Autism Society 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.

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In the News

CDC Announces New Incidence Rates
Data and Statistics

How to Apply for Disability Benefits

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Feds Clarify How To Apply For Autism Tracking Devices

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Save the Date

Upcoming Events

Project Search Recruitment Expo for Kent County
October 23, 2014
6 - 8 pm 
KISD Educational Service Center (ESC) - Grand Room 
2930 Knapp N.E. GR, MI 49525 
Park in Lot #11
Bus #15 stops at the KISD drive just off Knapp. ESC is 1st building south of the stop.
Project SEARCH is an employment training program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 with mild cognitive or physical disabilities (who reside in Kent County). 
See what it’s like to be an intern at a well-known companyMeet the host business, teacher, & job coaches who put interns on track to employment as well as life after high school for students with disabilities.
Join us for a presentation, Q & A, info booths, and light refreshments 

RSVP encouraged to Cindy Alferink at 616-464-1176 or

Legal Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
Presented by MOKA

October 28, 2014
6:30 - Registration    6:45 - 8:00 Presentation

Individuals with disabilities, parents, family members, guardians and support teams are invited to learn about legal and financial planning from two experts:
Catherine Jacobs from Cottrell and Jacobs PLC, the West Michigan Estate Planning Center, will discuss legal and planning issues for individuals with a disability.
Lu Paletta, Financial Advisor, will help us to understand budgeting,investing, saving, estate planning and more.
Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 25th to Judy at or call (231) 740-1465.

West Michigan Special Hockey Association  
Players over the age of five, male or female, with developmental disabilities are invited to
come and get free on ice instruction and structured game experience throughout the season.

Contact Jean at or call 616-285-4600 for more information.
Patterson Ice Center, 2550 Patterson Avenue Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Third Annual Golf Open and Fundraiser 

Thank you to our sponsors, golfers, families and friends who came out on September 27th.  Save the 2015 date - September 26, 2015

Scholarship Opportunities

Family Hope Foundation

Family Hope Foundation offers financial assistance for therapy that is not covered by insurance. Scholarships of up to and including $1,000 per applicant are awarded twice a year, April 1st & October 1st.

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To learn more about conferences that are available at the local, state and national levels, click here.

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