The Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. It exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. It was founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership.
The Autism Society also hosts the most comprehensive national conference on autism, attended by 2,000 people each year. The Autism Society’s national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.
The local Gulf Coast chapter of the Autism Society meets on every second Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Way Building on Clear Lake City Boulevard I went one only time and found it to be a good group of moms in various school districts (Sante Fe, Dickinson, Alvin, Clear Creek). I would attend more often, but Tuesday night is boyscouts for my other son.
UPDATE AS OF 10/31/2019: This chapter, which was once active–I attended meetings years ago–seems to have folded. I have contacted the national Autism Society to see if this group is still in existence.