Autism Treatment Forum: Personal Support Networks: Enriching Lives in the Present and Preparing for the Future

April 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Old Quarry Library
7051 Village Center Drive
Dianne Doggett
Autism Treatment Forum:  Personal Support Networks: Enriching Lives in the Present and Preparing for the Future @ Old Quarry Library

The Austin Autism Treatment Forum Presents: 

 Personal Support Networks: Enriching Lives in the Present and Preparing for the Future

Speaker: Denise Sonleitner

Thursday, April 4th, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin 78731

Just off Far West Blvd, Between the Post Office and HEB

Description: The best guarantee of a safe and secure future for a person with a disability is to have caring friends, family members, and acquaintances involved in his or her life. Personal networks build a community of caring volunteers around a person at risk of isolation; they promote planning and social opportunities in the present, assist with decision-making, and work to be sustainable after parents can no longer be available. Texas Parent to Parent’s (TxP2P) Texas Network Connections (TxNC) program helps families explore, develop and maintain personal support networks for their sons and daughters who have a disability (  Launched in Austin in 2016, Texas Network Connections is now expanding to other areas within the state.  Denise Sonleitner, from Texas Parent to Parent, will provide information on what a network is and how it can help an individual and a family in the present and for the future, while building social opportunities and a committed circle of support.  Come learn more about personal networks and how to get a personal network started for yourself, your son or your daughter!
Bio: Denise Sonleitner lives in Austin with her husband Steve, and has two adult children, Ava Linn and Maverick.  Maverick, who is 23 years old, has multiple disabilities associated with Angelman Syndrome.   In early 2010, with the support of friends and family, the Sonleitners set up a personal support network for Maverick, known as ‘MavMen.’  Denise loves talking to other parents (and anyone else who will listen!) about personal networks and how this powerful tool can help families raising a son or daughter who has a disability.  Presently, Denise is facilitating personal networks with families in Austin, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Over the last several years, Denise co-developed Texas Network Connections (TxNC), a network facilitation program at Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P). Texas Network Connections launched in Austin in 2016 and is now expanding to other areas of the state.    

Please join us! Meetings are free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation is ever necessary, but please leave your children at home if possible, as no child care is available.

All meetings of the Forum are held at the Old Quarry Library , 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin, 78731, off Far West Blvd., between the Post Office and HEB. The Forum meets on the first Thursday of almost every month at noon.

Visit, to see meeting topics and speakers, and to join the Forum. Forum members receive frequent emails about autism treatment and local autism resources and events. The Forum is sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater Austin. For more information, email