Finding a Support Group
There are many reasons to consider joining an ASD support group (see ASERT’s FAQ Sheet: How to Use Support Groups). This FAQ sheet is designed to help you find one that meets your needs.
First, decide what it is that you want to get out of joining a support group by reading ASERT’s FAQ Sheet: How to Use Support Groups.
Visit ASERT’s Support Group Map webpage to find a listing of all of the available support groups in your local area.
- This site includes both in-person and online support groups by county.
- Location and contact information for support groups can be found on this site.
- Read the short description beside each listing and decide if the group might be interesting to you.
- If you decide that it might be something you are looking for, click on the group’s name to learn more about it.
Contact the group to request more information, including the following:
- Is childcare provided for meetings?
- Do I need to pay a membership fee to attend the group meetings?
- Should I RSVP before attending a meeting?
- What should I bring with me to feel prepared for the meeting?
If you don’t see a group that you think will fit your needs, read ASERT’s FAQ Sheet: Starting a Support/Self Advocacy Group and consider starting a support group of your own.
- Don’t forget to contact the ASERT Autism Resource Center to tell us about your group!
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.