Yearly Archives: 2023

Board Member Spotlight: Heather Reed

Heather Reed is the Senior Director HR Business Partner at PayPal and joined our board in 2022. Heather has provided so much support to AST in her time on the board, from sharing her expertise to participating in events and fundraising on AST’s behalf. Read our interview with Heather below! Why […]

Connections Created!: October 2023 Recap

Check out some highlights from October! We had a great time at Bike to the Beach! Thanks to those who rode for #TeamAutism- Captain-Dr. Jennifer Hamrick& team members Robert Wessels, Gabriela Bahena, Mike Sanders, Cole Camp, Ezrie Camp, Jose Briones, Will Graf, Deborah McDaniel and Kristin McQueen. We also want […]

ABA/Medicaid Benefit- Rate Hearing 11/14/23

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA) became a covered benefit for those utilizing Medicaid beginning on 2/1/22. The reimbursement rates for ABA under the Medicaid benefit have not been high enough for many providers to be able to take clients on Medicaid. In addition, the process to become a Medicaid/ABA provider […]

Texas Legislative 3rd Special Session: School Vouchers/Education Savings Accounts

  11/9/23: Shortly after we posted this article, a 4th Special Session was called that includes HB1 & SB1  -school voucher bills. Please complete our Action Alert that takes just seconds to complete- Take Action- Oppose HB1 & SB 1- School Vouchers: The Texas Legislative Special Session ends Tuesday […]

September 2023 Newsletter

Our September newsletter is out! Some newsletter highlights:   • Spark Learning‘s Putt Fore Autism is 11/03-11/04 at Peter Pan Mini-Golf! • Hunter Hinze Fund Application for Autistic Adults Closes 09/18 at noon! • Big Thicket Sensory Sunday Nature Walk is 09/17 at Big Thicket Nature Preserve • Bike to […]

Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Hamrick

Jennifer Hamrick, PhD, BCBA, LBA is the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research and an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hamrick joined our board in 2022 and quickly hit the ground running, providing support to AST staff and individuals in the Autism community. Jennifer […]