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Adult Autism Support Groups

Adults with autism and relatives support group
Where: Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Ave., Room 1711 (first floor, adjacent to Frank Auditorium)
Evanston, IL 60201
Cook County
email: steve-law@comcast.net
Adults with autism, pervasive developmental disorder-NOS, nonverbal learning disabilities and other similar LDs are welcome. No formal diagnosis necessary. Significant others and close, supportive friends will be allowed to attend with adults on the spectrum. One of the main purposes of this group is to give relatives and close friends a taste of what we do in our adult AS support groups. Basic privacy policy: Identities of group members and any other personal information shared at support group meetings cannot be shared outside the group without their permission.
When: Sundays, from 2-4 p.m. 
Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: free.
No wait list.

Downtown Chicago autism spectrum adult support group
Where: First United Methodist Church, James Parlor, 2nd Floor
77 W. Washington St. (corner of Washington and Clark)
Chicago, IL 60602
Cook County
email: steve-law@comcast.net
Chicago autism spectrum adult support group is a peer-run support group for adults with autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities and similar LDs. No formal diagnosis necessary. Basic privacy policy: identities of group members and any other personal information shared at support group meetings cannot be shared outside the group without their permission.
When: meets first Saturday of each month.
Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: none.
​No wait list.

Midwest Asian Health Association - Family Support Group
Yue Xu, employment specialist 
Felicia Li, employment specialist
230 W Cermak Road, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-8708 or (312) 791-0418, ext. 3607
Cook County
Bilingual group for English, Mandarin, and some Cantonese speakers. Group meets once a month - they do not have set date. Discussions will be around the benefits people with disabilities who work, benefit planning such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, and respite services.
When: next meeting, Jan. 24 at 2pm.
Cost: free.
No wait list. Walk-ins welcome.

PASSAGE (Planning Asperger Syndrome Success and Generating Experiences)
Hosted by Clearbrook, Facilitator: Linda Hoeck
Contact: Tracy Martin, director of admissions
Where: Clearbrook - Training Office
1835 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 385-5018
email: tmartin@clearbrook.org
Gatherings focus on interactive communication within a social atmosphere. On occasion, speakers present on a subject of interest to the group, which may include employment, housing, transportation, independent living, and other relevant topics. Young adults are able to enjoy game nights, time to socialize, potluck appetizers or desserts, and more. Parents, professionals, and community members are provided time for networking and fellowship as well. Professionals facilitating this self-governed group include: Linda Hoeck, MA, Marc Lazar, MS, and Christopher Watson, PsyD.
When: meets the first Tuesday of every month (with the exception of January and July), 7-9 p.m.  Next meeting: Feb. 3.
Ages: 22 years and up.
No RSVP is necessary to attend. Parents are invited to join.

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or natalie_m_forburger@rush.edu.