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 Society Inland Empire
Offers a variety of support for individuals with autism, family members, and professionals. Serves all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the Coachella Valley. We also have Resource Specialist by email, phone or social media:
– Closed Facebook groups for families and professionals – https://www.facebook.com/groups/AutismSocietyInlandEmpire/
– Newly Diagnosed Adults – meets monthly
– Talk to Me Tuesday – meets weekly – parents and adults with Autism
– Online Teen and Adult support groups – meets weekly
– Rancho Cucamonga Adult Group – meets twice a month. Once online and once in-person
– Coachella Valley have a monthly meet-up event for adults.
Autism & Asperger’s Social Activities Group
This group is for individuals on the autism/Asperger’s spectrum who are 18 years or older. We meet on ZOOM and in-person and our primary focus is to create a fun and engaging environment for individuals on the autism spectrum. If you are looking to foster connections, meet cool people, and have fun, then this group is for you. Anyone, regardless, of where they live in the world can attend our meetings.
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
Provides community, support, and resources for Autistic women, girls, nonbinary people, and all others of marginalized genders.
Monthly and weekly chat groups are moderated by GRASP through Zoom Chat Room and Patreon-only Facebook groups with Autistics, individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and Neurodivergent folx. These groups are an accessible way for fellow Autistic adults (age 18+) to get together to chat in a safe space. Please note to access some of their groups, you are required to have a Patreon membership with them.
Orange Country Asperger’s Support Group
OCASG is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS and their families.
Women’s Autism Spectrum Group
A group for women on the autism spectrum and between the ages of 18 and 35. monthly meetings in which we discuss pertinent and engaging topics and do fun activities. Moreover, we have awesome outings such as going to play mini golf, go kart racing, or hanging out at the mall. This group is for women only.
Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents/professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum where members communicate with each other, an article section with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.