These groups and activities provide valuable opportunities for individuals with autism to connect, engage, and thrive in supportive environments.

Support Groups

Recreational Activities

Residential and Employment Support

  • Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. This center offers educational, vocational and recreational services for individuals over 18 years of age through adulthood.
  • Center for Independence. This nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities access and participate in community activities. Services include peer mentoring, advocacy, transition services, peer support groups, trainings and more.
  • Morningside. This organization provides employment services for individuals with disabilities in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Clallam and Grays Harbor counties.
  • Reliable Enterprises. Based in Centralia, this organization offers support, resources and a sense of community for families affected by disabilities.
  • Exceptional Foresters Inc. Based in Mason County, this organization provides residential and vocational services for people with disabilities.

Social Skills and Self Care

  • Autism Speaks. This website contains a variety of information and resources about navigating social situations.
  • Aspiring Youth. This organization provides social skills groups, summer programs and other services for children, adolescents and young adults and their families in the Puget Sound area.
  • Behavior Bridges. Behavior Bridges offers a variety of educational and behavioral services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE). This organization offers support groups and other services for children with disabilities and their families.
  • Square Pegs. This is a meetup group for autistic adults. It is designed for those 18 and older, diagnosed or self-diagnosed, to gather and make friends. There are currently two groups in Tacoma.
  • Taking Care of Myself2 by Mary Wrobel. Written for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, this book discusses personal health, grooming, relationships, dressing and behaviors.

Transportation

  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. This organization is dedicated to promoting safe independent mobility for people with disabilities.
  • Driving with Autism. This organization has an online program designed to help autistic people get a driver’s license.
  • Travel Training. These programs offer custom one-on-one trainings for people 14 and older to develop skills for using public transportation. Some programs are specific to Pierce and King counties.

Medical Care

  • MultiCare Adult Developmental Clinic. This clinic provides comprehensive, multispecialty consultation evaluations for teens and adults who experience developmental disabilities. Appointments by referral only.
  • University of Washington Adult Autism Clinic. This clinic provides behavioral medicine services, including medication management and mental health assessments for individuals over 18 years of age with autism spectrum and related disorders.
  • The Center for Psychological Health. The Center for Psychological Health specializes in autism spectrum disorders, mental health, psychological assessments and medication services.