Autism Support of West Shore (ASWS) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization of parents, school staff, and others who actively seek to support and advocate for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Our Mission

To advocate and support meaningful participation in all aspects of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families in West Michigan. For more information and to share with your friends, download our brochure.

Ways to Support Autism Support of West Shore
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Heart of West Michigan United Way

Heart of West Michigan United Way investors can choose to designate all or part of their annual contributions to Autism Support of West Shore.  To designate your gift to ASWS, use the United Way Designation Form and write: Autism Support of West Shore, Spring Lake, Michigan.

Save the Date

Take a look at our upcoming events!!

Mark Your Calendars

Monthly Gathering

Second Thursday of the Month
December 14, 2017
Location: Pipeline Smokehouse (upper level dinning room)
9041 US 31 West Olive.
Time: 6:30 - 8:00
Join us for casual conversation, beverages and dinner with friends.  Children are welcome, however, there is no childcare.


Save the Date

Transition Fair
November 13, 2017
5 - 8 pm

Educational Services Building

13565 Port Sheldon St 
Holland, MI

This is a free event.  Plan to stop in between 5:00 - 8:00pm to meet agencies that work with individuals looking at transitioning in the near future.  It's never to early or late to start talking to agencies, educating yourself about what is available and preparing for transitioning.


Holiday Party
December 2, 2017
11 - 1 pm 
Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center 
16140  144th Ave. 
Spring Lake, MI  
Join friends and families at our annual Holiday Party.  Swim, slide and float on the lazy river from 11:00 -  12:30.  Then join us in the wet room for lunch catered by Lake Effect Kitchen.  Registration is required for this free event.  Please register your family name and number attending at  


Speaker and Series: Free and open to the public unless specified.  Topics are relevant to parents, family members, educators, and professionals.  Childcare is not provided.   


Hurdles of Growing Up with Autism
Five week series 
March 14, 2018, March 21, 2018, March 28, 2018, April 11, 2018, April 18, 2018
6:00 - 7:30
Shoreline Center 1
6930 Robbins Road, Suite 120 
Grand Haven 
Emile Mulder, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist will lead this series.  People with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with learning through intuition and observation. This is how many social norms are taught and it’s how a person with autism might find themselves making an embarrassing or awkward mistake. With issues of sex and sexuality, such mistakes can have serious consequences. As children with ASD become teenagers, it becomes increasingly important to educate them about sex and sexuality rather than letting them learn through trial and error.  This series is appropriate for teens 15 and older.  Series fee: $25 for the sessions participants will receive a series manual.  To have a flier emailed to you or to register for this event email 
Click here for full curriculum outline


Speaker  Kickoff

Thank you Anthony Ianni for bringing the Relentless Tour to West Michigan  
The Relentless Tour with Anthony Ianni is a first of its kind grass roots initiative designed to help eradicate bullying in Michigan and beyond.  Bullying is something that affects everyone in one form or another.  Additionally, individuals with autism are one of the highest targeted groups to be the victims of a bully.  Numbers range from 65-90%.  On October 10th, Anthony shared his personal story as it relates to bullying to over 200 participants in West Michigan.  ASWS will again host Anthony in schools around west Michigan for the 2017 school year.          

Speakers in the planned for spring

Supporting Students through Peer to Peer programing - Hamilton schools will share how they are running this program in all grades 

Ask the Doctor - Spend an evening with Dr. Anthony Richtsmeier for an evening of questions and answers.  Have something you would like a professional opinion on?  This is your opportunity.  Dr. Richtmeirer is on staff at DeVosss Children's Hospital Autism Clinic.

Disclaimer: It is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions. Please note that Autism Support of West Shore does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information.