Support


The Autism Society supports individuals online through Yahoo, Facebook, and Meetup, and face-to-face through monthly support meetings and social groups around Central Texas.  Regardless of the setting, these opportunities give individuals with autism, parents, and professionals the chance to exchange information, share stories, and compare notes.  We’re also very happy to provide individualized Information and Referral services.  Please feel free to call 512-479-4199 or e-mail info@austinautismsociety.org any time and ASCT Staff or a volunteer will respond within a couple days.

Links to our online groups:

Autism Society of Central Texas Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Society-of-Central-Texas/281607565214275

Autism Society of Central Texas – San Antonio Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/autismsocietysa

Yahoo Online Support Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AutismSocietyCentralTexas/info
This group is for parents, family members, and caregivers of children and adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who live in Central Texas. Students, therapists, and educators involved with ASD are also welcome. The aim of this list is to share information in a friendly, supportive environment. No flaming or spam will be tolerated, and the moderators reserve the right to control individual postings as they see fit.
**Autism Society of Central Texas is not responsible for comments made on this Yahoo group. The views of members on this list are not necessarily the views of the Autism Society.**


In-person Support Meetings:
You can find your nearest group by plugging your zip code into our interactive map here: http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=2186719&x=-97.753401&y=30.307984&z=8

Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting
Meets 1st Tuesday each month 7:00pm at IHOP, 1101 S Mo Pac Expressway, Austin, TX 78746
Contact: Susan Maxwell smildredmaxwell@gmail.com

Autism Treatment Forum
Meets 1st Thursday 10:00am at Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Contact: Dianne Doggett diannedoggett@aol.com
http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Autism-Treatment-Forum

Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Meets Last Wednesday each month 6:30pm at American Legion: 404 Atlanta St, Austin, TX 78703
Contact: Caroline Turner, Program Specialist caroline@austinautismsociety.org
This group is for Adults on the Autism Spectrum, age 18 and older.

Central Austin Support Meeting
Meets Last Wednesday each month 10:00am at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Contact: Ann Hart ann-hart@austin.rr.com

South Austin Support Meeting
Meets 1st Thursday 9:30am at Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
Contact: Richard Hurley richardhurley@hurleypiano.com

Hutto Support Meeting
Meets 4th Thursday 6:30pm at Hutto United Methodist Church, 350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634
Contact: Jeanne McMenimen aalakazam@msn.com

San Antonio Support Meeting
Meets 3rd Saturday 10:00am at Little Engine Home Care, 3201 Cherry Ridge St #400, San Antonio, TX 78230
Contact: Irma Canfield itcanfield@gmail.com

Bastrop Support Meeting
Meets at Rosanky Church, 2160 Farm to Market 535 Rosanky, Texas 78953. Contact for dates.
Contact: Debbie Horton debsnest6@yahoo.com

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets 3rd Thursday every month at 6pm at Hat Creek: 201 San Gabriel Village Blvd, Georgetown, TX 78626
Contact: Colin Gaido cgaidos@aol.com

 

We love feedback! If you would like to let us know about your experience with our in-person support meetings or yahoo group, please, fill out our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/supportmeetingsurvey


In-person Social Groups:
Please, check the ASCT Calendar for date and location information for all of our social groups.

Adult Social Group (Austin)
Contact: Caroline Turner, Program Specialist caroline@austinautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older.

High School Social Group (Austin)
Contact: Lucia Garcia (Lucy) lucia@austinautismsociety.org
This social group is for teens with autism, grades 9th-12th. A parent/caregiver must remain present at all times.

Friends & Family Happy Hour (Austin)
Contact: Jennifer Miller jenmiller100@gmail.com
This social group is for parents, relatives, and professionals of individuals with autism, ages 21 and up.  No children, please.

Austin Special Needs
Contact: Heather Van Horn hlvanhorn@gmail.com
http://www.austinspecialneeds.com/home.html

 

Upcoming Events

Jan
22
Mon
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Support Group
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Special guest Rany Thommen, ABA Today, Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jan
24
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market | Austin | Texas | United States

Buy your own food or drink in the café and meet by the playground if the weather is decent for the December meeting! If weather is bad, meet Ann inside up on the Mezzanine level!

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, share stories, and laugh.

We usually meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, but check the calendar, as this occasionally changes due to holidays or other events.

Support group attendance is free, and making a purchase at the cafe is optional!

 

Jan
25
Thu
Adult Sibling Support Group @ Central Market
Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you an adult who has a sibling on the autism spectrum? Come join us for breakfast or coffee to create a community of support. Hope to see you there! We will meet in the mezzanine at Central Market on North Lamar. I will have a table topper that says Autism Society!

Email Caroline at caroline@texasautismsociety.org if you have questions or concerns.

Jan
28
Sun
Spectrum Girls Support Group @ Thinkery / Mueller Park
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Spectrum Girls Support Group @ Thinkery / Mueller Park | Austin | Texas | United States

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for our spectrum girls/women and caretakers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective. This month we’re trying something new – we’ll meet up at the Thinkery during their sensory friendly hours (8-10am). Tickets are free thanks to Variety Texas.
https://thinkeryaustin.org/sensory-friendly-hours/

Meeting spot: Snack area on the first floor at 9:30am. From there, we can decide to stay longer, grab a coffee at Halcyon, walk around the Mueller Park trail, or check out the Farmers Market. If you would like to meet spectrum peers (for example, you have a teen daughter on spectrum who would like to meet other teens), please email Jen and she will connect you.

Jen will have an Autism Society sign-in sheet on table. Whole family welcome. These exclusive hours are a great opportunity for all ages to enjoy the many activities without overwhelming crowds.

Jen’s daughter, age 6, will be there. Look for them in the Farmer’s Market, Move! Studio, and Our Backyard, or the Bloomers room with her baby brother between 8-9:30 am, or just meet at 9:30 am at the snack area. For questions, please email Jen at jen@texasautismsociety.org  Thank you!

Jan
30
Tue
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: www.velafamilies.org

Feb
7
Wed
Grandparents and Guardians Support Group @ Austin ISD, Covington Middle School
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Austin Independent School District supports grandparents, kincare and foster families whose child is receiving special education and 504 accomodations. Parenting someone else’s child is different than parenting your own children. The Grandparents & Guardians Support meetings will provide you with comfort, information and coaching to help ease your journey. Join us for a year of emotional support, education, training, ideas & resources. Open to all in the community.

Outside of the Box Children Parenting Series – Special Education and Parent Advocates @ Laura's Library
Feb 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

What do you do when your vision for your child’s education doesn’t align with what is actually happening in the school house? A conversation about effective and creative ways to bridge the divide between what educational supports parent’s believe are best for their special needs children and what schools are actually providing.

Rachel A. Howell, M.Ed., is a founding partner in Copia Consulting LLC and brings more than 22 years of educational, management and training experience to the company. Rachel has been a lead facilitator in a number of community-wide planning projects, including the RRISD Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and the Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force, all of which involve major social and policy reform efforts that encompass state and local communities. Because of her many years experience in various management positions in health and human services, Rachel has developed a number of skills that allow her to effectively convene leadership and facilitate discussion and debate related to wide-ranging issues.

Feb
26
Mon
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Support Group
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Special guest Robin Petty, Cirkel Law, Special Education Advocates

Feb
28
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market | Austin | Texas | United States

Buy your own food or drink in the café and meet by the playground if the weather is decent for the December meeting! If weather is bad, meet Ann inside up on the Mezzanine level!

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, share stories, and laugh.

We usually meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, but check the calendar, as this occasionally changes due to holidays or other events.

Support group attendance is free, and making a purchase at the cafe is optional!

 

Mar
7
Wed
Grandparents and Guardians Support Group @ Covington Middle School, Austin ISD
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Austin Independent School District supports grandparents, kincare and foster families whose child is receiving special education and 504 accomodations. Parenting someone else’s child is different than parenting your own children. The Grandparents & Guardians Support meetings will provide you with comfort, information and coaching to help ease your journey. Join us for a year of emotional support, education, training, ideas & resources. Open to all in the community.

 

Recent Posts

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 […]
September Mid-Month Newsletter (9/18/2017) - Read the September Mid-Month Newsletter here.  Our Adult Siblings group is meeting, and our girls group is meeting for yoga and support! Subscribe to the newsletter here.
September Newsletter (9/1/2017) - So much going on in September. We have been busy assisting families and individuals affected by autism, and will continue to provide services and supports to those in need. You can also read about our San Antonio “Autism Walk in the Park”, First Responder Safety Day, and our 2nd Annual Autism Film Festival, AutFest Texas. […]
Volunteer Needs: Birthday Brigade & Support Group Leaders (8/30/2017) -   As many of you know, we have a small (but mighty) staff, and rely heavily on volunteers to support our autism community.  For over 20 years we relied solely on volunteers to support other parents and individuals with autism, and we need your help! We are launching a new program this Fall, Birthday Brigade. […]
Hurricane Harvey Information: Assistance & Resources (8/25/2017) - UPDATED 9/3/17 1:00 PM – New Form Added: Volunteer, Donation Items, Therapy Provider Support 8/31/17: We would like to thank the autism community around the country for their overwhelming generosity in offering support and donated items. At this time, it is most helpful if you can make a monetary donation or mail gift cards to […]
August 2017 Newsletter (8/2/2017) - We have many activities and support groups happening this month!  Learn about what’s happening during the Texas Legislative session as well!   Click here to read the August newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletter: http://www.texasautismsociety.org/subscribe/
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 […]
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.
Brown Bag Learning Lunch Series (1/24/2017) - In January we started a new monthly series, the Brown Bag Learning Lunch.  Join us at our office (or watch live on Facebook), as we discuss different issues affecting individuals and families with autism. Feel free to bring your lunch with you as you hear from local experts. Check out the upcoming events below.  For […]
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, […]
We want your feedback! (7/19/2016) - Have you attended one of our support groups before? Are you a member of our Yahoo group? Help us learn what you liked about our support groups and how we shape them better in the future with your feedback! Fill out the survey by August 15th, 2016 to help: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZSX8F7B Feel free to reach out to […]
Support Group Information (6/1/2016) - Did you know our support groups are run almost entirely by volunteers? We have groups in North, South, and Central Austin, Bastrop, & San Antonio, as well as a new adult support & recreation group for those on the spectrum (18 & up), and another group for adults on the spectrum (26 & up). We […]
Thrivent Financial: Special Needs Planning Seminar (12/30/2015) - Thrivent Financial is hosting a workshop for parents of special needs children on 1/9 at our office at 4902 Grover Ave, Austin, 78756. In this seminar on Special Needs Planning, you’ll learn: How to balance your present and future needs with your loved one’s present and future needs Steps to create and implement personal care, […]
July Provider Highlight: Growing Roots (7/8/2015) - As promised, the Autism Society of Central Texas is starting a monthly provider highlight in which we ask a autism service provider in our network to write a short blurb about their organization to send out to our network! We are very grateful that Growing Roots volunteered to be our first provider highlight! Learn a […]