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Volunteer or Run for #TeamAutism in the Austin Marathon!

On Sunday 2/19/23, join #TeamAutism for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K! We are an official charity team and thanks to the generosity of The Moody Foundation, all donations are matched through our Marathon donation page until we reach $10,000! Make a donation here.

Run for #Team Autism!

Register to run the 5K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon and support Autism Society of Texas by creating a fundraising page: https://youraustinmarathon.com

We need Volunteers!

Join us at Aid Station 21 in East Austin for an Austin Marathon Volunteer Shift on Sunday 2/19/23.

Step 1 of 2: Sign up for your AST shift on this form: https://tinyurl.com/ASTMarathon23

Step 2 of 2: REQUIRED! Sign up using the Austin Marathon website- you will need to sign their waiver to participate and give them your tee size so you can get a free marathon volunteer t-shirt which you will receive at our aid station. Each person must register individually. 
Austin Marathon Required Volunteer Linkhttps://eventdog.com/a/eventpage.php?eID=38736
 
This volunteer opportunity is best for ages 12 & up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. We will send out a detailed email with our aid station location and parking info the week before the event. We are at Aid Station 21 in East Austin at 2999 Goodwin Ave, Austin, TX 78702 near Oak Springs Elementary School.

For questions please contact info@texasautismsociety.org. Thank you!

Save the Date! Texas Autism Advocacy Day!

We are thrilled to announce Texas Autism Advocacy Day is coming soon! Save the date for Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at the Texas State Capitol! Registration information is will be posted within the next two weeks! For more information, please contact Jacquie at jacquie@texasautismsociety.org.

January 2023 Newsletter

Our January newsletter is filled with upcoming events and activities! We hope you’ll make your own connection and join in! Read the newsletter here.

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Connections Created: December Recap!

In December we hosted Connection groups around the state! One attendee told our group leader, “I wanted to say thanks to the whole group for welcoming me and making me feel validated”. Our Autism Dads Social Club in Houston hosted their first ever holiday party complete with Santa and a music therapist to lead song time! In Austin, our Autistic Adult Group & Thrive Parent Group had fun at their Holiday party playing Bingo and making crafts, while the parent group had a lively white elephant gift exchange! We held our second online education event in Spanish, “”Cómo Enseñar Nuevas Habilidades a Los Niños con Autismo”, or “How to Teach New Skills to Children with Autism” which was on Facebook live, and will soon be available on YouTube and our website! In 2023 we’ll continue to make connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

Get to Know Board President Rany Thommen Moser, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

What is your connection to Autism?

My connection to Autism is as a provider and I have served individuals with Autism of all ages and skill levels. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and I have served the Autism community my entire professional career. The strength, courage, and wisdom I observe each and every day in the Autism community never ceases to amaze me. 

Why did you want to join the AST Board and how did you get involved?

I have been an active volunteer, professional advisor, or sponsor of AST since as long as I can remember. As a provider, I have seen first-hand how AST serves the community and really lives by its mission. Whenever I offered to organize a free training or event that would help even just one family, the answer I always received from AST was “yes!” I joined the Board in 2019 and currently serve as President. It is my absolute honor to serve in this role to assist the organization in furthering its reach across Texas and collaborating with parents, Autistic self-advocates, providers, and other stakeholders to ensure AST does all it can to help families impacted by Autism across the great state of Texas!

What do you like most about serving on the AST Board?

What I enjoy most about serving as a Board member is being able to collaborate with an exceptional group of like-minded individuals who want to help the Autism community in new and innovative ways. I also enjoy opportunities to participate in AST’s fundraising events such as the Austin Marathon.

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Rany Thommen Moser, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA received her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University. It was here she began her work with individuals with Autism at the Emory Autism Center’s Walden Early Childhood Program. She then went on to receive her Masters in Autism and Developmental Disabilities/Early Childhood from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked for two state funded agencies and helped start the Autism Services Program at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, the first general revenue funded ABA program in Central Texas.  She is knowledgeable about state waiver programs and has also served as a respected behavioral consultant for public school districts who required outside assistance for high needs cases.  She has worked with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities for 23 years. In 2011 she founded ABA Today, a home and community-based ABA company in Central Texas. ABA Today served individuals of all ages and ability levels and developed partnerships with several non-profit organizations to innovate new ways to bring information and resources to families. Mrs. Thommen supervised a team of behavior analysts and behavior technicians to deliver services.  She currently serves as a BCBA for Texana Center, a non-profit local mental health organization serving 6 counties in southeast Texas. She is Project Manager for Texana Cafe, a fully operational restaurant that specifically trains and employs adults with autism and intellectual disabilities to gain meaningful employment skills. It is the first of its kind restaurant that has a clinician on site to provide hands-on vocational training. Texana Café has gained local attention and hopes to serve as a model to employers. 

In addition to teaching individuals with developmental disabilities, Mrs. Thommen enjoys providing parent and professional training in the community. She has presented at conferences locally as well as internationally including ABA International conferences in Mexico, Japan, France, and Ireland. She is actively involved in public policy issues related to Applied Behavior Analysis. She serves as President of the TxABA Public Policy Group and has worked on legislative efforts since the formation of this organization including the passage of bills creating licensure for behavior analysts in Texas and funding for Medicaid coverage of ABA.

December 2022 News

Our December 2022 Newsletter is out! Read it here. 

Learn more about Season of Giving, check out our upcoming education and recreation events, join #TeamAutism in the Austin Marathon, and learn about new and upcoming support groups across Texas!

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Connections Created: November 2022 Recap!

We had a great November creating connections in the Texas Autism community!

Spark Learning’s Putt Fore Autism raised a record-breaking $23,201.85 for Autism Society of Texas!

We provided a free Seminars Across The Spectrum education presentation on the Texas ABLE Program alongside Texas ABLE staff.

Our new Southeast Houston Support Group met for the first time. Our awesome partner group, Autism Dads Social Club, had a Grub-N-Greet event for dads and families in the Houston area.

This month, our highlight is a quote from an individual who received connections to support for her child through our Navigating Autism Program, “ You helped me so much, I can’t talk about it without crying!”

You can help us continue to create connections in the Texas Autism community. Right now all donations are doubled until we reach $10,000 thanks to the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon as well as the Moody Foundation! Click here to donate now.

November Newsletter

Check out our November Newsletter here.  Subscribe here.

Check out our upcoming education events, see the calendar listings to join #TeamAutism in the Austin Marathon, and learn about new and upcoming support groups across Texas!

NOVEMBER 2022 NEWS

October News

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OCTOBER 2022 NEWS