Autism Awareness Month 2023 Events

April 2023 World Autism Month, is a time dedicated to raising awareness, understanding, and acceptance for individuals on the autism spectrum. Throughout the month, various events and activities take place in the community to support individuals with autism and their families. These events not only help to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those on the spectrum but also celebrate their unique strengths and abilities. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the events happening in the community during April and highlight the importance of coming together to support individuals on the autism spectrum.

2023 Texas Autism Advocacy Day

You are invited to join the Autism Society of Texas, along with other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, for a morning of discussion on legislative issues affecting individuals with Autism and disabilities, and their loved ones. The session will include advocacy training and an opportunity to address the issues with legislators or their staff in the afternoon.

The registration includes lunch and a t-shirt, so you can enjoy the training and discussions comfortably. Come and share your views and ideas on the issues that matter and learn how to advocate effectively.

This event promises to be an informative and engaging experience for everyone involved. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Autism and disabilities, and their loved ones!
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STEM Adventures, Round Rock, TX

Join us for STEM Adventures on April 1st at 10 am! You and your children can participate in activities that show how we make learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fun, relevant and exciting! This event is FREE and open to everyone, so bring a friend or two and explore the world of STEM with us!
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Family Fit Fest Fun Free Festival, Dallas, TX

Mark your calendars for a thrilling event taking place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Dallas Market Hall – the Family Fit Fest! Formerly known as Get Kidz Fit Fest, this free community expo offers fun for every family member, from children to grandparents. The event is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of life, including nutrition, physical activity, mental health, finances, civic engagement, spirituality, and more.

At Family Fit Fest, attendees can engage in educational and physical activities, as well as discover resources and services from over 90 businesses and non-profit organizations focused on enhancing and improving everyone’s quality of life.

By supporting the event through sponsorships, exhibitors, and donations, you will also be contributing towards the Community Council of Greater Dallas, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Don’t miss out on this exciting and meaningful event that promotes health and well-being for the whole family!
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Burkhart Walk for Autism, Lubbock, TX

Mark your calendars for the Burkhart Walk for Autism 2023, taking place on April 23rd from 2 pm-4 pm at the TTU John Walker Soccer Complex. This event is a meaningful way to honor the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, their families, and the professionals who support them. Whether you choose to participate as an individual walker or form a team with friends, family, classmates, or coworkers, this walk is a fantastic way to get involved and make a difference. Along with walking, the event will feature inflatables, games, and other activities for children, as well as special appearances from the Masked Rider, Raider Red, and other beloved characters. Representatives from community agencies and autism service providers will be on hand to share information about available resources. Don’t forget to grab your free t-shirt while supplies last!
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Third Annual Motorcycle Autism Ride, Dallas, TX

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 2023 Motorcycle Autism Ride! We invite you to join us in this exciting event. The Line-up and On-site Registration will start at 9 am at Lake Dallas City Park, located at 101 E. Hundley Dr., Lake Dallas, TX 75065. KSU (Kick Stands up) will be at 10 am, and we will ride to 29 Acres to present our donations, have breakfast, and tour the facilities. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the raffle and giveaway items that we have planned! Come out and support the Autism community with us!
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Sensory Explorations: Flowers, Fort Worth, TX

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is proud to present Sensory Exploration, a free program catered to families with children of all ages on the autism spectrum, as well as their siblings. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am-12 pm CDT, where families can immerse themselves in art by exploring various artworks in the galleries and engaging in hands-on, art-making experiences. While the program is focused on meeting the needs of individuals with autism, it is also designed to be a fun experience for parents, siblings (of all ages), and other relatives. This program is free of charge, but reservations are required.
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Any Baby Can Autism Walk, San Antonio, TX

The Any Baby Can Walk for Autism, established in 2003 with just 200 participants, has blossomed into a highly-anticipated Fiesta® event that draws over 6,000 participants and community partners from San Antonio, Bexar County, and South Texas. This walk is a significant effort to provide essential services and support for families raising individuals on the autism spectrum, with all proceeds remaining in the local area to fund unique and critical programs at Any Baby Can of San Antonio. As we gear up for National Autism Awareness Month this April, we invite you to join us on Saturday, April 22, 2023, for the 19th Walk for Autism.
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Autism Society of Texas Walk, Dripping Springs, TX

Come together with the Autism Society of Texas to show your support for the Texas autism community at the 15th Annual Texas Autism Walk. This event, taking place on Sunday, April 23rd from 9 am-12 pm, is an excellent opportunity to get involved and make a difference. The walk will be held at Dreamland in Dripping Springs, TX, and will include a Resource Fair, Family-Friendly Activities, and Music. For those who are unable to attend in person, a virtual option is also available. Join our team and show your support!
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2023 See the World 1M 5K 10K, Virtual

Join us in raising awareness for Autism during April, through our seventh annual See the World a Different Way virtual run/walk! By registering for this event, you will be contributing towards the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) as at least 15% of every registration goes towards this nonprofit organization. OAR utilizes applied science to provide solutions to the questions that individuals with autism, their families, teachers, and caregivers encounter every day, making them the only autism organization with such a singular focus. The event offers a 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, or 26.2 virtual run/walk, allowing you to choose the distance you are comfortable with. Come together with us to spread awareness and support for Autism this April!
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Private Screening: SPELLERS, Grapevine, TX

You are cordially invited to a private screening event of SPELLERS, a groundbreaking documentary that challenges the conventional wisdom surrounding non-speakers with autism, a group often relegated to the fringes of society. The screening will take place on Sunday, April 30th from 3 pm-5 pm CDT at AMC Grapevine Mills 24, Auditorium #28 located at 3150 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051. Executive produced by Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg, inspired by the book Underestimated by Jamie and JB Handley, SPELLERS features the stories of eight non-speakers who found their voice through the use of a letterboard to communicate their thoughts and feelings.

Through beautiful cinematography and powerful storytelling, SPELLERS sends a clear message to every parent of a non-speaker — your child can do this too. It also demands that schools, teachers, and therapists recognize the abilities of more than 50 million people worldwide who may have been underestimated. We hope to see you there for this exclusive screening event.
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Meet Up at the Museum: Adults on the Spectrum, Fort Worth, TX

Join us for Meet Up at the Museum, a free program catered to adults on the autism spectrum and their guests. The program offers a unique opportunity for participants to explore various artworks in the galleries and engage in hands-on, art-making experiences, among other exciting activities. While the focus of the program is to meet the needs of individuals with autism, it is also designed to be a fun experience for its guests.

This program is free of charge, but reservations are encouraged. Meet Up at the Museum will take place on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm CDT at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Don’t miss out on this enriching and enjoyable event!
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Special Needs Community Awareness Day, Plano, TX

Looking for a fun-filled family event that’s free of charge? Join the Special Needs Community Awareness Day, which promises entertainment, food, and exciting activities for all ages! The event will be held on Saturday, April 15th from 12 pm-3 pm CDT at Plano East Senior High. The event features a thrilling basketball game, as well as numerous community vendors offering helpful information and resources. There will also be an array of delicious food options and plenty of entertainment to keep everyone engaged. This is a great opportunity for families to connect with their community and enjoy quality time together. So come out for an unforgettable experience at their Special Needs Community Awareness Day event!
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Tyler Run for Autism, Tyler, TX

The Tyler Run for Autism has been a prominent event in Tyler, Texas for 11 years, proudly holding the distinction of being the first autism charity run in East Texas. Over time, the Tyler Run for Autism has transformed into an inspiring, all-encompassing community gathering that honors the unique qualities of children and young adults of all kinds. Our aim is to create memories, embrace diversity, encourage acceptance, aid families, and generate funds to support children. Join us in this noble cause.
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In conclusion, World Autism Month provides an opportunity for communities to come together to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The various events and activities taking place during this month are an excellent way to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those on the spectrum and celebrate their unique abilities. By highlighting the importance of understanding and acceptance, we can create a more inclusive society that supports all individuals, including those on the autism spectrum. Let’s continue to promote awareness and understanding beyond this month and strive for a world that embraces neurodiversity.

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