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Heart of Texas Autism Network
The Mission of the Heart of
Texas Autism Network is to
empower individuals, families
and communities touched by
ASD to inspire a higher quality
of life.

There is no charge for
membership and no dues.
Monthly meetings with
speakers usually include free
childcare for children with
ASD and their siblings, with a
reservation.

Other activities and programs
promote  inclusion,
independence and
participation in the community
for all people affected by ASD.


CHECK OUR
LINKS PAGE
FOR RESOURCES FOR A
WIDE VARIETY OF NEEDS!!

HOTAN is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization
and donations are
tax deductible.

For a free HOTAN brochure
PDF file
click here.


HOTAN is seeking volunteers  
for  fundraisers, programs,
community relations,
volunteer coordination, and
communications (website,
newsletters and publicity).

Creativity and enthusiasm is
needed!
To volunteer, please
Contact
Us on this website or email
hotanwaco@gmail.com
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HOTAN seeks people who speak
Spanish to help the parents of
ASD persons whose primary
language is Spanish.

Contact HOTAN through our
Contact Us page.
Visit us on  
Facebook
Check out our LINKS for resources and
more information
!

Heart of Texas Autism Network Activities:  
Growing on the Spectrum
... Click here for a flyer
Master Gardener Lynn DeMuynck is leading
children/youth in green adventures!
Students learn about Nature and the growing process,
have "hands-on" activities, and take materials home
to continue their experiences with living plants.

The Heart of Texas Autism Network also participates
with Waco's "We Care" Community Garden.
For more information email
hotanwaco@gmail.com
or leave a message on the "Contact Us" page of this website.

SUPPER CLUBS
Groups of children/youth with autism meet monthly to
socialize and have fun!

FIRST MONDAY Supper Club at Chili's meets
at Chili's on 5804 Bosque Blvd.
Come join us at the next "First Monday" Supperclub on Monday November 3rd, at 6 pm!
Kids/youth have fun socializing, meeting new friends and making connections in the community!  
Call
254-733-8965 or hotanwaco@gmail.com to RSVP/for more information.

"TEEN PLUS" Supper Club  
Every fourth Tuesday!
The group is for Teens (13+) and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The next Teen Plus Supper Club meets Tuesday, November 25th, at 6 pm
Contact  254-733-8965 or hotanwaco@gmail.com for more information.

ART CLASSES!
Betty Vela, owner of B's Art School (254-644-1323, 504 Hewitt Drive, in Hewitt),
is partnering with the Heart of Texas Autism Network and
organizing a weekly art class for children with autism.
For more information leave a message on the
"Contact Us" page of this website.

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April is AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
but for those living with autism,
"Awareness" is  24/7, 365 days a year
data published by the CDC show a continuing upward trend
in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.  

In
2007, based on 2002 data, CDC reported that 1 in 150 children had an ASD.  
In
2009, based on 2006 data, CDC reported that 1 in 110 children had an ASD.  
In 2012, based on 2008 data ...CDC reported that 1 in 88 children had an ASD.
And on
March 27th, 2014, based on 2010 data, CDC reported 1 in 68 children had an
ASD,

... an increase of 120% from 2002









Other figures released by the CDC indicate
1 in 50 school-age children
has an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Join us!
Together, we can make a difference!

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Facebook
Click here to see our   
"News to Use and Share"
newsletter -- great information on
fun activities, programs, meetings,
news and information!

CLICK HERE to subscribe
We are in the process
of revising and
refreshing our
information and
website.
Go to the "CONTACT
US" page, we
welcome your
suggestions!
Click Here for a
Calendar of
events, meetings
and activities;
submit your events
at the "
Contact Us"
tab on this website
Updated 6-17-11 Updated 7-10-11 2014 WALK RESOURCE FAIR

Heart of Texas Autism Network
P.O. Box 2484
Waco, TX 76703

The Heart of Texas Autism Network has launched a pilot program
called the
Job-coached Adult Internship Program
HOTAN is looking for persons on the Autism Spectrum, 18 years of age or older,
who have completed their education with the public school system.
Selected applicants will receive approximately 40 hours of training  to perform
specific tasks to increase their employment marketability.
Skills learned will be based upon the individual needs of the applicant.
The goal of the program is for the selected applicants
to be placed in a paid or volunteer position with a local business or organization.
 
Application is online at
www.hotautismnetwork.org/ajci.html
area support groups
in Waco, McLennan
and Surrounding
Counties

The Heart of Texas Autism Network was in the Baylor Homecoming Parade!!
Thank You to generous donors Richard Karr Motors and Texas Legacy Custom Homes!





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November 23 -  FREE NUTCRACKER TICKETS for
families with children/youth on the autism spectrum!!
One of the most beloved ballets of all time, "The Nutcracker" celebrates the magic of Christmas through the beauty of
Tchaikovsky's enduring music. This enchanting Russian fairy tale has delighted audiences for more than a century.
Through the generosity of the Waco Symphony, a bloc of 41 free tickets are available through the

Heart of Texas Autism Network to families with children/youth on the autism spectrum
for the Sunday, November 23, 2-4 pm performance of The Nutcracker, jointly produced by the
Waco Symphony and Ballet Austin!
There is also another bloc of 15 tickets in a different part of the theatre,

available at a reduced price of $25 per ticket (not specifically for those on the spectrum).
The offer is "First-call, First-served;" the deadline to RSVP for either ticket offer is Monday November 17 by 3 pm.
Both blocs of tickets are on the ground floor of Waco Hall.
Email
hotanwaco@gmail.com with the number of persons, names, ages and your contact information
(emails and telephone numbers). If you are registering for the free tickets, please also give names/ages of all in your
party and the individual(s) with ASD.

The reduced-rate tickets are available to anyone.
Since seating is limited, we will contact you to let you know if you have your reservation confirmed,

or if you are on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
What: Nutcracker Performance - Bloc of 41 free tickets for children/youth with autism diagnosis and their families;

15 reduced-price ($25 per seat) tickets for anyone (seating in another part of theatre)
When: Sunday, November 23, 2-4 pm
Where:
Waco Hall; Waco Hall is located on the east side of Baylor University, at 624 Speight Avenue
Please indicate in your email if you are registering for the free tickets or the reduced ($25 per seat) tickets.
Include your name, phone(s), email(s) and number in your party.

If you are registering for the free tickets, please also give names/ages of all in your party and the individual(s) with ASD.
The reduced-rate tickets are available to anyone.
Call 254-733-8965 if you have questions or email
hotanwaco@gmail.com
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