Our national organization, the Autism Society of America, has been supporting people living with autism for almost 50 years. There’s a lot of great information on the national website that’s worth checking out: www.autism-society.org
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.
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.
May Mid-Month News (5/16/2019) - Check out what’s happening in the last half of May! Read the newsletter here.
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 […]
Day on the Hill 2018: Advocacy Update (7/31/2018) - From July 9-12, 2018, staff and a board member from Autism Society of Texas attended the Autism Society of America’s 50th Annual Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, with a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Autism Society affiliates from all over the country were educated on a number of topics affecting adults and children […]
Social Media Day for Community Living: #FundMFP (3/8/2018) - Advocacy Alert: #FundMFP (Money Follows the Person) Meredyth Alexander, Advocacy Intern EMPOWER Care Act gets Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Back Home. The Bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act (Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources & Care Act) – helps Medicaid beneficiaries receive long-term services and support in their community or home and help save […]
Take two! No Tax on Disability Call-In Day! (Again!) (12/12/2017) - TAKE TWO! NO TAX ON DISABILITY CALL-IN DAY! The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act continues to be a threat to people with disabilities, with the potential for huge cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and negative changes in provisions in the ACA. The Autism Society of America along with the state affiliates, have joined forces nationwide with […]
Advocacy Alert! National Call-In Day: No Tax on Disability! (11/29/2017) - Please join the Autism Society of America and advocates across the country on Wednesday, November 29th for National Call-In Day: No Tax on Disability! Photo images from Center for Public Representation. Call our Texas U.S. Senators today and urge them to please vote NO on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Senator John Cornyn Email https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-2934 […]
Pass Kevin & Avonte’s Law, S. 2070 (11/15/2017) - Texas Families! Please help us by calling Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn today (Wednesday 11/15) or tomorrow morning at 11/16. If you cannot call, please send an email. Ask Senator Cornyn & Senator Cruz to support Kevin & Avonte’s Law, S.2070. Contact information is below! Thank you! Call our Texas U.S. Senators today […]
Today is National Disability #SaveMedicaid Call-in Day! (9/25/2017) - Monday, September 25th – please call or email our Texas US Senators. Please see below for a suggestion of what to say when you call or email. Senator John Cornyn Email https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-2934 Central Texas Office: 512-469-6034 Senator Ted Cruz (We are aware he is currently opposed to the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Please call […]
Help Save Medicaid! Call our U.S. Senators! (5/30/2017) - Call our Texas U.S. Senators Now! The recently passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) places valuable resources for people with disabilities in serious jeopardy. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the AHCA: Creates overwhelming reductions to Medicaid, slashing funding for programs people rely on to meet basic needs by an estimated $834 billion over […]
American Health Care Act: Statement from Autism Society of America (5/9/2017) - May 5, 2017 The House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with the addition of amendments that fail to reflect the reality of the lives of people with disabilities. The Autism Society of America, along with its many partners, are outraged by this vote. AHCA was not properly debated and […]
Autism Society of America’s “Day on the Hill” (2/22/2017) - We sent our Administrative Coordinator, Jacquie Benestante, to the Autism Society of America’s “Day on the Hill” Advocacy Conference last week from February 15-17th in Washington D.C. Autism Society affiliates from all over the country were educated on a number of legislative issues affecting adults and children with autism and their families. The Autism Society of America […]
Kevin & Avonte’s Law Update: Call our US Senators! (12/8/2016) - Please help Autism Society of America & other advocates get this passed! After some slightly altered language, the US House passed Kevin & Avonte’s Law, but it is now going back to the US Senate! Please call our two US Senators and let them know you support Kevin & Avonte’s Law, HR 4919, which provides […]
Support Kevin & Avonte’s Law (H.R. 4919): Wandering & Elopement (11/30/2016) - Please help us support Kevin & Avonte’s Law today, 11/30/16! Kevin and Avonte’s Law (H.R. 4919) will help safeguard children with autism or other developmental disabilities from wandering. We need your help! Please contact five members of the Judiciary Committee from Texas (listed below) who are opposing Kevin and Avonte’s Law. The best way to […]
Ann Hart Named 2015 National Volunteer of the Year (6/14/2015) - Autism Society of Central Texas Board Member wins 2015 National Volunteer of the Year Award Austin, TX June 14, 2015; We are pleased to announce that Ann Hart, Past President, Board Member and Information and Referral volunteer, has been selected to receive the National 2015 Autism Society Volunteer of the Year award. This prestigious award […]
Jason Cherry, Rep. Ron Simmons and Autism Society of America at Circuit of the Americas (5/7/2015) -
Study Finds Brains With Autism Have Too Many Synapses (8/23/2014) - Thanks to the New York Times for another article on autism. This one describes a brain study at Columbia University that may lead to new treatments. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/health/brains-of-autistic-children-have-too-many-synapses-study-suggests.html?_r=0 From the article: As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and […]
The Kids Who Beat Autism (8/14/2014) - This article from the New York Times Sunday Magazine is long but worth reading all the way through because it is thorough and balanced. I found this quote especially refreshing in its honesty: “I’ve been studying autistic kids for 40 years,” [clinical neuropsychologist Deborah] Fein says, “and I’m pretty good at what I do. But […]