Recreation


The Autism Society of Texas offers recreational opportunities for families and adults with autism. During the Summer we hosted online recreation groups for kids and teens. We also have events such as seasonal holiday parties, AMC Sensory-Friendly Films, recreation and support groups for autistic adults, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for parents and caregivers! Some of our other special events during the year have included Round Rock Baseball outings, water park outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, and summer fun pool parties. We also partner with other organizations to offer autism-friendly summer camp opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or subscribe to our newsletter to find out what’s coming up!

Upcoming Events

Aug
11
Wed
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Feel free to bring your kiddos if you would like to! Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. The group is hosted by Danielle Zavagno of Kyo Therapy and parent volunteer Sarah Tillotson. No RSVP required.

Please check the AST web calendar, as meeting dates occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Aug
12
Thu
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. There is a gym at the therapy center, so it’s ok to bring young children to the support group meeting!  At the first meeting the topic will be IEP templates and helping staff and teachers get to know your kiddo in preparation for getting ready for back to school! Grace Therapy and Educational Services will host the meeting.

The group will meet monthly but please check the calendar as meeting dates may occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Sep
1
Wed
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available for family-friendly movies and mature audiences. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Sep
8
Wed
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Feel free to bring your kiddos if you would like to! Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. The group is hosted by Danielle Zavagno of Kyo Therapy and parent volunteer Sarah Tillotson. No RSVP required.

Please check the AST web calendar, as meeting dates occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Sep
9
Thu
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. There is a gym at the therapy center, so it’s ok to bring young children to the support group meeting!  At the first meeting the topic will be IEP templates and helping staff and teachers get to know your kiddo in preparation for getting ready for back to school! Grace Therapy and Educational Services will host the meeting.

The group will meet monthly but please check the calendar as meeting dates may occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Sep
23
Thu
2021 World Autism Conference and Gala @ Virtual Event
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm

The US Autism Association is pleased to announce its 2021 World Conference and Gala. Within an entirely online model, this event will feature in-depth interviews, small group discussions, live chats with various speakers, and plenty of opportunities for live networking, connecting, and interacting with other conference attendees and sponsors.

In our continuing, 15-year tradition of bringing you the world’s best speakers, this event promises to maintain our small “family of support” feel to meet the needs of individuals at all ages along the autism spectrum. Recognized as one of the leading conferences that people on the autism spectrum want to attend, we at the US Autism Association hope you, your family and friends, and the medical, educational, and therapeutic professionals who serve those affected will join us and make this the best World Autism Conference and Gala yet!

To register, visit www.worldautismconference.org/register; general conference registration closes on Monday, September 13. Use promo code USAA-645 for $10 off conference registration fees!

Oct
1
Fri
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available for family-friendly movies and mature audiences. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Oct
13
Wed
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DFW Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Chick-fil-A-Grapevine

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Feel free to bring your kiddos if you would like to! Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. The group is hosted by Danielle Zavagno of Kyo Therapy and parent volunteer Sarah Tillotson. No RSVP required.

Please check the AST web calendar, as meeting dates occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Oct
14
Thu
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Grace Therapy and Educational Services

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, support, share stories, and laugh. There is a gym at the therapy center, so it’s ok to bring young children to the support group meeting!  At the first meeting the topic will be IEP templates and helping staff and teachers get to know your kiddo in preparation for getting ready for back to school! Grace Therapy and Educational Services will host the meeting.

The group will meet monthly but please check the calendar as meeting dates may occasionally change due to holidays or other events.

Nov
1
Mon
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available for family-friendly movies and mature audiences. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

July News (7/1/2021) - Our July newsletter is out! Check out our new AUTonomy series, Autism Employment Empowerment Day, July 4th event & tips, and new groups! Read it here.  Subscribe here.
June News (6/3/2021) - Check out what’s happening in June! Our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run wraps up on 6/5, we’re presenting at the Texas Autism Virtual Conference, sign up now for our job fair- calling all attendees and employers, and save the date for AutFest Texas in October! Read the June newsletter here. Subscribe here.
May News (6/3/2021) - Check out our May newsletter here. Subscribe here!
AutFest Texas: Coming this October! (6/1/2021) - We are thrilled to announce the return of our in-person autism film festival, AutFest Texas, this October! Mark your calendars! We’ll be hosting the event in Austin at AFS Cinema, in Houston at The Monarch School, in the DFW area  at Studio Movie Grill (Spring Valley location), and a Virtual AutFest with a streaming link […]
What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month! (3/30/2021) - April is Autism Acceptance Month! We will be dedicated to spreading our message of inclusion, where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance!  Spread awareness, “attend” a free event, take action, check out our support groups, treat yourself, or join our virtual Bike Ride & Fun Run/Walk! View other ideas here! Read our “What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month” […]
March News (3/24/2021) - Check out our March newsletter! Registration is open for our Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run, and free for pets!! Lots of education events and new support groups starting! Read it here. Subscribe here.  
February News (2/3/2021) - Check out our February newsletter! Register for Texas Autism Advocacy Day, check out our new Seminars Across the Spectrum series, new support groups & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
January 2021 News (1/9/2021) - Please note! The Texas ABLE presentation on 1/7/21 was canceled and is being rescheduled. Read the complete January newsletter here  – upcoming events include our Policy Symposium on 1/14, new Spanish support group, Houston Parent/Caregiver group, and read about our new regional online groups-find support wherever you are! Subscribe to our newsletter here.
2020 Year-In-Review (1/6/2021) - 2020 was an unusual year, but at the Autism Society of Texas we were able to grow programs and add staff, reaching more people impacted by autism statewide. Read the full year-end review here.
December News (1/6/2021) - Read our December newsletter here to learn what’s happening! 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.
August News (8/5/2020) - Learn more about our exciting plans for the virtual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, meet our amazing supporters, Amy & Michael Ota, learn about AutFestTexas: The Sequel on 9/13, and the continuation of many of our free groups online for teens, kids and adults! Read it here. Subscribe here.
July News (7/7/2020) - Check out what’s happening in July! Free kids & teens social groups, help us provide funds for adult scholarships through the Hunter Hinze Fund, support & rec groups for autistic adults, support groups for caregivers, Zumba for Autism, and Respite & Support Services Brown Bag Learning Event! Read it here. Subscribe here. 
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.
May News (5/4/2020) - Check out our May newsletter! Read updates on how you can watch the AutFest at Home films, virtual support groups, and our Self-Care for Autistic Adults event on 5/12! Check out our calendar too! Read the May newsletter.Subscribe to the newsletter.  
March Newsletters (3/17/2020) - Read the March Mid-Month Updates here. Subscribe here. March News can be found 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.
January Mid-Month Updates (1/19/2020) - What’s happening? We’ll see you in San Antonio for DreamWeek, join us Saturday 1/25 at our Sensory Friendly Concert, VOLUNTEER at the Austin Marathon, make a donation- it’s doubled thanks to Moody Foundation & Austin Marathon-Austin Gives Miles, and KEEP VOTING for our Recognize Good Legend, Ann Hart, Board President & amazing volunteer. Vote for […]
January News (1/19/2020) - Check out what’s happening this month! Recreation Event: Sensory-Friendly Concert at Kick Butt Coffee, 2020 DreamWeek: Succeeding with Autism in San Antonio, support groups including our new Waco group for autistic adults, vote for Ann Hart in the RecognizeGood #SayThanksAustin Campaign, getting ready for the Austin Marathon: Join #TeamAutism & more! Read it all here […]