The Rise in Autism
1980: 1 in 10,000
1995: 1 in 500
2001: 1 in 250
2004: 1 in 166
2007: 1 in 150
2009: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
2015: 1 in ?

Autism is the leading developmental disability in the U.S.

Autism is more common than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined.

The life-time cost to care for an individual with autism is estimated to range between $3.2 and $5 million, we think that estimate is low.

One in 55 children in Katy has an
autism spectrum disorder diagnosis,

there is help and hope.

Katy Autism Support was founded in 2007 as a support group for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder living in Katy, Texas.

Tuesday, November 18th, Monthly Meeting; What are Medicaid Waiver Programs? 

Katy Autism Support will host Anne McHale, LMSW, KISD Student Support Specialist. Anne will discuss Medicaid Waiver interest list programs. 

What are Medicaid Waiver Programs? Programs that offer services in the home and community based settings rather than in institutions for children and/or adults with disabilities. These programs do not look at family/parent income and resources. They base eligibility on the disabled individual’s level of need, income, and resources, regardless of age.  

The following programs will be discussed:

  • CBA – Community Based Alternatives
  • CLASS – Community Living Assistance and Support Services
  • DBMD - Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities
  • HCS – Home and Community-based Services
  • MDCP – Medically Dependent Children’s Program
  • TxHml – Texas Home Living Waiver

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Asbury Hall, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX

For more info contact Cynthia Reece at kgreeceman@aol.comRSVP for free childcare to Sarah, special needs ministry coordinator at sarahmorrison@sbcglobal.netYou do not need to RSVP to attend meeting.

November 21, Launch Academy Performs Live!

You are invited to a live performance by the Launch Academy student bands on Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 - 8:45 PM. Launch students are generally kids who learn differently and have diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (PDD, Asperger's), ADHD, and Tourette's. Launch promotes inclusion as an alternative to traditional educational programs. The bands will be covering music by; Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Santana, Angus Young, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Decon, Nirvana/Kurt Cobain, and Jeff Beck. Admission is $10 per person, kids under 12 are free. Proceeds will benefit the senior class trip. Tickets sold at the door by cash or credit card. Launch Academy is located at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Performance will be staged in the PUMC Garden.

Join the Conversation...

Katy Autism Support is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to educating and empowering families living with autism in Katy, Texas.  We engage in lively conversation on our Yahoo Group on all topics related to autism.  There are more than 600 members participating in the online support group, many whom have a great breadth of knowledge and experience.  We have monthly meetings with speakers from the national level to professionals and providers from our own community. KAS is also dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of local families, and advocating for the fair, respectful treatment of all children regardless of the presence of a disability.  We have been involved in building bridges to schools, faith-based organizations and other private sector entities in Katy and across the country.

Come Find Us:

Join Katy Autism Support by clicking on this link Katy Autism Support click "Join This Group!" and leave a few sentences to let the moderator know why you want to be a part of KAS.  Most memberships are approved in 24 to 48 hours.
Find us on Facebook by typing Katy Autism Support in your Facebook search bar or click on the link below if you are viewing this from a mobile device, or go here to "Like" us!!/pages/Katy-Autism-Support/126446120715312

Meet us in person by attending support meeting. Meetings are held at St. Peter's United Methodist Church every third Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm in Asbury Hall. Located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450.

For more information about monthly meetings, this website, other questions regarding KAS, please send an email message to Cynthia Reece at 

Free childcare is available at monthly support meetings but a spot(s) must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance; please contact Sarah Morrison, special needs ministry coordinator ONLY to RSVP FOR CHILDCARE at Please contact Cynthia Reece at
for other questions and requests. You do not need to RSVP to attend a meeting.

Act Early Texas!

Act Early Texas!
 is currently working with Texas stakeholders to find out educational and health care needs to address gaps in services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Texas. To help them gather the necessary information to develop a state plan, complete this survey regarding your experiences as a parent, advocate, and/or individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Texas.

Go to survey link to participate:

Wandering, Eloping and Drowning Prevention:

Wandering Statistics:

  • In a recent NAA online survey, 92% of the respondents said their autistic child was at risk of wandering.
  • Wandering is the most life-threatening behavior associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) (Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

Katy Autism Support partnered with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s department in 2011 to implement Project Lifesaver International. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs/Bureau of Justice Assistance our organization was awarded grant funding. Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation. 

If you have a loved one who has a tendency to wander/elope and lives in Fort Bend County, please contact Fort Bend County Deputy Jean Gobar at 832-473-2761 for more info on how to acquire a small personal transmitter, which is worn around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. Project Lifesaver went live in Fort Bend County on 12-1-2011. Don't let the cost of the equipment be a barrier to implementing this program in your county. Most, if not all current clients have had their devices sponsored by a business and we conduct fundraising activities to pay for replacement batteries and wrist bands, which are changed monthly. Read a report by local KRIV Fox26 Houston News when they interviewed one of our
current co-presidents and Board of Directors at this link;

Help us raise awareness for wandering and safety for our loved ones with autism. If you live in an area that does not have the Project Lifesaver International program, please contact PLI at 1-877-580-5433 and they will help provide the necessary information to help bring the program to your community and to help increase prevention and safety in your community.

Option 1: Purchase a device for approx. $300 or a potential sponsor can cover that cost. Replacement bands and batteries are provided by KAS.

Option 2: If you are in a 
PLI area, and the agency approves, you can get a transmitter directly from PLI for $95.00 and pay $25.00 per month subscription fee.

If not in a PLI area you can get PAL. 
Project Lifesaver now has a solution and a new division specifically for Non-PLI areas, called “PAL” Protect and Locate With the addition of PAL Project Lifesaver will help provide protection and safety to even more individuals who wander due to Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive conditions.  Please visit for more information about how to subscribe to PAL

Law enforcement officer demonstrating a tracking device.

Many wandering-related deaths occur when children are drawn to water, fall in and drown. Teach your children how to swim or seek out swim lessons taught by a certified instructor with experience teaching special needs children how to swim.

This child is quickly learning how to swim with the help of a certified swim instructor.

Local swim programs: 

Houston Swim Club

Year-round children’s indoor swim lessons.
Tracy Laman, owner
1711 N. Fry Road
Katy, TX 77449
Year-round children’s indoor swim lessons. Has enrolled and worked with special needs children, but classes are not specific to autism.

Houston (Private) Swim Lessons

Maureen Burch
They travel to your home pool to teach your children swimming lessons, offering a familiar environment for your children to help accelerate their progression. 

KATY Aquatics SwimAmerica
5506 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493

(281) 391-7200

For more information about Katy Aquatics Programs, send email to

Texas Swim Academy
Janin Huerter
Adaptive Aquatics Program
3514 Greenbusch

Katy, TX 77494

Caregiver Safety Toolkit:

In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent. 
You can download a caregivers toolkit from the National Autism Association Safety Initiative's AWAARE website, download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit today. Enclosed, you will find:
•Caregiver Checklist
•Family Wandering Emergency Plan (FWEP)
•First-responder profile form. Please fill out and provide a copy to your local law enforcement agencies.
•Swimming Lessons Tool
•Root-cause Scenario & Strategies Tool
•Stop Sign Prompts
•Social Stories
•Caregiver Log
•Sample IEP Letter. (Never allow restraint/seclusion practices into any IEP as this increases associated risks)
•How To Get Tracking Technology In Your Town
•General Awareness Letter: share with schools, homeowner’s association, law enforcement agencies, 
physicians, etc.

•Five Affordable Safety Tools
•Caregiver Resources One-sheeter

A video for first responders by National Autism Association:

Caregiver Conference:

The National Autism Association's, National Autism Conference has assembled the “best of the best” in terms of conference presenters and relevant topics.

From cutting-edge research of environmental toxins to dietary interventions, legal and legislative strategies to estate planning, the world’s most renowned experts will gather to share their knowledge and expertise with parents and practitioners.  Our conference will be held at the beautiful, and Autism-Friendly, TradeWinds Resort on St. Pete Beach, Florida.  November 13-16, 2014 and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin. 

Childcare for children ages 2 – 12 will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday onsite, provided by Keating & Associates.

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