The diagnosis of autism is a challenging and life-changing event, and affects everyone in the family.  Raising a child with autism has all the joys and heartbreaks of parenting any child, and then some.   Our children are unique and wonderful individuals, with needs that may last a lifetime.   The good news is that given the right information, services  and supports, we can better provide for these needs, and improve outcomes for our children across their lifetimes.

The information on this page is designed to help and strengthen families.  Northwest Autism Center promotes the development of family-centered services and support as an integral part of an effective system of care for children and adults affected by autism.   We also provide family information, referral and support services through our Community Connections Office.  Please call 509.328.1582 or email Jill Ide at

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Support Groups

Adults with Asperger’s Group:  A group activity is planned each month.  Contact:


Autism Society of Washington, Spokane Chapter.  For more information


“Ben’s Fund” Offers Family Scholarships to cover the cost of clinical services for children with autism.  Administered by FEAT of Washington.  For more information contact Julia Rule at 425.223.5126 to


Different Not Less:  Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, WA  99019 – 509.230.6771 or email:


Early Intervention–online support, Kristy Wessels at


Family Support 360 One-Stop Center: For more information contact Rosslyn Bethhmann at 509.328.6326


Healthy Emotions Parent Support Meeting:  The Arc of Spokane:  320 E. 2nd Ave., Spokane.  Learn new parenting approaches; rethink old attitudes and enjoy an evening of companionship.  Family Support 360 degrees program.  Contact Roz Bethmann for more information (509) 328-6326.


Monthly Support Meetings:  3rd Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation, 711 S. Cowley, Room 200, Autism Society of Washington, Spokane Chapter.  For more information


Parent to Parent Support Group:  1st Thursday of every month, 10:30 – 11:30.  Open to any parent or guardian who has a child with special needs.  The Arc of Spokane, 127 W. Boone.  Contact:  Rosslyn Bethhmann – 509.328.6326


Spokane Father’s Network:  for father’s of special need children.  Contact:  Brian Holloway, 509.328-6326.


Teen/Young Adult Social Group, 1-3 p.m., 3rd Sundays,Service Station Coffee House, 9317 N. Nevada, contact:


The ISAAC Foundation
PO Box 19202
Spokane, WA 99219
Phone: 509.499.1679
Email: Holly Lytle, Executive Director:
Provide economic assistance in the form of scholarships for intervention services and therapies to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.


Idaho Events & Support Groups

Panhandle Autism Society, Coeur d’ Alene

Idaho events for the Post Falls and Coeur d’ Alene area: in more detail