Autism Friendly Communities

The Autism Society envisions individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. Quality of life indicators, such as the opportunity for community involvement and the freedom to spend time in a meaningful way are essential aspects of the human experience.

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Autism Friendly Communities program began to promoteĀ  a better understanding of autism throughout our communities and increase inclusion at more community activities and events. Together, we can build stronger communities where autistic people live fully through acceptance, inclusion, and belonging.

ASW Newsletter

What does it mean to be Autism Friendly?

As an Autism Friendly Communities partner, you recognize that individuals with autism experience the world differently and commit to making accommodations to support a diverse range of community members, including those with autism by:

  • Training staff and volunteers to understand autism and strategies to support individuals and families affected by autism.
  • Assessing and making modifications to environment, programs, or procedures.
  • Developing visual supports as applicable.
  • Implementing inclusive hiring practices.
  • Committing to quality improvement.

How are partners recognized as Autism Friendly?

An Autism Friendly Communities partner can expect:

  • An Autism Friendly Window Decal to display
  • An Autism Friendly Certificate to display
  • Recognition on Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin social media accounts
  • Recognition on the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin website

Autism Friendly Community Partners

Building for Kids Children's Museum

Appleton, WI

Staff received autism training

Quiet space available

Hosts regular sensory events

Offers visual supports & sensory kits

Tom's Drawing Board

Rhinelander, WI

Staff received autism training

Hosts regular sensory events

Offers visual supports

Actively makes sensory accommodations

Cherie's Sweet Sensations

Tomahawk, WI

Staff received autism training

Offers visual supports

Actively makes sensory accommodations

Appleton International Airport

Appleton, WI

Staff received autism training

Quiet space available

Hosts regular rehearsal events

Offers visual supports & sensory kits

U Paint & Party

Wausau, WI

Uses frequent quiet and/or move breaks

Offers visual supports

Actively makes sensory accommodations

Mill City Church

Neenah, WI

Staff received autism training

Offers visual supports & sensory kits

Offers Without Limits, an inclusion ministry for children with disabilities

Clipper Chaos

Greenville, WI

Staff received autism training

Offers visual supports & sensory kits

Actively makes sensory accommodations

This program is currently being piloted in the Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin areas. Contact Kirsten Cooper at kcooper@autismgreaterwi.org or 920-215-3303 to start the conversation on how you can become an Autism Friendly Communities partner.