Support/Social Groups

UF CARD Gainesville Groups

Support Group

Parent Support Group

The purpose of these meetings is for parents to have some time to relax, talk, and share about our children and experiences. Please come join us! Please contact Margie Garlin if you are interested in attending. Weekly ONLINE meetings on alternating Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.

18+ Group

My Friends

MyFriends provides positive, welcoming social opportunities for adults with ASD where they can meet and make friends. To join MyFriends you must: Be a UF CARD constituent; Be 18 years or older; and contact Ann-Marie Orlando. Monthly meetings.

Adult Support Group

Support Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Join us ONLINE via Zoom for our monthly support group where we will talk about how to manage daily life. Parents are also welcome to join in. Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 5PM.

alachua county

Impact Autism

Our mission is simple: to utilize the volunteerism, passion, and leadership of University of Florida students to directly IMPACT the lives of those in the community affected by autism. Our organization accomplishes this goal by creating volunteer opportunities for university students, promoting autism awareness through education, and fundraising to support the local autism community. Location/Meeting Times: Please see IMPACT Autism’s facebook page or website for details on all of their events.

UNiversity of Florida


SOCIAL Gators is a collaborative effort of UF CARD, the UF Disability Resource Center, and the UF Counseling and Wellness Center that was created to to help students navigate the social aspects of college.

External Organizations

Alachua County

  • Alachua County Autism Parent Support Group: Alachua County Autism Parent Support Group is a closed group on Facebook. This group is for parents of children that have a diagnosis of Autism (or are going through screening) that live in Alachua County and the surrounding area. This is a place where local moms and dads can meet to help, give ideas, and provide support. I created this group so parents can come together and discuss their struggles, triumphs, and share local resources with each other. Please share with those that are local to Alachua County only. This group is also meant to help educate each other and the community on Acceptance.
  • Autistic Adults of Gainesville, Florida: Autistic Adults of Gainesville, FL is a group for autistic adults in the Gainesville area to talk, seek advice, and share information. View their Facebook page.
  • Best Buddies at the University of Florida is an organization that promotes the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living. View their Facebook page.
  • Noah’s Endeavor Adapted Athletics and Recreation: Noah’s Endeavor provides inclusive community recreation for children and young adults of all abilities. Swimming, bowling, soccer, basketball, paint & play, and dancing are some of the activities they organize. Location/Meeting Times: Please see their website for details on all of their events.

Hernando County

  • CAUSE Support Group: A support group for parents and individuals with autism in the Hernando County Area. Location/Meeting Times: Hope Youth Ranch 17933 East Road Hudson, FL 34667. 1st Friday of every month 1:00pm- 3:00pm. Baycare Behavioral Health 15311 Cortez Blvd. Brooksville, FL 34609. 3rd Wednesday of every month 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Baycare Behavioral Health will be holding a Social Skills Outreach Group at the same time. All children with and without ASD are welcome.) We recommend you check with Jen Lambke at 352-346-1677 to confirm meeting times and locations.

Marion County

  • Bryan’s All Stars Challenge Sports: Bryan’s All Stars Challenge Sports mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports among their peers. Visit their Facebook page.
  • Champions for Champions: The purpose of Champion for Champions Inc., is to enrich the lives of families through facilitating and providing recreational, educational, athletic, life skills and musical activities for people with special needs. Visit their website.
  • Helping Hands PHPF (Parents Helping Parents): A parent support group for parents of children living with ASD and other special needs. Helping Hands invites you to connect with peers, gather valuable information and share thoughts, feelings, experiences, and ideas. Location/Meeting Times: Please contact Beth Inman at (352)694-1229. View their Facebook page.
  • Ocala Autism Center Ocala, FL Contact: Delsa Darline at 352-390-6656 – Under the guidance of a trained mental health provider, our free Autism Parent Support Group emphasizes emotional support and provides an opportunity for shared experiences. Being part of a support group can help you develop a clearer understanding of what you are experiencing as well as receive practical advice or information about treatment options and resources, such as doctors and alternative options not only from a professional perspective but from your peers as well. Location/Meeting Times: Urban Counseling Southwood Medical Center 1130 SE 18th Place Ocala, FL 344713rd Tuesday of every month 10:00 am to 11:45 am For up to date events, services, and scholarship announcements please go to the KidGenius facebook page.
  • Outreach autism Services Network (OaSN) Ocala, FL Contact: Contact: 352-462-0168, Outreach autism Services Network Inc.™ (formerly Ocala Autism Support Network) is a non profit agency founded May 12, 2011 offering free autism services to the community. OaSN was founded to facilitate the BEST outcomes for individuals with autism through education seminars, respite care, social skills classes, referrals, support meetings, events and more. Please contact us for more information about our programs and services. Location/Meeting Times: 2801 SW College Road #12 Ocala, FL 34474 Office hours 8:30am-12:30pm M-F.  Please visit OASN’s facebook page or website for information on all of their events.

Suwannee County

  • Autism Parents of Suwannee County: This group is for parents with children who have Autism, or any special needs. Vew their Facebook page.

Putnam County

  • Putnam Cares ASD Focus Group, Palatka, FL. Contact: Janae Donnelly at 717-600-5228 or Occasional trainings are provided to help parents learn how to help their children. Annual summer picnic.