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 Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/autismsocietysa

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. Students, therapists, and educators involved with ASD are also welcome. The aim of this list is to share information in a friendly, supportive environment. No flaming or spam will be tolerated, and the moderators reserve the right to control individual postings as they see fit.
**Autism Society of Central Texas is not responsible for comments made on this Yahoo group. The views of members on this list are not necessarily the views of the Autism Society.**


In-person Support Meetings:
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

Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting
Meets 1st Tuesday each month 7:00pm at IHOP, 1101 S Mo Pac Expressway, Austin, TX 78746
Contact: Susan Maxwell smildredmaxwell@gmail.com

Autism Treatment Forum
Meets 1st Thursday 10:00am at Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Contact: Dianne Doggett diannedoggett@aol.com
http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Autism-Treatment-Forum

Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Meets Last Wednesday each month 6:30pm at American Legion: 404 Atlanta St, Austin, TX 78703
Contact: Caroline Turner, Program Specialist caroline@austinautismsociety.org
This group is for Adults on the Autism Spectrum, age 18 and older.

Central Austin Support Meeting
Meets Last Wednesday each month 10:00am at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Contact: Ann Hart ann-hart@austin.rr.com

South Austin Support Meeting
Meets 1st Thursday 9:30am at Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
Contact: Richard Hurley richardhurley@hurleypiano.com

Hutto Support Meeting
Meets 4th Thursday 6:30pm at Hutto United Methodist Church, 350 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634
Contact: Jeanne McMenimen aalakazam@msn.com

San Antonio Support Meeting
Meets 3rd Saturday 10:00am at Little Engine Home Care, 3201 Cherry Ridge St #400, San Antonio, TX 78230
Contact: Irma Canfield itcanfield@gmail.com

Bastrop Support Meeting
Meets at Rosanky Church, 2160 Farm to Market 535 Rosanky, Texas 78953. Contact for dates.
Contact: Debbie Horton debsnest6@yahoo.com

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets 3rd Thursday every month at 6pm at Hat Creek: 201 San Gabriel Village Blvd, Georgetown, TX 78626
Contact: Colin Gaido cgaidos@aol.com

 

We love feedback! If you would like to let us know about your experience with our in-person support meetings or yahoo group, please, fill out our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/supportmeetingsurvey


In-person Social Groups:
Please, check the ASCT Calendar for date and location information for all of our social groups.

Adult Social Group (Austin)
Contact: Caroline Turner, Program Specialist caroline@austinautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older.

High School Social Group (Austin)
Contact: Lucia Garcia (Lucy) lucia@austinautismsociety.org
This social group is for teens with autism, grades 9th-12th. A parent/caregiver must remain present at all times.

Friends & Family Happy Hour (Austin)
Contact: Jennifer Miller jenmiller100@gmail.com
This social group is for parents, relatives, and professionals of individuals with autism, ages 21 and up.  No children, please.

Austin Special Needs
Contact: Heather Van Horn hlvanhorn@gmail.com
http://www.austinspecialneeds.com/home.html

 

Upcoming Events

Jan
30
Tue
VELA Courses @ VELA
Jan 30 – May 10 all-day

VELA offers free Autism, Special Education in the Schools Course, Self-Care Course, case management, and support groups for parents who have children with special needs. All services are free and provided in English or Spanish. You can see the courses on the web calendar: www.velafamilies.org

Apr
21
Sat
Spectrum Girl’s Support Group: Women’s Self-Defense Seminar @ Austin Kung Fu Academy / Epoch Coffee
Apr 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Spectrum Girl's Support Group: Women's Self-Defense Seminar @ Austin Kung Fu Academy / Epoch Coffee | Austin | Texas | United States

I am very excited that Austin Kung Fu Academy is offering a women’s self-defense seminar to kick off our women’s empowerment series.

The techniques taught will be level 1, no experience or athleticism necessary. This isn’t the striking, boxing, cardio-type of self-defense. These techniques use leverage and body mechanics to get free from an attacker, so the target can conserve her own energy to get away. Practice is done barefoot. Participants work in pairs.

We need at least 6 participants for the seminar to take place. Please RSVP by 4/12 through the link below; one form per participant.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZQ9NhjdyBZ3kmkIXLjiJfPFsyvizzlY6F901EjGlE24/viewform?edit_requested=true

This is open to our women (age 13+) and their female caretakers. However, spots are limited and will go to spectrum women first.

If you travel by bus, there are 5 lines that come within 2 blocks of the studio, including #803 Rapid.

The seminar will be an hour long. We’ll meet for group afterwards at Epoch coffee, which is about a 5 minute walk from the studio. 2700 W Anderson Ln #409

Apr
25
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Apr 25 @ 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 by the playground if the weather is decent for the December meeting! If weather is bad, meet Ann inside up on the Mezzanine level!

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!

 

Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home | Austin | Texas | United States

The Autism Society of Texas is hosting an Adult Support Group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

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
Apr 25 @ 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.

May
1
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
May 1 @ 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.

May
2
Wed
Grandparents and Guardians Support Group @ Covington Middle School, Austin ISD
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Austin Independent School District supports grandparents, kincare and foster families whose child is receiving special education and 504 accomodations. Parenting someone else’s child is different than parenting your own children. The Grandparents & Guardians Support meetings will provide you with comfort, information and coaching to help ease your journey. Join us for a year of emotional support, education, training, ideas & resources. All are welcome from the community!

May
23
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
May 23 @ 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 by the playground if the weather is decent for the December meeting! If weather is bad, meet Ann inside up on the Mezzanine level!

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!

 

May
30
Wed
Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home | Austin | Texas | United States

The Autism Society of Texas is hosting an Adult Support Group which meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

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
May 30 @ 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.

 

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