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 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

Autism Society of Texas – San Antonio Chapter Facebook Page

Autism Society of Texas -El Paso Chapter Facebook Page

Adults with Autism in Texas (Not for parents/caregivers, autistic adults only please). Request to join:

Yahoo Online Support Group-Central Texas
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 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:

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.

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,
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.

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,
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:

Don’t see a group in your area? Please contact us at! 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

Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market | Austin | Texas | United States

Buy your own food or drink then meet Ann in the MEZZANINE above the cafe!

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
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.

FREE Seminar: Financial & Legal Planning for Families with Special Needs @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym; Austin
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am

Financial & Legal Planning for Families with Special Needs
by Sara Shalvey, Autism Mama

Join us for a free seminar on building trust funds for your special needs child, as well as general life planning for your special family. Breathe; we’re here to guide you!

Need childcare during your session(s)?
We Rock will provide complimentary BreakTime!!
Please call 512-687-4443 or email us to RSVP

Open Invite Birthday Party for James! @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Austin
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

James is turning FIVE and absolutely EVERYONE is invited to celebrate! From a community that understands how it feels to not get party invites; we invite you to join ours! This is an ALL ages/ALL abilities event! Gifts are not required as your attendance is over appreciated, but your $10 admission (or other pre-paid membership) includes all day play in the gym, pizza & cake with the birthday boy, and social skills practice of party etiquette! We will be celebrating in the theme of his current favorite show; Color Crew! Wear your favorite color to the party and let’s give James his best birthday yet!

RSVP is not required, but is helpful in ordering food. (Gluten free options will be available.)

Georgetown Support Group @ Thundercloud Subs
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Georgetown Support Group @ Thundercloud Subs | Georgetown | Texas | United States

Join us to talk about all things Autism related. All are welcome. No purchase necessary. RSVP to Colin so that I can save you a seat. Hope to see you there!

Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
May 7 @ 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


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.
                For more information on menu, location, hours – check out the website.                               < >

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.


San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network
May 11 @ 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


Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building

Please join 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
May 14 @ 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

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.

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

Special Needs Forum Presents: Residential Choices: Central Texas’s Best Options @ New York Life Building
May 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Special Needs Forum will continue its free live event series designed to educate families who have a loved one with special needs. The next event of 2019 will be held Thursday, May 16th, 2019 and is entitled: Residential Choices: Central Texas’s Best Options. This session is not only for those currently deciding on residential options, but for those who are planning years in advance. We will have several residential communities, day programs, and life-enriching programs and organizations from all over Texas that will allow you to determine which one may fit your family’s specific needs.

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