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Services in Indiana > Support

Autism Society of America Chapters and
Parent Support Groups in Indiana

Contributed by Marci Wheeler, MSW

Below is a listing of Autism Society of America chapters and additional support groups across Indiana for parents of children across the autism spectrum. This information is provided to help those families trying to locate a group for support. The support groups listed may or may not provide you and your family with the specific kind of support you are seeking. Please call the contact person directly to find out about the specific focus of the support group, and to find out about meeting places and schedules. Certain groups have mailing lists, email listservs, or blogs you can ask about when you call.

National

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA
4340 East-West Highway, Ste 350
Bethesda, MD 20814-3015
Phone: 1-800-328-8476 or 301-657-0881
Fax: 301-657-0869
Website: http://www.autism-society.org

Indiana

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA, INDIANA CHAPTER

3951 N. Meridian Street, Suite 220 
Indianapolis, IN 46208 
Phone: 1-800-609-8449
Executive Director: Dana Renay
Lead Ally: Mary Roth
Email: info@inautism.org
Website: http://www.inautism.org
Autism Resource Network of Indiana: http://www.arnionline.org

In partnership with the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) is
pleased to provide the Indiana Allies program. Allies are personally affected by autism (parent, family member, child)
and have a solid foundation of what it is like to have and manage an autism spectrum disorder.  And, because every part of Indiana has
different needs the Allies work hard to know the services provided by Developmental Disability providers, Community Mental Health Centers, Schools, Hospitals, and State Agencies.  To reach an Ally in your area call 800-609-8449 or visit the ASI website at:  http://autismsocietyofindiana.org/#/allies/4549893150.


INDIANA BIOMEDICAL KIDS
Contact:  Maria Janik, 219-972-9543, amajanik1@comcast.net
Contact: Lisa Fox, 219-947-0229, lisa_fox@comcast.net
Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaBiomedicalKids/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/indianabiomedkids/

 

Anderson

ANDERSON AUTISM FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
3951 N. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: Kathy Shelabarger, 800-609-8449 x606, Kathy@inautism.org
(Note: meetings currently held at the Anderson Public Library)

THROUGH THE EYES OF SPECIAL KIDS SUPPORT GROUP
3119 Poplar St
Anderson, IN 46012
Contact: Maggie Mattingly, 765-393-2366, mmattingly.advocate@gmail.com
(This group welcomes parents of children with ANY/ALL disabilities)

Angola

STEUBEN COUNTY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
115 W. Maumee Street
Angola, IN 46703
Contact: Lee Ann Snyder, 260-668-0402 , steubencountyautism@gmail.com
(Join online support group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SteubenCountyAutismSupportGroup/)

Avon

APAC (AVON PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS)
6876 Maywood Cir
Avon, IN 46123
Contact: Kelly Miciek, 317-837-0205, cmmhappycamper@aol.com

Bedford

AUTISM PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
OLJMG Joint Services
1401 Fifteenth St
Bedford, IN 47421
Contact: Lori Sims, 812-279-6651 Ext. 224, simsl@nlcs.k12.in.us

Bloomington

AUTISM SOCIETY: BLOOMINGTON AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
3951 N. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Contact: Esther Asplund, (812) 333-8972, esther.asplund@att.net
Contact: Laura Wheaton, moosecup@gmail.com
(This group meets monthly in Bloomington)

BLOOMINGTON AUTISM SUPPORT
Contact: Elizabeth Sinders, 812-876-1251, Mom23littleboys@yahoo.com
Contact: Suzie Rimstidt, 812-332-1916, srimstidt53@gmail.com
Contact: Jody Goddard, 812-876-3311, momtobandj@gmail.com
(This group provides online announcements and referrals to local resources; not face to face meetings)

 

Carmel

AAPN (ASPERGER/AUTISM PARENT NETWORK)
1466 Clearwater Ct
Carmel, IN 46032
Contact: Linda Sullivan, 317-848-5082, brsll@aol.com
 

Columbia City

WHITLEY COUNTY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
Group meets at Whitley County Family YMCA, 950 East Van Buren Street
Contact: Kelly Pence, 1-800-609-8449 ext. 303, Kelly@inautism.org
 

Columbus

COLUMBUS AREA SUPPORT GROUP
1200 Central Ave
Columbus, IN 47203
Contact: Nancy Conner, 812-373-2190, connern@bcsc.k12.in.us
Contact: Lisa Wyrick, 812-342-1497, wyrickdl@sbcglobal.net,
5362 Redbird Dr, Columbus, IN 47201
 

Corydon

HARRISON COUNTY EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS
ASD COLLABORATION AND SUPPORT

c/o Corydon Elementary School
125 Beechmont Dr
Corydon, IN 47112
Contact: Angie Miller, 812-738-4183, millera@corydon.shcsc.k12.in.us
Website: http://www.shcsc.k12.in.us/SpecEd/sped.htm


Crown Point

OASIS AT MAAP
PO Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
Contact: Susan Moreno, 219-662-1311, susan.moreno@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.aspergersyndrome.org


Darlington

KIP (KNOWLEDGE IS POWER)
PO Box 41
Darlington, IN 47940
Contact: Ronda Newton, 765-307-1243, motogirl42669@yahoo.com
(This group welcomes all families in Montgomery County who want support for dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders)


Decatur

ADAMS COUNTY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
Group meets at Park Center, 809 High Street
Contact: Kelly Pence, 1-800-609-8449 ext. 303, Kelly@inautism.org


East Chicago

GRUPO HOPE “ORGANIZACION  HISPANA de PADRES CON HIJOS EXCEPCIONALES
Contact:  Ofelia Jimenez, 219-256-9210, ofelia@fvindiana.org 
Contact:  Maria Maldonado, 219-308-8331, maria@fvindiana.org 
Contact: Nellie Feliciano, 219-677 0582, NEL4743@aol.com 
(Grupo de apoyo para padres que proporciona informacion y capacitacion a padres de niños con discapacidades. Tambien tenemos actividades sociales para los niños y sus familias.)



Elkhart

the VOICE
c/o ADEC
200 Jackson Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46516
Contact: Viv Blakeslee, 574-294-6197 ext. 105, blakesleev@adecinc.com
Website: http://www.adecinc.com 
(This group is support-education focused for parents of children with ANY/ALL disabilities who receive special education services)

Evansville

C.A.R.E. (COMMUNITY AUTISM RESOURCES OF EVANSVILLE)
2524 Hillcrest Ter
Evansville, IN 47712
Contact: Lori Culbertson, careofindiana@yahoo.com
Contact: Mary Wirtz, marymwirtz@yahoo.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Autism-Resources-of-Evansville-Indiana/169170138832

EVANSVILLE AUTISM EDUCATION
Online/Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Evansville-Autism-Education/202478144713
This site is for parents of children on the autism spectrum working with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to improve outcomes.

INSPIRING AUTISM SPECTRUM FAMILIES (IASF)
P.O. Box 173
Newburgh, IN 47629-0173
Contact: Colleen York, 812-202-9405, iasf4u@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.iasf4u.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspiring-Autism-Spectrum-Families/166261950059767
(This group provides a variety of programs and events to provide autism awareness to the community and support to families.)

Floyds Knobs

A.S.K. (AUTISM SOCIETY OF KENTUCKIANA)
5917 Scottsville-Navilleton
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
Contact: Vonya Gresham, 812-923-1129, ronaldvonya@aol.com
Website: http://www.ask-lou.org

Fort Wayne

EMPOWER ENCOURAGE ENJOY THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
C/O Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana
4919 Coldwater Road
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
Contact: Susan Crowell, 260-637-4409, eeeautismspectrum@yahoo.com
Contact:  Sue Christman, 260-469-2784, schristm@esarc.org

ASPERGER'S SUPPORT GROUP AND ADULTS WITH ASPERGER'S SUPPORT GROUP
Contact:  Kara Skaggs, 260-418-8484
Contact:  Sue Christman, 260-456-4534, ext. 271


Franklin

SPECIAL SERVICES, JOHNSON COUNTY AND SURROUNDING SCHOOLS: PARENT OUTREACH GROUP
Earlywood Education Center
500 Earlywood Dr
Franklin, IN 46131
Contact: Lesa Paddack, 317-232-0892, lpaddack@doe.in.gov
Contact: Sally Pierson, 317-738-7011, spierson@ssjcs.k12.in.us
(This group welcomes parents of children with any/all disabilities)

Gas City

GRANT COUNTY SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE
426 East South A St
Gas City, IN 46933
Contact: Chris Bohn,765-677-4408 , Chris_bohn@olemiss.k12.in.us
(This group welcomes parents of children with all/any disabilities)

Goshen

ASPERGER/AUTISM GROUP OF GOSHEN
406 S Seventh St
Goshen, IN 46526
Contact: Christine Guth, 574-534-2718, cguth@autismgoshen.org
website:  http://www.autismgoshen.org

Greencastle

PARTNERS IN AUTISM
Contact: Amy Cofer, 765-655-3502, partners.autism@gmail.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Spectrum-Circle/177262162319955

Greenfield

FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement)
P.O. Box 314
Greenfield, IN 46140
Contact: Denise Arland, 317-462-9064, darland@fuseinc.org
Website: http://www.fuseinc.org
Facebook: http://http://www.facebook.com/fuseinc

Greenwood

JOHNSON COUNTY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
609 Treybourne Dr, Ste D
Greenwood, IN 46142
Contact: Sheila Benham, 317-691-1196, Sheila@jcasg.org
Website: http://www.jcasg.org

Hobart

NORTHWEST INDIANA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL AUTISM ASSOCIATION
PO Box 216
Hobart, IN 46342
Contact: Lisa Fox, 219-947-0229, lisa@northwestindianaautism.com
Website: http://northwestindianaautism.com/


Huntington

Group meets on the Huntington University campus, 2303 College Avenue
Contact: Nicole Hicks, 800-609-8449 X 909, Nicole@inautism.org

Indianapolis

ANSWERS FOR AUTISM
6525 E. 82nd St. Suite 210-L
Indianapolis, IN  46250
Contact:  Patty Reed, 800-449-0560; patty.reed@answersautism.org
Website:  http://www.answersautism.org
(This group is an awareness and fundraising organization with many volunteer opportunities.)

CENTRAL INDIANA AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
Presented by Noble of Indiana
6060 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Contact:  Molly Lang, M.S.W.,317-254-2309, Molly.Lang@nobleofindiana.org

EASTER SEALS CROSSROADS GRANDPARENTS SUPPORT GROUP
c/o Autism Family Resource Center
Easter Seals Crossroads
4740 Kingsway Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Contact: Linda Knoderer, 317-816-1381, rlknoderer@yahoo.com
Contact: Diane Quillico, 317-882-1914, dquillico@sbcglobal.net

EASTER SEALS CROSSROADS PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP
c/o Autism Family Resource Center
Easter Seals Crossroads
4740 Kingsway Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Contacts: Amy Miller, 317-466-1000, mailto:amiller@eastersealscrossroads.org

PKA (PARENTS OF KIDS WITH AUTISM)
c/o Leah Helvering
Lilly Corporate Center
Indianapolis, IN 46285
Contact: Leah Helvering, 317-276-2000
(Exclusive to families connected to Eli Lilly employment)

SPEEDWAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WESTSIDE SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
5065 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Contact: Beth DeHoff, 317-971-2619, dehoff5@att.net
Website: http://speedway-umc.org/specialneeds.html
(This group offers many outreach activities open to people with any type of disability including autism and their families, caregivers, and professionals)

TACA Coffee Talk - Indiana
Families with Autism Helping Families with Autism
Contact: Cecilia Coble - Coordinator Indiana Chapter, cecilia.coble@tacanow.org
Contact: Karla Elliott - Coordinator Indiana Chapter, 317-414-4277, karla.elliott@tacanow.org
Website: http://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/midwest/indiana/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TACAIndiana
(Group meets second Monday of the month, 7-9 pm for support and information/resource sharing
at Perkins Restaurant on north side of Indy)

Jasper

AUTISM SOCIETY-JASPER SUPPORT GROUP
414 Wagner Street
Jasper, IN 47546
Contact:  Sherry Heeke, 812-634-1310, sherheeke@insightbb.com

Kendallville

NOBLE COUNTY AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
Group meets at Kendallville Public Library
Contact: Kelly Pence, 1-800-609-8449 ext. 303, Kelly@inautism.org

Kokomo

ARCK (AUTISM RESOURCE CENTER OF KOKOMO)
618 E Blvd
Kokomo, IN 46902
Contact: Angela Paul, 765-210-0226, contact.us@arc-kokomo.org
Website: http://www.arc-kokomo.org

Lafayette/West Lafayette

LAFAYETTE/WEST LAFAYETTE SOMEWHERE ON THE SPECTRUM GROUP
Wabash Center
2000 Greenbush Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
Contact: Andrea Gilkison  (800)609-8449 ext 404,  andrea@inautism.org
Contact: Janet Bolan, bolan747@earthlink.net (Janet helps host the Online support group) Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/somewhere_on_the_spectrum/
(Online Support Group)
(For more information about the Autism Parent/Caregiver Support Group meetings at Wabash Center, contact Andrea Gilkison  above)


LaPorte

AUTISM SOCIETY OF NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA (ASNCI)
P.O. Box 1537
LaPorte, IN 46352
Contact: Amy McCarty, 219-362-9448, asnci@yahoo.com
Website:  http://www.asnci.org/

Logansport

LOGANSPORT SUPPORT GROUP FOR AUTISM
Hosted by Peak Community Services
1416 Woodlawn Avenue
Logansport, IN 46947
Contact: Nicole Hicks (Autism Society of Indiana local Ally), 800-609-8449 x 909, Nicole@inautism.org

Mentone

STAR (SUPPORT TEAM FOR AUTISM RESOURCES)
Attn: Cathy Olson
Mentone Elementary School
PO Box 457
Mentone, IN 46539
Contact: Cathy Olson, 574-353-7465 Ext. 362, olsonc@tvsc.k12.in.us
Contact: Susie Kinney, 574-353-7465 Ext. 214
(Primary focus of the group is autism, but welcomes families of children with ANY/ALL disabilities)

Mitchell

SOUTHERN INDIANA SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
1113 Orchard St
Mitchell, IN 47446
Contact: April Blair, 812-583-5539, sblair215@gmail.com
(This group provides networking for parents of children with ANY/ALL disabilities)

Muncie

COOKING UP MIRACLES SUPPORT GROUP
Autism Hope and Healing Clinic
616 E Main St
Muncie, IN 47305
Contact: Laura Williamson, 765-524-6055, laura@autismhopeandhealing.com
Website: http://www.autismhopeandhealing.com
(This group is focused on cooking support for the GFCF diet and also discusses other diets for the treatment and recovery from autism.)

EAST CENTRAL CHAPTER OF THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA:
INTERLOCK… WHERE THE PIECES COME TOGETHER

P.O. Box 1300
Muncie, IN 47308
Contact: Leah Sullenbarger, 260-348-4361, lsullenbarger@gmail.com
Website: http://www.interlockin.org

New Albany

REACH-IN
(Readily Embracing All Children under Heaven- In Need) of Southern Indiana
Contact: Tracy Jo Brown, 812-736-9276, ourreachin@yahoo.com

Pekin

A.S.K. (AUTISM SOCIETY OF KENTUCKIANA)
1084 E Shorts Corner Rd
Pekin, IN 47165
Contact: Melanie Hasenstab, southernindianaautism@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.ask-lou.org

Richmond

Autism-Aspergers Support, Inc.

1301 Northwest 5th Street
Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: Bernice Arnett, 765-914-5882, arnettlynne@aol.com

Shelbyville

FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement) 
P.O. Box 314
Greenfield, IN 46140
Contact: Denise Arland, 317-462-9064, darland@fuseinc.org or mailto:info@fuseinc.org
Website:  http://www.fuseinc.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fuseinc
(Monthly meetings at Shelby County Public Library Carnegie East Wing;57 W Broadway St, Shelbyville) 

South Bend

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
c/o Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at Logan
2505 E Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46615
Contact: Dan Ryan, 574-289-4831 Ext. 1028, danr@logancenter.org
Website: http://regionalautismcenter.org/

Spencer

PARENTS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
Owen Valley Middle School
626 W State Road 46
Spencer, IN 47460
Contact: Nicole Nicholson, 812-829-2249 Ext. 225, msnicholson2003@gmail.com

Terre Haute

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
c/o Deming Elementary School
1750 8th Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47804
Contact: Deana Conner, Speech/Language Pathologist, 812-462-4431, dkm2@vigoschools.org
(Support for family members of students on the autism spectrum who attend Vigo County Schools).

P.I.E.C.E.S.: Parents, Informed, Educated, Connected, Empowered and Supported
Contact: Amy Walker, 812-240-0481, awalker1979@frontier.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/131525633536402/

Wabash

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP OF WABASH/MIAMI COUNTY
Hosted by the Autism Society of Indiana
Held at the Youth Access Center
74 West Canal Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Contact: Nicole Hicks, 800-609-8449 x909, Nicole@inautism.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Autism.Support.Wabash.County

Winona Lake

LAKES AREA AUTISM NETWORK (LAAN) SUPPORT GROUP
(an affiliate of the Autism Society of Indiana)
Lakes Area of Kosciusko County and surrounding
Contacts:   Marna Pacheco, 260-571-6934
                     Karen Carolus, 765-618-8086

Zionsville

ZIONSVILLE ASPERGERS/AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP
Contacts:  Jena Roy, jenaroy@hotmail.com
                    Becky Wood, rwood54@hotmail.com

Kentucky

A.S.K. (AUTISM SOCIETY OF KENTUCKIANA)
PO Box 90
Peewee Valley, KY 40056
Contact: Rebecca Thompson, 502-263-5708, info@ask-lou.org
Website:  http://www.ask-lou.org


Updated 4/2013

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