Taking Care of the Family

Family and Parent Support

Autism Society Local Affiliates
There are five local affiliates located throughout our service area. These affiliates offer opportunities for parents and families to network with other families affected by autism. Services offered by local Autism Society affiliates may include parent support groups, teen support groups, adults on the spectrum support groups, educational workshops, and recreational opportunities, among others. Please contact your local affiliate to see what programs are available in your area. A complete listing of local chapters can be found here.

Bridge the Gap for Autism
1415 E. Green Bay St. Suite 111 Shawano, WI 54166
(715) 526-3791

The Family Caregiver Alliance
Taking care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
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Kismet Advocacy, LLC
Providing in home and community based services for children and adults with complex mental health diagnoses and autism spectrum disorder.

NW Wisconsin Special Needs Support Group
First Lutheran Church, 15 E Sawyer St Rice Lake, WI 54868
Contact: Sarah Sornger, Email or Telephone: (952) 463-6320

Taylor County Autism Support Group
Meetings 3rd Monday of the month at the Frances Simek Memorial Library, Medford 6:00 p.m. Contact Diane Messman 715-560-0190 dhmessman@gmail.com

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin
Provides support to parents of children with special needs, including autism, through a one-to-one connection with another parent who has a similar experience and knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs. (715) 361-2934 or (888) 266-0028 www.p2pwi.org

St. Croix County, Wisconsin Autism Support Group
Hudson YMCA, 2211 Vine Street Hudson, WI 54016
Contact: Peg Scott, Email or Telephone: (651) 334-2338

Social/Recreational Activities

ASFV Hangin’ til Ten – PreTeen Social Group
Appleton, WI 54915
This activity focuses on kids ages 7-12. Various outings occur monthly on a Saturday

ASFV Teen Social Group – 13-18 Yrs.
Appleton, WI 54915
Monthly activities that promote socialization with peers while exploring the Fox Valley. autismfoxvalley.org

Monkey Joe’s Open Gym
Sponsored by ASFV. First Saturday of the month from 9-10 am.
Appleton, WI 54913

Reel Movies for Real Needs
Enjoy movies where the lights are up, sound turned down.
Bay Park Cinema, Green Bay, WI 54304

Valley Grand Cinema, Appleton, WI 54915
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Sensory Story Time
Story Time will engage all of the senses through movement, stories, music and play.
Marathon Public Library, 300 N First Street, Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 261-7209

SOAR Fox Cities
211 E Franklin St., Appleton, WI 54911
Offers social, recreation and respite programs for children and adults.

Spectrum Saturday
Offers a playtime the 3rd Saturday of the month. Building for Kids, Appleton, WI 54911. autismfoxvalley.org

Respite Care

North Star Services
450 E State St., Adams, WI 53910
(608) 339-3068

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
(608) 222-2033

SOAR Fox Cities
211 E Franklin St., Appleton, WI 54911
Offers social, recreation and respite programs for children and adults.

Tyler’s Home for Kids
1707 E Wausau Ave., Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 847-1175

Service Dogs

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Email: Info@4PawsForAbility.org

Capable Canines of Wisconsin, Inc.
P.O. Box 34
Onalaska, Wisconsin 54650
(608) 561-2269


Camp Akeela – Appleton
(866) 680-4744

Camp AweSum
Camp AweSum has two types of camps, one for youths only and one for families who have a child with an ASD. Both camps are held at the same site, Moon Beach Camp, which is located at beautiful Moon Lake, in the majestic Northwoods near St. Germain, Wisconsin.
1410 Birchwood Drive, St. Germain, WI 54558
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Easter Seals Wisconsin
Various camps for youth-adult
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Empower Me! Camp
The Empower Me Summer Camp provides youth with supervised activities from a supportive staff that will welcome your child in a warm, safe and caring environment. Camps for higher functioning youth on the Autism Spectrum are separated by grade level and will give each child an opportunity to learn, create and play.
Neenah-Menasha YMCA, Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 729-9950
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Summer Olympics
2310 Crossroads Dr., Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718

Piece Together Family Camp
Crossways Camping Ministries, Clintonville, WI 54929
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Wisconsin Badger Camp
Summer camp programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities (during different weeks).
PO Box 723, Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-9689.

Wisconsin Lions Camp
Camps for Youth – Adult, Rosholt, WI 54473
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YMCA Camp Hope
218 E. Lawrence , Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 882-3668