Welcome! Updated 9/18/2014
Five facilitated groups meet at the same time at the MIND Institute in separate rooms, see descriptions and brief guidelines below
- Parents & Caregivers Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Group
- Partners of Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) & ASD Support Group
- ASD Adult Support Group - 18 years and older
- ASD Social Learning Coaching Group - 16 years and older
- ASD Job & Networking Club - 18 years and older
Parents & Caregivers ASD Support Group, founded in 1995, maintains a focus of sharing information and giving support. We have speakers and presenters on topics of interest periodically. Participants come from Sacramento County and the surrounding counties in each direction. Caregivers, parents, partners and those interested in individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including Asperger Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) are welcome to our meetings. Additionally, diagnoses of Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD), Semantic-Pragmatic Learning Disorder (SLD) and Social Communication Disorder will find the information helpful. Please observe group etiquette by respecting the limited time available so everyone has an opportunity to share if they wish. The group is not meant to take the place of professional therapy. There is a $5 fee per person for each meeting. Please email LWeissmann at aol.com (replace at with an @ symbol) if you are interested in this group
Partners of Adults with AS & ASD Support Group, established in March 2010, is a free support and education group for women and men who are partners of adults with Asperger Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The group is not meant to take the place of a professional therapeutic program or treatment and gives the participants a place to share and give support. Please observe group etiquette by respecting the limited time available so everyone has an opportunity to share if they wish. Please email LWeissmann at aol.com if you are interested in this group.
ASD Adult Support Group was formed in 2002 for individuals 18 and older with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis to give them a safe place to support each other, socialize and exchange ideas and thoughts. The group is not meant to take the place of professional therapy or treatment, but rather gives the participants a place to talk and socialize. The adult support group is less structured and may bring up and talk about issues of importance to them, they do not exclusively discuss autism related topics. This group is larger, probably up to 20+ each time, and is diverse in age range and functioning, from young adults through middle age and beyond. The group members enjoy being among others that share and understand their experiences. Individuals who attend must be able to self-regulate their behavior including refraining from interrupting and respecting the time available so all may participate if they wish (group etiquette). To respect all participants' confidentiality and privacy, only those with ASDs may attend the meeting. Please email LWeissmann at aol.com prior to attending the first time
Social Learning Coaching Group, formed in late 2006, is made up of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis that are 16 and older. The purpose is to discuss and practice social and communication strategies to assist in interpersonal relationships at home, school, work and in the community. This group usually has approximately 12 plus or minus attendees consisting of individuals that want to focus on their challenges and participate in each session. They range in age from older teens to young adults to 30-40+ year olds. Individuals who attend must be able to self-regulate their behavior including refraining from interrupting and respecting the time available so all may participate (group etiquette). To respect all participants' confidentiality and privacy, only those with ASD may attend the meeting. It is not meant to take the place of a professional therapeutic program or treatment. Please contact LWeissmann at aol.com prior to attending the first time.
Job & Networking Club, formed in April 2012 for individuals 18 years and older who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, are presently employed or unemployed and looking for work. The purpose is to exchange information, learn job search, interview, resume preparation, appropriate on-the-job skills and workplace survival strategies. Individuals who attend must be able to self-regulate their behavior including refraining from interrupting and respecting the time available so all may participate (group etiquette). It is not meant to take the place of a professional therapeutic program or treatment. To respect The Club members privacy and confidentiality, only the individual with ASD may attend the group. Please contact LWeissmann at aol.com before attending the first time.
New participants are welcome attend all three groups but cannot do so in one visit. He or she may visit one group per month so they will get a better feel for each overall by staying for the full session. Moving from group to group during a single night is not allowed.
A light snack is served at the Adult Support, Coaching Group and Job Club Meetings. Donations toward costs are appreciated.
Please note that the Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support groups are not affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute.
Service and/or emotional support dogs may accompany some participants.
Sac AS IS maintains an e-mail list of over 600 addresses and growing. Through this list reminders about meetings and other information and resources are disseminated. If there are any changes to the monthly meeting arrangements an email will be sent if time allows. If you would like to be added, please contact LWeissmann at aol.com.