COVID-19: Vaccine Education Initiative

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 believes that increasing vaccine access is a crucial step towards improving the lives of people with Autism, their families and communities as we all work towards ending the pandemic. Through its Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism Society is committed to increasing vaccine education and access.

By participating in the Autism Society of America’s Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin aims to increase community collaborations that will lead to long-lasting partnerships to increase health access and promote healthy equity.

Goals of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin through the Vaccine Education Initiative:

• Promote COVID-19 vaccine education within the Autism community so that all individuals, families, and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions

• Increase accessibility of COVID-19 vaccination to increase health advocacy within the Autism community and equip healthcare providers with the training and resources they need to cater to unique healthcare needs in the community

As part of the Vaccine Education Initiative, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin partnered with local agencies to host Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinics in 2022. A Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic is a modified vaccination process that includes sensory accommodations, preparation materials, and an individualized experience when possible. Please see below for upcoming vaccine clinics.

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.

Click here to learn more about the Vaccine Education Initiative through the Autism Society of America