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 happy to provide individualized Information and Referral services.  Please feel free to call 512-479-4199 or e-mail support@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-Central Texas 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 support@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.

Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm
Contact: support@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.

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 at The Hive,
10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748

San Antonio Support Meeting
Meets monthly. Check website calendar.
Contact: support@texasautismsociety.org

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets at Thundercloud Subs, usually one Friday evening per month. 814 Main Street, 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:  support@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 support@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

Apr
2
Thu
Nurturing Parent Group (Now on ZOOM) @ Easterseals Central Texas
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This group will be now be held via ZOOM. If you would like to participate, please email jleslie@eastersealstx.org.

An eight week course that builds nurturing parenting skills to support your child’s healthy development, in a family centered way. Connect with other parents sharing similar experiences of raising a child with a disability.

Sessions will be every Thursday from 10-12 PM, starting March 26th and ending May 14th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions!

Apr
4
Sat
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe

Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.

Please note! This group meets every other month on even months: Feb., April, June, August, October, December

Apr
9
Thu
South Austin Support Group (Online) @ Google Hangouts
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
South Austin Support Group (Online) @ Google Hangouts
It’s important for parents, family members, and guardians of children and adult individuals with special needs to know and be connected with the supportive community around them. There’s no manual or one-size-fits-all way to help family members navigate schools, doctors, organizations, and so on.
The South Austin Support Meeting is a place for parents, guardians, and family members to come together; share stories, successes, challenges, and questions; and build community. Meeting guests don’t have to prepare anything at all. Topics covered can include communication, schooling, family interactions, therapies, insurance, jobs, and so on. The conversation goes along depending on the interests and needs of meeting guests.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the April 2020 meeting will take place online. For instructions, contact the group’s facilitator, Lynn Cowles at 512-522-3220 or cowles5966@gmail.com
Hope to see you (virtually) soon!
Apr
14
Tue
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Who: Individuals with autism and their family or caregivers-all ages welcome
There is a limit of 35 guests.
Each family is responsible for their own bill.
Gluten friendly items are available.
Caregiver Support Group Meeting: El Paso (Now on Zoom) @ Region 19 Education Services Center
Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Caregiver Support Group Meeting: El Paso (Now on Zoom) @ Region 19 Education Services Center

Check our Facebook page for the Zoom Invite!

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

Apr
22
Wed
Support Meeting: Central Austin (Online) @ Central Market
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Support Meeting: Central Austin (Online) @ Central Market

This group will now be held on Google Hangouts! 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. We’ll be on the mezzanine.

Support group attendance is free, and making a purchase at the cafe is optional!

(Online) Adult Support And Social Skills Group @ Google Hangouts
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Apr
26
Sun
(Canceled) Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group @ Waco Central Library
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
(Canceled) Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group @ Waco Central Library

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to help us plan for the meeting! Thank you! RSVP HERE

Location:

Downstairs conference room – Waco Central Library. If you can’t find us, please ask at the library kiosk!

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 4th Sunday at the Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave Waco TX, in the private conference room (downstairs) between 2-4pm. This is a fairly large room with a solid door and a small glass view in it. 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 Support 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!
May
2
Sat
CANCELLED: San Antonio Support Group @ Autism Community Network
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE SATURDAY 3/7 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Please join Autism Society of Texas at Autism Community Network as we get together with parents and caregivers of individuals with autism! This is an opportunity to connect with others in the autism community to gain support and knowledge that we all need to navigate the autism journey. Please note, some meetings have a speaker & topic, others are open discussion. See flyer.

RSVP is required! Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Judy at judith.mcclure08@yahoo.com.

May
9
Sat
Spring Sibshops in Cedar Park! @ One of the Kids
May 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Texas Sibling Network will be hosting Sibshops at One of the Kids, a new pediatric therapy center in Cedar Park on May 9th from 1pm – 4 pm.
Workshops for siblings aged 8-12. Sibshops provide siblings of people with a disability a place to meet other people “who get it”
Financial support for the Texas Sibling Network project is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

 

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