The Austin Asperger’s Support Group has monthly meetings in central Austin for children, teens and young adults with aspergers, as well as the people in their lives who wish to offer support. Members of this community also meet informally to share resources and provide opportunities to socialize.
Bannockburn Baptist Church provides meetings for parents and guardians of children with special needs. Support group meetings are scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30pm in room 111 of the Bannockburn Children’s Center. “Buddies” are provided to engage and care for children who attend the meetings. For dates and time please contact Amy Louis or 512.892.2703, x1237.
The Navigate Life Texas (NLT) website, a project supported by the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS), It was created to inform and empower parents of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Healthcare, education, insurance, medical diagnoses, transition to adulthood, and how to connect with other parents are among the many topics found on NLT. Here, parents share their perspectives on challenges and rewards they have faced revealing their valuable first-hand experience. Navigate Life Texas was developed by parents, for parents. Most of the content is written by parents of children and adults with disabilities or special healthcare needs.
The Autism Society of Central Texas changes lives by connecting families and individuals to community resources and support throughout Central Texas. Offerings include support meetings in both Austin and San Antonio, on-line networking opportunities, Sensory Friendly films, and fun family activities. The Autism Society of Greater Austin hosts monthly support group meetings for parents of children on the autism spectrum. Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm at the Central Market on North Lamar.
The heart of TxP2P is the parent-to-parent peer support model. Parents volunteer to provide support and information to other parents. The parent-to-parent model has been developed by and for parents to address the powerful emotions, new responsibilities, and stress and isolation that parents and families face in caring for a child with special health care needs. Parent-to-parent support sustains parents as they develop the skills to manage the new demands on their families and themselves, and to advocate effectively for their children.
Texas Project First is created by parents for parents. It is a project of the Texas Education Agency, committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities. Their goal is to provide a foundation of resources so that children of all disabilities are able to group up fully participating in their school and home communities on the path to a bright future. Resources such as laws, rules, regulations, special education, and parent training are provided.