Support Groups

Autism Society - VA Chapters

Autism Society, Central Virginia
Serving the areas of Amelia, Chesterfield, Charles City, Richmond, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Petersburg, Powhatan
Executive Director:  Becky Boswell
P.O. Box 29364
Richmond, VA 23242-0364
Resource Directory

Information and Referral:
Bradford Hulcher
(804) 257-0192
Fax: (804) 290-0286

Autism Society, Northern Virginia
Serving the counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Warren, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.
98 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA  22046-4514
President: Don Shipley, (571) 212-7492,
Resource Directory

Information and Referral:
Kymberly DeLoatche, Executive Director
(703) 495-8444 or (703) 532-3214 extension 11

Autism Society, Tidewater
Serving the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk
Endependence Center Bldg
6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
President: Joanna Bryant, (757) 461-4474
Resource Directory
Information and Referral:
Jennifer Dilday
(757) 461-4474

Support Groups

Group for Adults on the Autism Spectrum (18 years and older) living in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  This group is run by an Autistic Adult, for Autistic Adults.  We are an inclusive group, all Autistic diagnoses are welcome (Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, etc.) 

Adolescents with Asperger’s
Contact: Ellen Piilonen
Contact: Barbara Greenberg

Adults with Asperger's in Salem
Contact: Alan Beach

ALLY Advocacy Center at Paxton Campus
ALLY (A Life Like Yours) Advocacy Center hosts meetings several times throughout the school year for parents on current and relevant topics and bring in experts to discuss trends, ideas, and best practices for parents and caretakers of children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). 
*Parent Network Group
*Parent to Parent Support Group
*Parents' Spirituality Support Group
*Sibling Group (ages 7-14)
Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle NE
Leesburg, VA  20176
(703) 777-1939

ARC of Greater Prince William
13505 Hillendale Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22194
Phone: (703) 730-3124
Fax: (703) 670-8648

District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland
This is a social and support group for adults with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.  They meet on the fourth Saturday evening of every month at Tealsm Penn Square at 6pm. They welcome new members to our group and also invite them to join their listserv.
(703) 516-9265


Asperger's Support Group of the National Capital Area
in the Reston/Sterling/Dulles area
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
For additional information, contact Pam Escobar at (703) 430-3519


Autism Network for Hearing &Visually Impaired Persons
This is a data bank project to establish a network for those with autism combined with a hearing or visual disability, and encourage the development of centers to diagnose and evaluate individuals with these disorders. This is a totally parent-run network.
Dolores and Alan Bartel
7510 Ocean Front Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-9036

Autism Strong
Serving Smyth County and surrounding areas.  This group will meet from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at the First United Methodist Church in Marion Va.
Contact: Christy Thomas (276) 378-0101

AXA Advisors
Helps families with special needs
(732) 476-2807

Battle Autism Listserv
Fredericksburg Area.  Join the list serve to post questions or make comments.

Caregivers of Autistic Children in South Boston
This support group meets at 7:00 pm the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Second Baptist Church, 1402 Watkins Avenue, South Boston, 24592.
For information, contact Nichole Hendrix, (434) 470-6705, or Elizabeth Paxton, (434) 575-2345,


Community Opportunities (Co-Op), Inc.
Helps individuals set up and maintain Micro-Boards.  A Micro Board assists individuals in living an independent life, yet has a support system in place when they need it.
P.O. Box 11204
Blacksburg, VA 24062-1204
(540) 961-7346


Culpeper Autism Support Group
Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm-7:30 pm at the Culpeper County Public Library.
Contact: Casey Shelton at (540) 937-3925 for more information. 
Cumberland Area
Cumberland Area Parent Support Group for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome meets on the 4th Monday of each month at the Cumberland Public Library. 
Call Alice Metts (804) 492-3561  for the time and the program information. 
(Meetings alternate between 1 pm and 7 pm.)
A nonprofit organization geared towards giving boys and girls ages 4 - 21 that have any form of disability an opportunity to participate in a supervised, volunteered based, activity and recreational program. Eddie's Club offers multiple activities to kids and teens with special needs. Our Club serves not only as an activity program for the kids but also a respite and informational program for the families.
P.O. Box 523493
Springfield, VA 22152
(703) 551-0652
or (703) 304-2330


Eagle’s Nest
A faith-based support group for parents of children with special needs.
Sponsored by:  The Ridge Faith Community, Midlothian VA
Contact:  Tammy Burns,, 804-414-8888

Essential Pieces in Richmond
A structured educational group for parents and professionals caring for children with autism. Children with ASD and their siblings can attend structured social groups.  This is a free program for the Richmond area.  Parents are not required to pre-register; however registration for children with ASD and their siblings is required to ensure that there are staff and volunteers on hand.  The program is facilitated by trained Behavior Treatment Services staff and volunteers. 
For more information, contact Hollie Stephens, EP Coordinator,
at 804-288-0122. 

For weekly updates, resources and to connect with other families and professionals, visit our Facebook page:  Essential Pieces, Richmond, VA.


Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports Military Families with Special Needs

Fauquier Autism Resource Group
Meets the last Thursday of every month, 6:30 pm at the Bistro at Fauquier Hospital. For information on meeting place, contact Donielle Rininger, (540) 364-1680, or Kim Odom,


Giles County Autism Support Group
Contact: Catherine Webb

Through a network of regional peer-run support groups and an online discussion group, GRASP helps adults and teens across the country.  GRASP also offers support to family members and clinicians through an online discussion group. Regional Meeting in Virginia Beach
Contact: Cathy Collins
Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group Support Group 
Meetings are held in Salem VA. on the first Thursday night of each month, from 6:00 until 8:00. Typically, the first hour of the meeting consists of a presentation and is open to the public. The second hour is dedicated to networking and support for individuals and families personally affected by autism.

Hampton Roads Parents of Children With Autism
Contact: Joy Spencer


Insight Inc. (Arc of Greater Prince William
Parents Night Out - care for up to 20 children on one Saturday each month from 5:00 to 10:00 pm or 10:00  am to 3:00 pm.  Registration starts 30 days prior to Parents Night Out date.  Cost for this care is $2.50 per hour per family for Arc members and $5.00 for non-members.
Support Group - The Arc facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum.  Child care is available.
13505 Hillendale Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone: (703) 670-8648

 Jewish Social Services Agency of Metropolitan Washington (JSSA)
Offers many social skill support groups for children, adolescents AND adults with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, PDD, peer relationship difficulties, etc..., as well as a summer social skills camp and a NEW Support Group for parents of adults with Asperger's Syndrome and related disorders. Call (703) 204-9100 (VA) or (301) 816-2633 (MD) for more information.

SEAC’s in Virginia advise school divisions on the needs of students with disabilities and the improvement of special education services and student outcomes.  The Partnership for People with Disabilities and the Virginia Department of Education are pleased to announce a website for building and maintaining effective SEACs.  Visit


The Parent Information and Support for Autism (PISA) group holds their monthly meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon. Meetings are held at Timberlake Christian Church, Lynchburg. For more information contact Didi Zaryczny, or (540) 587-8990, ext. 108.

Military Support Group

MUMS: National Parent-to-Parent Network 
MUMS is a national Parent-to-Parent organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition. Its main purpose is to provide support to parents in the form of a networking system that matches them with other parents whose children have the same or similar condition. Through a database of over 8,000 families covering over 1,600 disorders, very rare syndromes or conditions can be matched. Parents can then exchange valuable medical information, as well as the names of doctors, clinics and medical resources or research programs. MUMS also connects parents with support groups dealing with their child’s specific disability or assists them in forming a group.
Parents Only:  (1-877) 336-5333

New River League of Therapists Autism Support Group
The League is offering a FREE support group for parents and their children.
Childcare is provided. Siblings are welcome. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 pm.
7350 Peppers Ferry Blvd
Fairlawn, VA 24141
Please call (540) 633-3816 for more information or to RSVP

Parents of Allergic Children (PAC) - Virginia
Richmond, VA
Meetings are held the 1st Friday of the month at 10:30 am at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, VA  23113
Contact:  Paula Bush, President and founder, at (804) 739-1495

Parents of Autistic Children - Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)
POAC-NoVA goals are to: Serve as a clearinghouse for research-based methodologies for instructing students on the autism spectrum; Train public and private school educators and parents in ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies; Advocate for and influence the successful implementation of ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies for students on the autism spectrum in Northern Virginia and beyond; and Advocate for improvements in the services delivered to students on the autism spectrum. Contact:  (703) 391-2251

Parent to Parent
Matches a parent just learning of their child's diagnosis with a volunteer veteran parent of a child with a similar diagnosis. Veteran parents are specially trained to provide informational and emotional support.  Contact: Dana Yarbrough (804) 222-1945 or Call the ARC of VA (toll free) (1-888) 604-2677, ext. 5

Piedmont Autism Action Group "PAAG"
Martinsville Physical Therapy and Industrial Rehab building
To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Angie McKissick at (276) 638-1144 or Désirée Childress at (276) 629-8721

PEATC (Parent Educational Advocay Training Center)
Support Groups offered in Northern VA

Prince William County Support Group for Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Contact:  Christine Hoch, (703) 754-8973, 
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in room 22 of 8730 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA.  
Prince William County Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
Meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm. Locations alternate monthly.
For childcare, call one week ahead. For information contact Tanya DeCasseres (703) 791-8846 or email
Richmond Asperger’s Meet-up/Yahoo group
The face-to-face meeting will be on the second Thursday of each month from 7-9pm at the River City Diner on Parham Rd (at Brook and I95). The meeting is also designed as a place where older children (age 11-17) can meet other Asperger’s Children and siblings. Adults with Asperger’s can meet together and/or share information with parents of kids with AS. The Yahoo group is an online discussion support group where parents of children with Asperger’s and adults with Asperger’s can ask questions and share information.
To RSVP for the face-to-face meetings, sign up for our Meet up Group. The Yahoo group is at Richmondaspergersgroup


RAIN Support Group
Creative Connections Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30.
Children are encouraged to come!
1121 Gaskins Rd.
Richmond, Va. 23238

Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership
Where Parents and Professionals Come Together for Positive Change, an affiliate of the Arc of Harrisonburg/Rockingham.  The Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership (SVAP) provides a forum for families and professionals that support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Shenandoah Valley. 
SVAP meets monthly, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM for "Lunch Bunch" at The Simms Center, 620 Simms Ave. Harrisonburg, VA.  This is a "brown bag" lunch to network and share. 
We also hold regular events focusing on topics related to ASD; maintain an e-mail list and offer support.  We welcome all interested in ASD, including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorders.  For more information, Contact:  Karen McCormick at (540) 421-9015.

SNAP: Supporting The Needs of Autistic's Parents


Shirley Blake
Support to families and providers, training and information
Abingdon area
Ages birth to 4
(276) 669-2528

S.N.A.P. - Supporting the Needs of Autistic's Parents
Support group meetings are held at the Clover Hill Library, Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA  23112. Contact:  Joe Maciejczyk, (804) 748-2070,

Special Kids, Special Needs (formerly Parents with Special Needs Children Support Group)
Meets each Thursday, 10:30-12:00 pm at 4914 Radford Avenue, Suite 207, Richmond, VA 23230 (next to Willow Lawn Mall).Facilitated by Anita Harrison, MS, LCSW, and Larissa Anderson, student counselor, through Resource Guidance Services.
Contact:, (804) 712-6020.  

Specialized Training of Military Parents
Is a federally funded Parent Training Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs.  Begun in 1985, it a project of Washington PAVE, and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Strength in Numbers Special Needs Support Group
The support group meets in Ruckersville, VA. on the 4th Tuesday of each month and is open to anyone touched by someone with special needs.  Limited childcare is available and prior registration is required to utilize the child care.


Southwest Virginia Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group
Serving Smyth County and surrounding areas. Meets on the third Thursday of every month, excluding July and December.  Meetings are at 6 p.m. at the VSW Post Home, 4667 Goolsby Street, in Marion, VA. 
We try to have an ASD-related speaker four months out of the year, with the other months reserved for discussion, mutual support, and to work toward the goals of the group. Our mission is: To support and strengthen one another, share information, expand awareness, improve services to promote dignity and quality of life--together facing the unknown and joyfully celebrating the miracles. Finger foods and/or drinks are welcome, and free childcare is provided. Contact Jessica Davenport (276) 646-8949 or Miranda Davenport:


Talk About Curing Austim (TACA)
TACA has monthly educational meetings and coffee talks. Monthly meetings feature expert speakers on a variety of autism related topics while the Coffee talks are more informal bringing together experienced and new parents alike to learn and discuss new infromation and autism best practices as well as share stories. Visit there website to find out about upcoming meeting dates and times or Contact Jennifer Hewitt:


Richmond, VA
The VA-INFO coalition meets monthly in the Richmond, VA area, bringing together youth and families who have children with special needs, representatives from state agencies, community-based organizations and disability specific support groups from across the Commonwealth.  To join the VA-INFO coalition, learn more about the VA-INFO Center, or to get information, assistance or support, call toll-free (877) 264-8366 or (804) 264-8428.


Twin County Autism Support Group
The Twin County Autism Support Group for Galax, Grayson, Carroll and surrounding areas
Contact Leigh Anne Phillips at (276) 236-1766, or Karen Poe at (276) 728-3121/236-7151 ext. 143, for more information


VA Department of Education, Special Education and Student Services
Parent Resource Center Listing



Commonwealth Autism Service does not endorse any individual care provider. Information on this page is for reference purposes only and is not an exhaustive list.