Autism Edmonton offers a variety of programs and services designed to serve our members’ top needs and requests, including a collection of activity and discussion groups. Our goal is to connect members of our community with each other and with other autism resources, to help empower them on their journey.
Our Autism Support Services Team
responds to requests for information, support and self-advocacy from families, individuals and professionals affected by ASD. We're able to serve your needs by telephone, through e-mail, or in person. Details on how we can help, or how you can contact us, can be found by clicking here
Family Support Services:
- Resource referrals
- Pre- and Post-diagnosis support
Professional Consultation: Autism Edmonton responds to calls from professionals regarding autism information, resources, treatment options, training, and emerging trends.
Autism Edmonton Library: Members have access to Autism Edmonton's collection of autism-related books, movies, and multimedia, and can rent library items free of charge, to help them explore the world of autism on their own.
Autism Edmonton Pantry:
Working in collaboration with the Edmonton Food Bank, Autism Edmonton's Pantry program helps members who are struggling with food security to access what they need in a dignified and sensory-friendly environment. Please contact our Support Services Team to learn more
OCCASIO Social-Recreational Respite Program:
Occasio is a spectrum-inclusive social program for youth and adults ages 10 years and up (including 18+). Occasio provides families with easy access to respite support in the Edmonton area, and gives participants natural opportunities to practice social skills and independence while hanging out with their peers. Click here for full program details
Autism Edmonton Groups:
- Parents of Children with Autism Discussion Group
Parents and caregivers of children with autism are invited to this discussion group, whether navigating a new diagnosis or simply looking for support or ideas. The group’s facilitator provides direction for the conversation and suggests ways of coping with or advocating for children's needs. Guest speakers occasionally come to present on specific topics.
- Parents of Adults with Autism
Parents of adults with autism (of any age) meet to discuss issues, needs and challenges specific to caring for their adult child. A parent volunteer facilitates the discussion to guide the direction or offer suggestions.
- The League of Extraordinary Individuals (18-24 yrs)
"The League" is a social group for young adults with autism, ages 18 to 24, who have a relatively high level of independence and don’t have PDD funding. Most participants are in the process of finishing school, seeking employment/volunteer opportunities, and in need of meaningful social opportunities with their peers. The League works to build strong community through activity-based meetings which are chosen by the group.
- Adults with Autism (25+ yrs) Social Group
This social group is open to adults with autism over the age of 25 who are looking for opportunities to meet, connect with each other, and build up their peer support. Activities are determined by group members. (An official diagnosis is not required to be included.)
- Adults with Autism (25+ yrs) Discussion Group
Adults with autism meet monthly to discuss specific topics of interest. Discussions may cover things like self-advocacy, disclosure of diagnosis, or other contemporary issues. Guest speakers, including members of the group, will be invited to share their expertise on certain topics.
- Partners of Individuals with Autism
Partners of all ages are able to learn from each other, talk about the ways that autism affects their relationship, and strengthen their social support network. Some issues brought up by group members include social isolation, challenges with executive function and organization, and ways to effectively communicate with their partners. (You don’t need to be on the spectrum to attend – just in a relationship with someone who is. An official diagnosis is not required to be included.) *NOTE: This group is for individuals only, and is not a replacement for couples counselling.
- Aspires Housing Discussion Group
Our quality of life depends on having access to safe and secure housing. This group explores how we may create a supported system of resources to help adults with autism secure appropriate and sustainable housing solutions.
- Family Connections (all ages)
Every couple of months throughout the school year, Autism Edmonton hosts a special Family Connections activity so that families can get out of the house with their kids, meet new people, and have some fun in a safe and welcoming environment. Check out our Event Calendar to see the date of our next activity!
- Community Gardens (all ages)
During the summer, Autism Edmonton hosts families and individuals at Lady Flower Gardens (NE of Edmonton) for some weeding and harvesting in the community garden. Families can improve their own food security while enjoying the outdoors with their kids -- and give back to their community at the same time by harvesting extra produce for donation to the Edmonton Food Bank and Autism Edmonton's Pantry.
- *NEW* The Social Action Committee (18-24 yrs)
The Social Action Committee is a group of enthusiastic young autistic adults who have committed to plan, develop and implement a fundraising project for Autism Edmonton. Members get to learn and practice employable skills while giving back to their own community at the same time. Their final fundraising project will also support the meaningful programs and services delivered by Autism Edmonton.
NOTE: Some of our groups require an intake assessment (i.e. Adults with Autism groups, The League and Occasio), while others are a "drop-in" type of meeting.
For more information on any group or program, please email email@example.com
or call us at 780-453-3971 and press 1 to speak with our Support Services Team.