Dallas/Fort Worth Area Support

There are numerous support/information groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for disorders on the autism spectrum as well as other closely-related disorders.  Also, some churches have special programs for special-needs children. Check the website or contact the group directly for more information and current meeting times and locations.

Local Support Groups


Autism Society of Collin County (ASCC)

National Autism Association of North Texas

Echidnas Group


Camp Summit - Argyle, Texas
Provides a residential, barrier-free camping experience for persons with special needs including swimming,horseback riding, performing arts, a rope challenge course, wilderness and nature study, arts and crafts, fishing, games, camping and group activities, all adapted to the individual camper's ability.
(972) 484-8900 - Corporate office

Camp Kodiak - Ontario, Canada
An integrated, non-competitive program for LD, ADHD/ADD and mainstream children and teens - focus is on teaching social skills

Camp C.A.M.P. (Children's Association for Maximum Potential) - Center Point, Texas
Camp C.A.M.P. is a summer camp for children with special needs, their siblings, and other interested children. This camp is for any child, regardless of medical, physical, and/or mental disability between the ages of 5 and 21. Parents should pick the session that best suits their child. Siblings may attend the same session. Other activities include Respite Weekends, Parent's Night Out, and Teens Night Out, a Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, and educational courses. CAMP also hosts family retreats and conferences throughout the year. (210) 292-3566 www.campcamp.org

Camp Northwood - Remsen, New York
Provides a coed camping experience to children in need of structure and individualization. The program is oriented toward a population of socially immature, isolated, non-aggressive children ranging in age from 8-18 that experience difficulties in social and academic settings due to a variety of types of learning challenges.
132 State Route 365, Remsen, NY  13438-5700
(315) 831-3621

Respite Care for Special-Needs Children

Friday NITE Friends
Meets 6-10 p.m. on Friday nights
Custer Road United Methodist Church, Plano
(972) 618-3450
e-mail: Fridaynitefriends@crumc.org