Advocacy



The Autism Society of Texas is active in the Texas legislature and advocates on behalf of Texans living with autism. We continually work with legislators, their staff and state agencies to identify and magnify key policy issues that impact children and adults with autism. Autism Society of Texas staff also serve on the Autism Society of America’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. We are committed to keeping the autism community up-to-date on what’s going on in Texas and at the Federal level.
Read about our position statements here.

To receive advocacy updates such as information on bills, advocacy training, or when calls and emails to legislators are needed, please register here.

To learn more about the basics of advocacy and how to be an advocate, check out our Advocacy 101 page!

Have advocacy issues, questions or concerns about Texas or Federal issues? Email advocacy@texasautismsociety.org.

Upcoming Events

Feb
2
Tue
Virtual VELA Parent Courses @ VELA
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – May 6 @ 1:30 pm
VELA is a nonprofit organization that supports parents of kids with disabilities through hands-on skills, support and information. Join us this semester for virtual courses, case management, support groups and family fun days as we support parents in navigating medical and educational systems and all the ups and downs of raising kids with disabilities We have 4 parent courses this spring, including autism, special education, caregiver wellness and our new Transition to Adulthood Course. All courses and programming are at no charge to the parents and all are provided in English OR Spanish. Go to www.velafamilies.org to register directly!
Apr
8
Thu
Texas Autism Advocacy Day @ Online
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Texas Autism Advocacy Day @ Online
Please join the Autism Society of Texas & other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, & advocates, for an evening of learning & advocacy.

About this Event

Texas Autism Advocacy Day, hosted by the Autism Society of Texas, welcomes nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents and caregivers, self-advocates, and businesses, for a day of social media action, and an evening of advocacy during our online event. We’ll discuss legislative issues that impact individuals with autism and their families. We’ll also hear from special guests and learn about the status of critical budget issues and bills. Everyone is welcome, and many of the issues we support impact all people with disabilities. The event is from 7-9 pm, however, if there are a lot of questions, we will stay on for an optional Q & A from 9-9:30 pm.

We will email all registered participants with the video link login and other important event documents a couple of days before the event.

Registration is free for all participants, but RSVP is required to get the video link.

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Be an Event Sponsor:

Show the autism community that you are a partner in supporting legislation and initiatives that impact children and adults with autism by being an event sponsor. Sponsors will have their logo on event materials, on the slide show, and recognized with logo on social media.

Business & Nonprofit Supporters:

Businesses and nonprofits who would like to support the event will have their organization name included on event materials, slide show, and name listed on social media.

For questions about the event or to request assistance, please email Jacquie Benestante at jacquie@texasautismsociety.org or call (512) 479-4199 Ext. 4. Thank you!

 
Fund the ABA/Medicaid Benefit! (3/5/2021) - Take Action! Tell Legislators to Fund the Medicaid ABA Benefit! We need your help getting the Medicaid IBI/ABA funded so families utilizing Medicaid can access ABA therapy! Let our Texas Legislators know that we expect to fund the Medicaid IBI/ABA Services Benefit through Rider 21. You might remember advocating in 2019 for the passage of […]
Ways to Support Autism Society of Texas this April! (3/1/2021) - April is National Autism Acceptance Month! At the Autism Society of Texas (AST), we’ve always referred to Autism Awareness Month as “Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month”! We are now making the move to officially declare April as “Autism Acceptance Month”! With the CDC prevalence rate at 1 in 54 children being diagnosed with autism, there […]
February News (2/3/2021) - Check out our February newsletter! Register for Texas Autism Advocacy Day, check out our new Seminars Across the Spectrum series, new support groups & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
January 2021 News (1/9/2021) - Please note! The Texas ABLE presentation on 1/7/21 was canceled and is being rescheduled. Read the complete January newsletter here  – upcoming events include our Policy Symposium on 1/14, new Spanish support group, Houston Parent/Caregiver group, and read about our new regional online groups-find support wherever you are! Subscribe to our newsletter here.
2020 Year-In-Review (1/6/2021) - 2020 was an unusual year, but at the Autism Society of Texas we were able to grow programs and add staff, reaching more people impacted by autism statewide. Read the full year-end review here.
December News (1/6/2021) - Read our December newsletter here to learn what’s happening! Subscribe here!
November News (11/2/2020) - Check out what’s happening in November! So much!!! Free Advocacy Training Series, Putt Fore Autism, Phil’s Ice House/Amy’s Ice Cream night, new Houston Support Group, Austin Marathon, Art & Photo Contest, & Season of Giving Launch Party! Read the November newsletter here.      Subscribe here.
October News (10/22/2020) - Check out what’s happening this month! It’s not too late to sign up for the Virtual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run happening 10/25! We also have free advocacy training series throughout November! Read the October newsletter here. Subscribe here.
September News (9/3/2020) - Check out our September newsletter! From AutFest at Home: The Sequel, to our Virtual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, to our online support groups and advococy initiatives, we have a lot going on throughout the month! Read the September newsletter here. Subscribe here.
Vote 2020! (9/3/2020) - A note from Autism Society of Texas: We encourage everyone to vote on November 3rd, or early vote if you can! Need more voting information such as locations and other important details? Check this website: https://www.votetexas.gov Are you registered to vote? Calling all autistic adults, parent/caregivers of those with autism, autism support professionals and friends […]
Help us Implement the Medicaid ABA Benefit! (8/27/2020) - Another action is required to move the ABA program forward! Your efforts, along with other advocates and providers, pushed the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to take a small step forward in implementing the Medicaid ABA benefit! HHSC has sent a letter asking the Governor’s office and the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to approve […]
Take Action! Make the Medicaid ABA Benefit available to families! (8/13/2020) - It’s time to flex our advocacy muscles and let our Texas Legislators and leadership know that we expect the state agency in charge of “Improving the health, safety and well-being of Texans with good stewardship of public resources” to immediately implement the Medicaid IBI/ABA Services Benefit. You might remember advocating last session in 2019 for […]
UT Law Clinic helps people with autism & other disabilities! (8/3/2020) - Did you know the University of Texas Law Scholars have a pro bono law clinic covering many topics that assist families and individuals impacted by autism and other disabilities? Free assistance is available in Spanish and English. This clinic, known as the INCLUDE Project of the Mithoff Pro Bono Program, provides free legal assistance on […]
June News (6/1/2020) - Please note, we will just have one newsletter at the start of the month in June, July & August.  Read the June newsletter here.  Subscribe here.
May Mid-Month Updates (6/1/2020) - Check out our May Mid-Month Updates! Read here. Subscribe here.
February News (2/4/2020) - Check out what’s happening!  We need Austin Marathon volunteers, Autism Awareness Night is coming up in March with the San Antonio Spurs, and we have many support groups! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
2019 – What a Year! (12/20/2019) - It’s been a great year! From advocacy, to programs & new support groups, we had a year full of programs and educational events to help families and adults with autism. Read our year-end newsletter here. Continue reading here!
November News (11/4/2019) - Check out what’s happening in November! From support groups, to educational events, and our holiday kickoff  party, Jingle & Mingle, there’s a lot going on. READ the newsletter here! Subscribe here.
September News (9/4/2019) - Our September newsletter is out! Get your early bird ticket to our Jingle & Mingle party, enter our art & photography contest, and read about upcoming events! Read the September newsletter here. Read the September Mid-Month Updates here. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
Get the Autism CARES Act Passed in the Senate! (7/24/2019) - Breaking news! The Autism CARES Act passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on 7/24/19 & will move to the U.S. Senate! Please contact Senator Cornyn & Senator Cruz and ask them to support the Autism CARES Act, (S.427).  EMAIL OUR SENATORS HERE! You can also call them at (202) 224-3121. Read the full statement […]