This is a list of support groups that meet throughout the state of Iowa. Please let us know if you have a support group to add or remove from our list. Email email@example.com
Ames: Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)- Ages 18 and older
- When: 4th Monday of the Month, 6:00-7:00p.m
- 3 initial meetings:
- Monday, October 23rd
- Monday, November 20th
- Monday, December 18th
- 3 initial meetings:
- Where: Ames Public Library, Farwell T Brown Auditorium
- Contact: Jon Riecken (515-533-3342) or Tracy Dixson (641-208-4172)
- Other Info: Bring yourself and snacks to share!
Ames: Ames Support Group ASpire-Central Iowa Autism Spectrum
- When: 1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30p.m
- Where: Ames AEA Office ( 511 S. 17th Street)
- Contact: Jamie Gurganus at 515-232-7583 X 12327 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Runneals, 515-382-5066 or email@example.com
- Other Info: Parent information, resources and education. Child care is no longer provided.
Ankeny: SMART (Supportive Moms and Dads Accessing Resources Together)
- When: First Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Where: Old Chicago, 2732 SE Delaware Ave #101, Ankeny, IA
- Contact: Any information regarding the group and/or meetings is posted on their FB page, Ankeny Smart. For further information, contact Kerry Beyer Lust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlantic: Southwest Iowa Support Group
- When: Meeting frequency varies based on interest of active members.
- Where: Meeting location varies.
- Contact Susan Smith for more information at email@example.com
Burlington: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Burlington
- When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Where: Meeting location varies.
- Contact Terri, 319-750-2220 or Tamee, 319-392-4016 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Info: These meetings are open to all individuals who have a loved one with mental illness.
Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Hudson, Waverly and surrounding areas: Asperger’s Support Group of Cedar Valley
- Support group for individuals and parents of children with Asperger’s in the Cedar Falls / Waterloo / Hudson/ Waverly Iowa and surrounding areas.
- When: Meets every other Wednesday morning at 9am
- Where: Check Facebook for locations: https://www.facebook.com/groups/650340418335643/
- Contact: Sunshine Fox email@example.com
Cedar Rapids: East Central Iowa Autism Society Chapter of Cedar Rapids
- When: Every 2 months – 6:00-7:30p.m. Click here for next meeting date.
- Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library Downtown, Cedar Rapids
- Contact: Cindy Dircks, 319-310-2687, 319-431-9052, firstname.lastname@example.org or Shelly Zeimet email@example.com
- Other Info: Occasional guest speakers, topics of interest, parent networking
Clear Lake: Family 2 Family Connect Support Group At Opportunity Village
- When: The third Thursday of each month. 6:00p.m.
- Where: Opportunity Village, Kinney Lindstrom Center in Clear Lake
- Contact: Christina Maulsby, firstname.lastname@example.org 641-529-2489
- Website: http://www.oppvill.org/Childrens_Autism_Center.php
- FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/ovcac
- Other Info: Parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), or developmental delays in communication, behavior and social skills are encouraged to participate. Professional 2 Professional Support Group, Sibling 2 Sibling Support Group, and Peer 2 Peer Groups (social skills class for younger children with ASD and their peers.)
Council Bluffs: Autism Support Group
- When: The Second Tuesday of each month. 6-7p.m.
- Where: Roosevelt Elementary School
- Contact: Lori Durand, GHAEA Autism Consultant – email@example.com or 712-328-0540
- Other Info: We have free childcare available and all are welcome.
Creston: The Learning Center Breathe Easy Lunch Club
- When: Third Thursday of each month 11:30am-1:30pm – potluck lunch
- Where: 1715 West Prairie Street, Suite 4, Creston, IA
- Contact: RSVP: 641-202-2948 or TheLearningCenter2014@gmail.com
Des Moines Metro: Family & Educator Partnership (FEP)
- When: 3rd Thursdays of the month, during the school year – 9:30-11.00 a.m.
- Where: The 100th Street Corner Cafe, 2731 100th St. Urbandale, IA
- Contact: Kari Paulsen, phone: 515-270-9030, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Heartland AEA Family & Educator Partnership: http://www.heartlandaea.org/special-education/special-education-services/fep/
- Other Info: A Parent/Guardian discussion group for families who have children birth through graduation with an IFSP, IEP or 504. Families in the Johnston, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Saydel, Ankeny, Dallas Center-Grimes & Waukee districts will find support and networking with others who have similar experiences & challenges. Families from other districts are welcome to join us! Breakfast items available to purchase.
Dubuque: Dubuque Support Group Through Mercy Autism Center
- When: Tuesday, March 19, April 16 & May 21, 6:30-8:00p.m.
- Where: Professional Arts Plaza, 3rd Floor Cardiac Rehab Rm, 200 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, IA
- Contact: Please RSVP at 563-589-9456
Fort Dodge: Fort Dodge Support Group
- When: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:00-8:00p.m.
- Where: The United Way, 803 Central Ave., Fort Dodge
- Contact: Dedie Thompson, 712-262-4704 X2012, email@example.com
Ft. Madison/Keokuk: Salute to Parents of ASD and Non-Typical Individuals
- When: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30p.m.
- Where: The Loyal Order of Moose, known as the “Moose Lodge”, 624 Ave G, Ft. Madison 319-372-4351
- Contact: Christine Bowker – firstname.lastname@example.org 319-470-0407 or Shannon Tackes – email@example.com 319-670-9920
Iowa City: Southeastern Iowa GRASP (Global & Regional Apergers Syndrome Partnership)
- When: 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month, 1:00-3:00p.m.
- Where: Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA
- Contact: Brian Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Other Info: For adults on the autism spectrum
Iowa City: The Iowa City Autism Community
- When: Every Friday, 11a.m. to 12p.m.
- Where: At the accessible playground at the Arc – 2620 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240
- Contact: To be added to the email list, contact Vicki Walch at firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to know more about The Iowa City Autism Community contact us at email@example.com or join our Facebook group.
- Other Info: Children are free to play, make friends and be themselves in a safe and accessible area while parents can connect for informal conversation. All parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not their child participates in the play group. Parents and caregivers of older children as well as children who are not on the spectrum are also welcome. Sign up is not necessary.
- Website: http://autismiowacity.org
Marshalltown: Marshalltown Autism Support Group
- When: This support group is currently inactive.
- Contact Jenn Pedersen for more information, 641-752-7845, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mason City: Special Kids Special Love
- When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00p.m.
- Where: Newman Elementary School, 2445 19th Street SW, Mason City
- Other Info: Website – www.specialkidsspeciallove.org Facebook – www.facebook.com/SKSL.AutismAwareness
Mt. Pleasant: Our Special Kids
- When: This support group meets a couple times of year but has events posted on their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Our-Special-Kids-Southeast-Iowa
- Contact Melanie for more information, 319-931-5648, email@example.com
- When: 2nd Sunday of each month, 5:30-6:30 pm
- Where: Wild Poppy Salon & Day Spa, 115 W. McLane, Osceola
- Contact: Becky at 641-414-4272 or Monika at 641-414-6892
- Other Info: Please bring $5 donation for use of the space to each meeting
Oskaloosa: Families of Autism
- When: Find more information on Facebook
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottumwa: Rocking The Spectrum
- When: 2nd Saturday of each month at 2:00pm
- Where: Faith Baptist Church, Ottumwa, IA 52501
- Contact Marci Prose at 641-799-6210 or email email@example.com
- Other Info: Website: – Rocking The Spectrum
Quad Cities: Quad Cities Autism Society – Autism Society of the Quad-Cities offers support groups for teens, young adults, and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. All support groups are offered free of charge.
- Family Support Group – Thursday, January 8, 2015
The group meets at Robert Young Mental Health Center, 500 John Deere Road, Moline, at 5:30 p.m. Contact Kathy Doherty at 309-779- 3053. If you need child care, please call in advance so we may arrange for it.
- Older Teens, Young Adults – Social support group for young adults with autism. It is called the YES! Support Group (Young, Exuberant, Spectrumites). It meets the first Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with locations changing depending on the activity. There is no charge to attend. Contact Dr. Theresa Schlabach (563) 333-6279 or firstname.lastname@example.org St. Ambrose University 1320 W. Lombard St., Davenport, Iowa 52804
- Adult Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group – The group meets at Hand-In-Hand 3860 Middle Road, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 (563) 332-8010, from 1-3 p.m. Contact Karen Perry for next meeting date.
Shenandoah: Southwest Iowa Autism Support Group
- When: Second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm
- Where: Shenandoah Library Basement
- Other Info: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Southwest-Iowa-Autism-Support-Group-421813304635014/?fref=ts
Sioux Center: NW Iowa Support Group
- When: September, November, January, March, April, May, 6:30-8:00p.m.
- Where: AEA 4 Bldg., 1382 4th Ave., NE, Sioux Center
- Contact: Pam Megill, 1-800-572-5073, pmegill@AEA4.k12.ia.us
- Other Info: Call for meeting dates or to sign up for meetings.
Sioux City: Siouxland Autism Support Group
- When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00p.m.
- Where: Northwest AEA Bldg., 1520 Morningside Ave. in Sioux City
- Contact: Julie Case, 712-943-7847, email@example.com, Tammy Keegan, firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie at 712-490-8939 or email at email@example.com
- Other: For upcoming events, click here.
- FEBRUARY 2016 Family Event ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼(No regular meeting this month)
- When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
- Where: Rollerama, 4500 Stone Ave. Sioux City, Iowa
- Time: 6:30-8:00p.m.
Come out and have some family fun in a safe atmosphere with other families with children on the spectrum. If your child has a friend or relative that likes to skate bring them along. There will be nursing student there to help you with your children. The event is sponsored by the Siouxland Autism Support Group and is free of charge
Spencer: Autism Spectrum Support Group – NW IA
- When: 3rd Monday of each month, 7:00-8:30p.m.
- Where: Hope Reformed Church, 919 Grand Ave., Spencer, IA. (the corner of W 9th St & Grand Ave – acrossfrom Hy-Vee store.)
- Contact: Carma Betz, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, home 712-262-7282, cell 712-260-6154 Amy Allen, 712-240-0454
- Other Info: New members always welcome, casual/drop-in group. Daycare available with PRIOR arrangements, contact Carma. Very casual! We also have a Facebook page with details “Autism Support Group – Spencer, IA” anyone is welcome to post.
Spillville: RAP Autism Support Group – NE Iowa
- When: Second Thursday of the month, 5-6:30pm
- Where: Taylor Made Bed and Breakfast, 330 S Main Street, Spillville, IA
- Contact: Please contact Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) family navigator at email@example.com or 319-283-4135
- Other Info: Please join us for this open, friendly, confidential group created for parents/caregivers of children with ASD! Share ideas, gain and offer support and learn about new strategies, local resources and being an advocate for your children. Hosted by John and Shirley Mikota. Light refreshments will be served. Please note childcare is not provided.
Storm Lake: Storm Lake Support Group
- When: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00p.m.
- Where: Contact Michelle or Patti for location
- Contact: Michelle Grant, 712-732-5927, Patti Todd, 712-732-4528