Day of Giving – Tuesday, November 27, 2018 THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday.  We appreciate your support and are honored to serve those affected by autism throughout northwest Ohio.


Support Group for Siblings who have Siblings with Special Needs

First Saturday of the Month  – December 15

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.


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.  Fine Motor and Visual/Perceptual Skills is the topic for Saturday, December 8 from 10:30 am – Noon at Bittersweet Farms.  For registration information please click HERE.

TOP SOCCER Program  – December 16

TOPSoccer is a program of the Toledo Football Academy (TFA), offering athletes facing special emotional and/or physical challenges the opportunity to participate in a soccer program along with other players in their peer group.  Sessions are held at the Maumee Sports Mall from 12:45 pm – 1:50 pm.

This program is FREE to all participants, but you must email Elaine at to register.  Click HERE for more information.

SERIES: Practical Solutions To Everyday Challenges In Autism  


Wednesday, January 9 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  or Thursday, January 10 from 9:30 am – 11:45 am 

Presenter Tammy Eisenreich, co-founder of iTaalk Autism Foundation, will provide critical information about grants and other opportunities to help ease the financial burden facing families affected by autism. Click here for more information.The Practical Solutions series is funded by a grant from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  All programs are located at the UT College of Engineering Seminar Room – Nitschke Hall.

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. (September 13, December 5)
  • 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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