June 2016
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June News

News and announcements from the Autism Society of Central Texas
San Antonio Family Picnic!
Join us for a Family Picnic in San Antonio! Free food, games, activities, playground and fun!  Please RSVP for everyone in your group so we have enough food! Check out the details & come join us!

Support Group Information
Did you know our support groups are run almost entirely by volunteers? We now have groups in North, South, and Central Austin, Bastrop, Buda, Hutto & San Antonio, as well as a new adult support & recreation group for those on the spectrum (18 & up), and another support group for adults on the spectrum (26 & up). We also have a group for Parents of Adults with Disabilities & a Happy Hour! 
Are you interested in starting a group? Our Program Specialist, Caroline Turner LMSW, can support you in getting started. Find support group list & information about starting a group here.
Summer Camps!
Register for Rowing & Kayaking Camps
We've partnered with Texas Rowing for All for 2 choices of Summer Camps: Camp Kayak (age 8 & up) or Rowing Camp (ages 13 & up), both from August 1st-5th. The camp is usually $200 for the week, however Autism Society of Central Texas will be contribute $100 for each camper, so the cost to families will be $100 per camper. Application & details.
Free Coding Camp at Microsoft
We love our friends at the Microsoft Domain store! They are reserving a week of their free mini-camp for Autism Society of Central Texas! Parent or caregiver required to stay at store, but they are offering free computer classes for parents at the same time! (Excel, etc). July 25-28th, 10 am-12 pm, ages 8-15. Details & registration.
Summer Camp Guide
Don't forget to check out the comprehensive Summer Camp Guide for children with special needs, put together by Easter Seals Central Texas & Austin ISD. Many local therapy providers also offer Summer camps.
Hunter Hinze Fund Deadline: June 30th
The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting grant applications for adults 18 & up. The deadline is June 30th. These grants are up to $500 and can be used for:
  • services and supports that would provide autonomy, skill development; or
  • a sense of purpose that promotes self-sufficiency and fosters independence.
Please help us spread the word about this wonderful resource started by the family of Hunter Hinze to honor his memory. Thank you.
What's on the Calendar this Summer?
From our special needs hours at Volente Beach, to the Family Picnic in San Antonio, to the Bowl-A-Thon hosted by Austin's Communication Station, plus movies, story times, and play dates, there is plenty to do on our calendar this Summer! 
Upcoming Events & Dates:

Texas Autism Research Conference, Austin:  June 14 & 15th
Texas Parent to Parent Conference, San Marcos: June 17th & 18th
Friends & Family Happy Hour: June 23rd
Hunter Hinze Fund Application Deadline (grants for adults 18 & up): June 30th
San Antonio Family Picnic: July 23rd
Volente Beach Park Day: July 30th
Texas Autism Conference, San Antonio: August 3rd & 4th
Bowl-A-Thon (Benefits ASCT-sign up to sponsor or bowl!): August 7th
San Antonio Autism Walk In The Park: Save the date! October 1st

A note about our Summer newsletter schedule:
As things slow down a little over the Summer, we'll be sending out the newsletter at the beginning of the month only.  Our "Mid-Month Updates" will resume in September!
Help Families Connect: Be A Social Coordinator!
We are adding a few volunteer roles, as we are seeing an increasing need & desire for parents to get together with their children! We are seeking a few parents to serve as Social Coordinators to help arrange get togethers by age or interest.  The coordinator will not be expected to attend every event, but we would ask that you connect parents in your child's age group & make sure someone acts as "host" to spot other attendees! This would be a one year volunteer commitment and our Program Specialist, Caroline Turner, LMSW will support you in getting started.  We are seeking Social Coordinators for the following age groups:
  • Pre-School
  • Early Elementary (Kinder-2nd Grade) 
  • Older Elementary (3rd-5th Grade)
  • Middle School
  • High School 
Once we get some get-togethers going, there may be some overlap of ages & interests, which is fine! We hope to encourage parents to meet other parents & our kids to have a safe social outlet! Please email Caroline if you have questions or might be interested in doing this. Thank you! 
Autism Society of Central Texas • 4902 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756 
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