Updated 6-17-11 Updated 7-10-11 2014 WALK RESOURCE FAIR
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

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


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
To volunteer, please
Us on this website or email

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  
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
or leave a message on the "Contact Us" page of this website.

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 February 2nd, at 6 pm!
Kids/youth have fun socializing, meeting new friends and making connections in the community!  
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, January 27th, at 6 pm
Contact  254-733-8965 or hotanwaco@gmail.com for more information.

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.


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.  

2007, based on 2002 data, CDC reported that 1 in 150 children had an ASD.  
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

... 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!

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

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We are in the process
of revising and
refreshing our
information and
Go to the "CONTACT
US" page, we
welcome your
Click Here for a
Calendar of
events, meetings
and activities;
submit your events
at the "
Contact Us"
tab on this website
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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
area support groups
in Waco, McLennan
and Surrounding

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!


Holiday Party for all  individuals and families with special needs

On Friday December 5th, The Heart of Texas Autism Network, Heart of Texas Down Syndrome
Network, Waco Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and Music Touching Lives  
A Special Starry Night Holiday Party for individuals with disabilities!
We would like to thank those organizations and individuals
who helped make it an unforgettable evening
(see some photos here)

Thank you Waco Mayor's Committee & Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network
for their partnership & everything they brought to this event!

Thank you
Carino's Italian Restaurant, Focus Behavioral Associates, Hope Therapy, and Baylor
Autism Resource Clinic for bringing activity tables to entertain the guests, and Joel Colosimo
for providing an art activity. The
Children's Special Needs Network contributed an photo activity
ornament kit. Music Touching Lives by Cindy McCorckle provided an amazing night of dancing
for guests! Thank you to
ANGEL PAWS for bringing joy and love to all! Thank you to Cinema
Booth Photography for helping capture great memories!

Thank you to Neil Knight, Betty Meyer, Bill Gaventa,
Barbara Francis Pottery, Creekside
Christian Retreat, Jean Love Designs, Longhorn SteakHouse, Starbucks, Don Carlos Mexican
Restaurant, Olive Branch Restaurant,  Indigo Hotel, Superior Health Plan,
The Opportunity Center, Mackenzie Reid, Mary Ompad, Brandy Abel-Clark, Patricia Krauss,
Diana Whitely and Anita Karney for the raffle items, food and decoration!
Thank you to our anonymous donor for the amazing food!

Thank you Darlene Nobles, Kelly Yarbrough and Cindy McCorckle for interpreting by signing &
Signs of the Time for the Santa chair.

Thanks to Santa (Melvin Rueffer) and the wrestlers from
Heart of Texas Wrestling for your  
presence! Thank you Palladium for the fabulous venue!

Thanks to all of the volunteers, HOTAN board and advisory members, Kelly Yarbrough and
others for all of their hard work with setup and take down!
It was a beautiful evening. Happy Holidays, to all!
Next Meeting
Monday, FEBRUARY 9th

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Austin Avenue Methodist Church
1300 Austin Avenue, Waco Tx

Come meet with other families, enjoy a great supper and a terrific program!
Meet our new Board Members, and discuss current resources/programs
and discuss future activities!

POT LUCK SUPPER - bring something to share!
Dinner: 6-6:30, childcare & program begin at 6:30
RSVP for meeting here

space is limited, RSVP required

EMAIL -- childcare@hotautismnetwork.org
to RSVP for Childcare