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Family Support Organizations for Students with Autism and Other Neurodiverse Needs

The following organizations provide support, resources, and advocacy for students with autism and their caregivers as well organizations that provide information and support related to other students with IEPs.

Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin (ASGW)

ASW provides a community for individuals affected by autism, their families, and professionals who serve them. Their goal is to increase the quality of life for those affected by autism and to respond to the emerging needs of the autism community.

(888) 428-8476 or (920) 558-4602

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (ASSEW)

ASSEW provides support for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals and others in the community by sharing information, supporting research, providing networking opportunities and promoting awareness through education and training.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has a selection of resources, toolkits, and directories sorted by age and audience. They also provide videos ranging from descriptions of autism to examples of various common interventions. The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit helps families of children ages four and under make the best possible use of the 100 days following the diagnosis.

Autism Speaks Directory

Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Young Children

Community of Practice on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD)

Led by a steering team which includes parents, researchers, physicians, self advocates, and many others, the CoP ASD/DD gathers stakeholders from throughout Wisconsin three times a year to discuss a variety of autism related topics, as well as posts local, regional, and statewide information on their web site.

The CoP ASD/DD also provides recorded presentations on a variety of subjects including Anxiety, Mental Wellness and Keeping an Even Keel, Supporting Challenging Behavior, and more.

Wisconsin Family Ties

A statewide, parent-run organization working with families that supports students with mental health care needs. Their programs empower and support parents of children with emotional and behavioral health challenges. They work to improve systems that serve children and families.

(608) 267-6800 or (800) 422-7145

Behavior Help Wisconsin

Behavior Help Wisconsin is a program designed to help children thrive in their current early care and education setting by offering the adults who care for them tools, knowledge, and skills to reduce challenging behaviors and promote positive ones. For more information, check out the Behavior Help Wisconsin brochure and the Supporting Families Together website.

Additional Family Support and Advocacy Organizations

Information and links to a variety of statewide family support and advocacy organizations that support all students who receive special education through an IEP including the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI), Wisconsin Family Assistance Center of Education, Training & Support (WI FACETS), Disability Rights Wisconsin, Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), and the Arc of Wisconsin.