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 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 1st Thursday 10:00am at Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731
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: John Allan, Employment Specialist John@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 3rd Saturday 10:00am at Little Engine Home Care, 3201 Cherry Ridge St #400, San Antonio, TX 78230
Contact: Lisa Owens lisa@texasautismsociety.org

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

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets at Hat Creek, usually one Friday evening per month. 201 San Gabriel Village Blvd, 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: John Allan, Employment Specialist John@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

Oct
18
Thu
Special Needs Forum Workshop: 10 Important Steps to Take to Build a Fortress of Protection for Your Child @ New York Life Building
Oct 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Special Needs Forum’s mission is to educate the special needs community and empower families to take action by planning ahead in a smart way.

The Special Needs Forum is a free educational resource for families who have a loved one with special needs. During the workshop series, families get a chance to socialize with other families and get to know businesses who specialize in helping the special needs community.

Every workshop includes an informative presentation by a keynote speaker and a question/answer session at the end. A light catered lunch is provided (thanks to our generous sponsors) while attendees enjoy their time learning about smart ways to plan ahead for their loved ones.

People wishing to attend any of the workshops can do so by registering at our website: https://specialneedsforum.org/

The first Special Needs Forum live event of the 2018-19 school year will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 and is entitled: 10 Important Steps to Take to Build a Fortress of Protection for Your Child. This free session will review the ten most important and manageable steps to protect government benefits and ensure care is always there for a special needs loved one. Come and network at this well attended event.

Oct
21
Sun
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Central Market
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Central Market

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for girls who identify with ASD and their caregivers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective. Join us at to exchange information, share stories, and laughs.

We will meet an hour before the Strings in the Park concert to grab a spot and get settled.  Buying food/beverages from Central Market Cafe on your own is optional, otherwise, event is free.

Oct
24
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Oct 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!

 

Oct
31
Wed
Halloween Party at Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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 which meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  For the 10/31/18 meeting we will be having a Halloween party! Please join us!

The support part of group will be from 7pm-8pm. Previous to support, we will meet from 6pm-7pm for social skills. All are welcome to attend both or one or the other.

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 autism group.

Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ American Legion Home | Austin | Texas | United States

The Autism Society of Texas is 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.

Nov
2
Fri
Georgetown Support Group @ ThunderCloud Subs
Nov 2 @ 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!

Nov
6
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant | Austin | Texas | United States

FIRST TUESDAY of the month is coming and some Parents (and significant others) of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) will gather. 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.

Nov
13
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building
Nov 13 @ 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
Nov 13 @ 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

Nov
28
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Nov 28 @ 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!

 

 

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May Newsletter (5/2/2018) - Read what is happening at the Autism Society of Texas: Round Rock Express Game, Welcome Bilingual Support Coordinator, Summer Camps and more. Read the newsletter here To subscribe click here 
April Events: El Paso (3/29/2018) - Our El Paso chapter has great things happening in April!  Check out the list below. For questions about events, please email autismsocietyep@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook!
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February Mid-Month Updates! (2/16/2018) - Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Austin Marathon, numerous support groups, our Friends & Family Happy Hour and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.  
February News (2/13/2018) - Check out our February newsletter here!
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November News (11/5/2017) - Read all about AutFest Texas, the free surf therapy event with “A Walk on Water”, a recap of our San Antonio Walk in the Park, and more! So much happening this month! Read the newsletter here.  
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