Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Support Groups

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 autism50ia@aol.com

Autism Society of Iowa Summer Support Group for High School Students with Autism

  • When: Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM
  • Where:  Zoom links will be sent to those registered prior to weekly meetings
  • Facilitator: Sue Askeland
  • Click here for more information and to register for the group.

Autism Society of Iowa Self- Advocates FB Group

      • Click here to register to receive information on upcoming Self- Advocates meetings.
      • Click here to join the Self-Advocates FB group.
      • Online support for self-advocates to discuss issues with other self-advocates throughout Iowa

Ankeny: Axis ABA Therapy and Support Services

      • What: Social Skills Groups and Peer Playgroups for ages 4-18
      • Where: Ames & Ankeny Locations
      • Contact: www.axisaba.com or call 515-261-2402.
      • What: Parent Support Group– This group provides an opportunity for parents to meet to share ideas, experiences, resources, discuss a variety of topics related to raising a child with special needs, as well as benefit from the support of other families going through similar situations.
      • Where: Ankeny location
      • When: Second Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:00 pm and are open to the public and free of cost
      • Contact: www.axisaba.com or call 515-261-2402

Burlington: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Burlington

      • When: 1st Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
      • Where: North Hill School, 825 N. 8th Street, Burlington, IA
      • Contact Terri, 319-750-2220 or Tamee, 319-392-4016 or email at namigreatriverarea@gmail.com
      • 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 asfox74@gmail.com

Cedar Rapids: East Central Iowa Autism Society Chapter of Cedar Rapids

Centerville- Autism Support Group

      • When: Monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM
      • Where: MercyOne- Conference Room A, 1 St. Joseph Drive, Centerville, IA, 52544
      • Contact: Reg Higginbottom, 641-437-3335
      • For more info, click here for flyer.

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 –  ldurand@ghaea.org 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, kpaulsen@heartlandaea.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

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 – cj.king@live.com 319-470-0407 or Shannon Tackes – sktackes@gmail.com 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: Grandparent Support Group

      • When: 4th Tuesday of the month at 10am (no meeting in December 2018)
      • Where: Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St., Iowa City, IA
      • Contact: Sue at sueaskeland@yahoo.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, bennbrian@gmail.com or southeastiowagrasp@gmail.com
      • Other Info: For adults on the autism spectrum

Iowa City: The Iowa City Autism Community

Lisbon: Autism Support Group

      • When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30p.m. (Come at 6pm if you want to eat dinner.)
      • Where: Gwen’s Restaurant, 119 Main Street, Lisbon, IA
      • Contact Info: Email Sue at sueaskeland@yahoo.com

Mt. Pleasant: Our Special Kids

Oskaloosa: Families of Autism

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 marciprose@gmail.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 schlabachtheresal@sau.edu 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

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

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: cjb6154@gmail.com, 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.

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

    • 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