AUTISM SOCIETY OF SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN INC

Rating: 4.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 9733 W St Martins Rd Franklin WI 53132 USA

Mission: Families of newly diagnosed children need advice and support. The Autism Society is there with education, a lending library, and support groups. We link parents to other parents who have older children and can help them cope with this challenging disorder.
Target demographics: We serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and professionals who support them in Southeastern Wisconsin
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2500
Geographic areas served: We serve 9 counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Washington, Dodge, Walworth, and Jefferson
Programs: Monthly educational parent workshops; Conferences for Educators; Summer bike program; support groups; social and networking activities

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

ASSEW is a well-organized and caring group of women who have worked hard to gather volumes of useful information and resources, and made them available to parents and friends of children on the autism spectrum. With a warm, friendly, and positive atmosphere, I look forward to every visit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My friend Dawn and I are very, very grateful to have found ASSEW and the support group that meets monthly. We had very few resources and little direction until now. It has helped to meet with other parents who are and who have experienced the same things, who can provide encouragement and much advice. ASSEW has also informed us of workshops and seminars of great help and hope.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep a support group meeting year-round, if possible. Continue the wonderful work!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The well-organized facility and the warmness of the staff, as well as the acceptance we have felt.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cheerful, friendly, and very knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide child care for parents who would otherwise be unable to attend support groups, seminars, or who simply need respite; a larger facility, perhaps with a play area.

Ways to make it better...

If there were child care available at the facility, however, this requires a great deal of responsibility and possibly liability.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Parents who want to attend support groups and seminars are challenged with finding quality child care during those times, especially parents of children with the most severe symptoms of autism.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope that ASSEW continues to thrive, especially as the cases of autism rise.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

When my son was diagnosed 18 years ago at age 2, my first outreach was to ASSEW. The information chain, extensive library, support, advocacy and networking groups empowered me to help my son and family in ways that would have otherwise been overwhelming. This organization and staff do not get enough thank you's for all they have done to spread the word to the greater Milwaukee area's families and professionals. I have and will continue to do all I can to help this wonderful organization reach out to the 9 counties it serves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

advocacy training, transitional planning, support groups, lending library, family outings, fund raising events, state and national conferences, strategic planning, board membership, support in my local community outside Milwaukee

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the media take a greater interest and recognize that ASSEW is a truly valuable resource to the SE Wisconsin area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the value of networking with others and meeting families with the same life changing events. They not only offer information and training to parents of newly diagnosed children but also do a great job of keeping abreast of the adult issues and resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

quick to respond, considerate, compassionate and always giving of their time even though they have a family member affected by autism which can be all consuming

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a larger impact in the greater Milwaukee area and better serve the inner-city population

Ways to make it better...

they could afford more paid staff...our great volunteers get worn out!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and the impact it has made on fund raising. ASSEW relies on donations and grants to stay afloat.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization has made a HUGE impact in keeping medical and educational professionals informed of new advancements and techniques that help people affected by autism. It is an amazing organization!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with a consortium of school districts to provide continuing education through monthly speaker programs and approached ASSEW president, Emily Levine, as a possible co-sponsor for a nationally known speaker on autism. This speaker is autistic herself and will be speaking to parents and professionals next fall. Emily advised us on several logistic details of sponsoring an event of that magnitude and will be helping us advertise etc. We are very grateful for the guidance and enthusiasm Emily and ASSEW have provided. In addition,, through my participation on the Connections initiative, it is clear that ASSEW provides leadership in all aspects of autism spectrum involvement in the state.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continuing education efforts and referrals to families --I was formerly a Director of Special Education and was able to refer families to ASSEW as a valuable resource.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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