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 Zoom Support Group for Parents/Caregivers
Click here to register for the Parent/Caregiver Summer Support Group to receive information via email on upcoming Zoom meetings.
  • When: Monday Nights at 7:30 PM
  • Where: Zoom links will be sent to those registered prior to weekly meetings
  • Facilitator: Sue Askeland

Autism Society of Iowa 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

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

Cedar Valley

Centerville- Autism Support Group

Council Bluffs: Autism Support Group

      • Click here for more information.

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

      • Click here for more information.

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

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.

      • Click here for more information.

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