April is World Autism Month. This is a month dedicated to sharing information and myths about autism, offering support for the neurodivergent community, and giving resources to support those on the spectrum. Families who need support can find several free autism resources in Austin.

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This topic is a dear one to my heart. Outside of the Austin Moms Blog, I have worked in a public-school Special Education Department for 20 years. I am honored to share this blog as one for education, support, and resources.

In the United States, 1 in 36 children have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Since 2000, that number has gone up 312%. This is why resources are so important to those with Autism and their families.

The Autism Society of Texas, offers information, support groups, and educational workshops at no cost. These gatherings provide a space for families to connect, share experiences, and learn from experts in the field.

The Educational Service Center here in Austin, works with local school districts and families to provide resources in many areas.

Organizations like the Texas Parent to Parent offer peer support and resources for families navigating the challenges of raising a child with autism.

Many libraries in Austin host free events and programs tailored to children with special needs, including sensory-friendly story times and adaptive play sessions.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department also offers inclusive recreational programs, allowing children of all abilities to participate in sports, arts, and outdoor activities.

By taking advantage of these free resources, families in Austin can access valuable support networks and services to help their autistic children thrive.

Ashley Rew-Hunter
Ashley Rew-Hunter is described by a friend, as an explosion of rainbow sprinkles. Ashley embraces the notion that you only have one life and you need to make it count. With that being said, Ashley’s family motto is “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. Ashley and her family have called Austin home for 22 years. They  now reside in the Bee Cave area. Ashley has worked for almost 20 years with Special Education Students, runs a successful naturally based haircare business and LOVES connecting through social media. You can keep up with Ashley, and her family @curlmecrazyashley


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