Sensory Friendly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
At the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, we are committed to creating connections to empower everyone in the Autism community with the resources need to live fully. Because people with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families have been disproportionately impacted by the ongoing public health and economic emergency caused by COVID-19, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin is working to create community connections to increase access to a calm, supportive, and inclusive vaccine experience.
This summer/fall, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin is partnering with health agencies and other community partners to co-host Sensory Friendly Vaccine clinics. The clinics are open to Autistic children & adults, their family members, and anyone else who would benefit from a modified vaccination process.
What makes a clinic Sensory Friendly?
Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinics are designed to provide a flexible, supportive, and calm environment during the vaccination process. While each clinic will look different, generally participants will have access to the following accommodations/tools:
- Social narrative to prepare for the visit
- One-on-one trained support staff
- Visual schedule
- Sensory fidgets
- Shotblocker to help with injection pain
- Buzzy Bee to help with injection pain
- Sensory tools like weighted blankets, calming sensory water toys, noise canceling headphones, etc.
- Other individualized accommodations can be arranged – please just ask!
Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic Hosted in Partnership with Thedacare, the Building for Kids Children's Museum, and Wisconsin Early Autism Project
This clinic will offer Moderna vaccines and Pfizer boosters to eligible community members. There is no cost for participants. Parents and other family members are welcome to schedule their vaccines or boosters. Pizza will be available for dinner and participants are welcome to play in the museum after receiving their vaccines.
Participating families will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Building for Kids Children’s Museum.
To schedule an appointment, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/afBML3Vk3b3qxjru5
To inquire about the Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic model or to explore a local partnership, please contact Kirsten Cooper at (920) 215-3303 or email@example.com.