FREE TRAINING ON PARENTAL RIGHTS  Thursday, January 31 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education will be presented by Jackie Jacoby, M. ED., from the State Support Team Region 1.  For more information and to register please click HERE.

APP-Y HAPPY WORKSHOP – Saturday, February 9

The App-y Happy Workshop Series is designed to shortcut the time-consuming process of finding apps for individuals with autism and other specific needs.  Literacy and Communication is the topic for Saturday, February 9 from 10:30 am – Noon at Bittersweet Farms.  For registration information please click HERE.


Support Group for Siblings who have Siblings with Special Needs

Saturday, February 16; March 9; April 13

Please note: the January 19 meeting is cancelled due to potential weather. Sibshops provide opportunities for brothers and sisters who have a sibling with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.  Sibshops run from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and are designed for siblings between the ages of 8 – 16 years old.  The workshops are FREE, thanks to a grant from the Autism Provider Network, and a pizza lunch is provided.  For additional information please click HERE.

SPECIAL CARE PLANNING WORKSHOP – IEPs, Scholarships, Grants & Advocacy – Thursday, February 21

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo

IEPs, Scholarships, Grants and Advocacy are the topics for February’s Special Care Planning Workshops.  At each session, speakers will present about a special needs planning topic and share important community resources.  For more information, please click HERE.  Childcare and dinner are provided free of charge.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States. This updated report occurs every two years. The incidence rate released in April 2016 showed that 1 out of 68 children were living with an autism diagnosis. Today’s incidence rate show the rate has increased to 1 out of 59 eight year olds.

If you want to talk with someone about autism or to help find a resource for a person living with autism, please call our office at 419-578-2766 or email

Read the CDC report.

Read the CDC Press Release.

About Us:  

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the oldest and largest autism advocacy organization in the country. We provide support, education, and advocacy to individuals, parents, family members, and professionals affected by autism across the lifespan and the entire autism spectrum in 12 counties in Northwest Ohio.

Our Counties: Lucas, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood.

Our Mission: To improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Our Vision: We envision a world in which individuals living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.

Our Staff:

Lori Lamb, Executive Director – – (419) 490-7357

Kate Schwartz, Program Director – – (419) 578-2766

Our Services:

Please call (419) 578-2766 for inquiries about our services, information and referral and general questions.

  • Information about autism and related topics
  • Referrals to autism specific community resources and “autism friendly” resources
  • Sibshop and Adult Social Group
  • Education and training for parents and professionals including our Practical Solutions workshops or Special Needs Planning series
  • Family Fun events: such as Family Day at Skyzone Jump, etc.
  • Parent Resource library with the use of Boardmaker (appointment needed)
  • Presentations to professional and community groups
  • Activities to promote autism concern and awareness
  • Community and legislative advocacy
  • Email newsletter
  • Autism Walk – Thank you to everyone who supported our walk on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Franklin Park Mall

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