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. 0 or email info@chattanoogaautismcenter.org

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 addresshttps://www.asaetc.org/
Phone: (865) 247-5082

Our mission and vision is connect black families with community and federal Autism-related resources. Our Facebook group will empower our families by offering education and training on the current Autism therapy-related services and how to be an advocate for their children for education and federal services. Our goal is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental place of support to connect them with other families, address questions or concerns on their children’s Autism journey, and to learn different strategies from experts in the field of Autism-related services and therapies.


Although this Facebook Group is comprised of autism-related topics and information; we gladly accept all forms of special needs children as well as multiracial families. We will work to help find resources, education, and more informed guidance for your family as well. 

 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2862327387343548

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 addresshttps://www.fourpointsinc.org/relative-caregiver-support-program.html

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

Email: teamcoordinator@yahoo.com

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


For more information, please contact Nathan Zimmerman, Program Director, at 
nathan.zimmerman@chattanoogaautismcenter.org
See this Facebook Group page for parents and advocates who want to be alerted to updates about the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GCACentreAdultAutism/

Websitehttps://www.gcaspies.org/

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 addresshttp://lifelinefamilies.org/support-groups/

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 their Facebook group page.

The Southern Neurodiversity Alliance is an advocacy collective, accommodation innovation workshop, and community support group for autistic and neurodivergent people in the Deep South. It is not affiliated with any one clinic or professional and is a grassroots effort to improve supports for us in the region.