About our Groups
The Autism Society of Texas supports individuals online through Facebook, email groups, Meetup, and virtual or face-to-face support meetings and social groups around Texas. Regardless of the setting, these opportunities give individuals with autism, parents/caregivers, and professionals, the chance to exchange information, share stories, and feel connected.
We also provide individualized support through our free Information and Referral services. Please call 512-479-4199, Ext. 2 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Estamos aquí para proporcionarte información y referencias gratuitas. Por favor llámanos al 512-479-4199, Ext. 3 o envíanos un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
For regional online support, please check our Online Groups page here.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Some groups are on hiatus during the pandemic, and other groups have moved to virtual platforms. For a complete list of current groups and meeting information, please consult the website calendar here.
Statewide Virtual Support Groups
Parent/Caregiver Support Group (English)
During COVID-19, meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Check calendar for upcoming events.
Parent/Caregiver Support Group -Grupo de apoyo para padres y cuidadores
Spanish language group for parents and caregivers. Meets the 3rd Saturday of every month. https://www.texasautismsociety.org/grupoparapadres/
Check calendar for all meeting details or email email@example.com for more information unless an email contact is listed below.
Austin-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.
Austin/Statewide-Adults with Autism Support Meeting
This group is for adults on the autism spectrum, age 18 and older. During COVID-19 we welcome adults statewide for our virtual meeting.
Austin/Statewide-Adult Recreation Group (Austin)
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older. We welcome autistic adults from around the state for our virtual meeting.
Austin-Thrive Parents Group Meeting
For parents of autistic adults. Often meets at the same time as the support meeting for adults with autism.
Bell County Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Meets second Thursday each month 6:00 to 7:30pm. Monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents and caregivers in an informal setting.
Central Austin Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday each month 10:00am at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 .
Dallas/Fort Worth Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Meets second Wednesday of each month 6-7:30pm. For parents and caregivers.
South Austin Support Meeting
Meets second Thursday of each month from 6-8 pm.
Austin-Friends & Family Happy Hour
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/
El Paso Chapter Support Groups
Sibling group, Parent/Caregiver Group, Autistic Adult Support Group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or check website.
Gulf Coast Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:00pm except in December at Bay Area United Way.
Houston Parent/Caregiver Online Support Group
Meets virtually the third Thursday of each month.
Waco/Statewide Support Group for Autistic Adults
Check calendar. Usually meets every other Sunday.
West Texas Group
This group is for autistic adults, and parents and caregivers of autistic children, teens, and adults who live in West Texas. Students, therapists, and educators in West Texas who are involved with ASD are also welcome. Request to join the West Texas Facebook group here.
Don’t see a group in your area or need more information? Please contact email@example.com! 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!
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