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 very happy to provide individualized Information and Referral services.  Please feel free to call 512-479-4199 or e-mail info@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 info@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: Joy Alexander, info@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: info@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: Joy Alexander, joy@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 info@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

Jun
23
Sun
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group MINI @ Liz Carpenter Fountain (Splash Pad)
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group MINI @ Liz Carpenter Fountain (Splash Pad)
Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for all girls and women who identify with ASD and their caregivers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective.  Join us in the park to exchange information, share stories, and laughs. Please bring your own picnic blanket, food, and drink. Whole family welcome!  

Please let us know you’re coming Register Here

Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group TEEN + YOUNG ADULT @ Butler Metro Park (next to the splash pad)
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group TEEN + YOUNG ADULT @ Butler Metro Park (next to the splash pad)
Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for all girls and women who identify with ASD and their caregivers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective.  Join us in the park to exchange information, share stories, and laughs. Please bring your own picnic blanket, food, and drink. Whole family welcome!  

Please let us know you’re coming Register Here

Jun
26
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market | Austin | Texas | United States

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!

 

Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home
Jun 26 @ 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 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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.

May 29th Meeting Topic: How to Stop the Stress Cycle from Sabotaging Your Health and Happiness

Guest speaker, Patricia Ronzio, M.Ed., CHES, is an international stress and wellness consultant, life coach, and speaker.

When you have trouble following through with healthy lifestyle goals, chronic stress is the likely culprit (not willpower!). When juggling all your demands, you may get caught in the stress cycle. This workshop goes beyond traditional stress management and provides a springboard to personal freedom. Discover how to use the Stress Less Blossom, a holistic concept map, and the Pivot Point to generate new, healthy choices in the face of chronic stress. Come and be empowered and inspired to stop the stress cycle, move beyond stress-driven habits and stuck patterns, so you can Stress Less and Live More.

 

Jul
2
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant | Austin | Texas | United States

Parents (and significant others) of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) gather on the first Tuesday of the month. Please double check the calendar as we may skip meetings for holidays or other reasons. Meeting is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1).

For those who are new to this group directions are below.  Below that is a list of opportunities and information that you might find of interest.

Meetings are informal and open to all parents and other adult family caregivers of adults with disabilities who require ongoing support and guidance through their adult lives.  There is no charge for attending.

Parents attend as their schedule (and traffic) allows. Feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare.  Our meetings vary in content. We frequently have a speaker to keep us informed. We also have unstructured meetings, just giving us time to share what we have in common and what resources we may have come across that are helpful.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Maxwell

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Where:     IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1) –

Time:        7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (with plenty of time to stay as long as you want since the restaurant is open 24 hours a day).

Directions:        IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1) is on East side of Loop 1 at
end of Bee Caves Road (aka Ranch to Market Road 2244) – the exit to
Zilker Park, Rollingwood / Westlake.
Phone number there is 512-327-9284.
IHOP:
                For more information on menu, location, hours – check out the website.                               < http://www.ihop.com/#sthash.DywdwJca.dpuf >

IHOP would love to serve and sell food and drinks, however, you are not required to purchase.  We will be in the very back of the restaurant in the meeting room.

I look forward to meeting with other parents.  We are in the back meeting room of the IHOP.

I am grateful for the sponsorship of the Autism Society of  Texas.

 

Jul
6
Sat
San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network
Jul 6 @ 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.

 

Jul
9
Tue
Caregiver Support Group Meeting: El Paso @ Region 19 Education Services Center
Jul 9 @ 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

Jul
31
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market | Austin | Texas | United States

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!

 

Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home
Jul 31 @ 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 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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.

May 29th Meeting Topic: How to Stop the Stress Cycle from Sabotaging Your Health and Happiness

Guest speaker, Patricia Ronzio, M.Ed., CHES, is an international stress and wellness consultant, life coach, and speaker.

When you have trouble following through with healthy lifestyle goals, chronic stress is the likely culprit (not willpower!). When juggling all your demands, you may get caught in the stress cycle. This workshop goes beyond traditional stress management and provides a springboard to personal freedom. Discover how to use the Stress Less Blossom, a holistic concept map, and the Pivot Point to generate new, healthy choices in the face of chronic stress. Come and be empowered and inspired to stop the stress cycle, move beyond stress-driven habits and stuck patterns, so you can Stress Less and Live More.

 

Aug
3
Sat
Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Aug 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe

Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.

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October Mid-Month Updates & Events (10/17/2018)- Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas! From our Autism Film Festival, to support groups & recreation events, there’s a lot going on! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
October News (10/2/2018)- Check out our October newsletter! AutismFilmFest.org films have been announced, info about Disability Mentoring Day, and upcoming events & support groups all included! Read it here: https://tinyurl.com/ASTOct18
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September News (9/6/2018)- Read our September newsletter here!  Includes updates on our San Antonio Walk, AutFest Texas, Disability Mentoring Day, Advocacy Survey &  more! Subscribe here.
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Hunter Hinze Fund Accepting Applications (7/30/2018)- The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting applications from August 1st-August 31, 2018. The Hunter Hinze Fund helps adults with autism live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition throughout adulthood. The Hunter Hinze Fund was launched by Dr. J.D. and Kathy Hinze, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Texas to honor the memory of […]
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