Support Groups

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt 2 or email

Our mission is to provide support, services, advocacy, education, and public awareness for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families, as well as educators and other professionals.

Executive Director: Margaret Stanley
Location: 123 Center Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922

Web address
Phone: (865) 247-5082

The CNA Women/Non-Binary Support Group aims to support and validate members and educate the community about autism in adult women and non-binary individuals.  This group also seeks to bridge the gaps within the autism community itself and discover resources that they can pass on to other autistic adults, their partners, friends, and family members.  Mothers of autistic girls are encouraged to join the group as well.  For more information, please click here for their Facebook group.

This program is open to all relative caregivers in our four county area: Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, and Dade Counties. It is for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, or any other relative who is raising a related child. There are once per month group support meetings where group members can meet over a meal to support one another, vent, compare notes, obtain resources, and learn about things such as child nutrition, available financial assistance, budgeting, parenting skills, and more.


Web address

Phone: 706-638-1555 or 256-630-7673


Social and support group for adults with Aspergers and high-functioning autism.

For more information, please contact Nathan Zimmerman, Program Director, at
See this Facebook Group page for parents and advocates who want to be alerted to updates about the group:


FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly support group meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join them to listen to a representative from a local resource share information about their organization, how to get services, and answer questions from families. Find others who share the same struggles and joys.

Web address

Phone: 423-645-0504

RealTalk is an all-inclusive support group for caregivers of children and adults with special needs based in Cleveland, TN. Kids are more than welcome to attend. There is a sensory room filled with sensory toys for their convenience and enjoyment. Food is provided in a potluck style and is always free. If you have a favorite dish or someone in your family has a specific or restricted diet, there is a refrigerator, microwave, and oven available for your use. Click here for their Facebook Group page. 

The philosophy of the Special-ly Au-some Moms Support Group (SAMSG) is simple. They are a bunch of moms who have children with special needs of all kinds. They are there to support each other in any way possible. Often they hold Moms Night Out and Dads Night Out events that help everyone relax and connect with each other.  Click here for their website and here for their Facebook group page.

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Chattanooga Autism Center

1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 531-6961 (option 2)

Fax: (423) 521-8094