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Support Groups

ACRP/West End- Family Based Mental Health Services & The Family Center
317 Power Street
Johnstown, PA 15906

This location houses the Alternative School & Family Based Mental Health Services &The Family Center.ACRP MISSION STATEMENT Everyday in our region there are children who struggle with abuse; neglect or psychological and emotional disorders that keep them from living a normal happy life. It is the mission of The Alternative Community Resource Program to respond to the needs of such children and their families. ACRP works as an alternative to placement while providing comprehensive programs and treatment to address emotional; behavioral; and academic issues. This service spectrum includes treatment for adults through our Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. At ACRP Individuals are afforded the opportunity for personal growth and development regardless of race; color; gender; religion; or sexual orientation. Since 1989 we have upheld our commitment to meeting the needs of the children and families we serve.

Annapolis Adults with Aspergers/High Functioning Autism
Trinity Church
Annapolis, MD 21401
1300 West Street

Are you an Adult with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism; 21 years old and over in the greater-Annapolis (MD) area? This is a social on the last Friday of the month for both men and women adults only who are on the spectrum. Meet and greet; board games. Snacks provided. We generally play board games and socialize. Place: Trinity Church; 1300 West Street; Annapolis; MD 21401 Time: 7-9 PM. Please; No Children.

Anne Arundel County Asperger Support Group
375 Benfield Blvd
Severna Park, MD 21146

Our group is dedicated to the advocacy and developmental needs of children who have beendiagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.We meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm (during the school year and excluding December).We meet on the 2nd floor of the office building at St. Martin in the Field Church; located at 375 Benfield Blvd in Severna Park; Maryland. Our meetings are open to the public; free of charge; registration free; and; best of all; we welcome everyone who has an interest in Aspergers Syndrome to attend.

Arc of Frederick County Sibshop
620-A Research Court
Frederick, MD 21703

Sibshops are a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Siblings participate in a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique; off-beat; and appealing to a wide ability range); participate in discussion activities; and get to know others who have something in common with them — a sibling with a disability.

Aspergers Support Group of Cecil County
14 Skyline Drive
Conowingo, MD 21918
Auntie Em’s Recovery Corner – Online Support

Auntie Em’s Recovery Corner is a new peer support discussion board where folks can come together to share and discuss; thoughts; opinions and suggestions concerning various topics of recovery. Our host Emily Hoffman (otherwise known as Auntie Em) will present bi-weekly topics regarding a theme of recovery. Anyone with computer access can post their responses by sharing personal experiences; ideas and reactions. Your comments will be posted on-line at the link listed below. Replies and comments should lead to an exciting and spirited conversation.

Autism Aspergers Association of Calvert County
P.O. Box 2323
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

AAACC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering support and assistance to Calvert County families facing autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Chapter Eastern Shore; ACES
30467 Cannon Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

The ACES Support Group serves the Wicomico County parents of special needs children. Our group has served area families for the past eight years. During that time we have provided the following services: Monthly Support Group with Childcare; Education Folder with Community Resources; IEP Assistance and Advocacy; Funding Trainings/Conferences; Community Awareness at Various Events; Funding for Hippotherapy; Lending Library; and Phone Support. Open to parents; teachers; siblings; and those with developmental disabilities. ACES is available for any age group from birth to adult.

Autism Network for Hearing and Visually Impaired Persons
Autism Research Institute
San Diego, CA 92116
Director; ARI

Autism Network for Hearing and Visually Impaired Persons assists parents and professionals to learn more about autism and hearing/visual disabilities.Parent contact is Dolores Bartel – 757-428-9036.

Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake
P.O. Box 10855
Baltimore, MD 21234

A support group for teenage siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum is held the first Thursday of most months at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital; 1708 W. Rogers Avenue; Baltimore 21209. Join us for a break-out session for teenage siblings of individuals with autism. These get-togethers are a chance for teens to get to know other siblings and to have some fun; with games and snacks provided. Parents can attend our regular support group while their children enjoy time with their peers. If you will be bringing your teen; please register them by emailing so we can be sure to have enough goodies for them! Check out our website calendar to confirm dates for the sibling support group meetings: call our info line at 410-655-7933.

Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland; Inc.
P.O. Box 2162
California, MD 20619

The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland provides support and information to families of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the Southern Maryland region. The Support Group offers a website; a forum; monthly meetings; newsletters; a Facebook page; a Twitter feed; camp scholarships; and workshops.

Autism Support Gorup of Charles County

The autism Support Group of Charles County is a sister group of the Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland. We hold meetings for parents on the 3rd of each month at the Panera Bread in La Plata; Md from 6:30pm-8:30.

Autism Women of Greater Washington (AWGW)
Washington, DC 20005

One of the Autistics Association of Greater Washington’s upport groups is called the Autistic Women of Greater Washington. The Autistic Women have their own e-mail group and meet approximately monthly. Meeting dates are announced in the women’s e-mail group and in the general e-mail group. Autistic Women members are also encouraged to join the general support group. To apply for membership; please send an email

Autism Women’s Network
5100 Van Dorn St. #6633
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 512-3610

Greetings and welcome to the Autism Women’s Network! AWN is dedicated to building a community of autistic girls and women; their families; friends and supporters. A place where all can share their experiences amongst a diverse; inclusive supportive and positive environment. We invite you to take a look around and join us today.

Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County
P.O. Box 2323
Prince Fredrick, MD 20678
(410) 326-5050

In 2003; a group of Calvert County parents decided to form a parent advocacy group to help families coping with the challenges of raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Since January 2004; the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County; Inc. (AAACC) has held monthly educational meetings during the school year for parents and other interested individuals. Topics have included educational strategies; speech and language therapy; recreational opportunities and services provided by the Calvert County Health Department; the Calvert County Public Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS). Other meeting topics ranged from estate planning to medical interventions such as the DAN! protocol. Future AAACC meeting topics will include changes to special education law; understanding & preparing for successful IEP meetings; transition into adult life and a variety of other topics to assist families in their search for information; resources and programs for children & adults on the autism spectrum. Meetings are held in Prince Frederick and are open to the public. The AAACC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All donations and membership fees are tax deductible. Members receive referrals to agencies and health care professionals; parent-to-parent referrals; access to the AAACC lending library and assistance in preparing for IEP meetings.

Autistic Children’s Support Group of Worcester County; Inc.
P.O. Box 1322
Ocean Pines, MD 21811

By developing partnerships with local government agencies and businesses; our non-profit 501C3 organization can help families with children on the autistic spectrum in Worcester County; MD and surrounding areas through providing services such as family support; local resource guidance; community awareness programs and financial therapeutic funding.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035
Autistics Association of Greater Washington; Inc. (AAGW)
400 8th Street; NW
Washington, DC 20004

The Autistics Association of Greater Washington; Inc. serves autistic adults in the District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia; and the surrounding region. Until March 2015 we were known as the Asperger Adults of Greater Washington; Inc. Our meetings and our e-mail group are limited to autistic adults in our region. (A professional diagnosis is not required for membership.) We make only one exception: new members may bring one or two friends or family members to their first meeting. We offer our members mutual encouragement; try to connect our members with the right services; organize social activities; and advance our policy interests.

Baltimore AUTISM Parents
Online only

This is a Facebook group for Baltimore AUTISM Parents. Share your golden nuggets for the day; get support; ask questions; encourage one another.

Baltimore County Sib Shops-Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 West Rogers Avenue
Baltimore, Md 21209

Sibshop Description: Sibshops is offered in Baltimore County for ages 8-13. We are a part of “Sibshops of Maryland” and have staff members Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital facilitate these sessions. We meet from 10:00-12:00 for 3 consecutive Saturdays in fall; spring; and summer. Come join the fun!

Bay Area Center for Independent Living (Easton Location)
300 Talbot St
Easton, MD 21601

Bay Area Center for Independent Living promotes access to community resources and support for people with disabilities and their families through programs which offer choices; preserve dignity and increase independence for an improved quality of life across the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Programs offered include support in independent living skills; assistive technology; vocational supports; benefits counseling; support planning; advocacy; and many more.

Bay Area Center for Independent Living (Salisbury Location)
909 Progress Circle
Suite 300
Salisbury, MD 21804

Bay Area Center for Independent Living promotes access to community resources and support for people with disabilities and their families through programs which offer choices; preserve dignity and increase independence for an improved quality of life across the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Programs offered include support in independent living skills; assistive technology; vocational supports; benefits counseling; support planning; advocacy; and many more.

BCC-ASA Adult Autism Resource Group (AARG)
508 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286

AARG! is what parents say when they realize that their child with autism will someday become an adult with autism. AARG is a work-group of BCC-ASA. We are parents of transition age youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders and the professionals who work with them. We provide information about living and work options currently available for adults with ASD; however our goal is to work towards improvement in the capacity and quality of services in Maryland. AARG is not a support group; but we learn from and support each other.

Bedford County Autism Support Group
1790 Woodbury Pike
New Enterprise, PA 16664
(814) 766-2478

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA.

Brainy Camps
111 Michigan Avenue; NW
Washington, DC 20010

Brainy Camps Association (BCA) is a consortium of residential camps; family camps and retreats for children with chronic health conditions. The health conditions served include high functioning autism spectrum disorders; Tourette syndrome; neurofibromatosis; epilepsy; sickle cell anemia; type 1 diabetes; heart disorders; Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. We also offer quarterly retreats for families with children at risk for obesity; family camps for young children with type 1 diabetes; a transitions camp for young adults; and online support groups for children and parents.

Buford Psychology; P.C.
2070 Buford Highway; Suite 1A
Buford, GA 30518

Dr. Erica Kasler provides compassionate therapy and comprehensive evaluations to children; teens; and adults with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety; depression; autism; ADHD; and behavioral disorders.

By Their Side
7215 York Rd, Suite 352
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

By Their Side was formed in 1965 by Maryland parents concerned about who would advocate for their sons and daughters with an intellectual/developmental disability after they were gone. A family-funded, non-profit organization, By Their Side offers lifelong advocacy services as arranged by families or trustees. Services may begin immediately to help address a particular need or through regular visits and monitoring contacts. Lifelong advocacy services may also be pre-arranged to begin when the parents are gone. Experienced By Their Side Personal Advocates work from home offices throughout Maryland.

C.H.A.M.P.S. Program-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Project
77 West Street; Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

All services are available tofamily child care providers;child care centers and parents.•Consultation by phoneand/or on-site visit.•Environmental Rating•Observations/Assessments•Development of an actionplan.•Intervention strategies.•On-going support.•Hands-on; one-to-oneand/or group assistance.•Trainings offered on avariety of different topicspertaining to behavioralissues.•Referrals to community re-sources if more intensiveservices are required

Calvert County Family & Friends of Special Needs Population Support Group
175 Main Street; Courthouse
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-1600 x2542
301-855-1243 x2542
Caregiver Support Group: My Child was Recently Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; Now What
Loyola Clinical Centers
Baltimore, MD 21212
5911 York Road Suite 100

FREE support group for caregivers of children who have been recently (within the last 6 months) with Asperger’s Disorder or PDD NOS. ONSITE childcare is provided. It will begin on Thursdays in June from 5:30-7pm. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experience in a supportive and therapeutic environment; learn strategies to cope effectively with the challenges of parenting; and gain knowledge about resources and other supports in the area.