Other Support Groups & Activities
On Line Communities:
Portland Autism Parents (PAP) – Open to all caregivers of people on the autism spectrum in the Portland, OR area. This is a related site to Portland Autism Moms (PAM) group that includes Dads in the Portland/Vancouver metro areas. Click here for more information.
Vancouver Autism Moms (VAM) – Mom’s Autism Group in Vancouver, WA. Very informal, just moms getting together to laugh, cry, vent….whatever. Mom’s need support and why not make some friends while doing it. Click here for more information.
Vancouver Autism Moms also meets in person on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the ARC. Typically our meetings go until 9 or 9:30 pm so feel free to come during that time. We have a wonderful group of ladies! At this time we do not offer child care. Hope to see more moms! Click here for more information.
Amazing Moms, A Faith-Based Life Group. Meets every Thursday from 10:00am – 12:00 noon at 13308 NE 34th Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682. This is a Life Group for Moms with children experiencing special needs. They also have a virtual library. In the future they may have occasional Skype meetings as not all moms can physically attend. For information, call Roberta at or click here to email.
Autism Empowerment’s Men’s / Dads’ Autism Support Group at The ARC of SW WA, 6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. To confirm monthly meeting, please visitwww.autismempowerment.org, call (360) 852-8369 or contact John Krejcha via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Empowerment SW WA Adults on the Spectrum Support Group at The ARC of SW WA, 6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. To confirm monthly meeting, please visit www.autismempowerment.org, call (360) 852-8369 or email email@example.com
Autism Social Club
A time for chldren to play games and hang out. It is also a place where parents can relax, share information and support each other. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 17010 NE 9th St., Vancouver, WA 98684. Last Friday* of each month except March, December and August from 6:30-8:30 pm. *Please note that in 2015, 16 and 18, we will meet on the last Saturday in February. Cost is $5 per family. Please bring a snack to share. For more information, please contact Shelly Brands.
Club Upside Open Gym. Parent to Parent of SW WA and the Northwest Down Syndrome Association host Club Upside on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 NE Gher Rd., Vancouver. This is a place where parents can share and children can play. All ages and abilities welcome. Contact Brenda ator Abby at 971-998-8744.
IEP Mentors and Advocates offer IEP drop-in time from 1 – 3 PM on Tuesdays at the ARC of SW WA, 6511 NE 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. Contact Darla or Jamie at .
“Just for You” Girl’s Night Out (No guys or kids) – Open to all moms, self-advocates and advocates supporting our moms with kids with disabilities. We’ll be having fun, recharging our “Mom and Advocates” batteries and making social connections with other moms and advocates in the community. All disabilities welcome and a diagnosis is not necessary. We meet on the third Saturday of each month at alternating venues throughout Vancouver/Clark County. For more information, contact Susie Ringstaff to be added to the notification email.
“Building a Better Autism Village” Parent Support Group – Come join us for empathy, support, resources and companionship as we discuss how our child’s behavior affects our lives and community. Experienced and new parents to autism welcome, just come for information and affirmation. Diagnosis is not necessary, nor is autism a requirement. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Applebees Restaurant from 12:30 pm to 2 pm and on the second to last Wednesday of each month at Panera Bakery from 9:30 am to 11 am. For more information, contact Susie Ringstaff to be added to the notification email.
Teen Autism Game Club. A parent-run monthly event that provides teens with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and their families, social opportunities in a recreational environment. For any teen (13-19) on the autism spectrum, their parents and responsible siblings. Meets 1st Saturday of each month, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. at Grace Baptist Church, 1280 W. Jewett, White Salmon WA, use back parking lot entry.This is NOT a drop-off event. At least one parent is required to stay for the entire time your children are there. You will be expected to check in on your teen, and their siblings, on a regular basis. Please NO TEEN RATED GAMES. Click here to send an email for more information.
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