Groups -- Disabilities

Autism / Asperger's Syndrome


Adults with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's (2014 F,L)
This group provides adults with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome support, friendship, and encouragement. Meets 2nd Sat. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the U of I Family Resiliency Center, Doris Kelley Christopher Hall, 904 W. Nevada St., Urbana.
Call: 1-217-244-1395
Write: The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois 904 W. Nevada Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

C-U Autism Network (1995 F,P/L)
This is a support group for anyone living with or working with someone on the autism spectrum. Anyone with autism is also welcome. Phone support, education, and networking opportunities for individuals living with or supporting those with autism spectrum disorders are provided. The group sponsors meetings, workshops, and family/caregiver events, offers opportunities to exchange information on resources, trainings, interventions, legislation, advocacy, and more via e-mail, website, and listserv. Check the website for information on meetings, family events, and workshops.
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Write: C-U Autism Network, P.O. Box 107, Savoy, IL 61874

East Central Illinois

Parent Support Group for Parents Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum (2003 F,P)
This support group, sponsored by the Autism Society of Central Illinois, is for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Group is co-facilitated by Dr. Karen Kirkendall, PhD, a developmental psychologist with a specialty in developmental disabilities, and Catherine Wells, LCPC, a licensed professional counselor specializing in children and families. Meets on the 1st Thurs. of the month, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. 6th St. Rd., Rm. 1800, Springfield.
Call: Karen Kirkendall, PhD (217) 206-7246 or Catherine Wells, LCPC (217) 561-1159
Local Website:
Write: Autism Society of Central Illinois, 5220 S. 6th St. Rd., Ste. 1300, Springfield, IL 62703


Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Support Group for Macon County (2006 F,P)
This group provides support for parents, grandparents, relatives, and professionals who live or work with children with autism and Asperger's syndrome. The group provides time to share, listen, and learn from one another about what can be done to help loved ones with autism succeed in life. Meets monthly at Garfield Montessori School. Call for meeting dates and times. An informal coffee group meets to get to know others and make friends who truly understand. Call Jan to be added to the group e-mail or phone list or for information on resources.
Call: Jan Kriisa (217) 855-9890
Write: Jan Kriisa, 2187 Hoyt Dr., Decatur, IL 62522


Autism Society of McLean County (A)
This society provides support groups for families, adults, and teens. Days and times of groups vary. Family outings, sports camps, and autism education and awareness events are also offered.
Call: Jill Enchelmayer, President (309) 661-9440
Email: -
Local Website:
Write: 2404 E. Empire Ave., Ste. 231, Bloomington, IL 61704


Puzzled Minds Vermilion County (2011 F,P/L)
This support group is for both families and professionals. If you are a parent with a child, or a professional that works with children who have an autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, OCD, ODD, or a mood disorder, this group is for you. We bring families and professionals together to brainstorm ideas, share resources, advocate for children and offer support. Additional services offered include workshops, Sensory Santa and other family events. Meets 2nd Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Two Roads Crossing, 1101 E. Winter Ave., Danville.
Call: Lori Acree (217) 840-5627 (call or text)
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