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!
About the event:
Please join the Autism Society of Texas and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, as we spend the morning discussing legislative issues that affect individuals with autism, and their families. Following issues & advocacy training, we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit with legislators or their staff. There will also be a press conference. No advocacy experience is required and we would love to have as many attendees as possible! During legislative visits, if you are not comfortable communicating with legislators or their staff we will assign you to a group with an appointed spokesperson.
Event will run from approximately from 9:00 am-3 pm. We understand some people may need to arrive later (or leave earlier) due to work or family commitments.
Registration: Please register here.
Financial assistance: The registration fee helps to offset the costs of t-shirt, lunch and materials! At this time we can cover the cost of registration for those requiring financial assistance. Please email Jacquie at the email address below.
Sponsor or support the event: We are seeking sponsors and supporters for this event. Sponsors will have their logo on the t-shirt and be included in printed material and social media. Nonprofit supporters can register as a supporter at no cost. Business supporters can register for $25. Business & nonprofit supporters will have their logos included in flyers and social media. Details here.
For questions about the event, please email Jacquie Benestante at email@example.com or call
(512) 479-4199, ext. 4.
Mark your calendar for April 26th! We’ll see you there!
Capitol Building Map: capitol_building_guide
Parking: Inexpensive parking is available in the Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage. It is located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Come have a relaxing evening at the BI Flower Mound Luau! We will have snacks, games, balloon animals, glitter painting and space for kids to play freely. Come meet our Clinical Director, Lauren Uptegrove, and the rest of our amazing staff! It’s going to be a blast!
Celebrate the El Paso chapters 11th annual run/walk for autism on April 27th!
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It is a free event with guest speakers, carnival games, music, food, drinks, entertainers, giveaways and a community resource fair.
Palmer Events Center pavilion is turning into an al fresco art block party! Over the course of the weekend, Austinites can hang out and connect with over 100 local and visiting artists from around the world, while also viewing in large-scale installations, art activities and fine art performances.
Sensory Friendly Hours
Sunday, April 28 from 8 – 10 am
Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, 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:
Theater arts and improv games with Joshua’s Stage
Storytime provided by Spark Learning
Piano performance by Hurley Piano
Engaging activities and helpful resources for children and families affected by autism with Variety, the children’s charity of Texas, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, Behavioral Innovations and Autism Society of Texas.
On Sunday, April 28, the George Ranch Historical Park will open its doors for its second annual Sensory-Friendly Day! This exclusive event is open for families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other sensory and developmental challenges to explore the Park in a safe, structured and enjoyable manner.
This full-day event will include the following modifications to ensure a customized and welcoming visit:
Quiet Corners Quiet Corners have been established throughout the Park and are available on all four of the main historic sites. A special map is available which features these locations and gives helpful advice on how to navigate the Park.
Sensory-Friendly Kits These sensory-friendly kits include a variety of objects to help enhance the quiet spot when needed. Our kits include weighted lap pads, lavender lotion, stress balls and fidget spinners, crayons, coloring books and picture books.
Noise-Cancelling Headphones & Colored Glasses Noise-cancelling headphones and colored glasses are available for check out from the front desk at the Visitor Center throughout the day.
Sunday, April 28 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This exclusive event is open for families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other sensory and developmental challenges, to explore the Park in a safe, structured and enjoyable manner.
Advance registration is encouraged but not required. Advance Tickets (Before April 24): $10 for Adults • $5 for Children ages 5-15 At-the-Gate Tickets: $15 for Adults • $10 for Children ages 5-15 georgeranch.org/event/sensory-friendly-day 281-343-0218 x220 • firstname.lastname@example.org
10215 fm 762 • Richmond, Texas 77469 • http://georgeranch.org
James is turning FIVE and absolutely EVERYONE is invited to celebrate! From a community that understands how it feels to not get party invites; we invite you to join ours! This is an ALL ages/ALL abilities event! Gifts are not required as your attendance is over appreciated, but your $10 admission (or other pre-paid membership) includes all day play in the gym, pizza & cake with the birthday boy, and social skills practice of party etiquette! We will be celebrating in the theme of his current favorite show; Color Crew! Wear your favorite color to the party and let’s give James his best birthday yet!
RSVP is not required, but is helpful in ordering food. (Gluten free options will be available.)
Everyone is invited! Bowling, Gravity Ropes, 100+ Arcade Games and More. Come out to support The Autism Society of Texas. Main Event will donate 20% of all proceeds to us. Please don’t forget to turn in your receipts at the Check- In table.
Please register here so we know how many people to expect! REGISTRATION
You will pay Main Event directly for activities of your choice! Thank you!
We hope to see you out there!