Bringing Elected Officials, Autistic Individuals, and Families Together to Recognize Autism Acceptance Month at the Capitol April 6th
(Madison, WI) – An event recognizing April as Autism Acceptance Month is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6th at noon in the Senate Parlor.
State Senator Roger Roth (R—Appleton), Autism Society Affiliates in Wisconsin, and a panel of autistic speakers will share their stories and discuss policy issues affecting individuals and families with autism in Wisconsin at the event.
“With nearly 1 in 44 individuals affected by autism, it’s important that my colleagues and I spend time with, listening, and learning from individuals with autism and their families,” said Sen. Roth.
“Meaningful discussions about maximizing the quality of life for people with autism through effective policies must include the voices of Autistic people. We’re thankful for this opportunity to bring our community together and highlight the stories and experiences of Autistic individuals from Wisconsin,” said Kirsten Cooper, the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.
Sen. Roth and the Autism Society Affiliates in Wisconsin are proud to partner this April to increase community understanding and acceptance, with the goal of building autism-friendly, inclusive communities.
“We strive to foster greater connections in our communities,” says Executive Director of the Autism Society South Central Wisconsin, Kirsten Engel. “and opportunities like this encourage, empower and bring together individuals on the spectrum as well as our affiliate network so that we can all come together to make Wisconsin an even better place to live.”
This Wisconsin event supports a larger initiative where the Autism Society is inviting its partners, supporters and the world-wide community to be the connection this Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Acceptance Month kicks off on April 1, and the Autism Society is recognizing the multitude of experiences within the Autism community to highlight the critical need for acceptance, inclusion and connections to support people with Autism across the lifespan.
“Our mission focuses on five core services including advocacy, education, information and referrals, support and community. In Wisconsin there is an urgent need for equitable access to diagnostic evaluations, and early interventions that have a significant impact on lifelong outcomes. Being able to come together and celebrate how far we have come but also identify where we need to go with those in a position to impact change helps us live up to the mission we hold dear.” said Rechelle Chaffee, the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin.