Below is a collection of support groups that we have been made aware of. If you know of any support groups in Sarasota County that are not currently listed, please let CARD know.

Sarasota County Support Groups

S.T.A.R.S. (Successful Talented Adults Reaching Skyward) Program

Location:Jewish Family & Children Services, 2688 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

Contact Name:Isaac Gurfinchel

Contact Phone: 941-366-2224

Contact Email: Director of Counseling

Date/Time: Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Who: Young adults ages 18 to 30 with a developmental disability.

Description: Weekly co-ed program offers a venue where individuals can make new friends and discover new interests. There is a monthly parent/caregiver meeting.

Autism Society of Florida

Location:Contact for information

Contact Name:Ann Reynolds

Contact Email:

Date/Time: Contact for information

Who: Young Adults ages 18-40

Description: Social group for independently functioning young adults ages 18-40.

Sarasota Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Meetup

Location:Sarasota/Bradenton Area

Contact Name:Jody Lynn McBrien

Contact Phone: Via

Date/Time: TBA

Who: Adults (18 and older) with disabilities, Parents, Partners, & Professionals

Description: I have lived in the Sarasota-Bradenton area for 12 years and never found help or support for highly capable adults with Asperger's. I have a 33-year old son with ASD (actually I prefer to drop the "D" as I don't think it is a disorder at all), and we have found no social groups, no social or career support - nothing for those over the age of 18. My idea is to bring together adults in this category as well as interested parents, partners, employers - anyone interested in working together on social outlets and employment opportunities for high-functioning adults with Asperger's.

Clara's Clubhouse

Location:Multiple locations throughout the county.

Contact Name:Nikki French

Contact Phone: 941-564-9759

Contact Email:

Date/Time: Call for times.

Who: Parents of children with ASD

Description: Having a family member with Unique Sensory Needs can be difficult. Connect with other families and share your stories of triumph and tribulations along the way.