Texas Autism Advocacy Day

April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Texas Capitol, Legislative Conference Center
1100 Congress Avenue Austin
TX 78701
Jacquie Benestante
(512) 479-4199, Ext. 4

About the event:

Please join the Autism Society of Texas and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, as we spend the morning discussing legislative issues that affect individuals with autism, and their families. Following issues & advocacy training, we will have lunch. After lunch we will visit with legislators or their staff. There will also be a press conference. No advocacy experience is required and we would love to have as many attendees as possible! During legislative visits, if you are not comfortable communicating with legislators or their staff we will assign you to a group with an appointed spokesperson.

Event will run from approximately from 9:00 am-3 pm. We understand some people may need to arrive later (or leave earlier) due to work or family commitments.

Registration: Please register here.

Financial assistance: The registration fee helps to offset the costs of t-shirt, lunch and materials! At this time we can cover the cost of registration for those requiring financial assistance. Please email Jacquie at the email address below.

Schedule & Location:


Building Map.

8:45 – 9:00 AM: Arrival & Check In at the House Gallery where we will be recognized for our Advocacy Day! Please go straight to the House Gallery to get your t-shirt and sit with our group in the gallery while we wait for our recognition. Room Number 2W.5. (2nd floor of main Capitol building on West side).

9:00-9:30 AM: House Gallery Recognition. Sit together in the House Gallery as Autism Advocacy Day is announced & recognized from the House floor. Please wear your t-shirt!

9:30-11:30 AM: Issues & Advocacy Training, then lunch.  Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002.

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Appointments with legislators.  (We are making appointments for attendees. We will divide into small groups in the afternoon and go to appointments &/or drop off materials).

2:00 PM: Press Conference.

For questions about the event, please email Jacquie Benestante at jacquie@texasautismsociety.org or call
(512) 479-4199, ext. 4.

Mark your calendar for April 26th! We’ll see you there!

Capitol Building Map: capitol_building_guide

Parking: Inexpensive parking is available in the Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage. It is located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701