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
April 12, 2018
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.

Sensory Friendly Night at RebounderZ
March 20, 2018
Location: RebounderZ 
7500 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison
Time: 6:00 - 8:30
Brochure with discount coupon

Accessibility Expo
March 22, 2018
Location: Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus, Grand Haven
3:00 p.m. – Employer booths open
4:00 p.m. – Service provider booths open 
4:30 p.m. – Keynote address: Lara Capuano
5:15 p.m. – Guardianship Workshop: Honorable Mark Feyen
6:15 p.m. – Social Security Benefits Workshop: Angela Mitchell
7:00 p.m. – Employer booths close
7:15 p.m. – Special Needs Trusts Workshop: Robert Huff
8:00 p.m. – Event ends

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 
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
Millennium Park 
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534


Family Fun Walk 

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.