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Autism Support Groups

Wood County Autism Family Support Group Meeting

Presenters: Jen Myers, Parent Mentor – Wood County Educational Resource Center

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Information/Networking – Limited on-site child care and refreshments will be provided.

Jordan Family Development Center
812 N. College
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Sponsored by Wood County Help Me Grow, WSOS Community Action and Woodlane.

Please RSVP and direct any questions to  Margie Harris at 419-353-7407, ext. 226  or 419-266-0784 or

Seneca County Support Group  – SALSA – Seneca Autism Learning & Support Association meets  the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm
at the Family Learning Center Sentinel, 797 E. Clinton Road TR 201, Tiffin, OH Contact: Sandy Hallett at 419-447-2927 ext. 145 or . Their mission is to bring awareness to Seneca County and the surrounding communities by offering information, education, resources, and supports to parents, caregivers, families, educators, and professionals.

Camp Courageous & The Arc Of NW Ohio Monthly Coffee and Conversation

For parents and caregivers of individuals of all ages with any developmental disabilities. Come connect to other caregivers. Parent group meets the first Thursday of each month.

Time: 6 – 7:30 pm

Biggby Coffee
5577 Monroe Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

Contact: Deborah Nichols, The Arc of Lucas Of NW Ohio Support Group Coordinator or go to

Special Needs Parent Support – Findlay, OH

Special Needs Parent Support provides a main dish for a monthly meal, childcare (respite) at meeting times, and practical gift card giveaways – often from local businesses – such as gas, restaurant, and grocery store cards. The group also features resources, event information and guest speakers who discuss ways to help parents and their children. Group leaders also encourage parents to share their stories, which boosts outward advocacy for their children.

Dates: first Monday of every month, October through May
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Families have dinner together from 6 to 6:30 pm followed by meeting time from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Trinity Lutheran Church
935 W. Bigelow Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840

RSVP for childcare is appreciated the Friday prior to the meeting to ensure volunteers and/or meeting supplies. Parents also meet for lunch the second Tuesday of every month.

Connect on Facebook with Special Needs Support Group Findlay, Ohio
For more information or to join, contact Antonia Faisant at or 419-306-7428.

People First of Toledo    

This is a group for adults with disabilities and their friends. Dues for the year is now $5.00 or $55/year. This covers meals  at meetings for the entire year of 2019.

Monthly Group meetings
Date: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo gymnasium
5605 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Important Information:
* All participants are asked to carry an ID card which lists their name & emergency contact names & phone numbers.
* So that they may serve their large group, they ask that if you require 1:1 supervision, have dietary restrictions or require supervision by staff stated on your behavior plan, that your caregiver or staff accompanies you.
* For the safety of all present, the following are not allowed: Aggressive or rude behavior, use of alcohol/drugs, carrying weapons, property damage. If you participate in these activities, you will be asked to leave the meeting.

If you ride TARPS you must contact TARPS 2 days before you need your ride.

If you have any questions, please call:
Kelly Allen, People First facilitator – 419-494-6829 or
JoRita Fox, People First Advisor – 419-727-8052
The Arc – 419-875-6828

Girls Night Out

Come for dinner, meet new friends.  We have set the calendar for the rest of the year (at the bottom).
We have chosen different days of the week and different locations to meet so we can accommodate everyone.

If you have any questions or want information, or RSVP please contact, Melissa Schak at or 419-290-3101.

Parents/Caregivers can attend to meet other parents/caregivers and girls in the group, but ALL caregivers will be asked to sit at another table during sessions.  If parents/caregivers have any questions, please contact Melissa’s mom, Mary Lou at, or 419-882-4650.

Ladies Group Calendar
May date and location TBD

0000000488_bw [Converted] NAMI Support groups

All support groups are FREE and led by trained facilitators.

NAMI Connections Recovery Support:
Are you living with depression, bipolar, or anxiety disorder? Are you feeling frustrated, hopelessness, or confused? Do you need to talk with people who have experienced similar feelings or challenges? This support group is led by individuals who are in recovery themselves.

Date: every Monday and Wednesday
Time: 7 pm
NAMI Office
2753 West Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606

NAMI Family/Support Group:
Do you have a loved one in a mental crisis? Are you feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and/or guilty? Do you need support to help learning ways to cope with these difficulties?
The family support group meets to share feelings and experiences in living with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses.
Date: every Monday
Time: 7 pm
NAMI Office
2753 West Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606

Art class for individuals over 18 years of age.
Date: every third Tuesday
Time: 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Ebied Institute, 2nd Floor
1806 Madison Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604

NAMI Vent (Young Adults Support Group):
Are you between the ages of 18-26 years old and are struggling with sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness? This support group is for young adults.
Date: every Monday
Time: 7:00 pm
NAMI Office
2753 West Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606
(419) 243-1119

NAMI Creative Expressions Art Group:
Creative Expressions, a grant funded program by the Lucas County Mental Health Board, will offer individuals, children and families the opportunity to create common ground through art expression.
Date: every 2nd and 4th Monday
Time: Contact NAMI
St. Peter and Paul
728 S. St. Clair Street
Toledo, OH 43609
(419) 243-1119

Sensory Processing groupSensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections – Toledo

Date: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 6:45-8 pm
Rehab Dynamics
3160 Central Park West
Toledo, OH 43617
Contact: for more information email: Jennie Harding at or Cicely Watkins


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