What are Family Empowerment Classes?

Family Empowerment Classes are classroom style classes providing  the educational tools necessary for families to maximize the potential of their child with autism.

Who can attend?

Family Empowerment Classes are specifically designed for caregivers and loved ones of children (all ages) living with autism including, but not limited to, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster adoption parents. If you are a professional, paraprofessional, or student interested in our educational opportunities, see our professional training series.

What’s the cost?

All Family Empowerment Classes are offered FREE of charge.

What topics do the Classes cover?

Family Empowerment Classes are offered on a variety of topics related to caring for a child with autism. Click here for a list of topics.

When are the Classes?

Family Empowerment Classes are scheduled on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm (Central Time). Scroll below for upcoming Family Empowerment Classes.

Can I request a Class on a different day?

Family members can request to have a Family Empowerment Class hosted on another day which better fits their schedule. Click here for a list of topics. To request an On-Demand Family Empowerment Class, please contact Brenda Lara at brenda@acn-sa.org.

Do I need to register?

Yes. Register only by clicking the name of the Family Empowerment Class below. Please note that you need to register two days before the Family Empowerment Class. If you haven’t registered, please call ahead to make sure the Family Empowerment Class is still scheduled and/or has not reached capacity.

Where are Classes held?

Autism Community Network 4242 Woodcock Dr., Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78228, unless otherwise noted.

Do I have to attend in person?

No. Remote live videoconferencing is available for all Family Empowerment Classes using Zoom. When you register, make sure to select that you will be attending via video-conference. One day prior to the training, you will receive an email with the link for the video-conference. To participate using this option, you must have a working webcam and microphone on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. For system requirements click here.

Who can I call if I have questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Lara at brenda@acn-sa.org or (210) 435-1000.


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Please contact Brenda Lara at brenda@acn-sa.org, or call (210) 435-1000 if you have further questions or would like to register offline.  See a class that you would like to attend but that doesn’t fit into your schedule?  Contact Brenda to inquire about On-Demand Family Empowerment Classes.