2021 HOTAN 5K/1K Run/Walk for Autism

Per the City of Waco Parks and Recreation:  All events are canceled based on mandates and guidelines regarding public health safety and gatherings as we continue to monitor COVID-19. Thank you for supporting the Heart of Texas Autism Network (HOTAN). We appreciate your understanding and look forward to having a family-friendly fun event on 

Saturday, April 17, 2021


Brazos Park East  3516 N M.L.K. Jr Blvd  Waco, TX US 76702


The Heart of Texas Autism Network (HOTAN) with collaboration of Pro-Fit Race Timing is presenting our annual Autism Run/Walk. We’re raising funds to support programs and activities that further the goal that persons with ASD have the opportunity to reach their full potential, share their talents and skills, and participate fully in our community. The Walk/Run will be a family-friendly, fun event with games, activities, music and refreshments for all.

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HOTAN Parent Connections Group 

HOTAN Parent connections Group is a community where you can truly connect, make real friendships, and share daily ups and downs and learn from each other in a private, judgement-free place. The purpose of this Private Group is to foster a welcoming community with open arms. Maintaining an atmosphere free of judgment and drama is very important to us to make sure every member can share their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings as openly as they would like. All members of HOTAN have compassion and deep empathy for each parent’s journey. As you interact on this page, our hope is you’ll quickly feel embraced and accepted by individuals already on the page. All of the areas of this page are designed with one purpose in mind; to connect you with others who have been in your shoes as well as professionals in specific fields of study dealing with issues we may face in the Autism World. Information shared on the site can be seen by everyone who is a member of this Private Group, but that is it. You are welcome to share as much or as little as you like. We ask you maintain that same privacy for others and never share any story outside of this group.”

My Journey Discovering Autism

Kristy O'Brien, Secondary Behavioral Specialist for Temple ISD and HOTANBoard Member

I started teaching a class then called ‘Autism Unit’ at University High School, which is where I met several students that had many strong capabilities, but in different ways. My students began to teach me how to teach them!