Support Groups


Arizona Support Groups:

Northern Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
Greater Phoenix Area
Tuscon, AZ
Southern Arizona

Northern Arizona:

Flagstaff, AZ:

Autism Society of Northern Arizona 
An organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and providing support to family members and individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout the Northern Arizona region.
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Address: Northern Arizona University Institute for Human Development, Large Conference Room, Flagstaff, AZ. You can park in one of the metered parking spots in Lot #13. Parking is free after 4:30pm.
Phone: (928)600-3998
President: Kathleen Temple
Contact: NAzASAinformation@nazasa.org

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Phoenix, AZ:

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and ROK (Recovering Our Kids)
This support group meets at three separate locations throughout the month. A Parent Mentor will be present at each meeting.
North Valley location: Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032 — 3rd Wednesday of each month
Current agenda
Contact: Cynthia Macluskie at cynthia.marksmom@cox.net for further information.

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.
Meetings: 1st Tuesday of every month at 7pm
Address: Melissa Shahʼs House, 16041 S. 27th Street Phoenix, AZ 85048 (near Chandler Blvd and 28th Street)
ContactMelissa Shah

Fragile X Society of Arizona:                                                                                                                                             Provides information on Fragile X.
Address: 3418 W. Lucia Drive Phoenix, AZ 85085
Phone: (623) 587-7580/(602) 502-4765
Email: Cheryl Fisher at azfragilex@gmail.com

GANE, Grupo de apoyo para nios especiales (West Valley)
Address: 7102 W. Thomas Road, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85323
Phone: (623) 478-7277
Contact: Gabriela Orozco

Phoenix HFA
High Functioning Autism & Aspergers Family Support Network-Life issues in a supportive and tolerant environment for the Phoenix area.
Meets: last Thursday of each month at Scottsdale Bible church, 7601 E Shea Blvd Rm E102. It follows the school year generally. See website for exact dates as they sometimes change.
Phone: (602) 225-0052
Emailhfautism@cox.net

Support Group for Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s
Phoenix Contact: Tom at (602) 340-8717

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Greater Pheonix Area:

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and ROK (Recovering Our Kids)
This support group meets at three separate locations throughout the month. A Parent Mentor will be present at each meeting.
Meeting location: three locations across the Valley;
West Valley location: New Life Community Church, 8155 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ 85381 — 2nd Monday or each month
East Valley location: Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 959 N. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85234 — 3rd Tuesday of each month
North Valley location: Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032 — 3rd Wednesday of each month
Current agenda
Contact: Cynthia Macluskie at cynthia.marksmom@cox.net for further information.

AZ ASSIST
AZ ASSIST, Inc. is a group of parents in the Greater Phoenix area who, through experience, are a wealth of information and eager to ASSIST each other through the process of our children growing up and away. Our mission is to provide education, strategies, and support related to transition into the community after high school to parents of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum and to provide transition education and create opportunities for social skill development for teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Check calendar for meeting information.
Meeting: 3rd Monday of the month, Campus of Ed Options 7-9 PM, 2150 E Southern Ave, Tempe
More Info.: Teens & Young Adults are encouraged to attend in order to socialize with multiplayer video games (no games rated M or above), air hockey, outdoor games and/or arts & crafts.
Emailinfo@azassist.com

Dads 4 Special Kids:
A network of support, resources and encouragement by men caring for children with special needs.
Phone: (602) 909-5463
Contact: Ray Morris
Emailray@dads4specialkids.com

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.
Phone: (602) 340-8717
Contact: Kathy Bosco

Sib Support:
Support group for parents of children with special needs as well as neurotypical children; opportunities for siblings to get together at recreational events.
ContactLarissa Beckstead, Co-Founder of Sibs Support

Scottsdale, AZ:

Council for Jews with Special Needs:
Provides a range of services.
Address: 12701 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 205 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480)-629-5343
Emailinfo@cjsn.org

Fountain Hills, AZ:

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
Emaildeninis@cox.netcrlavoie@cox.net

East Valley of Phoenix, AZ:

East Valley Parent Group:
This group is for all parents of children with autism. Meets the first Tuesday of every month.
Phone: (480) 632-5719
Contact: Janet Kirwan
Emailjanet@autismcenter.org                                                                                                                                                    Meets: 1st Tuesday of each month

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

Gilbert, AZ:

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and ROK (Recovering Our Kids)This support group meets at three separate locations throughout the month. A Parent Mentor will be present at each meeting.
East Valley location: Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 959 N. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85234 — 3rd Tuesday of each month
Current agenda
Contact: Cynthia Macluskie at cynthia.marksmom@cox.net for further information.

Mesa, AZ:

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.
When: 3rd Thursday of Every Month
Time: 7pm
Location: Big City BBQ in Mesa (north of US 60 @ Alma School)
Contact: Jason Geroux: 480-748-8620
Email: mensgroup@arizonaautismsupport.org to get on the monthly email reminder list

E.V.A.N. (East Valley Autism Network) formerly S.A.N.E. (Supporting Autism Now through Education)
Address: Mi Amigo’s Mexican Grill at 1264 S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204 (on the southwestern corner of Gilbert Rd. and Southern Ave., just north of the U.S. 60 freeway)
Meetings: 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:30 p.m
Phone: (480) 782-8960
Email: Melissa at melissavanhook@hotmail.com; Holly at hreycraft@cox.net; Katie at wridetribe@cox.net.

West Valley of Phoenix, AZ:

Avondale, AZ:

West Side Autism Support Group Sponsored by Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Phone: (480) 940-1093
Contactinfo@phxautism.org
Where: Wee Care Corp., 12409 W. Indian School Rd. #C306, Avondale, AZ 85396 (East of Dysart on Indian School in the Indian School Crossings Building on the south side of the road).

Glendale, AZ:

Asperger Parent Network:
Resource for families and professionals in the Greater Phoenix Area. Monthly meetings, e-group and web site.
Phone: 480-759-6329
Contact: Carolyn Warden: Carolyn@APNArizona.com

Peoria, AZ:

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and ROK (Recovering Our Kids)
This support group meets at three separate locations throughout the month. A Parent Mentor will be present at each meeting.
West Valley location: New Life Community Church, 8155 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ 85381 — 2nd Monday or each month
Current agenda
Contact: Cynthia Macluskie at cynthia.marksmom@cox.net for further information.

West Valley Autism Parent Support Group
Phone: (623) 572-5289
Contact: Shelly V. at shellyvin@cox.net
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm
Location: New Life Community Church located at 8155 W Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ 85381.

Tempe, AZ:

Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s
Contact: Tara at jamethiel9@hotmail.com or (602) 421-2215
Meets: on the 2nd Saturday of every month in Tempe

AZ ASSIST
AZ ASSIST, Inc. is a group of parents in the Greater Phoenix area who, through experience, are a wealth of information and eager to ASSIST each other through the process of our children growing up and away. Our mission is to provide education, strategies, and support related to transition into the community after high school to parents of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum and to provide transition education and create opportunities for social skill development for teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Check calendar for meeting information.
Meeting: 3rd Monday of the month, Campus of Ed Options 7-9 PM, 2150 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ
More Info.: Teens & Young Adults are encouraged to attend in order to socialize with multiplayer video games (no games rated M or above), air hockey, outdoor games and/or arts & crafts.
Emailinfo@azassist.com

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.
Meetings: 1st Tuesday of every month at 7pm
Address: Melissa Shahʼs House, 16041 S. 27th Street Phoenix, AZ 85048 (near Chandler Blvd and 28th Street)
ContactMelissa Shah

Support Group for Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s
Tempe Contact: trish_crew@yahoo.com

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Tuscon, AZ:

Autism Society Greater Tucson
Our support group meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM. The Support Group Meeting is held from 6-7pm. During this time you can meet with the parent Mentors, Q&A, newly diagnosed parents are welcome, and we address education questions. Following that, from 7-8 PM, we present our main speaker.
Location: All meetings are held in Florence Manning Hall on the first floor of the Children’s Clinic, Square & Compass Building, on the Tucson Medical Center Campus. The address is 2600 N. Wyatt Drive. There is a separate entrance on the West side of the building and there is plenty of free parking.
Contact: Please contact Wendy Swartz at President@AutismSocietyGreaterTucson.org                               Childcare info.: If you need childcare that evening, we need 48 hours notice in order to accommodate your request.

Support Group for Adults with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s
Tuscon Contact: Newport at jwholphin48@aol.com, (520)770-1591

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Southern Arizona:

Yuma, AZ:

Yuma Autism Support Group                                                                                                                                                    Address: 399 West 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85364
Meeting Information: We generally meet the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm at the YRMC Corporate Center located at 399 West 32nd Street in Yuma, AZ (between Mervyn’s and Spragues). Please visit our site for more details and exact dates.
Contact: Director: Pilar Sanchez

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