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.


Monthly Gathering

Second Thursday of the Month
January 11, 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.

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.   


Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
Webinar and discussion facilitated by Debbie Rock
January 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
and pizza at 5:30pm.
Evergreen Ministries
4512 48th Avenue, Hudsonville
Who should attend? Families of children/young adults with disabilities/learning challenges, school staff, community members, and organizations.  This webinar will explore the skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including rights and responsibilities. Resolving disagreements will also be covered.
Register by 1-15-18 with Debbie Rock (616) 588-1988 or Or online at
If it is after the deadline and you haven't registered, please call or email Debbie Rock to check the status of the event. If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know one week before the workshop.

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 
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


Save the Date


2018 5k & 10K Puzzle Run 
April 21, 2018


Family Fun Walk registration

Spring Fling Celebration and Banquet

May 19, 2018
One Campus Drive
Allendale, MI
5:30 pm 
Guest Speaker Lt. Governor Brian Calley

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.