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

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 […]
July News (7/5/2019) - Find out what’s happening this month! From Autism Awareness Night with the Round Rock Express, to a yogurt family social with our El Paso chapter, and multiple support groups, there’s a lot going on! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
June News (6/3/2019) -
May Mid-Month News (5/16/2019) - Check out what’s happening in the last half of May!  Read the newsletter here.
Help Fix Special Education! (5/8/2019) - HELP FIX SPECIAL EDUCATION! TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Please call and tell conference committee members (listed below), “Please support House Budget Rider X-9/ Senate Budget Rider III-75”.  These budget riders will: 1) Provide transparency about the progress of TEA’s corrective actions. The Texas Education Agency recently indicated that it cannot implement federally mandated overhauls to comply with […]
May News (5/2/2019) - April may be over, but as usual, we’ll be spreading acceptance and awareness year-round! Check out our May newsletter! The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting applications, we have multiple events this month including First Responder Community Day, The Possibility of Disability Art Show, and our Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run makeup event this […]
April Mid-Month Updates (4/15/2019) - What’s coming up in then next few weeks? Advocacy Day, art & autism at Davis Gallery,  our make-up Park & Play Day, and many support groups! Read about it here. Subscribe here.