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!

Upcoming Clinics

Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic Hosted in Partnership with Bellin Health & Milestones Behavioral Pediatrics

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This clinic will offer the Moderna vaccine to those between 6 months and 5 years old, along with boosters (Pfizer, Moderna) to eligible community members. The flu shot will also be available at the September 24th clinic. Parents and other family members are welcome to schedule their vaccines or boosters.

Individuals/families traveling over 20 miles (one way) to the clinic will receive a $25 Kwik Trip fuel gift card! 

To schedule an appointment, please call 920-445-7313 and ask to schedule an appointment at Milestones clinic in De Pere. When asked, please provide your email address to the scheduler so that we can contact you prior to the event with details. 

Saturday, August 27th & September 24
8:30 AM - Noon
Milestones Behavioral Pediatrics
2073 Lawrence Drive, De Pere WI
Call 920-445-7313 and ask to schedule an appointment at Milestones clinic in De Pere.

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 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

Monday, August 29th, September 26th and October 24th | 3:30 - 7:00 PM
Building for Kids Children's Museum 100 W College Ave, Appleton, WI
Click Here to Schedule an Appointment

To inquire about the Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic model or to explore a local partnership, please contact Kirsten Cooper at (920) 215-3303 or kcooper@autismgreaterwi.org.