CONTACT: AUTISM SOCIETY of Central Texas
THE AUTISM SOCIETY of CENTRAL TEXAS
Austin, TX August 13, 2014;
We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of Greater Austin is changing our name and expanding our service area, effective immediately, to the Autism Society of Central Texas. We will now cover a twenty-four (24) county service area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Lampasas Lee, Llano, Medina, Milam, Travis Williamson, Wilson counties.
“The Autism Society of Central Texas will continue our mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism and is thrilled to expand to meet the needs of more Texans living with autism.” Suzanne Potts, Executive Director.
The Autism Society is the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. Founded in 1965, the Autism Society and its national network of local affiliates is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with autism, supporting families and communities, and ensuring that individuals lead lives that include acceptance, dignity, and independence to the greatest extent possible.
As one of over 100 local affiliates, the Autism Society of Central Texas has supported families and individuals with autism for over 24 years here in Texas and is dedicated to improving lives in our community through a series of services and supports. The Autism Society of Central Texas is proud of our programs and initiatives and the contributions we make to our community:
- Information and Referrals
- Education and Training
- Recreational opportunities
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting 1 in 68 individuals in 2014. It is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Based on the Center for Disease Control’s rate of incidence (1 in 68), the Autism Society estimates there are over 2 million individuals living with autism in the United States. Further, it is estimated that nearly 46,000 new families will begin their journey with autism this year.