Support


The Autism Society supports individuals online through Yahoo, Facebook, and Meetup, and face-to-face through monthly support meetings and social groups around Central 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@austinautismsociety.org any time and ASCT Staff or a volunteer will respond within a couple days.

Links to our online groups:

Autism Society of Central Texas Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Society-of-Central-Texas/281607565214275

Autism Society of Central 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 Monkey’s Nest Coffee, 5353 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
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

North Austin Support Meeting
Meets 2nd Tuesday each month 9:30am at La Madeleine (Lakeline), 14028 U.S. 183, Austin, TX 78717
Contact: Caryn Mills caryn@autismsociety.org

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

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

Mar
1
Wed
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community

Please join parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum for support! We’ll be meeting monthly to discuss all things autism-related.  For questions please email Colin at cgaidos@aol.com.

Thanks to Brookwood Community for letting us use their space!

 

Mar
7
Tue
Caregiver Group Meeting / Grupo de apoyo para Padres @ Education Service Center Region 19
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Caregiver Group Meeting / Grupo de apoyo para Padres

Topic: TBA

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. #AutismSocietyofElPaso

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 para continuar nuestro viaje con nuestro ser querido (s) afectadas por el autismo.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided and child care is available from UTEP NSSLHA.
Pizza y refrescos serán proporcionados y cuidado de niños está disponible por UTEP NSSLHA.

Adults with Autism Recreation Outing- Skating @ Playland Skate Center
Mar 7 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

This event will be sponsored by The Autism Society of Texas for adults 18+ on the autism spectrum.

Let’s go roller skating at Playland Skate Center on Tuesday, March 7th.  We will meet at 6:45 pm and doors open at 7 pm.  The Meetup will officially end at 9 pm, but you are welcome to stay until Adult Skate Night ends at 10:30 pm.

Playland Skate Center offers the finest in skating entertainment with an impressive light show, and state of the art sound system playing a wide variety of music. Our extra large skating floor at 27,500 square feet is Austin’s largest. Playland Skate Center has been in business since 1973 offering children and adults a safe, fun, clean and entertaining roller skating experience.

For more info. on Playland Skate Center – follow the link below:

http://playlandskatecenter.net/

Outside skates are welcomed.  Everyone that enters the rink must pay admission, with the exception of non-skating parents, non-skating grandparents, elderly and non-skating children 3 years of age and under.

No outside food or drink is allowed including water!  

Our snack bar is available with hot food items such as pizza, hot dogs, cheese sticks, pretzels, and drinks such as sodas, slushies and sport drinks. We also provide smaller snack items including gluten and allergy free. If you wish to bring a cake or cupcakes a party reservation is required.

Prices and times are subject to change without notice.

Hope to see you all there!

Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

This month’s meeting is unstructured, allowing for open discussion and sharing.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Maxwell

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Where:     IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1) –

When:      Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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.  I hope to see you Tuesday – May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  We are in the back meeting room of the IHOP.

I am grateful for the sponsorship of the Autism Society of Central Texas.

Mar
14
Tue
Support Meeting: North Austin @ La Madeleine (Lakeline)
Mar 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

We have family support group for those of you in North Austin/Cedar Park/Leander!  Grab a coffee or treat and follow the signs.  We’ll either be in the meeting room or the patio, weather permitting.  Please contact Caryn (caryn@autismsociety.org) with any questions.

Apr
1
Sat
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community

Please join parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum for support! We’ll be meeting monthly to discuss all things autism-related.  For questions please email Colin at cgaidos@aol.com.

Thanks to Brookwood Community for letting us use their space!

 

Apr
4
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

This month’s meeting is unstructured, allowing for open discussion and sharing.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Maxwell

____________________________________________

Where:     IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1) –

When:      Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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.  I hope to see you Tuesday – May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  We are in the back meeting room of the IHOP.

I am grateful for the sponsorship of the Autism Society of Central Texas.

Apr
11
Tue
Support Meeting: North Austin @ La Madeleine (Lakeline)
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

We have family support group for those of you in North Austin/Cedar Park/Leander!  Grab a coffee or treat and follow the signs.  We’ll either be in the meeting room or the patio, weather permitting.  Please contact Caryn (caryn@autismsociety.org) with any questions.

May
1
Mon
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community
May 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Georgetown Support Group @ BiG Brookwood Community

Please join parents and caregivers of those on the autism spectrum for support! We’ll be meeting monthly to discuss all things autism-related.  For questions please email Colin at cgaidos@aol.com.

Thanks to Brookwood Community for letting us use their space!

 

May
2
Tue
Parents of Adults with Disabilities (PAD) Meeting @ IHOP Restaurant
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

This month’s meeting is unstructured, allowing for open discussion and sharing.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Maxwell

____________________________________________

Where:     IHOP Restaurant, 1101 S. Mopac (Loop 1) –

When:      Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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.  I hope to see you Tuesday – May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  We are in the back meeting room of the IHOP.

I am grateful for the sponsorship of the Autism Society of Central Texas.

 

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