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/

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:

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

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: Zak Van Voorhees, Employment Specialist Zak@texasautismsociety.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 at annmorrishart@gmail.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: Lisa Owens lisa@texasautismsociety.org

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 at Hat Creek: 201 San Gabriel Village Blvd, Georgetown, TX 78626
Contact: Colin Gaido cgaidos@aol.com


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

Adult Recreation Group (Austin)
Contact: Zak Van Voorhees, Employment Specialist Zak@texasautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older.

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

Aug
22
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Aug 22 @ 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!

 

Aug
27
Mon
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Support Group
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hutto Autism Support Group @ Support Group

Special guest: Ruth Flores
Clinical Research Coordinator
BioBehavioral Research of Austin

Aug
29
Wed
Adult Social Skills and Support Group @ American Legion Home
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.

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
Aug 29 @ 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.

Sep
4
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
Sep 4 @ 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.

Sep
7
Fri
Georgetown Support Group @ Hat Creek Burger Co.
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Georgetown Support Group @ Hat Creek Burger Co. | 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!

Sep
8
Sat
Teen Night! @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teen Night is BACK! Just in time to give you a break from school stress!! This event is intended for ages 11+ (there is no age cap. Adults with special abilities are encouraged to attend.) Sponsored by Pizza Hut, we have food and refreshments, as well as competitive games, music, and a redecoration of the gym to give our older friends more running room! This is an ALL inclusive event; teen of ALL abilities are encouraged to join. Come make new friends as we provide opportunities for engagement and socialization, as well as prizes & raffles! Don’t miss out! Registration is not required, but RSVPs are welcomed and appreciated for staffing and food purposes.

Sep
15
Sat
NEW! Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: TEEN + YOUNG ADULT @ Dart Bowl
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NEW!  Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: TEEN + YOUNG ADULT @ Dart Bowl

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for young 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 at to exchange information, share stories, and laughs. Whole family welcome!

Cost includes 2 games and shoe rental per bowler. (Spectrum girls and young siblings only.) Please RSVP via Eventbrite by 9/9/18.

Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Dart Bowl
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Dart Bowl

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.

Cost includes 2 games and shoe rental per bowler for spectrum girls and young siblings only. Guardians must be present and may set up and pay for a separate game at the front desk! Whole families are welcome.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite by 9/9.

Sep
26
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin @ Central Market
Sep 26 @ 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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