AUTISM CAREGIVING: A support group for parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Contractor’s Advocate, 4703 Downman Road, New Orleans. For information about Teaching Ours the Activities of Living, or TOTAL, contact Tiffany Wimberly at (504) 272-1740 or

ASPERGER SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP: The Life Club, a support group and social skills club for young adults, ages 18-23, with Asperger syndrome, meets twice a month on Wednesday nights in Metairie. For information, email Meher Banajee at

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: A support group for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, at 3350 Ridgelake Drive, Room 262, Metairie. Led by Dr. Laurie Olson, parents meet to learn about resources and discuss how their children are progressing. For information, call (504) 400-9218 or send email to

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SELF-HELP GROUPS: Support groups for people with multiple sclerosis meet throughout the New Orleans area:

  • In Gretna, 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 1. at the Gretna Community Center, 1700 Monroe St. For information, call co-leaders Diane Orlesh at (504) 394-5623 or Kim Maloz at (504) 394-2274.
  • In Mandeville, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in the lobby of the Family Life Center of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 335 Asbury Drive. For information, contact Anna Moss at (504) 322-3781 or
  • In New Orleans, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the MS Resource Room on the second floor of the McFarland Building of Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, 4429 Clara St. For information and directions, call the Ochsner department of neurology at (504) 842-3980, Anna Moss at (504) 322-3781 or Mimi Jalenak at (504) 861-0859.
  • In Metairie, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Lakeshore Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. For information, contact Maureen Ardoin at

BOOK CLUB: A book club for people with disabilities will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at St. John’s Coffee Shop, 535 E. Boston St., Covington. For information, call FHF Northshore at (985) 875-0511.

DINNER CLUB: People with disabilities will meet to socialize at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Chili’s Restaurant, 150 Pinnacle Parkway, Covington. For information, call FHF Northshore at (985) 875-0511.

The Special Needs Calendar lists meetings, workshops, and events of interest to individuals with disabilities /special needs and their families. To place a listing contact Jane Pic Adams at