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.

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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

World Autism Awareness Day
April 2, 2015
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt
1125 /S. Beacon Blvd.  Grand Haven, MI 49417

Join us in raising community awareness, raising funds for ASWS and enjoying frozen yogurt.  Wild Blue Yogurt is giving 15% of their proceeds to ASWS. Come out for some fun!

Parent Meeting
April 17, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
OAISD Educational Services Building
13565 Holland, MI 49424

Former ASWS president Kim Sterken will be speaking with her adult daughter on raising a child with autism.  Both mother and daughter will share their perspective on living and growing up with autism.  Childcare will be provided.  This is a free event but we ask that you register at 616-395-3222.  Register number in your party and if you need childcare.

Sharing Strategies Workshop Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
April 24, 2015 
9:30 - 2:00
Conference Center
15468 Riley St. Holland      
This workshop is designed to assist families and caregivers with learning strategies to assist in behavior de-escalation and crisis situations.  This workshop provides an overview of some of the concepts taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program, to help with continuity of care and to provide in sights to parents and caregivers into the behavior patterns of the individuals they support.  Register for this free event at
616-395-3222.  Lunch will be provided as well as course books. There is no childcare for this event.

Spring Fling Celebration and Banquet
May 16, 2015
5:30 - 10:00
Alumni House Grand Valley State University
Join our annual banquet celebrating those in our communities who make a difference in the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Gourmet dining, guest speaker and awards will complete an evening to remember.  Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 8 for $360.  Contact a board member for tickets or order online.

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 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.