About 2017 Autism Society of Texas Day of Giving

Thank you for visiting us during our Autism Day of Giving! Today, we ask that you make a gift to Autism Society of Texas that will enable us to provide free support, information and referrals, advocacy, education, and recreation events to adults and children with autism, and their families. We are also raising funds for our critical adult scholarship program, the Hunter Hinze Fund, that allows us to provide grants for adults who are working to learn new skills and reach their potential. Please take a look at the many areas of service and support we provide, and make a gift. Every donation, no matter how small or large, makes a difference in the life of someone impacted by autism.


•$1000 Funds a two week acting camp for 20 children

•$500 Funds a Hunter Hinze Scholarship for adult transition

•$250 pays for a recreation event for children

•$100 funds a facilitator for our monthly adult support and social skills group

•$50 pays for two parents to attend advocacy day at the Capitol

•$25 covers two adults with autism to attend a recreation outing



Date

Starts at:  December 7, 2017 12:00 AM
Ends at:  December 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Location

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Contact

Jacquie Benestante
512-479-4199
jacquie@texasautismsociety.org

Advocacy

The Autism Society of Texas actively advocates for the needs and protections of people with autism and their families at state & national levels. In April, we hosted Texas Autism Advocacy Day, with 120 attendees, who visited all 181 Texas legislators! We are an active ally in Texans for Special Education Reform, working hard to make sure that the needs of students with autism are met in Texas public schools. During the Texas legislative session, we testified, submitted testimony, and tracked and send advocacy alerts for multiple bills affecting our families, partners and stakeholders. We stay engaged in national policy issues by sending a staff member to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S Senators, U.S. Representatives, & their staff, to discuss issues that face our Texas autism community. In addition to this, our staff members serve on the Autism Society of America’s Public Policy Advocacy Committee working with national staff and affiliates across the country to positively affect federal legislation impacting individuals with autism. We provide outreach and advocacy alerts to let the autism community know about issues that will impact them and how to take action. Today you can support these efforts by making a donation towards our Advocacy initiatives. Your donation makes a difference.

Education

The Autism Society of Texas provides free education and training to organizations across the state. This year we’ve held trainings and education events with the YMCA of Austin, the Houston Zoo, Cookie Cutters for Kids Hair Salons, and trained multiple Fire and Police Departments around the state about working with individuals with autism. We are here to meet the educational needs of schools, businesses, and communities, so they can build an inclusive and welcoming environment for individuals with autism and their families.

Hunter Hinze Fund

The Hunter Hinze Transition Grant was launched by Dr. J.D. and Kathy Hinze, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Texas, to honor the memory of their son, Hunter, who passed away at the age of 18 in 2015. Today the Hunter Hinze Fund Grant helps adults with autism live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition throughout adulthood. We have now completed four grant cycles, awarding individuals from around the state funding to help assist with post-secondary education, life skills, vocational skills, and interests that promote autonomy, skill development, and a sense of purpose that promotes self-sufficiency and fosters independence. We are proud to be stewards of this essential scholarship fund that champions the needs of adults with autism. This Thursday, December 7th, make a donation to support this critical initiative.

Programs & Support

We are proud of the numerous programs we offer for children and families, as well as adults with autism! We have a social worker on staff to advise and support anyone in need of assistance at no charge; from a new diagnosis to an adult with autism seeking help in navigating services and support, we are here to provide caring and knowledgeable assistance to all those impacted by autism. Our programming varies from recreation events for adults with autism (past events include bowling, river biking, art museum, karaoke, and more!). We also provide a free support and social skills group for adults. We have many amazing support groups for parents and caregivers, and free recreation events such as our annual pool party. We also partner with nonprofits so our families and adults can attend free ballet and theater performances, or go to Open Gym & Swim at YMCA locations all around Austin. In the Summer we create partnerships to provide kids with autism the opportunity to attend theater camp, coding camp, rowing camp and more. We also host programs like Health & Wellness Day, Crossfit for All, and Run Club. We are here to meet the needs of the autism community. Please make a donation and support those impacted by autism by supporting our programming.

General Fund

At the Autism Society of Texas, we assist the autism community through our core services; Education, Advocacy, Support, Recreation, and Information and Referrals. We provide these essential services through free support groups, free recreation and community inclusion events, informed advocacy work at state and federal levels, and caring and knowledgeable support staff who are available to answer questions about everything from finding a hairstylist, to school advice, to navigating services and supports throughout the lifespan. Thanks to the stewardship of our Board of Directors, combined with the dedication of our staff, we are able to fill needs where we see them. In July 2017, we were honored to be selected from over 90 affiliates around the United States to receive the Autism Society of America's Affiliate of the Year Award. This award recognizes our unwavering commitment to our work to uphold our mission to "improve the lives of all affected by autism". When you make a donation to the General Fund, we will use your gift where it is most needed. Thank you.