Need for Emotional Support:

Caring for a child with autism can be both challenging and isolating.  We believe that a caretaker must take care of herself/himself.  Your journey as a caretaker for a special child is a marathon, not a sprint.  You need to have enough emotional support to sustain yourself.

To Join our Local Autism Support Group:

Monroe County OASIS: Outreach for Autism Support and Information Sharing
Contact: Jessica Dunlap, (812) 325-7552,
(You can request to join the group email list and learn about upcoming group meetings and events.)

Join our Facebook page! MC Oasis

To sign up for the yahoo listserve of our local autism support group:

Contact: Jody Goddard, 812-876-3311,
(This list provides online announcements and info on local resources)

To Talk to a Mentor:

To See a Counselor:

Lynnette Carlson, LMHC. is an certified councelor and a good friend of AuSSM. She is one of the best counselors in our area, but due to her compassion and her committment to serve our community, she charges by a sliding scale depending on income. Please contact her directly at: (812) 331-1235, 1319 W Bloomfield Rd., Bloomington, IN 47403.

To Watch Encouraging Sermons 24/7:

If you are a Christian believer, here are some websites where you can view encouraging sermons 24/7 from ministries that emphasize healing and restoration:

Prayer Hotlines:

  • Dial 1800-pray-now: Someone at a healing ministry will pray with you any time you call, and continue to pray for you for a month
  • Call 1-888-567-5635 for a prayer partner at Joel Osteen Ministry
  • Post your prayer request here and someone will email you shortly with prayer confirmation.

If you need to talk to a live person about any questions concerning this website, please email us and someone will call you ASAP.