Recreation


The Autism Society of Central Texas offers several recreational opportunities for families to meet one another in an informal setting. Every month, families enjoy play dates for children on the spectrum of all ages, AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for adults. Some of our other special events during the year include a roller-skating party for teens, Round Rock Baseball outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, our big Candlelight Ranch Picnic, summer fun pool parties, and our holiday wine-tasting party in December. Join the fun!

Upcoming Summer 2015 Offerings

ASpIRe Summer Social Skills Groups: Monday-Thursday afternoon groups June 8th-August 14th. Please contact Suzanne Byrne: sbyrnebcba@gmail.com or Heather Gonzales: hlk.gonzales@gmail.com for more information!

Autism Camp Flyer 2015 (English)

Autism Camp Flyer 2015 (Spanish)

Clip Clop Summer 2015 FlyerClip Clop Workshop Participant Application

Sandbox ABA PEERS Social Skills Group

Scholarship Opportunities for Summer Classes at the Paramount (Paramount Class Details)

SNAP Summer Camp at SW Family YMCA

SNAP Summer Camp at Camp Cypress (Buda)

Summer Camp Guide 2015 (English, Spanish coming soon)

UT Informal Classes Aimed at Adults with IDDs summer 2015

 

**Please watch this space as more 2015 offerings become available to us!**

 

Previous Summer 2014 Offerings

Camp Guide for Children with Special Needs in Central TX and Surrounding Areas (Summer Camp Guide 2014_Eng)

Camp Guide for Children with Special Needs in Central TX and Surrounding Areas (Spanish) — (Summer Camp Guide 2014_Span)

Social Skills Groups Summer 2014

Adaptive Kayak Camp  2014 Adaptive Kayak Camp, Week of July 14th

The Autism Project, Exercise, Explore & Engage (starting June 9) — Exercise, Explore & Engage

Camp Grace FEFC  Skiin’ With the Galilean

Center Stage Texas Theater Classes — Information Here

Central Texas Autism Center  2014 Workshop Schedule2014 Summer Institute for TeachersToilet Training

Champion Martial Arts

Charis Hills Summer Camp

Children’s Autism Center

The Bridge: Social Learning Center — The Bridge Summer Camps 2014

Equine Rehabilitation of Central Texas — Summer Field Trips for Horseback Riding

First Leap ABA Therapy will not have weekly summer camps, but ABA services will be available through the summer.

For more information, contact Laura at (512) 887-2126 or Laura@first-leap.com

Hurley Piano Summer Piano Camp

KidTherapy Summer Social Skills Camp

One World Karate School

SNAP Gymnastics Summer at Northwest Family YMCA

Southwest YMCA, Special Needs Adaptive Programs (SNAP)

Spark Learning  Information — (Summer Camp)

Spectrum Summer Camps  Information on website here.

Texas Power Athletics, Special Needs Cheer Classes and Special Needs Summer Camp

Texas State University  Autism Summer Camp

VSA Texas  NEW MEDIA ARTS SUMMER CAMPS 2014

YES! Fitness Crusader Program

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes  The Pioneers Program

UT Conversation Club for Adults with ASD

 

Upcoming Events

Jan
29
Sun
KidsActing Spring Program @ Kids Acting Studio
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 3:30 pm
KidsActing Spring Program @ Kids Acting Studio | Austin | Texas | United States

kidsActing Foundation is providing free classes for kids and teens ages 8-18 again this Spring. Young actors and actresses will have the opportunity to explore their theatrical sides in a safe environment through singing, acting, dancing, and set design.   KidsActing for Spring will start on Sunday, January 29th and meet weekly until the showcase on Sunday, March 26th. Each week, practice will be from 2pm-3:30pm. This has been a wonderful partnership. If your child is interested, please sign up!

If you have specific questions, please email caroline@austinautismsociety.org.

RSVP/Register for class using link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLDN7BP

Mar
24
Fri
YMCA Open Gym & Swim @ Southwest Family YMCA
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
YMCA Open Gym & Swim @ Southwest Family YMCA

At Fridays in Motion, children with autism and their families join together at the YMCA of Austin for two hours of play and recreation! All ages welcome and this event is free of charge! Open gym the first hour, swimming the second hour.  This event will rotate to different YMCA locations around Austin & surrounding areas.

YMCA Flyer

Mar
25
Sat
1ST ANNUAL BOWLING FOR AWADAE FUNDRAISER @ Mel's Lone Star Lanes
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

ADVENTURES WITH AUTISM, DOWN SYNDROME, AND EPILEPSY PRESENTS
1ST ANNUAL BOWLING FOR AWADAE FUNDRAISER
Bowling is fun for the whole family bring friends, grandparents, siblings, co-workers, groups, and teams. Family and Special Needs Friendly. 4 PERSON TEAM – $100.00

Mar
28
Tue
City of Georgetown: Autism Awareness Proclamation @ Georgetown City Council Chambers
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us as the Mayor & City Council proclaim April as Autism Awareness Month!

Apr
1
Sat
JumpStreet Special Needs Hour @ JumpStreet
Apr 1 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

JumpStreet Special Needs Hour is FIRST Saturday of every month at 830am -10am (can stay until 11am) for ALL AGES special needs children and siblings.

Adult supervision is required during this special needs hour!

Children cost $8 each (only $4 if under 4) and parents are FREE to participate! Doors open at 8:30am and we have the entire place reserved until 10am. They have a large trampoline area, 2 dodge ball courts, 2 inflatable slides, foam pit, mechanical bull, maze, tube slide, video games and toddler trampoline area.

They relax a lot of the rules for the Special Needs group so that our kids can access ALL areas and adults can play too! Kids can jump with or without socks. At 10am, the doors open to the public so then we must follow the standard rules. We are allowed to stay until 11am! (Example: kids under 4 must stay in small trampoline area or bounce houses)

CrossFit for All @ CrossFit City Limits
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

crossfit-saturday

***New date and time*** Come kick off the New Year and start getting fit with CrossFit for All hosted by CrossFit City Limits!
 
Have you ever wanted to try CrossFit but were too nervous or didn’t want to go alone? Well, now is your chance! Join ASCT and bring your family to workout together.
 
This class is for all people on the spectrum ages 10 and up and their families. The workouts can be modified to each level needed. We want to encourage healthy habits for everyone and show that CrossFit can be for all.
 
Here is what we will be doing in February:
We hope to see you all there!

Apr
2
Sun
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run @ Georgetown High School
Apr 2 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run @ Georgetown High School | Georgetown | Texas | United States

The 9th annual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017! The ride starts & ends at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, TX.

To be involved in the planning committee or volunteer, email Laura at laura@first-leap.com.  The event benefits the Autism Society of Texas, which provides information and referrals, support, education and advocacy for people in our community living with autism.

Please join us for a 68, 42, 24, or 9 mile ride. We will also have a 5K family fun run around the grounds of Georgetown High School for those who aren’t cyclists but still want to join us for the day.

Print our US letter sized poster and hang it at your place of business:

Poster pdf: 2017 US letter BR Flyer-red top

Register:

Registration is open!

Sponsor the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run:

Sponsor the event

Volunteer

Sign up to be part of the Resource Fair

Apr
11
Tue
Caregiver Support Meeting / Grupo de apoyo para Padres @ Education Service Center Region 19
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Caregiver Group Meeting / Grupo de apoyo para Padres

Topic: TBA

As always, ALL are welcome. Remember gathering with families who “can relate” is very helpful in understanding, coping and learning what we need to in order to continue our journey with our loved one(s) affected by Autism. #AutismSocietyofElPaso

Como siempre, todos son bienvenidos. Recordemos reunirse con las familias que “puede relacionarse” es muy útil en la comprensión, el afrontamiento y el aprendizaje de lo que necesitamos para continuar nuestro viaje con nuestro ser querido (s) afectadas por el autismo.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided and child care is available from UTEP NSSLHA.
Pizza y refrescos serán proporcionados y cuidado de niños está disponible por UTEP NSSLHA.

 

El Paso Support Group graphic (1)

Apr
12
Wed
Texas Autism Advocacy Day @ 1100 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
Apr 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

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Please join the Autism Society of Texas, Autism Speaks, Easterseals, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Texans for Special Education Reform, Texas Parent to Parent, and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, as we spend the morning discussing legislative issues affecting children and adults with autism, and their families. We’ll also hear from Texas legislators. Following issues & advocacy training, we will a have complimentary lunch. In the afternoon we will visit with legislators or their staff.

No advocacy experience is required and we would love to have as many attendees as possible! During legislative visits in the afternoon, if you are not comfortable communicating with legislators or their staff we will assign you to a group with an appointed spokesperson.

The schedule details and meeting room within the Capitol are being finalized. Once we have them we will email all registered participants with this information. There is no cost to participate in this event and lunch is included.

The event is free but please register so we can plan for complimentary lunch and legislative visits.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/texas-autism-advocacy-day-tickets-32712138888

Parking: Inexpensive parking is available in the Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage. It is located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

For questions about the event, please email Jacquie Benestante at jacquie@texasautismsociety.org or call

(512) 479-4199.

Autism Friendly Laser Tag @ Blazer Tag Adventure Center
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

April is Autism Awareness month and we are lighting up awareness with laser tag! Behavioral Innovations invites you to have some Autism friendly fun for a cause! Our generous partner, Blazer Tag, is helping us a host a night of laser tag fun and games to support the Education Foundation For Independence (EFFI). EFFI is nonprofit organization that helps to provide families and caregivers with special needs children scholarships to access services needed for individuals to reach their fullest potential!
Professionals, parents, caregivers, and children of all ages are welcome! Grab a team of 6-8 players and play a fun game or two of Laser Tag to help raise funds for EFFI! Team Registration will include 1 or more games based on tournament bracket, event t-shirt, and trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
All attendees will have full access to over 50 games in the arcade as well as the Austin Sky Trail (ropes obstacle course). Food and beverages will be available for purchase through Blazer Tag concessions. In addition to the friendly laser tag competition, we will be raffling off prizes and hosting a silent auction. Our goal is to provide awareness, options, and fun for our community, while raising money for those in need of services through EFFI. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

els_group Els for Autism #GameON Golf Clinic - The Els for Autism Golf Challenge held its first Austin based event on September 15th at the University of Texas Golf Course.  Retired NFL players Ricky Williams and Kasey Studdard made the rounds and took photos with players and the local children who gathered for the #GameON Autism Golf clinic by The First Tee of […]
355848221.custom Morgan’s Wonderland Outing - Some photos from the May 18, 2013 trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio sponsored by our wonderful friends at the Austin Elks Lodge!
It's not just for adults Bike Ride 2013 - The Autism Bike Ride was a huge success. It was a beautiful day (maybe a little breezy) and over a hundred people rode from 9 to 62 miles to raise money and awareness.

 

March News (3/17/2017) - We have so many great things going on!  Read all about it here: March Newsletter March Mid-Month Updates Are you getting our newsletter? Subscribe here.
Enter Our 2017 “Give Me a Place to Stand” Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest (2/28/2017) - WHO: The 2017 “Give Me a Place to Stand” Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest is open to all photographers and videographers who are affected by autism, including children, adults, family members and caretakers. WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images and videos of the impact of the Autism Society in the lives […]
February News (2/28/2017) - Check out our February newsletter and mid-month updates!  Read about events and happenings for adults and kids with autism, as well as their families or caregivers. February Newsletter February Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Announcing Autism Society of Texas! (1/20/2017) -   We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of Central Texas is changing our name and expanding our service area, effective immediately, to the Autism Society of Texas.  We currently maintain priority program coverage for a twenty-four (24) county service area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet,  Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, […]
November Newsletter: Events, Advocacy & Health & Wellness Day! (11/8/2016) - Check out the November newsletter!  It’s full of everything going on at Autism Society of Central Texas & in our community!  This month we’re launching Access-Austin, our vocational program for adults with autism, and also holding a Health & Wellness Day at Whole Foods at Lamar & 6th Street!  Don’t miss out! Do you want to […]
Free Coding Camp at Microsoft -Domain (6/1/2016) - We love our friends at the Microsoft Domain store! They are reserving a week of their free mini-camp for Autism Society of Central Texas! Parent or caregiver required to stay at store, but they are offering free computer classes for parents at the same time! (Excel, etc). Parents not required to participate in classes if you don’t want to! […]
May Newsletters (5/16/2016) - Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month & has lots of great information about Autism Society of Central Texas & community events as well!  Subscribe here. May Newsletter May Mid-Month News  
Texas Rowing For All: Summer Camp! (5/2/2016) - Rowing Camp & Camp Kayak: We’ve partnered with Texas Rowing for All for 2 choices of Summer Camps: Camp Kayak (age 8 & up) or Rowing Camp (ages 13 & up), both from August 1st-5th. The camp is usually $200 for the week, however Autism Society of Central Texas will be contribute $100 for each camper, so […]
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run: Event Details (4/2/2016) - Event Location The bike ride and run will both start and finish behind the athletic/annex building of Georgetown High School (GHS). When traveling North on Austin Ave, GHS will be on your right. Past the main GHS entrance, there will be a sign for the event and a driveway into the Annex parking lot. This […]
2016 Summer Camp Guide (3/3/2016) - The 2016 Summer Camp Guide is out! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas, developed in collaboration by Easter Seals Central Texas Parent Support & Training Program and Austin Independent School District Family and School Support Team. Download here:  SummerCampGuide2016_Eng_2_29_16
#Amplify Austin #AmplifyAutism #AmplifyAssembly (2/23/2016) - AMPLIFY AUSTIN! #AmplifyAustin is almost here!  24 hours of giving to local nonprofits, from 3/8 at 6 pm to 3/9 at 6 pm!  Please help Autism Society of Central Texas raise $10,000 to provide our water safety swim program free of charge to participants.  Your donation will provide a life saving service here in Central […]
Sensory Friendly Movies For Teens and Adults! (10/5/2015) - AMC and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide movie times featuring new releases for teens and adults! We’re excited that our older teens and adults can go to age-appropriate movies with some accommodations! Adult/teen movies will be shown on Tuesday mornings starting at 10am local time, the second and fourth Tuesday of every […]
Austin’s TILT Performance Group Celebrates 40 Years of FREE TO BE… YOU AND ME (10/27/2014) - [Austin, TX] It’s been forty years since Marlo Thomas and friends launched Free To Be… You and Me into our public consciousness, and TILT Performance Group is celebrating by mounting the iconic 70s musical this November. The cast, comprised of company members Toby Al-Trabulsi, Amy Flores, Kristin Gooch, Emily Newman, Jonathan Pate, Caitlin Primm, Peter […]