The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio office is now located at the Harbor Port Sylvania location at 7140 Port Sylvania, Toledo, OH 43617 (off Central Avenue).


Supportive Technology – Here and Now

Tuesday, March 26 – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hands-on, interactive opportunities to engage with the technology tools to promote independence for people with disabilities.  Light snacks, door prizes, and exhibitor tables. 

The program is located at the Bowen Thompson Student Union, Multi-purpose Room at BGSU.  Click HERE to register. Co-sponsored by BGSU School of Counseling and Special Education and Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Epworth Church – 4855 W. Central Ave., Toledo 

The Twenty Something Social Group is dedicated to higher functioning individuals looking for socialization opportunities and is affiliated with the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio. 

Pizza, snacks, beverages and desserts starting at 6:00 pm. DJ and dancing throughout the night.  Parents, please donate a dessert if you can. 

$12.00 at the door/$5 for parents or staff who want to eat. RSVP by Thursday April 4, 2019.  Please contact Mary Hoye at or 419-410-8088.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo, OH 43604

The topic for this month’s Special Needs Planning Workshop is SN TRUST.  The goal of these free workshops is to feel more secure about your child’s future.  Dinner and respite care is provided.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Click HERE for additional information. 


Support Group for Siblings who have Siblings with Special Needs

Saturday, April 13

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.

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, August 25, 2019 at Franklin Park Mall

Location:  7140 Port Sylvania, Toledo, OH 43617 (off Central Ave.) – Harbor Behavioral Health, Port Sylvania office

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