ASGW Webinar Series

This program is currently on a break. Stay tuned for updates!

We are excited to announce the kickoff of a new webinar series! Every month we will be hosting a free webinar that provides relevant content for families & individuals on the spectrum. Topics will include advocacy, mental health, wellness, education, resources, and more!

All webinars will be held live over Zoom. View upcoming sessions below and click on the corresponding links to sign up. Zoom links and additional information will be sent to your email address in a confirmation email.

Have an idea for a future webinar? We would love to hear it! Email Amber at to let us know what topics you’d like to see!

Past Webinars

Monday, March 8
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Special Needs Trusts – How Can They Help Live a Self-Directed Lifestyle

Presented James Giese

Under federal and state law, individuals with disabilities who have more than $2,000 in available assets are not eligible for means tested public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. However, there is a statute that allows the creation of a Special Needs Trust (SNT). Assets in a SNT are not countable under the rules that apply to Medicaid, and the assets in a SNT will not affect the beneficiary’s ability to receive public benefits. In this webinar, James Giese, Director of Outreach for Wispact, a manager of SNTs will discuss how these trusts and ABLE accounts can be used to help individuals with disabilities to maintain eligibility for public benefits and manage their financial lives.

Monday, January 4th
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Social Teaching Strategies for Individuals with Autism from the Anime Community

Presented by James WIlliams

Many individuals with autism (and other social-related disabilities) enjoy Japanese anime (such as “Pokemon”), belong to the anime fan community, and attend anime conventions throughout Wisconsin and elsewhere. To accommodate these individuals, people in the anime fan community have created a series of teaching strategies, activities, games and apps that are utilized to teach appropriate social behavior among its members. In this session, listen to a self-advocate with autism, who volunteers and hosts autism presentations at anime conventions throughout Wisconsin, describe and demonstrate how they can be implemented by educators during social skills instruction for individuals with autism.

Monday, December 7th
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Manage Holiday Stress During a Pandemic

Presented by Connie Persike

Holidays can be a stressful time for all of us and can include additional challenges for those affected by autism, especially as holiday plans may be different this year. Come learn effective techniques to manage stress for the entire family!
Monday, October 26th
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Sensory 101: Let’s Talk about Senses

Presented by Brittany Meyers, OTD, OTR

‘Sensory’ is a big buzzword in our everyday world these days, but what does ‘sensory’ truly mean? You’re invited to join this one-hour webinar series to learn about our bodies’ EIGHT senses, how our senses impact our ability to engage in everyday routines, and some basic sensory strategies that may enhance coping skills and promote engagement in daily routines for neurodiverse and neurotypical populations.  Time will be available at the end of this event for Q&A along with review of additional resources.
Monday, September 21st
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Panel of Dads
Parenting a child on the spectrum comes with its own unique set of triumphs and tribulations – whatever the child’s age, ability level, or co-occurring conditions. Hear firsthand from a group of Dads who will share their experiences related to their child’s diagnosis, real-life struggles, delightfully special moments, resilience, and hope.
Monday, August 3rd
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Panel of Experts
This session will be a panel of individuals on the autism spectrum, who will each share about their experience living life on the autism spectrum.