February 2017
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February Mid-Month Updates

2017 Resource Guide Now Available!
Our 2017 Resource Guide is now available! Let us help you navigate services and supports! Our extensive Resource Guide covers just about anything & everything for kids and adults on the autism spectrum. Take a look at the 2017 Resource Guide.  If you can't find what you need, we offer free information & referrals. Are you & provider & would like to be included in the next edition? Register here.
Access-Austin Update & Meeting
Access-Austin, our adult vocational program made possible by a grant from City of Austin, is proud to have some of our first clients find employment, and we are now able to bring more folks into the program. Access-Austin is a personalized employment program for adults (18 & over). In our program we have the ability to work on everything from the beginning of the job search to mock interviews, and even some support at a new place of employment. We take a lot of pride in getting to know each of our clients in order to figure out what direction they want to go. With 9 out of 10 adults with autism either under employed or not employed at all we know the need for this program is vast, but we are ready to change that statistic! If you are interested in this program we encourage you to come to our meeting on February 23.
Austin Marathon, 2/19/17: Match from Moody Foundation!
The Austin Marathon is this Sunday, 2/19/17!  We need a few more volunteers during the later shift to help at our aid station! Know someone running? Please donate to them or to our organization! The Moody Foundation will match every donation made to all charities, up to $10,000. All details here.

How to help:
Donate and have your donation matched!
Run, Walk (5K)  or Volunteer
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run: Early Bird Discount!
Show the Autism Society of Texas some love by registering for the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run! The "Early Bird Discount" has been extended until 2/28/17! This is a fun, family-friendly bike ride, or 5K Fun Run (or walk) at Georgetown High School on 4/2/17. Details here

Advocacy Updates!

We are excited to be part of a coalition of Texas disability nonprofits, parent advocates, and partners, in the newly created Texans for Special Education Reform. Please "like" the Facebook page & check out the action items.  
National Advocacy: This week Jacquie is in Washington D.C. at the Autism Society of America's "Day on the Hill" Conference. Read about that and about Texans for Special Education Reform in the February edition of "Advocacy News".

Please join our advocacy list to be informed about events at the Capitol or legislation that we need assistance on as well as advocacy training opportunities.
Upcoming Events & Information
Join us this Thursday for #SayThanksAustin at Austin City Hall. We'll be receiving an award from Recognize Good acknowledging Dianne Doggett's many years of volunteering for us! (Dianne is pictured below on far left).
Check the calendar for recreation events, free support groups & education events! Also check out the sensory friendly movie listings for kids and adults!  

New! Adult Sibling Support Group: Feb 15th
New! Evening Support Group Meeting: Feb 15th
New! San Marcos Support Group: Feb 16th
Friends & Family Happy Hour: Feb 16th
"Say, Thanks Austin!" Awards at Austin City Hall: Feb 17th
Austin Marathon (join our team or volunteer): Feb 19th
Hutto Support Group: Feb 23rd
Access-Austin Information Meeting: Feb 23rd
Georgetown Support Group: March 1st
“How I Succeeded with Autism”: March 2nd
Crossfit for All: March 4th
Save the Date! Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run: April 2nd

Support & Social Groups:  We have many support groups meeting at different times & locations! If you'd like to find a group or start one, please contact Program Specialist Caroline Turner.

RIDE Austin: Get A Safe Ride Home!
Did you know RIDE Austin has selected us as a charity? 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!
Shop For A Cause With 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, you can read the press release here.
We've moved!
Autism Society of Texas • 300 E. Highland Mall
, Suite 205, Austin, TX 78752 
(512) 479-4199 •

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