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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or Jane Runneals, 515-382-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Info: Parent information, resources and education. Child care is no longer provided.
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 month – 6:00-7:30p.m. Click here for next meeting date.
- Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library Downtown, Cedar Rapids
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Info: Occasional guest speakers, topics of interest, parent networking
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.
Des Moines: Sibling Support Group
- When: The group meets every other month on a Saturday. Parents can drop their children off by 10am- pick-up is at noon. Snacks are provided.
- Where: Respite Connection, 2469 106th Street, Urbandale, IA, 50322
- Who: Any sibling of a child with special needs 6- years old and older.
- A group geared towards school-aged children that have a sibling with special needs. During each session, the participants are provided with support from both their leaders and peers. Each group session includes activities that focus on sharing of their experiences, active play and hands on therapeutic games and crafts.
- For more information, visit: Sibling Support Group
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: Every 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00-7:00p.m.
- Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N., Fort Dodge, IA
- Contact: Kristin Baade (641) 355-1306
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 – email@example.com 319-470-0407 or Shannon Tackes – firstname.lastname@example.org 319-670-9920
Iowa City: ChildServe
- ChildServe Iowa City now has a diverse offering of support groups in order to address a variety of caregiver needs. All are free of charge and families do not need to participate in services at ChildServe to attend.
- For current meeting times, locations and information, click here.
Iowa City: Grandparents Support Group
- When: Tuesday, September 11 4:30pm (Email Sue for future dates and times.)
- Where: Java House on First Ave in Iowa City, IA
- Contact: Sue at email@example.com
- Other Info: Join other grandparents as we explore how to support our autistic loved ones and each other.
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
- For current meeting times, locations and information, click here.
- Website: http://autismiowacity.org
Lisbon: Autism Support Group
- When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30p.m. (Come at 6pm if you want to eat dinner.)
- 2018-19 Dates: September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, February 13, March 13, April 10
- Where: Gwen’s Restaurant, 119 Main Street, Lisbon, IA
- Contact Info: Email Sue at 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
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
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
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
Waverly: Northern Iowa Therapy: Autism Connection Group
- PROVIDES RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ON THE SPECTRUM
- When: Click here for upcoming events.
- Where: Northern Iowa Therapy KIDS – 217 East Bremer Ave., Waverly, IA
- Contact: Call 319-352-1234 for more information
West Des Moines: Mothers of Mary- St. Francis of Assisi
- When: First Saturday of each month 9:30-11:00am
- Where: St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines
- Other information: Welcomes ALL mothers of children with special needs, regardless of age, diagnosis or disability. Provides moms with an opportunity to socialize with others on this journey and provides support, education and guidance. Any mother, Catholic or not, is invited.
- Click here for more info.
- Next Meeting: Saturday, September 8th 2018 @ 10:00am Location: Easter Seals Iowa
401 NE 66th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313 Activity: Our group will have a private tour of the Lending Library and Camp Sunny Side at the Easter Seals campus. **Please note that childcare is not available this month as we will be off-site.