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

Regular Monthly Gatherings

Turk's Inn - Holland   Second Thursday of the month 6:30 - 8:00
Mancino's - Grand Haven   Third Thursday of the month 6:30 - 8:00
These are informal gatherings to share a meal, beverage and conversation.  Children are always welcome but there is no childcare.

Take a look at our upcoming events!!

Mark Your Calendars

Winter Jump Party

FEBRUARY 26, 2017

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Autism Support of West Shore invites you to shake off cabin fever at RebounderZ for an evening of fun and family time.
Rebounderz has something for all ages.  Bring your family to this
free event.  Register by calling in your family name and number attending at 616-395-3222.  All jumpers must have a signed waiver to participate.  Concession stand will be open for food and drink purchase.


7500 Cottonwood Drive
Jenison, MI 49428

Download Waiver

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

Resource Fair
March 14, 2017
6:30 - 8:00
OAISD Educational Services Building
13565 Port Sheldon, Holland
Join us for a light dinner and discussion with service agencies and providers in the West Michigan Area. 

Autism and Anxiety

April 18, 2017
6:30 - 9:00
OAISD Educational Services Building
13565 Port Sheldon, Holland
Dr. Kaarin Anderson Ryan Ph.D.,BCBA

Dr. Anderson - Ryan will discuss anxiety in individuals on the Autism Spectrum and ways families can support their children.

April 22, 2017 Puzzle Run & Family Fun Walk

Join us for our 2nd annual Puzzle Run and Family Fun Walk.  Once again

Millennium Park will be hosting our certified 5k & 10k run.  Our Family Fun Walk will take place after the run.  Run registration is open!

Join us for our 2nd annual Family Fun Walk.  100% of the proceeds raised by this event go back into our West Michigan communities to support meaningful participation in all aspects of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Registration is now open!  Register for the 2017 Family Fun Walk by going to our EVENTS tab and clicking on the Family Fun Walk Page!!


Learn more about conferences available at the local, state and national levels.


March 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kent ISD, 2930 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Speaker, Terri Couwenhoven, MS, AASECT Certified Sexuality. Key foundational concepts for healthy sexuality along with parent resources and ideas for addressing sexuality with your child will be the focus of the evening.

Sexuality Issues in Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Boundries and Behavior

Conference for Professionals
March 13
th 8:30-2:30 PM
Kent ISD, 2930 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49425

Presented by Terri Couwenhoven
This session will help educators become more comfortable and confident in addressing sexuality issues with students who have intellectual disabilities. Background information on sexual learning will be shared as well as best practice research for teaching sexuality education.  Fee $35.
Professionals register at

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.