Autism Society of Indiana received a grant from Answers for Autism to support two social groups created to support teens and tweens on the autism spectrum. The teen’s group began in September 2011, and currently has about eight participants. The Teen and Tweens Social group started a few months later and has approximately ten participants. Members of these groups have participated in outings to restaurants, bowling, swimming at the Monon Center, etc. The goal of the social groups is to facilitate social interactions among the participants. In addition, Teens and Tweens also help plan the outings and communicate with each other in order to do the planning. Although the groups have been running for about six months, they have been well received by the participants and their families.
The funds received from Answers for Autism were used for awareness and marketing of the groups, as well as subsidizing payment for classes / events when cost was an issue. Additionally, the funds are being used to develop social skills workshops. Answers for Autism is proud to have been able to provide funding to these social groups which have filled a void and served an age group of individuals on the autism spectrums who are very underserved.