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

 
Statement on Xavier Hernandez (6/18/2021) - Take Action! Tell federal legislators to support the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA), by completing this action alert. We at the Autism Society of Texas are saddened by the death of Xavier Hernandez, a 21-year old man with autism who was physically restrained in Boulevard Heights School (Fort Worth I.S.D.) and then later died […]
June News (6/3/2021) - Check out what’s happening in June! Our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run wraps up on 6/5, we’re presenting at the Texas Autism Virtual Conference, sign up now for our job fair- calling all attendees and employers, and save the date for AutFest Texas in October! Read the June newsletter here. Subscribe here.
May News (6/3/2021) - Check out our May newsletter here. Subscribe here!
Final Hurdle! Four Bills Need Your Help! (5/25/2021) - First! Congratulations!  Your hard work has paid off and these two bills were sent to the Governor yesterday and are set to become law!  After 3 sessions (6 years!!), HB 159 – improved teacher training so teachers learn specifics of how to work with all disabilities including how to make accommodations, best practices for each […]
5/19/21 Advocacy Alerts! Take Action! (5/19/2021) - PART 1: Good news! Your actions worked and bills are moving to Senate Education this Friday! Please call Senate Education Committee members and ask for their support for the bills below, then scroll down for Part 2! HB 1252 | Extend time to file a due process complaint from one year to two years This […]
Advocacy Alerts! Take Action! (5/17/2021) - May 17th Advocacy Alerts! We are almost at the end of the 87th Texas legislative session and a few bills have a chance to pass but need your help! Please call as soon as possible! Who to contact: Please call the Lt. Governor’s office and your own Texas State Senator. Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick: (512) […]
HB 3880 – Include Full Evaluations for Dyslexia in Texas Special Education (5/10/2021) - Posted: 5/10/21 Issue: In listing many different types of learning disabilities that might trigger a need for special education and related services, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) expressly includes dyslexia. When dyslexia is suspected​, schools must offer a comprehensive evaluation under IDEA. A comprehensive evaluation can identify dyslexia plus the co-occurring challenges that […]
HB 1252 | Expand Time Limit to Request Special Education Due Process Hearing (5/10/2021) - Posted: 5/10/21 Issue: In 2004, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) added a two-year statute of limitations to provide a parent of a child with a disability the opportunity to bring a due process claim against a school district. This two-year statute of limitations was included because Congress acknowledged that parents are at a legal […]
What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month! (3/30/2021) - April is Autism Acceptance Month! We will be dedicated to spreading our message of inclusion, where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance!  Spread awareness, “attend” a free event, take action, check out our support groups, treat yourself, or join our virtual Bike Ride & Fun Run/Walk! View other ideas here! Read our “What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month” […]
Advocacy Alert: SB-89 | COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act (3/29/2021) - 3/31/21 UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR CALLING! THIS BILL HAS BEEN VOTED OUT OF SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND ON TO THE FULL SENATE! NO ACTION IS NEEDED AT THIS TIME! WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CALL! “SB 89 was heard on 3/18/2021. Please vote the bill out of the Senate Education Committee as soon as possible! […]
March News (3/24/2021) - Check out our March newsletter! Registration is open for our Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run, and free for pets!! Lots of education events and new support groups starting! Read it here. Subscribe here.  
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.