The Autism Community Center
Support Groups and Events
The Autism Community Center contains all the information you need regarding Autism and related conditions, from therapists, to support groups and more! We have information in both English and Spanish on a wide variety of topics. El Grupo Vida is available in-store from 10 - 5 Monday - Friday and 10 - 3 on Saturdays to answer questions from our Spanish-speaking community, and we employ several individuals fluent in both English and Spanish.
We also offer several monthly activities for individuals with Autism and their family and friends in-store, online, and out in the Denver community, including training workshops. Check our calendar for more details!
Join us for a sibs-only meet up at the Autism Community Store! Our kids with autism often have so many things to do and places to go -- therapies, appointments, etc....While these may not all be fun destinations, siblings can
sometimes wonder why they don't have so many special things to do. Sibling Clubhouse is a free, monthly gathering exclusively for siblings! We have a core group of siblings who look forward each month to seeing their friends, playing games, eating snacks and just being themselves -- and they love welcoming new members! No future meetings scheduled at this time.
Make friends, have fun, connect! ConnecTeen is a new project of the Autism Community Store promoting opportunities for neurodiverse teens to hang out with their peers in a safe social setting. We will get to know one another, play some games, eat some snacks, and maybe talk about our awesome but sometimes challenging neurodivergent lives. The group will be facilitated by a young adult on the spectrum who just gets it! ConnecTeen meets the first Saturday of the month 2-3 pm at the Autism Community Store.
Join us for a Support group for anyone identifying as being on the autism spectrum 18 and older. We meet the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm both at the Autism Community Store and online on ZOOM. The first half of each meeting is focused on resources and support and the second on fun and social activities.
Join us for a caregiver support group at the Autism Community Store! Connect with other caregivers and enjoy a safe space to share your stories, your successes, and your challenges among friends who just get it! Spectrum Parent Adventures meets the second Saturday of the month at the Autism Community Store’s Autism Community Center from 4 PM - 6 PM, and periodically takes “parents’ nights out” to explore other friendly venues like Brewability and Pizzability.
Light refreshments served.
Now in its 11th year, the annual Autism Resource Fair is a favorite Colorado autism community tradition. Nowhere else do so many families and individuals on the spectrum come together with the sole purpose of gathering resources and connecting with providers.
The Autism Resource Fair addresses the most fundamental challenges of the autism community: Autism is isolating, resources are scarce, and information is hard to find. With a huge range of service providers and advocacy organizations, burgers and lots of activities for the kids, entire families come to learn and laugh and feel very much part of a supportive community.
Families love coming to the annual Autism Community Store Halloween Party and it's just gotten better each year! In 2020 we included a Trunk or Treat and pumpkin patch as a safer, socially-distanced way to celebrate. Both were a hit so we decided to bring them back in subsequent years!
The long lines and drama of visiting the man in red is enough to keep many of our families from participating in this holiday ritual. The Autism Community Store has partnered with a very special Santa to visit with our kids every holiday season. He is a “Servant Santa,” a professional Santa who has received training from the Autism Society of Colorado and volunteers time to visit children with special needs and others who may not be able to discover Santa at the mall.
Check out some photos from some of our recent events!
Photos with Santa - December 2022
LEGOs For Everyone - February 2023
Beach Party - March 2023