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: 5000
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
Professional with expertise in this field
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.