Support


The Autism Society supports individuals online through Yahoo, Facebook, and Meetup, and face-to-face through monthly support meetings and social groups around Texas.  Regardless of the setting, these opportunities give individuals with autism, parents, and professionals the chance to exchange information, share stories, and compare notes.  We’re also happy to provide individualized Information and Referral services.  Please feel free to call 512-479-4199 or e-mail support@texasautismsociety.org any time and AST Staff or a volunteer will respond within a couple days.

Links to our online groups:

Autism Society of Texas Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Society-of-Central-Texas/281607565214275

Autism Society of Texas – San Antonio Chapter Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/autismsocietysa

Autism Society of Texas -El Paso Chapter Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyEP/

Adults with Autism in Texas (Not for parents/caregivers, autistic adults only please). Request to join:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1311075745688140/

Yahoo Online Support Group-Central Texas https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AutismSocietyCentralTexas/info
This group is for parents, family members, and caregivers of children and adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who live in Central Texas, primarily around the Austin area. Students, therapists, and educators involved with ASD are also welcome. The aim of this list is to share information in a friendly, supportive environment.

In-person Support Meetings:

Please email us at support@texasautismsociety.org for information about groups, unless otherwise listed below.

For a complete list of support groups along with location and time, please consult the website calendar here.
You can find your nearest group by plugging your zip code into our interactive map here: http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=2186719&x=-97.753401&y=30.307984&z=8

Spectrum Girls Support & Social Group
Meets at different times, usually once per month on a weekend, with varied activities.  For girls and teens with autism and their caregivers. Check calendar for upcoming events.

Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting
Meets 1st Tuesday each month 7:00pm at IHOP, 1101 S Mo Pac Expressway, Austin, TX 78746

Autism Treatment Forum
Meets most first Thursdays, 12:00 pm at Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731. Check web calendar.
http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Autism-Treatment-Forum

Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm at American Legion, 404 Atlanta St, Austin, TX 78703
Contact: support@texasautismsociety.org
This group is for Adults on the Autism Spectrum, age 18 and older.

Thrive Parents Group Meeting
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm during the meeting for adults with autism at American Legion, 404 Atlanta St, Austin, TX 78703

Central Austin Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday each month 10:00am at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 

South Austin Support Meeting
Meets 1st Thursday 9:30am at Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

San Antonio Support Meeting
Meets monthly, sometimes twice a month. Check website calendar.
Contact: support@texasautismsociety.org

Bastrop Support Meeting
Meets at Rosanky Church, 2160 Farm to Market 535 Rosanky, Texas 78953.

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets at Thundercloud Subs, usually one Friday evening per month. 814 Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

In-person Social Groups:
Please, check the AST calendar for date and location information for social groups.

Adult Recreation Group (Austin)
Contact:  support@texasautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older.

Friends & Family Happy Hour (Austin)
This social group is for parents, relatives, and professionals of individuals with autism, ages 21 and up.  No children, please.

Austin Special Needs
This group meets regularly and is for children with autism and other disabilities. Please check the Meetup group for information: https://www.meetup.com/North-Austin-Special-Needs-Parents/

Don’t see a group in your area? Please contact us at support@texasautismsociety.org! We may be able to connect you with a local autism group or help you start a social or support group! Nearly all of our groups are run by volunteers, so please consider getting involved!

Upcoming Events

Oct
23
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market

Buy your own food or drink in the café and meet us on the Playground!

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, share stories, and laugh.

We usually meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, but check the calendar, as this occasionally changes due to holidays or other events.

Support group attendance is free, and making a purchase at the cafe is optional!

 

Oct
26
Sat
San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network

Please join parents and caregivers of individuals with autism! This is an opportunity to connect with others in the autism community to gain support and knowledge that we all need to navigate the autism journey.

RSVP is required! Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Judy at judith.mcclure08@yahoo.com.

 

Oct
30
Wed
Parent & Caregiver Support Group @ Easter Seals Central Texas
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Parent & Caregiver Support Group will be held monthly at Easter Seals on the last Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:00. The group is open to any parent of a child with special needs and will be a place where parents can come to learn relevant and beneficial information and to connect with other parents who understand the joys and challenges of raising children with unique needs.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided for all groups!

Halloween Party at Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Halloween Party at Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home | Austin | Texas | United States

The Autism Society of Texas hosts an Adult Support Group for all abilities which meets on the last Wednesday of each month. For the 10/30/19 meeting we will be having a Halloween party! Please join us!

This is an informal group in order to create a safe community where adults with autism can offer support and gain feedback.

All those age 18 and up are welcome to attend. Please note, although this group is run by the Autism Society and aimed at people on the spectrum, you DO NOT have to be on the spectrum to attend. All are welcome to come for social skills or support.

A  note for parents/caregivers: The Thrive Parent Group is meeting at the same time & location! Everyone welcome, even if you do not have a loved one with autism attending the adult group.

Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home | Austin | Texas | United States

The Autism Society of Texas and Bloom Consulting are hosting an Adult Autism Support & Social Skills Group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The Thrive Parent Group for parent/caregivers has a meeting that runs at the same time & location. All parents/caregivers welcome, even if you do not have a loved one with autism attending the adult autism support group.  This is an informal group where parents/caregivers who have a loved one 18 & up with autism can chat and support each other.

 

Nov
2
Sat
Houston Future Planning Workshop for Siblings @ Highland Park UMC Activity Hall (1st Floor)
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Many siblings plan on being part of their sibling’s future, but starting the conversation with current caregivers, oftentimes parents, can be difficult. What types of information should you talk about? What are the resources available? What supports are available? In this workshop, we discuss how to frame the issue and how to start this conversation and what types of supports and resources are available for you to move forward! Free lunch will be provided. This event is hosted by the Texas Sibling Network DFW Chapter.

Nov
9
Sat
San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network

Please join parents and caregivers of individuals with autism! This is an opportunity to connect with others in the autism community to gain support and knowledge that we all need to navigate the autism journey.

RSVP is required! Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Judy at judith.mcclure08@yahoo.com.

 

Houston Future Planning Workshop for Siblings @ Project Joy and Hope
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Are you interested in planning for your family member who has a disability? The Texas Sibling Network is here to help you!
Many siblings plan on being part of their sibling’s future, but starting the conversation with current caregivers, oftentimes parents, can be difficult. What types of information should you talk about? What are the resources available? What supports are available? In this workshop, we discuss how to frame the issue and how to start this conversation and what types of supports and resources are available for you to move forward! Afterwords there will be a social at a nearby restaurant for siblings to have the chance to meet each other and build community among themselves. This event is hosted by the Texas Sibling Network Houston Chapter.

Nov
12
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building

Please join the parents and caregivers of individuals with autism! You may bring your own refreshments to the meeting.

No childcare will be provided for these meetings; however, you may bring your child with an activity for him/her to do during the meeting as well as bring a snack for your child.

Phone: (512) 479-4199 – please call the Autism Society of Texas office for information!

Caregiver Support Group Meeting: El Paso @ Region 19 Education Services Center
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Caregiver Support Group Meeting: El Paso @ Region 19 Education Services Center

As always, ALL are welcome. Remember, gathering with families who “can relate” is very helpful in understanding, coping and learning what we need to in order to continue our journey with our loved one(s) affected by Autism.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided and child care is available.
If you have any questions please call or email us!
(915) 772-9100
autismsocietyep@gmail.com

Como siempre, todos son bienvenidos. Recordemos, reunirse con las familias que “puede relacionarse” es muy útil en la comprensión, el afrontamiento y el aprendizaje de lo que necesitamos paracontinuar nuestro viaje con nuestro ser querido (s) afectadas por el autismo.
#AutismSocietyofElPaso

Pizza y refrescos serán proporcionados y tendremos cuidado de niños.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, favor de contactarnos al
(915) 772-9100
autismsocietyep@gmail.com

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