Advocacy training - Workshops to help parents learn to advocate successfully for their children receiving special education services in the public school system.
Annual Walk for Autism raises awareness and funds to help programs benefiting families and individuals inthe area who are affected by ASD.
Annual Holiday "Starry Night" event is a holiday party for families with activities, refreshments, and lots of fun!
Gardening activities for kids/youth on the autism spectrum: Participants interact with each other and withNature. They experience the therapeutic properties of nurturing living plants, take part in caring for Waco’s WECARE Community Garden and donate their harvest to Caritas, our local food bank (led by Texas MasterNaturalist/Master Gardener).
Coached Internship Program - assists with helping a young adult on the autism spectrum identify vocational strengths and helps to build the skills associated with those talents, to provide the adult on the spectrum with a fulfilling life of pride and functionality, giving back to the community.
First Responder autism training for area law enforcement and the community.
Meetings : potluck supper with speakers on topics relevant to autism. Past speakers have included: directors of area agencies, university professors, executive directors of area nonprofits, professional therapists,advocates, and more. Free childcare is provided, with RSVP.
Monthly Supper Clubs for kids/youth: Groups of kids, youth and young adults with autism meet at localrestaurants or other locations; in addition to having fun, they also learn independent life skills and social skills.
Networking and referral to resources, information and services: The Heart of Texas Autism Network collaborates with other organizations to provide information, resources and assistance for events,conferences, and activities ... examples of current and past collaborators include:
Speaking to organizations, etc: HOTAN members speak with groups of employers, agencies, educators, churches, civic organizations and others about autism to raise awareness and understanding.
Talented and dedicated families and individuals who are passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with autism. Members in the community who see the value of these contributions to society and want to help further this mission.
Most importantly, families and individuals who live with ASD. Some have just begun their journeys, and need a companion and guide as they find our path. Some are nearing the end of their own walks, and need assurance that their loved ones will continue on safely and in good company. Here to help each other, to find hope and build a better future -- for ourselves, our children, and the wider community.
P.O. Box 2484
Waco, 76703, TX
Accessible Location: Yes
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categories||Advocacy, Disability Specific, Emotional Support, Recreation, Social Media, Trainings, Volunteer Opportunity|
|Spanish Services Offered?||Yes|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||All ages|
|Disability Categories||Mental Health Disorder|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||No|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses||Autism Spectrum Disorder (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)|
|Is this a statewide parent group?||No|
|Email Address||[email protected]|