Whether it is online, in person, or over the phone, there is a local community of family members and friends dedicated to supporting families.  While all groups welcome everyone, regardless of the diagnosis, some groups have different focuses.  Don’t be afraid to try a few different groups to see which one works for you!

Autism Support Groups

Autism Society Inland Empire – Advocacy for Autism (Autism)
Nicole Aptekar naptekar@gmail.com 951-220-6922
Advocacy For Autism hosts monthly support meetings which hosts speakers on a variety of topics at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, and is open to the community. Childcare is available, however, you must RSVP.  Please check out our website for a calendar of future support meetings and workshops.

Autism Society Inland Empire
Offers closed Facebook groups for families and professionals – https://www.facebook.com/groups/AutismSocietyInlandEmpire/
Open Group for Adults with Autism https://www.facebook.com/groups/214262102022618/
Closed group for families and adults who use Alternative Communication.

AWARE – Autism Support Group Meeting (Autism)
Amber Woods – 760-910-1023
Info and resources for families, parents & children. Come learn & discuss the many different aspects of autism spectrum disorders. All family members & children of all ages welcome.

Coachella Valley Autism Society (Autism)
Palm Desert, CA
Has an English and Spanish support group which meets once a month.  CVASA  schedules speakers on all topics relating to autism. While parents attend the meetings, we offer free childcare and fun activities supervised by Special Education Teachers from the Valleys different school districts and child care providers. Spanish language interpreters available on a case by case basis.

High Desert Autism Support Group
Contact: Alicia Griggs, RN (760) 217-1214
Email: nurseonhorseback@yahoo.com
HDAS currently meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary Senior Select Resource Center in Apple Valley .  They discuss and learn about different topics related to autism. In the future, they plan on applying for grants so they have money to offer scholarships, attend conferences and continue to raise awareness of autism in the High Desert.  For more information, call 760-217-1214 or search “High Desert Autism Support” on Facebook.

Our Nicholas Foundation Moms Offering Moms Support Group (Autism)
Temecula, CA 92592
MOMS is a program dedicated to providing a support system for the amazing autism moms in our community. They’ll meet up for coffee, go out for some wine, and build lasting friendships. Together, we will help one another overcome the challenges of loving someone on the spectrum.

Redlands Autism Parent Support Group (Autism)
Loma Linda Hospital, 25455 Barton Rd., Ste. 109A, Loma Linda
For parents of children with autism.  Meets the third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30pm at the Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Possabilities Office at 25455 Barton Rd, Suite 109A, Loma Linda.   For more information email: redlandsautismparents@gmail.com.

San Bernardino Autism Support Group Meetup (Autism)
This meetup will consist of people who have been affected by autism. This group shares ideas and experiences.

The Autism Society Inland Empire Autism (ASIE) maintains these Resource Listings as a service to families as a reference tool. Every effort is made to ensure listings are up-to-date. ASIE does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. The resources listed are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource or as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any organization, product or professional. Users are urged to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism, or the provision of services related to autism.