These are some of the organizations that provide support, resources, and information.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Experiences in Childhood Shape Our Lives. ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences which occur prior to your 18th birthday. Examples of adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as physical and emotional neglect. They also include, having a parent who is mentally ill, an alcoholic or substance abuser, in jail, or a victim of domestic violence, as well as the absence of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. These are all ACEs.

Asheville Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Programme

Therapeutic Recreation offers recreation and educational programs to people requiring specialized services due to developmental and/or physical disabilities, enabling them to develop new recreational skills and maintain existing ones to enhance health, independence and well-being.

Asperger’s Teens United (A.T.U.)

A social support group for Autistic teens from 12-19yrs. old, as well as their families/caregivers. Our goal is to build a community of support for both teens and their parents.

Autism Resources for Families

Resources for families with members on the Autism spectrum, provided by the National Autism Center. Download a free e-book.

Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC)

Our local chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Asheville.
Facebook group – by invitation only. Contact Anne Johnston  phone: 828-545-5466 for access.

Brandon Hudson Yoga

Therapeutic yoga for children with autism and special needs. Each class will have gentle warm-ups, breath work, partner activities, and a visualization/relaxation. Contact Brandon Hudson to register. Classes held at Black Mountain Yoga, 116 Montreat Road Black Mountain NC. 828-230-6081.

Click here to visit Brandon’s Website

CDC Autism Links and Resources

A comprehensive list of websites with information and resources specific to individuals on the autism spectrum.

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

Planning for the future when you have a child with autism can be difficult. This article from Just Great Lawyers addresses some of the unique challenges faced by families when they have a child on the autism spectrum.

FIRST Parent Center

FIRST provides persons with disabilities and their families with programs and advocacy to support and foster healthy, inclusive and self-determined lives. FIRST provides a variety of training and support. They are free with food and childcare included.

Family Support Network (FSN)

FSN’s monthly family group nights meet on different days and times in different counties (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania). In Buncombe County the first Tuesday of the month is for families raising a child with special-needs from 0-10 years of age, and the second Thursday of the month is for families raising a child with special-needs from 11-21 years of age. Times are the same for both groups: dinner is served from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and the group meets from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Disability Rights North Carolina

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina. As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina.

Mobile Crisis Management

What is Mobile Crisis Management (MCM)? We are a team of behavioral health professionals, available 24/7/365, that provides intensive, on-site intervention to people of all ages who are experiencing a crisis due to mental health disturbances, developmental disabilities, or addiction. Our goal is to safely stabilize the person at home, work, school, or wherever in the community the crisis occurs.

NC START (Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Respite and Treatment)

Provides prevention and intervention services to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and complex behavioral health needs. The first priority of NC START services is to provide person centered supports that enable you to remain in your home or community placement during and after a crisis.The program strives to provide effective and comprehensive crisis prevention and intervention services within the community.

Operation Autism for Military Families

Operation Autism directly supports U.S. military families touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the life journey with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.


Parents of children with Special Needs. We meet twice per month at various restaurants and chat, vent, laugh and just generally connect and have adult conversations with other parents. Topics vary and can generally be about anything.

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

See the Amazing in All Children is the tagline on this website. Find activities, resources, and printables.

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

Help loved ones with sensory overload enjoy shopping. Information about sensory overload, who gets it, what it feels like, signs, and tips for dealing with it.

Vaya Health

Vaya Health LME/MCO is a public managed care organization that oversees Medicaid, state and local funding and offers a comprehensive health plan for individuals and families in need of mental health, substance use or intellectual /developmental disability services.

Special Needs Friendly Church Service

Our Third Sunday Service is for special needs kids who would not otherwise be able to attend. Held at Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church in Arden, NC. There is no judgment only love and fellowship for the kids, and also for the parents. Please call me (Eileen) at 280-0473 or email to

TEACCH Autism Program

The TEACCH® Asheville Center serves individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the western region of North Carolina. Services include diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning and implementation, education, consultation, training opportunities and research. 31 College Place, Building D, Suite 306, Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828-251-6319 Fax: 828-251-6358 Email:

Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips

Tips for educators who are working with people on the autism spectrum.

Viper All-Stars Special Needs Cheer-leading Team

Originally founded in 2003, Stars Viper Cheer and Tumbling is recognized nationally as a leader in developing high level athletes, both in all-star and school competitive cheer. The ownership and coaching staff prides itself in maintaining a family environment and holding to high quality standards.

Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance

The mission of the Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance is to help create a community that will be educated, supportive and inclusive of individuals with Down Syndrome.

WNC Asperger’s Adults United (A.A.U.)

A group for adults on the Autism spectrum 18 years and older who want to meet for support, friendship, and fun activities.

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