The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism. To further this mission during the global crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, ASGNO is offering a variety of virtual programs and resources aimed to decrease feelings of isolation, boredom, and stress for the families in our area. We are working diligently to expand what we are able to offer during this time, and thanks to a grant from the Tres Doux Foundation, and a grant from the Hussman Foundation, we are able to offer even more! Our current programs include: Caregivers of High support needs individuals / children support group, Caregivers of low support needs individuals/children support group, Spanish Speaking Caregivers support group, Sibling Support Group, Kids (5-8) play group, Pre-Teen (9-12) Social group, and our Adult Social Group, and thanks to a partnership with the Autism Society of Cincinnati, we are excited to be able to offer the teens in the Greater New Orleans area an opportunity to participate in their Online Teen Time Hangouts!
You can sign up for all of our first quarter program meeting dates (Except the Teen Time Hangouts) Via the button below! to enroll in teen time hangouts CLICK HERE. information about all the groups is below
Participants must agree to our virtual program policies to enroll, to view the policies click here.
For information about our facilitators, click here.
Social Groups for Individuals with Autism Sponsored by the Tres Doux Foundation
Kids’ Play Group (ages 5 – 8)
Meets the 1st Saturday of each month at 9:30 AM, CST (starts March)
NOTE: Due to Easter, the April Meeting will take place on April 10th
Cost: $5/ session (Scholarships are available after your first meeting)
Facilitator: Yiesha McFarland
April 10th: Wild about Animals (Registration Deadline April 4)
May 1st: Astronaut Space Adventure (Registration Deadline April 25th)
June 5th: Storytelling (Registration Deadline May 30th)
This group will meet once a month with a guided play activity. Participants will be encouraged to interact with one another. Our facilitator will encourage communication and interaction between participants while they play “together.” Adult supervision REQUIRED for participation in this event.
Participants will each receive the same toy, game, or activity prior to the group meeting so that everyone will have the same things to play with during the meeting. The $5 participation fee is to partially cover the cost of the toy or activity of that session. Scholarships are available after your first session.
Pre-Teen Social Group (9 – 12 years old)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM, CST
Facilitator: Emily Davis
This group is designed to give pre-teens (ages 9 – 12 years old) an opportunity to interact with peers, play games, practice social skills, build friendships, and have fun! Adult supervision REQUIRED for participation in this event.
Online Teen Time Hangouts with The Autism Society of Cincinnati (13-18 years old)
Adult Social Group (18+ years old)
Meets the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00 PM, CST
Facilitator: Cory Lang
Description: The Online Social Group is designed to help reduce feelings of isolation and increase the opportunity for social interaction with peers as well as connect with people who understand you! ASGNO Board member and Self- Advocate Cory Lang will be facilitating the social group. To attend, please sign up below. Once your RSVP is received you will be sent the meeting link and access code to attend, please do not share the meeting link and access code with anyone. See you there! If you have any questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Caregiver and Sibling Support Groups Sponsored by the Tres Doux Foundation
Caregivers of High Support Needs Children / Individuals
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM, CST
Facilitator: Stacy Badon
For many caregivers of individuals with high support needs on the autism spectrum, life can seem very different and distant
from the experiences of many other families. It can be possible to feel that there is no way that they can ask for or expect other people to understand their experiences. This support group is a place for caregivers to share experiences, get information and advice, make community connections, and research opportunities for services and provision for their children. The group is also a safe place for caregivers to have fun and talk about all of the ups and downs of parenting as well as the big and small issues.
Caregivers of Low Support Needs Children / Individuals
Meets the 4nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM, CST
Facilitator: Stacy Badon
Caregivers of individuals with autism face many unique challenges, even if the individual requires a lower level of support from their caregiver. This support group is a place for caregivers to share experiences, get information and advice, make community connections, and research opportunities for services and provision for their children. The group is also a safe place for caregivers to have fun and talk about all of the ups and downs of parenting as well as the big and small issues.
Spanish Speaking Caregivers /Cuidadores de Habla Hispana
Se reúne el tercer martes de cada mes a las 6:00 p.m., hora central
Facilitadora: Stacy Badon
Para muchos cuidadores de personas con grandes necesidades de apoyo en el espectro autismo, la vida puede parecer muy diferente de las experiencias de otras familias. Puede parecer imposible esperar que otras personas comprendan sus experiencias. Este grupo de apoyo es un lugar para que los cuidadores compartan experiencias, obtengan información, consejos y establezcan conexiones con la comunidad. El grupo también es un lugar seguro para que los cuidadores se diviertan y hablen sobre todos los altibajos de la crianza de los hijos, así como sobre los problemas grandes y pequeños.
Sibling Support Group (ages 10 and up)
Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 PM, CST
Facilitator: Emily Davis
Siblings of individuals with autism are in a very special position. They face challenges that their friends and peers don’t understand at a time before they have developed appropriate coping skills. As a result, they need support to ensure that they are informed, feel respected, and know how to be compassionate advocates for their siblings on the spectrum – and how to advocate for themselves as well!
This group will offer a safe space for siblings 10 and up to talk about the ups and downs of having a brother or sister with autism. They will meet other siblings who share many of the same challenges and responsibilities as they do. Our Sibling Support Group will not only validate their feelings and provide a sense of comfort in knowing they are not alone, but will also offer practical and age-appropriate guidance on how to address some of the difficulties they are likely to experience. Adult supervision required for participants ages 10-12.