The Heart of Texas Autism Network mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder to live fulfilling lives.
They work to develop and improve resources to help people with ASD live, work and participate as fully and independently as possible in our society. Activities and programs are provided for free or as low cost as possible.
Some of the resources they have helped families with have been:
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 in the 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 with nature. 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 local restaurants or other locations; in addition to having fun, they also learn independent life skills and social skills.
PO Box 2484
Waco, 76703, TX
Accessible Location: No
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categories||Advocacy, Child Care, Emotional Support, Recreation, Teen Activity, Trainings, Other|
|Spanish Services Offered?||No|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||All ages|
|Disability Categories||Developmental Disability, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability|
|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|