who is matching up to $10,000 for all the official charities in the Austin Marathon on 2/18/18.  Make a donation and double your impact. Funds will be used to support our core programs: advocacy, recreation, education, support, information & referrals. Register, Run, Donate here.