The Autism Society of 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 Events

VELA Courses @ VELA
Jan 30 – May 10 all-day

VELA offers free Autism, Special Education in the Schools Course, Self-Care Course, case management, and support groups for parents who have children with special needs. All services are free and provided in English or Spanish. You can see the courses on the web calendar:

Sylvan Learning Gives Back! @ Multiple Locations
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Get started with Sylvan in April and give back to the Autism Society of Texas!  Sylvan Learning of Austin is donating half of all assessment fees in April to the Texas Autism Society.
Call 1-800-EDUCATE to schedule a comprehensive academic assessment and start the path to success today!
Locations in Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, South Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs and Bastrop.
Light it Up Blue with Catch Air this April! @ Catch Air
Apr 4 – Apr 25 all-day

Catch Air is proud to be able to show our support by raising Autism awareness this April.

For the entire month of April we encourage our guests to LIGHT IT UP BLUE on WEDNESDAYS while visiting Catch Air!

Catch Air will donate $2 for every paid admission who wears blue any Wednesday throughout the month of April!

Mention “Light it up blue for Autism”!

All donations will be made to the Autism Society of Texas. (Don’t forget your socks!)


*not valid with any other coupons or promotions*

Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconic @ Bullock Texas State History Museum
Apr 14 2018 – Jan 2 2019 all-day

Experience the dynamic nature of Comanche culture through the paintings of Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic. The artwork is juxtaposed with Comanche artifacts to provide historical context and underscore Tippeconnic’s inspiration for the paintings. Engage with the symbolism and meaning in each painting through hands-on interactives for all ages, including a symbol scavenger hunt, a pattern-making activity and touchable canvases and artist tools. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconic’s paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots.

CARD Open House @ Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) welcomes families to our Open House on April 22nd from 10am – 1pm. Swing by our center for Earth Day activities and information on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Help us spread Autism Awareness and join the fun!

To RSVP or if you have any questions email

At CARD, we work with individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provide ABA to individuals in the center, home, community, and school settings. CARD is the world’s largest provider of evidence-based autism treatment services with 190 centers around the globe. We focus on the 8 developmental areas of human functioning, which are academic, adaptive, cognition, executive functioning, language, motor, play, and social. Each plan is individualized as no person is the same. Family involvement is a priority to us so each plan includes regularly scheduled parent meetings to discuss the programs and progress, and parent training.

Please join us at our center this Sunday, the 22nd of April!

Autism Awarness Month – Discover VR Gaming with the nonPareil Institute @ Microsoft Store at the Domian
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, join us for this free VR/MR experience where participants with Autism will be able to learn about VR/MR and game creation with the nonPareil Institute. You will also get to experience their hit VR game, Light of Mine.

All Workshops will be set in Autism safe and friendly environment.

Teen Night at We Rock the Spectrum! @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We Rock the Spectrum – Austin LOVES our teenagers! Join us in a night of fun dedicated to our teen and tween audience (recommended age 12+). This is a night of inclusion so teens of ALL ABILITIES are welcomed. Admission fee will be donated to the non-profit My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation.

Visit Chipotle Mexican Grill on April 29th! @ All Chipotle locations in Austin
Apr 29 all-day

Save the date: on Sunday, April 29th, 2018, all of the Chipotle locations in Austin & surrounding communities will be donating a portion of their sales to the Autism Society of Texas. This will happen all day during store business hours.

We will be at the South Lamar location from 5:30-7 pm, and the Mueller location from 5-7 pm! Come join us or visit the location nearest you!

*Please say you are dining for Autism Society of Texas when you order!*

Check store locations & hours here.

The following stores are participating-

Click here for Chipotle Austin Area Locations  that are participating, or see below:

*Please note that the Congress location is closed on Sundays.*


Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery @ Thinkery
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Thanks to Variety Texas, Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Hours are FREE to attend. Plus, enjoy a free breakfast taco provided by Hat Creek Burger Company during the event!

Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During #SensoryFriendlyHours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.

A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgment of this, the galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli and ticket sales will be limited to reduce crowding.

In addition to exclusive museum access, Thinkery partners with amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information:

8:30 am & 9:30 am: Shining Stars – Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua’s Stage.

9 am story time with Spark Learning’s energetic team of ABA therapists.

Let’s dance and move! Stop by for a quick dance session for individuals of all abilities with 2dance2dream.

Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery are presented by Variety Texas. Variety is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering children with special needs in Texas.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.


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 […]
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!
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.


April Updates Newsletter (4/20/2018) - Read about what’s happening through the end of April in our April Updates Newsletter! Not getting the newsletter? You can subscribe here.
March News! (3/9/2018) - 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!
Summer Camp Guide/Guía de Campamentos 2018 (2/21/2018) - 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 […]
February Mid-Month Updates! (2/16/2018) - 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 (2/13/2018) - Check out our February newsletter here!
January News (1/18/2018) - Check out our January newsletters for events & activities. January Newsletter January Mid-Month Updates  
December Mid-Month News (12/20/2017) - Read our December mid-month newsletter here! It’s packed with information & events! Not getting the newsletter? Subscribe here.
December News (12/12/2017) -  Read the entire December newsletter here!  Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month! Don’t miss out on what’s going on! You can subscribe here.
November News (11/5/2017) - Read all about AutFest Texas, the free surf therapy event with “A Walk on Water”, a recap of our San Antonio Walk in the Park, and more! So much happening this month! Read the newsletter here.  
October News! (10/3/2017) - The October newsletter is out! The San Antonio “Autism Walk in the Park” is this Saturday 10/7 and Disability Mentoring Day is 10/20. Check out our Volunteer of the Month, Ann Hart! You can also honor an “Autism Star” at our film festival, AutFestTX! Read the October newsletter here. Subscribe to our newsletters here. The […]
Bike Camp Volunteers Needed! (6/19/2017) - The Autism Society of Texas has partnered with Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas for a Bike Camp!  We need a huge number of volunteers!  What do you need Volunteers to do? Volunteers will be paired up and work with one rider, jogging alongside them during their 75 minute session helping the rider keep balance […]
Summer Tips! (6/19/2017) - Summer Tips! Create a schedule for each day just like your son or daughter has at school, to help them know what to expect. For pre-readers, pictures are best. There are a variety of schedule apps available for the iPad, Kindle Fire, and phones. Many of them can incorporate photos, or provide the “First/Then” option […]
June News (6/2/2017) - The June newsletter is packed full of information! We’re starting a new group for girls with autism, and a run club for individuals with autism and their families! We also have an Access-Austin interest meeting this month (adult vocational program), and our First Responder Morning on June 11th which is a free event for kids […]
Run Club Starting Soon! (6/1/2017) - We are very excited to start our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities! We hope to start in the middle or end of June and hold Run Club at Austin High School. We welcome parents and caregivers, as well as siblings, to join the club and […]
May News (5/30/2017) -          To read about what’s going on in May click below: May Newsletter May Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Summer Camp Guide 2017 & Autism Society Camp Partners (5/2/2017) - Take a look at the 2017 Summer Camp Guide! 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. The Autism Society of Texas has […]
April Newsletter & April Mid-Month News (4/5/2017) - The April mid-month newsletter is out! See what’s happening the last two weeks of April!  Read it here. Read all about what’s happening at the Autism Society of Texas in April! We are grateful to have numerous partnerships with local businesses, excited about our upcoming Talent Show, and can’t wait for our Texas Autism Advocacy Day […]
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.