Texas Autism Council

The Texas Autism Council advises and makes recommendations to the HHSC executive commissioner to ensure that the needs of persons of all ages with autism spectrum disorder  and their families are addressed and that all available resources are coordinated to meet those needs. The council was established September 1, 2016.

The Texas Autism Council performs the following functions:

  • Makes recommendations to HHSC through regularly scheduled meetings and HHSC staff assigned to the council; and
  • Handles tasks consistent with its purpose that are requested by the executive commissioner.


Melinda Bird, M.Ed., BCBA
Big Spring

Donna Dempsey
Fort Worth

Wesley H. Dotson, Ph.D.

Daniel Durany
Haltom City

Ann Hart

Jennifer Hines
Texas Workforce Commission

Pamela Rollins, Ph.D.

John Roppolo
San Marcos

Byron Ross, Ph.D.

Stephanie Sokolosky, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LPA, LSSP

Leisa M. Stewart, BSW, LBSW

Tonya Taylor

Hsuying C. Ward, Ph.D.
Rancho Viejo

Dana Williamson
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Ivy Zwicker
San Antonio

    For More Information

    Please contact us at autism.services@hhsc.state.tx.us

    Past Events

    December 8, 2020

    October 6, 2020

    July 27, 2020

    December 3, 2019