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New Support Group Page & Support Group Registration Process!

New Support Group Page & Support Group Registration Process!

With the goal of increasing access to support opportunities for families affected by autism across Greater Wisconsin, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin is pleased to offer a path for support groups to register with the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Registered support groups are led independently of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin but align with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the Autism Society.

We look forward to partnering with existing support groups serving those affected by autism across our service area and assisting with the development of support groups where needed.

Learn more about support groups in Greater Wisconsin and about the registration process by clicking on the links below.

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Updated Incidence Rate

On April 26, 2018 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States. This updated report occurs every two years. The incidence rate released in April 2016 showed that 1 out of 68 children were living with an autism diagnosis. Today’s incidence rate show the rate has increased to 1 out of 59 eight year olds.
The Autism Society is committed to helping the 1 in the 59 through community, support, education, advocacy, and information & referral. The Autism Society works to create communities where each person with autism is valued, respected and provided the opportunity to maximize their quality of life each and every day. Click here to find a local affiliate in Wisconsin.
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Autism in Wisconsin 2017 Report Release

In 2016, the Autism Society of Wisconsin conducted a survey to learn more about the experiences and attitudes of individuals with autism, parents/caregivers of individuals with autism, and the professionals who work with families affected by autism. The purpose of the Autism in Wisconsin survey was to collect and compile data on the experiences of people affected by autism in Wisconsin to 1) influence Autism Society programming priorities 2) influence policies and legislation 3) document how experiences and attitudes change over time. As the first of its kind, the report below will serve as a baseline for future surveys and reports. We hope this information may be of interest to the autism community and that it will be useful for those working to increase the quality of life for those affected by autism.

 

View the Autism Report Here

 


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Service Area Update

Beginning in January of 2017, the Autism Society of Wisconsin is transitioning from a state affiliate to serving a portion of the state as defined by our new 53 county service area. The change is a result of a decision made by the national Autism Society. Our new service area begins with Vernon, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties and extends up to the Northern border of Wisconsin. We are currently keeping the name, the Autism Society of Wisconsin, but may consider a name change in the future that better reflects our new service area.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin serves as the parent organization for five local affiliates, located throughout our service area and shown on the map. These affiliates will continue to offer the same wonderful programs and services they always have. As direct affiliates under the National Autism Society, the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin and the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin are responsible for serving the remaining counties in the southern part of the state.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin continues its commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by autism in Wisconsin. We hope to work with the other affiliates to continue our statewide initiatives such as hosting the Essay Contest, developing and distributing our Next Steps guides, and working collaboratively on advocacy issues.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin looks forward to our future, focusing on our new 53 county service area. We’re excited to work with our local affiliates and other local partners to build capacity in our communities. Please give us a call if you have any questions.

 

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