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November 2018
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November News

AutFest Texas: This Sunday!
AutFest Texas, our 3rd Annual Autism Film Festival, will take place this Sunday November 4th at AFS Cinema!   The event is from 4-9 pm, and tickets are just $35 in advance and $40 at the door! Tickets include all films, a lobby reception with appetizers and silent auction, and panel discussion about autism. We hope you'll join us!

Our feature film this year is A Boy Called Po, the story of a recently widowed man who must learn to cope with becoming a single father to his 10-year old son with autism. Our Short Film Selections (pictured above) are about autism or made by autistic filmmakers.  We have a few volunteer roles open for day of the event. Questions? Please email us! Thank you!
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Thank You Sponsors!
Thanks to our sponsors, funds raised at AutFest Texas will go directly to supporting the autism community through our programming, education and advocacy efforts.

Film Sponsors: Amerigroup, Variety of Texas
Leading Role Sponsors: ASPIRECTAC
Star Sponsors: The Hart Family, Spark Learning
Spotlight Sponsors: Behavior Frontiers, Behavioral Innovations, KidSensations, Nicole DeLeon Enterprises, LLC, Redfin
Popcorn Sponsors: Austin's Communication Station, Big Rentz, Donald F. Carnes, P.C.First LeapSpectrum Sitters, The ZebraTrumpet Behavioral HealthWilliam's Community School
Online Silent Auction: Everyone Can Bid!
Whether you live in Austin or not, everyone can participate in the AutFest Texas silent auction! Support the Autism Society of Texas by bidding online! Check out items & bid here! Online auction ends 11/4/18 at 7:15 pm.
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Join Us Saturday at Putt Fore Autism!
Putt Fore Autism is hosted by Spark Learning, benefitting the Autism Society of Texas! This mini-golf tournament, with raffle, and silent auction is on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at Peter Pan Mini-Golf. Come out and try your hand at the mini-tournament, which is open to children and adults of all ages and abilities and check out the silent auction at the event! Information here.
Save the Date! Holiday Parties!
The holidays are right around the corner! We have parties planned in San Antonio & Austin. The San Antonio Holiday Party is for all ages, and the Austin party will be at Davenport Wine and Spirits, featuring the Susan Sharpe Brazilian Trio. Details for these free events here: Austin, San Antonio.

Advocacy Update & A Reminder to Vote!
Election Day is Tuesday November 6th! We are so excited to see these young adults get out and vote!  Whether you're a parent of a child with autism, or an individual on the spectrum, our elected officials have a huge impact on services and supports for children and adults with autism, and those that support them. Please make your voice heard by voting! You can find what to expect on your ballot here and voting locations and hours here. Early voting ends Friday November 2nd!

Our Autism Advocacy Committee has been hard at work meeting with community partners and stakeholders to prepare for the 86th Texas Legislative Session.  We will be focusing on employment, special education, and early intervention, just to name a few issues! We'll have a legislative agenda posted here in December!

Texas Autism Advocacy Day: Save the Date! On March 8, 2019 we will be hosting our second Texas Autism Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol! You can read more here

Want to get advocacy updates? Sign up for our advocacy email list here.

Austin Marathon: 5K, Half, or Full Marathon!

We’ve been selected as one of the “Official Charity Partners” again for the Austin Marathon’s charitable giving program, Austin Gives Miles! The Austin Marathon is on February 17, 2019! Mark your calendar, get your running (or walking) shoes on, and sign up to represent Autism Society of Texas! Choose the marathon, half marathon, or 5K! Details to run, walk or volunteer here.

Amazon Smile: Extra Giving Days Nov. 1st & 2nd!
AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Autism Society of Texas when you shop here through Nov 2nd!  Or go to smile.amazon.com and select "Autism Society of Central Texas". Support us by sharing with your network through Nov 2nd! Every little bit helps!
Access-Austin: Adult Employment
Our free adult employment and pre-employment program has openings for low income adults with autism who reside within the City of Austin, within Travis County (due to grant stipulations). For information and eligibility details, please contact us.
Upcoming Events
For a complete list of all events & support groups, please check our calendar!

Georgetown Support Group: Nov. 2nd
San Antonio Support Group: Nov. 3rd
Parents of Adults with Disabilities: Nov. 6th
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group: Nov. 13th
El Paso Support Group: Nov. 13th
AISD Autism Parent Coaching Series: Nov. 8th
Putt Fore Autism: Nov. 3rd-Save the date!
AutFest Texas: Nov. 4th- Earlybird sale now!
Preparing for Life After Graduation: Nov 1st
Putt Fore Autism: Nov. 3rd
AutFest TexasNov. 4th
World Autism Organization Conference-Houston: Nov 12th-15th
Spectrum Girls Social Skills Workshop for Parents: Nov. 17th (RSVP by 11/10)
Austin Holiday Party! Save the date: Dec. 6th
San Antonio Holiday Party! Save the date: Dec. 20th


A note about our newsletter:
Starting this fall we are sending the newsletter at the beginning of the month and a calendar of events in the middle of the month.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
AMC Sensory Friendly Films: Check the AMC website for film listings for kids and adults. Saturday mornings are kid friendly shows. Tuesday evenings are sensory friendly films suitable for teens and adults.

Support Us Through Our Partners!
Greater Goods Roasting
Did you know we have our own Autism Society coffee? Greater Goods Coffee Roasters has been our partner for over a year now. Not only do they donate a portion of every bag sold, they attend our bike ride & fun run and provide staff, volunteers and participants with coffee! Check the coffees out & purchase here or at Whole Foods and other locations!

RIDE Austin
Did you know we are one of RIDE Austin's charities? RIDE Austin is a ride share/car service company that supports non-profits. Download the app & select "Autism Society of Central Texas" as your charity if you need a ride somewhere!

Amazon Smile
If you shop on Amazon please choose us as your charity in the Amazon Smile program.  We are listed as "Autism Society of Central Texas". Thank you!

About Autism Society of Texas

If you missed our announcement about becoming the Autism Society of Texas in January 2017, you can read the press release here. Would you like to start a support group or social group in your area of Texas? Please email us!
Autism Society of Texas • 300 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Suite 205, Austin, TX 78752
(512) 479-4199 • info@texasautismsociety.org

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