The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center (TARRC), through its website, would like to feature stories of Texans who have successfully addressed challenges related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and accomplished goals for their lives. Accomplishments can include:
Any challenge or goal that has been tackled by a person with ASD or a parent is worth celebrating and sharing with others.
If you would like to share a success story, including the creativity and strategies used to effectively address the challenges you've experienced, please send your one- to two-page typed success story to TARRC via e-mail or regular mail. Photos may be included. Be sure to include the submitter's full name and telephone number with area code.
Written permission is required from adults featured in success stories. Permission from a parent or guardian is required if the person featured in the story is a minor or an adult under the legal care of a parent or guardian.
A signed release form granting TARRC permission to use photos on its website is required before posting photos. The required release form is below:
Please sign and scan the release form. Send it, along with your electronic story and photos, to TARRC@dads.state.tx.us. You may need to compress the files so they do not exceed the file size of the TARRC mailbox.
Signed release forms (which can be in hard copy), the electronic story text and electronic photos saved on a CD may be mailed to:
The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center
c/o Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Mail Code W578
701 West 51st St.
Austin, Texas 78751
TARRC will not return any media on which photos and stories are submitted.
To ensure privacy, only the first names of individuals featured in success stories will be used on the TARRC website. Last names or contact information (address, telephone number, etc.) will not be used.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) reserves the right to edit stories for length, composition and grammar. We also reserve the right to modify photos to fit the TARRC website's needs and meet DADS standards.
While we appreciate all stories submitted, we may not be able to post all stories and/or photos on the website due to the volume of stories received, subject matter involved, quality of photos or other possible limitations.
Updated: August 2, 2011