Learn About Autism

What Is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates, thinks, and interact with others and the world around them. Autism is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.  Some people with Autism need a lot of support at times, and others might need less. Each person is different and it’s important to understand everyone’s unique needs.


ASGW Autism 101 Webinar

To learn more about autism view this free one hour webinar presented by Sharon Hammer & Lisa Ladson.

New to Autism

New to Autism

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin is here to help guide families who have a child newly diagnosed with Autism. Our Next Steps Program can help your family understand what this new diagnosis means, find community resources, and find emotional support. Contact our office today to receive a free resource package and/or to connect with other parents who have been down a similar path.

Contact us at 920-558-4602 or info@autismgreaterwi.org to get connected.

A printed copy of our Next Steps booklet is included in the resource package but is also available electronically.

Milestone Map

Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones

The journey of your child's early years includes many developmental milestones for how he or she plays, learns, speaks, and acts.

Use this map to learn what to look for in your child. Talk with your child's doctor about these milestones.

Not reaching these milestones, or reaching them much later than other children, could be a sign of a developmental delay.

Autism Across the Lifespan

Like everyone else, people with autism move through significant life changes. Their quality of life depends not only on the foundation provided in childhood, but also on ongoing supports that are specific to their educational, medical, social, recreational, family, and employment needs. The Autism Society supports people with autism and their families through five critical stages of life:

  • Birth to Five
  • School Age
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Adulthood 
  • Older Adult