Other Local Autism Community Resources

Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project (A5)


The mission of the Autism Art Project is to showcase the artistic talents of children and young adults on the autism spectrum and to celebrate their unique perspectives, promoting community understanding and appreciation of autism. They produce the Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Show in April, hosted by Arc of Southeast Iowa, as well as other community events throughout the year. This fall, there will be an art show where adults on the autism spectrum can showcase and have the option to sell their work in a gallery setting.

Contact: A5project@yahoo.com or visit their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/TheAwesomeAutismAwarenessArtProject/

1-319-351-5017 (Arc of Southeast Iowa)

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Combined Efforts: Celebrating Artists, Changing Perspectivescombined-efforts-hl-300x160

Combined Efforts is Iowa’s only theater company with a mission of purposeful inclusion of individuals with disabilities in performances. In addition to the acting company, they organize a men’s choir, dance company, writer’s group, and an expressive arts group.


Janet Schlapkohl, Managing Director

http://combinedefforts.org/ combinedeffortstheatre@gmail.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CombinedEffortsTheatre/?fref=ts


Southeast Iowa Autism Support Group

This group is for adults on the autism spectrum. It meets from 1-3pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at Uptown Bill’s.

Uptown Bill’s
730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa, 52240

Click HERE for more information.



Iowa Children’s Museum (ICM) – Super Hero Nightdownload (14)

On the last Sunday of every month, the ICM hosts “Super Hero Night” from 6:00 – 7:30pm. With the doors close to the general public it is a great time for people with disabilities and their families to enjoy the museum in a much quieter and calmer environment. Staff are available to engage in art and craft projects in the art room.



1-319-625-6255 x210 ddunkhase@theicm.org

Loved Ones Safe Together (LOST) program

LOST is a program to assist in identifying and locating community members who have been separated from their families or caretakers. ICPD is creating a database – based on voluntary participation- that includes name, address, physical description, birth date and a photograph. Additional information can include favorite places, communication differences or techniques, unusual behaviors, sensory needs, triggers and ways to effectively interact with the individual. There is no fee. The application can be found here: http://www.iowa-city.org/weblink/0/doc/1511313/Electronic.aspx

Contact: https://icgov.org/LOSTprogram


National Alliance on Mental Illness – Johnson County (NAMI-JC)nami-johnson-county-iowa-logo

NAMI-JC is the local affiliate of NAMI Iowa and NAMI National. They offer a broad array of services to the community, including support groups, education, classes, advocacy, as well as a family support help-line.


1-319-337-5400    http://namijc.org/


Reel Movies for Real Needs

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Sycamore Cinema at Iowa City Marketplace (previously Sycamore Mall) participates in Marcus Theatres Reel Movies for Real Needs program serving families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family-friendly films at a theatre. Please see the website for a list of the upcoming, first-run movies.



Special Olympics- Iowa City Recreation Division

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This Special Olympics team is managed by the Special Populations Involvement (SPI) program of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. They sponsor many sports, from basketball to bocce, swimming to bowling.

Contact: cindy-coffin@iowa-city.org

(319) 356-5100 http://specialolympicsiowacityrecreation.org/

Uptown Bill’s

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Uptown Bill’s is a gathering place where people of all abilities are welcome in the spirit of it’s namesake, Bill Sackter. It is a project of the Extend the Dream Foundation, whose purpose is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and support micro-enterprise. At their S. Dubuque location (which also houses a bookstore) they serve coffee, sandwiches, and shakes. They host many events, including the GRASP Autism Support Group which is for adults on the autism spectrum. Please check their “Events” page for updated meeting times.

Contact: http://uptownbills.org/ or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uptownbills/?fref=ts


Autism Inclusive Boy Scouts Troop

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