Support Groups

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix & Partner Support Meetings:

3 LOCATIONS FOR OUR AUTISM SOCIETY OF GREATER PHOENIX

MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS…

The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix has held one monthly support group meeting at Coco’s for several years now. With the growth of the valley, it has become necessary to split into 2 locations – East, and North valley.  We feel that we will be able to reach more people and help families connect and support one another in their own communities. A parent mentor will be available at each meeting. Each meeting will have different speakers and topics according to the needs of each group. Please feel free to attend the meeting closest to you and join our e-mail list to be updated on speakers and topics.

EAST VALLEY MEETING
*We are partnering with EVAN (East Valley Autism Network) for this meeting each month*
TIME: 6:30-8:30pm
WHEN: 4th Tuesday of each month-Taking May, June and July Off!
WHERE: Mi Amigo’s on the southwest corner of Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa (1264 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa, 85204)

The general public is always invited to attend and there is no admission charge. Parents can order food if they would like, but it is not required. For information about the meetings or directions, please contact us.

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NORTH VALLEY MEETING
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00pm
WHEN: 3rd Wednesday of the month-taking July off!
WHERE: Paradise Valley Community Center (17402 North 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85032)

The general public is always invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

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WEST VALLEY MEETING

AZA NOW-Together with the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the Arizona Autism Network of the West Valley will be primarily assisting families in the West Valley seek services, networking opportunities, support, community events and much much more!

TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
WHEN: 2nd Thursday
WHERE: Autism Academy – Peoria 6810 W Thunderbird, Peoria 85381

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Other Phoenix Support Groups-

Autism Parent Support Group-West Valley
Second Monday of each month from 7-9 pm
New Life Community Church
8155 W Thunderbird Rd in Peoria

High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Family Network
It’s all about our kids! Phoenix high functioning autism/Asperger group to help share information on doctors, therapies, school issues, camps and counseling.
4512 E Juniper Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Email: hfautism@cox.net
602.492.8033 (leave message and we will get back to you)
www.phoenixautism.com

Dads 4 Special Kids (D4SK)
This is a group of dads/men that have a child with special needs in their life. They also have a Buckeye group that meets.
Meets: Third Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:00 am.
Location: Shiloh Community Church, 19021 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85050 (N. of Union Hills)
Contact: Ray Morris at 602-909-5463 or ray@dads4specialkids.com

Asperger Parent Network (APN)
APN offers information and support for families of children and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome, and for professionals who work with them. Monthly meetings and online e-group.

Contact: Carolyn Warden at (480) 759-6329
Website: www.apn.150m.com

AZ ASSIST – Autism Spectrum Support, Information & Strategies for Transition
A supportive community where families with teens and young adults on the autism spectrum are empowered with the knowledge of public and private services and opportunities so that individuals can live as independently as they choose and access a variety of employment options, post-secondary education and social opportunities.
Website: www.azassist.com

East Valley Location:
Meets: 3rd Monday of each month from 7-9pm (Excluding December)
Location: Campus of Redemption Church, 2150 East Southern, Tempe 85282. Just west of the 101 on the north side of Southern Avenue
Contact: Debbie Weidinger, Executive Director at debbie.weidinger@azassist.com .

West Valley Location: Contact Teri at westvalley@azassist.com for meeting times and locations.

Connecting, Learning, and Special Education Support (Ahwatukee, Chandler, Tempe) CLASS ACT Support Group
Do you have a child with special needs? Are you looking for support and local information about schools, therapists, and social
interactions for your child? Come join other parents of special needs children for support, information, and networking.

Meets: As needed basis
Location: Melissa Shah’s House, 16041 S. 27th Street Phoenix, AZ 85048 (near Chandler Blvd & 28th St)

Resources, Inspiration, Support, Empowerment (RISE)
RISE is a support group for parents of children with disabilities. An informal gathering that meets once a month, this “parents supporting parents” format seeks to provide opportunities to share and support each other.

Meets: first Saturday of every month from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Contact: info@higheroctavehealing.com

Men Meet Autism
An informal gathering of men who have someone in their life affected by autism. Fathers, grandfathers, adult siblings, friends of someone with autism. Come together in a laid back setting and autism is usually the forefront of most conversations.

Meets: Varies
Location: Zipps Sports Grill 211 E Warner Rd Gilbert 85296
Contact: Jason Geroux at 480-748-8620 Email: jasonautismaz@gmail.com to get on email list

Fountain Hills, In Teaching Our Unique Children (FH-InTOUCH)
A support group for parents and caregivers of special needs children living in Fountain Hills.
Meets: Monthly, time and day to be determined for this next school year
Contact: fhintouch@cox.net
Website: www.members.cox.net/fhintouch/

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Adults & Parents of Adults Support Groups

AZ ASSIST – Autism Spectrum Support, Information & Strategies for Transition
A supportive community where families with teens and young adults on the autism spectrum are empowered with the knowledge of public and private services and opportunities so that individuals can live as independently as they choose and access a variety of employment options, post-secondary education and social opportunities.
Website: www.azassist.com

East Valley Location:
Meets: 3rd Monday of each month from 7-9pm (Excluding December)
Location: Campus of Redemption Church, 2150 East Southern, Tempe 85282. Just west of the 101 on the north side of Southern Avenue
Contact: Debbie Weidinger, Executive Director at debbie.weidinger@azassist.com .

West Valley Location: Contact Teri at westvalley@azassist.com for meeting times and locations.

Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Group
Contact: Tara at jamethiel9@hotmail.com or (602) 421-2215

Parents of Adults on the Spectrum Yahoo Group
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ASGPparentsofadultswithautism/conversations/messages

East Valley Adults with Autism (Asperger) Family Support Group
Contact Lorie Waite-Feldbauer
Direct: 480.202.3868
e.mail: “East Valley Adults w Autism Family Support Group” <EV.AWAFamSupGroup@gmail.com

Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Group
Tempe Contact: trish_crew@yahoo.com
Phoenix Contact: Tom at (602) 340-8717
Tuscon Contact: Jerry Newport at jwholphin48@aol.com or (520) 770-1591.
Online Asperger’s support group: go to http://www.meetup.com/AZ-aspie-adults-and-parents/ to join.

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En Español

East Valley Autism Support Group for Spanish-Speakers
Group meets with experts from different fields related to autism. Group shares valuable information and offers support to families.

Contact: Alberto Serpias at (480) 831-1009
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month

Grupo de apoyo para niños especiales (G.A.N.E.)
Somos un grupo de padres y profesionales que nos renuimos El ultimo Lunes de cada mes. Ven y conoce mas sobre los servicios y agencias que hay en tu comunidad.

Location: 7102 W. Thomas Road, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85323.
Contact: Gabriela Orozco at (623) 478-7277

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Other Arizona Support Groups

Council for Jews with Special Needs
Provides a range of services and support.
Location: 12701 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 205 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Contact: (480)629-5343
Email: info@cjsn.org
Webpage: www.cjsn.org

Fragile X Society of Arizona
Provides information on Fragile X.
Location: 3418 W. Lucia Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85085
Phone: (623) 587-7580

SARRC’s Grandparents Group-Informational group focused on educating grandparents of children with autism. Discussion-based group meets monthly to learn from experts on autism and volunteer.
Contact information: Addie Mocca, volunteer coordinator, at (602) 218-8203 or Kathy Bosco at (602) 340-8717

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Support Groups Outside of Metro Phoenix

Autism Support Group-Casa Grande area
Destiny Outreach
Casa Grande Area
1st and 3rd Mondays of each month
6:15-7:15

1st Monday
Maricopa Center for Entreprenuership
20800 Joh Wayne Pkwy Suite 108, Maricopa

3rd Monday
Curbside Coffee and Cafe
820 W Cottonwood Lane
Casa Grande

Yuma Autism Support Group
Meets: first Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm
Location: YRMC at 399 West 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85364 (between Mervyn’s and Spragues)
Contact: Pilar Sanchez at pss.12@hotmail.com Webpage: www.autismyuma.cfsites.org

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Tucson Support Groups
Tucson Chapter – Autism Society of America
This group serves people with autism of all ages, and holds monthly meetings.
Phone: (520) 770-1541
autismsocietygreatertucson.org

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Flagstaff Support Groups

Flagstaff Autism Family/Friend Support Group
Contact information:
– Phone: (928) 266-1687
– Contact: Patty Gee.
– Email: PattyJGee@gmail.com
–Website    http://www.opendoorautism.com
– Meets:  2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30
– Location: Northern Arizona Church of Christ, 2203 N East Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Flagstaff Autism Parent Support Group
Contact information:
– Phone: (928) 266-1687
– Contact: Patty Gee.
– Email: PattyJGee@gmail.com
–Website    http://www.opendoorautism.com
– Meets:  Weekly on Friday from 10:00 to 12:00
– Location: Mike and Rhonda The Place, 21 S Milton Rd., Flagstaff AZ  86001

Flagstaff Adult Autism/Asperger Support Group
Contact information:
– Phone: (928) 266-1687
– Contact: Patty Gee.
– Email: PattyJGee@gmail.com
–Website    http://www.opendoorautism.com
– Meets:  Weekly on Wednesday 2:00 to 3:30
– Location: Starbucks on Ponderosa and 66th, Flagstaff, AZ  86001