Welcome to Ask-an-Aspie!
This support group is for parents, educators, therapists, and other support providers who care for and work with people on the autism spectrum, in or near the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. This group is sponsored by ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA. You can visit their web site at: http://autism-support.org
About This Support Group:
This support group is run and facilitated by and Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow, two adults on the autism spectrum. This group is an extension of the consulting work and speaking engagements that we do for support organizations, schools, and hospitals, building on our successful lecture series, Autism From The Inside Out.
The aim of this support group is to help parents, family members, educators, therapists, and other care providers gain a better understanding of the experience of autism, and to connect families and professionals with resources and support.
It is our experience that there are many misconceptions about autism that make education and employment more difficult for people on the spectrum. Caitlin Freeman and Phil Garrow will be available to answer any questions you may have about spectrum disorders with a goal of improving the lives of all members of the autism community.
This group will meet on the third Sunday of each month at the Community Human Services (CHS) building located at 372 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. There will be a topic announced for each Meetup that may be provided by the facilitators, or suggested by group members in the previous meeting. If there is interest, after the Meetup, members are invited to gather at a local restaurant to continue their conversations.
Other ABOARD Support Groups in Pittsburgh:
In addition to this support group for families and care providers for people with autism, ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA also sponsors three social groups for people on the spectrum.
The Discussion Group:
The Discussion Group is a social group for adults on the autism spectrum who want to have friendly and supportive conversations with other adults on the spectrum. It is not a therapy group or a support group.
The Discussion Group is run and facilitated by Rebecca Klaw. It is sometimes led by co-facilitators, April Artz, Amy Matz, or Caitlin Freeman. Occasionally, the group features speakers who provide information that is useful to people on the spectrum and their families.
The Discussion Group meets at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill twice per month, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. After every meeting, group members are invited to gather at local restaurants to continue their conversation and socialization.
To join the Discussion Group Meetup, go to:
The Social Outings Group:
The Social Outings Group is for adults on the autism spectrum who want to participate in social events in a friendly and supportive environment.
These events often include potlucks, visits to local museums, trips to Kennywood, and sponsored walks. The Social Outings Group usually schedules one social outing per month.
The Social Outings Group is facilitated by Heather Conroy and Janice Nathan. Group members are encouraged to suggest social outings that they would like to participate in for future events.
The Social Outings Meetup uses the same web site as the Discussion Group. To join the Social Outings Meetup, go to:
The Teen Social Group:
The Teen Social Group is for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum who want to participate in social events in a friendly and supportive environment.
Teens and young adults on the autism spectrum who are interested in meeting and talking with other young people on the spectrum can join the ABOARD-sponsored Teen Autism/Asperger’s Support Group Pgh, run by social skills coach Wendy Halley-McAllister.
To join the Teen Social Group Meetup, go to:
New members must be approved by the Organizer
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