When you need someone to listen while you travel down the long road of living with autism, the Autism Society of Central Texas is there for you.
For me, facing the fact that my son was diagnosed with autism was very difficult. I lived in denial for a long time – maybe too long. I already had a child with a disability (cerebral palsy) and I couldn't quite accept that I had even more to deal with.
Autism made no sense to me. With my daughter's cerebral palsy, it made sense. She had a stroke, it damaged her brain, and thus caused various issues. I understood that. Autism made no sense. My son was fine. He was a great baby. What caused this? And there wasn't a clear path of “Do this therapy, take this medicine, and we will do the best we can.” There was no telling what would set him off from day to day, and I simply didn't want to be a parent of a child with autism.
In this time of total confusion, resources like the Autism Society were there to let me know not only that I wasn't alone, but that people were feeling the same way and it was okay. The Autism Society of Central Texas showed me that there were doctors studying autism, that hope wasn’t lost, that things looked bleak at that moment, but there would be light ahead. In those moments of disbelief when I wanted to pull the covers over my head, they were the light that lead us out of the darkness.
Offering many support groups with a large variety of times and venues, the Autism Society has something to meet your needs. It’s a safe place to go to talk about the day-to-day struggles of living with autism. Speaking with parents who have been where you are is an invaluable resource. Supporting another parent as they begin their journey can be healing.
The Autism Society of Central Texas covers a 24 county service area, and they are celebrating their 25th year. With autism rates on the rise, the Autism Society takes hundreds of phone calls and questions dealing with everything from diagnosis to the latest treatments.
As the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, the Autism Society is the place they can turn. The Society spreads public awareness about the day-to-day issues people on the spectrum are facing, and they help advocate for appropriate services for individuals with autism throughout their lives. They provide the latest information about treatment, education, research, and advocacy. The Autism Society offers many support groups for friends and family.
We all need help and someone to listen from time to time. The life of supporting someone living with autism is a hard one. It is often confusing and frustrating. It helps to have someone to listen that understands. The Autism Society is here for us.
Please check out the Autism Society of Central Texas website.
The Autism Society of Central Texas is located at 4902 Grover Avenue (Austin, Texas, 78756) and can be reached at 512-479-4199, Extension 1.
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