Support Groups


About our Groups

The Autism Society of Texas supports individuals online through Facebook, email groups, Meetup, and virtual or face-to-face support meetings and social groups around Texas.  Regardless of the setting, these opportunities give individuals with autism, parents/caregivers, and professionals, the chance to exchange information, share stories, and feel connected.

We also provide individualized support through our free Information and Referral services.  Please call 512-479-4199, Ext. 2 or e-mail support@texasautismsociety.org.

¿Necesitas ayuda en español?
Estamos aquí para proporcionarte información y referencias gratuitas. Por favor llámanos al 512-479-4199, Ext. 3 o envíanos un correo electrónico a adriana@texasutismsociety.org.

For regional online support, please check our Online Groups page here.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Some groups are on hiatus during the pandemic, and other groups have moved to virtual platforms. For a complete list of current groups and meeting information, please consult the website calendar here.

Statewide Virtual Support Groups

Parent/Caregiver Support Group (English)
During COVID-19, meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Check calendar for upcoming events.

Parent/Caregiver Support Group -Grupo de apoyo para padres y cuidadores
Spanish language group for parents and caregivers. Meets the 3rd Saturday of every month. https://www.texasautismsociety.org/grupoparapadres/

Regional Groups

Check calendar for all meeting details or email leslie@texasautismsociety.org for more information unless an email contact is listed below.

Austin-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.

Austin/Statewide-Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Contact: jordan@texasautismsociety.org
This group is for adults on the autism spectrum, age 18 and older. During COVID-19 we welcome adults statewide for our virtual meeting.

Austin/Statewide-Adult Recreation Group (Austin)
Contact:  jordan@texasautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older. We welcome autistic adults from around the state for our virtual meeting.

Austin-Thrive Parents Group Meeting
For parents of autistic adults. Often meets at the same time as the support meeting for adults with autism.

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 second Thursday of each month from 6-8 pm.

Austin-Friends & Family Happy Hour
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/

El Paso Chapter Support Groups
Sibling group, Parent/Caregiver Group, Autistic Adult Support Group. Contact autismsocietyep@gmail.com for information or check website.

Gulf Coast Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:00pm except in December at Bay Area United Way.

Houston Parent/Caregiver Online Support Group
Meets virtually the third Thursday of each month.

Waco/Statewide Support Group for Autistic Adults
Check calendar. Usually meets every other Sunday.

Don’t see a group in your area or need more information? Please contact leslie@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
13
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Social Group @ Zoom!
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Social Group @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online social group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymcc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

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Location:

Zoom!

About the group:

Waco for a long time has needed and wanted a place where us adults on the autism spectrum could meet up and connect with others. This group will be peer lead and all adults 18 & up are welcome, diagnosed or undiagnosed. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Sunday on Zoom between 2-4pm.  This group is sponsored by the Autism Society of Texas.

This is to be a place of positivity and for all points of view. We want this to be a safe place for all who can identify, and a place where our identities will be safe too. 

We have a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, please join our Facebook Group: Autistic Adult Social Group Waco
If you are 18 or older please visit our Facebook page for more details.
Please read! Important group information!
This group is strictly for adults, 18 and up only. (Please do not bring children). If an autistic individual prefers or needs someone to attend with them (caregiver/friend/loved one), we ask that the person support the autistic individual as needed, but not participate in the group unless it’s to facilitate communication or any other required assistance. This group is intended for autistic people to share and support each other. Thank you!
*If you are a parent/caregiver looking for a support group for yourself, please contact Jacquie- jacquie@texasautismsociety.org .* Thank you!
Jun
15
Tue
Greater Houston Parent/Caregiver Support Group @ Online!
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

Join parents and caregivers of individuals with autism living in the great city of Houston! The purpose of the group is to have a space for moms, dads and caregivers to get encouraged, share tips and ask questions because everyone has knowledge and can support each other!

Due to COVID the meetings will be virtual. You may reach out to leslie@texasautismsociety.org if you have any questions about the group.

Please RSVP USING THIS FORM by noon the day before the meeting so we can email you the meeting link to join! Thank you!

JOIN OUR HOUSTON AREA FACEBOOK GROUP! PLEASE REQUEST TO JOIN HERE! 

Jun
16
Wed
El Paso – Aspie Support Meeting @ Autism Society of Texas - El Paso via Zoom
Jun 16 @ 4:30 pm

Support meeting for autistic adults. Please register by contacting us at 915-772-9100 or email us at autismsocietyep@gmail.com.

Online Adult Recreation Event: Adaptive Yoga and Meditation @ Google Hangouts
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online Adult Recreation Event: Adaptive Yoga and Meditation @ Google Hangouts

You’re invited to a new yoga and meditation program specifically designed for adults with autism! Join Abigail H. Julia of Mockingbird Adaptive for Adaptive Yoga and Meditation: a joyful integration of yoga, meditation, self-regulation skills, and sound healing. A calming, 45-minute session for all levels and abilities to increase self-esteem, empowerment and self-advocacy.

Here’s what students are saying:
“You’ve helped me feel so much better! I feel peaceful and rejuvenated!” – Mimi, client
“What joyful sessions filled with wisdom, sharing and fun!” – Amanda, parent

As the Autism Society of Texas continues hosting these virtual groups on a weekly basis, keep your eyes peeled for more information about upcoming activities!

If you have a MeetUp account, please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Adults-With-Disabilities-Social-Group/events/278402450/

Joining a Video Meeting:
https://support.google.com/meet/answer/9303069?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

If you have never joined a video call on Google Meet before, no worries! This is a learning experience for all of us. Here are your instructions:

1. Direct message me (Jordan Fogle, Co-organizer) the email address you would prefer we send an invitation to. On the week of the event, an invitation will appear in your inbox and will include a URL to join!

2. Google Hangouts may ask you to log in to your email account before you are able to join.

3. Make sure the browser you are using is either Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, and that you have downloaded the latest version. If you have Safari, make sure you have downloaded the appropriate plug-in.

4. Secure a computer/phone with a camera and a microphone! We want to see your lovely face!

5. As side conversations will likely disrupt the flow of discussion, plan on muting your microphone initially and focus on communication through the chat feature, at least until we can devise a way to call on folks one at a time.

6. Don’t hesitate to message me directly if you need further guidance or clarification!

Thrive Parent/Advocate Action Group @ Zoom
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thrive Parent/Advocate Action Group @ Zoom

What: Thrive Parent/Advocate Action Group

Designed for:  Families who are in the “Adulthood” phase with their loved ones.  (OMG- “We are not in Kansas anymore”).

Reality is power.  Life after the school years. Feels like for many of us -we just stepped off of cliff. What’s next.  Good news there is actually a Success Transition blue printthat we have discovered after 4 years of struggling. We have had the best of the best come and speak with us on loved one adulthood navigation; parents/social workers/doctors that have worked to launch their loved ones who shared the important pieces to their success. Now we want make sure all families have access to this information.

This is a Parents/ Advocate Group.  It is for Parents/Advocates who have loved ones that are 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence. Currently we have Parents/Advocates who attend that have loved ones who vary in ages from 15-46. Parents/Advocates are from a variety backgrounds and are across Texas.

Our action group is focused on preparing our loved ones and as well as ourselves (parents/advocates) for a fulfilling life after school.  We discus, learn, and take action around a variety of topics that help our loved ones have meaningful life; some of these areas are jobs, independent living, finding friends, creating a loved one life map and network, as well as legal, financial, and mental health resources. If you are ready to really move the needle on your loved one’s development and creating a future for them; then this is the group for you. If you would like to know more please contact Suzyn Barrientos at suzskaggs@gmail.com or 512-767-0788. Transition takes a village. It is a Mount Everest Climb where every step matters and makes a difference.

To make the most of your time; we recommend- send an email to (suzskaggs@gmail.com); if you are considering attending. She will make sure you have the most up-to-date topic info on the meeting and get you the handouts.

 

Zoom Info – Meet the 3rd Wed of Every Month at 6:30pm

Time: Mar 17, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every month on the Third Wed, Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89521863407?pwd=SlQ5SlJDYjBwY0VxOHdsZHdtdVlydz09

Meeting ID: 895 2186 3407

Passcode: 2021

 

Note: If you are having computer challenges – you can dial in

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

 

 

Jun
17
Thu
Evolution Support Group for Parents and Caregivers @ Online
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Evolution Support Group for Parents and Caregivers @ Online
The Evolution Parent Group is for parents and caregivers of individuals on the spectrum aged 12 to 22 years. The focus of the group will be to support parents and caregivers during a period of change and growth for both the individual with autism and the parent/caregiver! Topics will include transition issues such as preparation for adulthood, health and wellness, becoming more independent and self-sufficient, as well as any topic that a parent/caregiver may wish to discuss in regards to their loved one on the spectrum.  The group is hosted by Jamie Rock, MSN, RN and will meet online every third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.
Please RSVP by noon on the Wednesday before the group meets in order to get the video link and password to join! RSVP here: https://forms.gle/MXvZp4qmoGi487V29
For information or questions please contact Jamie at jrock@nursing.utexas.edu.  Thanks!
Jun
19
Sat
Grupo de Apoyo para Padres y Cuidadores @ Online
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Grupo de Apoyo Para Padres y Cuidadores de Habla Hispana | tercer Sabado cada mes | 10 AM CST

¡Nuestro nuevo grupo de apoyo en línea para hispano hablantes está abierto para padres, cuidadores, y cualquier persona que ha sido impactada por autismo en el estado de Texas!¡Por favor confirma tu asistencia y te mandaremos los detalles para acceder a nuestra reunión virtual! ¡Conoce a otros y comparte apoyo!

Si tienes alguna pregunta por favor manda un correo electrónico a Adriana a Adriana@texasautismsociety.org

Por favor confirma aquí

Jun
21
Mon
Parent & Caregiver Support Group @ Easterseals Central Texas
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs? Join us for our Parent & Caregiver Support Group where you can form supportive relationships with others and learn about resources that may benefit you and your children. All are welcome!

Jun
23
Wed
Statewide Support Meeting @ Online
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Statewide Support Meeting @ Online

This group is held on Google Hangouts and we welcome people from all over Texas! If you’d like to be invited to participate, send your email address to annmorrishart@gmail.com and let Ann know you would like to attend!

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.

Once it is safe to resume in-person meetings we will continue to have an online statewide parent/caregiver support group, as well as resume our in-person meetings at Central Market in Austin.

Online Adult Recreation Event: Advocating for Ourselves and Others @ Google Hangouts
Jun 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online Adult Recreation Event: Advocating for Ourselves and Others @ Google Hangouts

For this week’s group, we will explore the idea of advocacy across a wide range of contexts! We will discuss some of the crowning legislative achievements of the Civil Rights movement in America, the importance of voting, and how to recognize and report harassment and discrimination in the workplace or school. To conclude the evening, we will play a spinner board trivia game featuring notable human rights activists!

As the Autism Society of Texas continues hosting these virtual groups on a weekly basis, keep your eyes peeled for more information about upcoming activities!

If you have a MeetUp account, please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Adults-With-Disabilities-Social-Group/events/278402564/

 

Joining a Video Meeting:
https://support.google.com/meet/answer/9303069?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

If you have never joined a video call on Google Meet before, no worries! This is a learning experience for all of us. Here are your instructions:

1. Direct message me (Jordan Fogle, Co-organizer) the email address you would prefer we send an invitation to. On the week of the event, an invitation will appear in your inbox and will include a URL to join!

2. Google Hangouts may ask you to log in to your email account before you are able to join.

3. Make sure the browser you are using is either Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, and that you have downloaded the latest version. If you have Safari, make sure you have downloaded the appropriate plug-in.

4. Secure a computer/phone with a camera and a microphone! We want to see your lovely face!

5. As side conversations will likely disrupt the flow of discussion, plan on muting your microphone initially and focus on communication through the chat feature, at least until we can devise a way to call on folks one at a time.

6. Don’t hesitate to message me directly if you need further guidance or clarification!

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