There are many local resources and support groups for those with autism and their families. Some are free, some can be covered through health care insurance and others provide assistance. Explore them all to find the one — or many — that suit you and your family’s needs.
- Friendship Circle provides programs and support for children with special needs and their families. Teens can volunteer to be paired with a special needs child. They also have an anti-bullying program.
- Judson Center Autism Connections provides Applied Behavior Analysis, Therapy, Counseling and Social Skills Training as well as Family Support.
- Jack’s Place For Autism holds events throughout the community, offers counseling and support, plus provides scholarships to help families afford programs.
- OUCARES (through Oakland University) prepares students for work in this field by offering hand-on work in the community, performing faculty and student-based research and more.
- Autism Society of Oakland County is a place for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to connect, share stories, support each other and build lasting friendships. They have expanded their program to focus on the often overlooked teens and young adults.
- Autism Alliance of Michigan has specific programs for families, young adults, insurance coverage and state initiatives.
- Beaumont has the HOPE Center provides immersive parent education. They have a number of clinics such as behavioral intervention for preschooler to toilet training specific to those with autism. Families are also encouraged to come together for informal gatherings to offer each other support and guidance.