Support Groups


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

Dec
5
Sat
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Dec 5 @ 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

Dec
9
Wed
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom
Dec 9 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom

Forming a Small Mighty Group – for dedicated “Transition” action – Thrive Action Group

Invitation to be a part of a 6 month Dedicated Thrive Action Group with Rosemary from Parent 2 Parent and other professionals. This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

This action group will meet 2x per month (dates below) and be very committed to accomplishing specific goals by end of Jan 2021. The main focus will be on housing as well as several special interest groups on personal networks, jobs, and legal; to name of few.

If you are ready to really move the needle on your loved one’s transition than this is the group for you. Check it out next Wed. If you would like to know more please contact Suzyn Barrientos at suzksaggs@gmail.com or 512-767-0788. Transition takes a village. It is a Mount Everest Climb where every step matters and makes a difference.

1st and 3rd Wed of the month @6:30 on Zoom (If you need to miss some, just communicate ahead of time and we will keep you up to speed).

 

 

Sept 2nd

Sept 16th

Oct 7th

Oct 21st

Nov 4th

Nov 18th

Dec 2nd

Dec 16th

Jan 6th

Jan 20th

 

Zoom Info

Topic: Thrive Action Group 9-2

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of the Month Sept 16th @6:30pm Financial Resources Panel

Reality is power. Learn about what you need to launch your loved one now and in the future.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that are 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Suzyn Skaggs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Thrive Group 9-16 Mtg Financials

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (only if your computer sound isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of Month Oct 21st Housing Options Panel

Govt-Group Homes, Family homes, AIM, Neurodiverse communities, Apt living, and more.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ are (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Topic: Thrive Group 10-21 Housing Options

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (Only if your computer isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dec
13
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online support group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

————-

Location:

Zoom!

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 2nd and 4th Saturday on Zoom between 2-4pm.  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!
Dec
23
Wed
Support Meeting for Parents & Caregivers (Online) @ Online!
Dec 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This group will now be held on Google Hangouts and we welcome parents and caregivers statewide!

If you’d like to participate, please send your email address to annmorrishart@gmail.com and let Ann know you would like to attend so she can send you the information to join the online meeting!

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance to meet other parents in an informal setting. Come to exchange information, share stories, and laugh.


Information about the meeting when we are not under quarantine:

We usually meet the fourth Wednesday of each month at Central Market (in Central Austin), 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!

Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom
Dec 23 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom

Forming a Small Mighty Group – for dedicated “Transition” action – Thrive Action Group

Invitation to be a part of a 6 month Dedicated Thrive Action Group with Rosemary from Parent 2 Parent and other professionals. This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

This action group will meet 2x per month (dates below) and be very committed to accomplishing specific goals by end of Jan 2021. The main focus will be on housing as well as several special interest groups on personal networks, jobs, and legal; to name of few.

If you are ready to really move the needle on your loved one’s transition than this is the group for you. Check it out next Wed. If you would like to know more please contact Suzyn Barrientos at suzksaggs@gmail.com or 512-767-0788. Transition takes a village. It is a Mount Everest Climb where every step matters and makes a difference.

1st and 3rd Wed of the month @6:30 on Zoom (If you need to miss some, just communicate ahead of time and we will keep you up to speed).

 

 

Sept 2nd

Sept 16th

Oct 7th

Oct 21st

Nov 4th

Nov 18th

Dec 2nd

Dec 16th

Jan 6th

Jan 20th

 

Zoom Info

Topic: Thrive Action Group 9-2

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of the Month Sept 16th @6:30pm Financial Resources Panel

Reality is power. Learn about what you need to launch your loved one now and in the future.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that are 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Suzyn Skaggs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Thrive Group 9-16 Mtg Financials

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (only if your computer sound isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of Month Oct 21st Housing Options Panel

Govt-Group Homes, Family homes, AIM, Neurodiverse communities, Apt living, and more.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ are (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Topic: Thrive Group 10-21 Housing Options

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (Only if your computer isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dec
27
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!
Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online support group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

————-

Location:

Zoom!

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 2nd and 4th Saturday on Zoom between 2-4pm.  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!
Jan
6
Wed
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom
Jan 6 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom

Forming a Small Mighty Group – for dedicated “Transition” action – Thrive Action Group

Invitation to be a part of a 6 month Dedicated Thrive Action Group with Rosemary from Parent 2 Parent and other professionals. This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

This action group will meet 2x per month (dates below) and be very committed to accomplishing specific goals by end of Jan 2021. The main focus will be on housing as well as several special interest groups on personal networks, jobs, and legal; to name of few.

If you are ready to really move the needle on your loved one’s transition than this is the group for you. Check it out next Wed. If you would like to know more please contact Suzyn Barrientos at suzksaggs@gmail.com or 512-767-0788. Transition takes a village. It is a Mount Everest Climb where every step matters and makes a difference.

1st and 3rd Wed of the month @6:30 on Zoom (If you need to miss some, just communicate ahead of time and we will keep you up to speed).

 

 

Sept 2nd

Sept 16th

Oct 7th

Oct 21st

Nov 4th

Nov 18th

Dec 2nd

Dec 16th

Jan 6th

Jan 20th

 

Zoom Info

Topic: Thrive Action Group 9-2

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of the Month Sept 16th @6:30pm Financial Resources Panel

Reality is power. Learn about what you need to launch your loved one now and in the future.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that are 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Suzyn Skaggs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Thrive Group 9-16 Mtg Financials

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (only if your computer sound isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of Month Oct 21st Housing Options Panel

Govt-Group Homes, Family homes, AIM, Neurodiverse communities, Apt living, and more.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ are (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Topic: Thrive Group 10-21 Housing Options

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (Only if your computer isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Jan
20
Wed
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom
Jan 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thrive Parent Group @ Zoom

Forming a Small Mighty Group – for dedicated “Transition” action – Thrive Action Group

Invitation to be a part of a 6 month Dedicated Thrive Action Group with Rosemary from Parent 2 Parent and other professionals. This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

This action group will meet 2x per month (dates below) and be very committed to accomplishing specific goals by end of Jan 2021. The main focus will be on housing as well as several special interest groups on personal networks, jobs, and legal; to name of few.

If you are ready to really move the needle on your loved one’s transition than this is the group for you. Check it out next Wed. If you would like to know more please contact Suzyn Barrientos at suzksaggs@gmail.com or 512-767-0788. Transition takes a village. It is a Mount Everest Climb where every step matters and makes a difference.

1st and 3rd Wed of the month @6:30 on Zoom (If you need to miss some, just communicate ahead of time and we will keep you up to speed).

 

 

Sept 2nd

Sept 16th

Oct 7th

Oct 21st

Nov 4th

Nov 18th

Dec 2nd

Dec 16th

Jan 6th

Jan 20th

 

Zoom Info

Topic: Thrive Action Group 9-2

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of the Month Sept 16th @6:30pm Financial Resources Panel

Reality is power. Learn about what you need to launch your loved one now and in the future.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that are 18+ (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Suzyn Skaggs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Thrive Group 9-16 Mtg Financials

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (only if your computer sound isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

 

Thrive Parent/Advocate Group 3rd Wed of Month Oct 21st Housing Options Panel

Govt-Group Homes, Family homes, AIM, Neurodiverse communities, Apt living, and more.

This is for parents and advocates who have loved ones that 18+ are (all abilities) and you are committed to their development and independence.

Topic: Thrive Group 10-21 Housing Options

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8016914941

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

Dial by your location (Only if your computer isn’t working)

+1 346 248 7799 US

Meeting ID: 801 691 4941

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