Autism Society of Wisconsin

April is Autism Awareness Month

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Join us in celebration for 2016 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
The goal of the Autism Society and our over 100 nationwide affiliate network organizations for this year’s April Autism Awareness Month is to draw attention to the needs of all those impacted by autism, advocating for effective options that meet the needs of one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities.

Statewide Autism Survey

If you are a person with autism, the primary caregiver to a person with autism, or if you work with individuals with autism, please consider taking our survey. The purpose of the survey is to collect and compile data on the experiences of people affected by autism in Wisconsin to 1) influence Autism Society programming 2) influence policies and legislation 3) document how experiences and attitudes change over time. The survey takes approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

By entering your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. The survey will close on June 3rd and a winner will be drawn after this date. Take The Survey Now

National LIDS Campaign to Benefit the Autism Society and its Affiliates

Indianapolis-based retailer LIDS is supporting the Autism Society and its affiliates across LIDS’ 900+ US retail stores. During the month of April, customers will have the ability to add an embroidered autism puzzle onto their apparel and $7 will be donated to the Autism Society in support of Autism Awareness Month. In addition, guests may make donations in any amount via in-store collection containers at checkout, or add a donation to their credit card sale. All donations collected will be divided among the 104 Autism Society Affiliates to support local autism programs and services. Read more

 


 

Welcome to the Autism Society of Wisconsin

The Autism Society of Wisconsin (ASW) is dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism in Wisconsin by providing information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, resource development, and by raising awareness and acceptance. ASW sponsors an annual spring and fall conference, a free quarterly newsletter, provides information and referral and monitors a peer support listserv. The Autism Society of Wisconsin is the voice for autism in Wisconsin, advocating for individuals with autism, their families and those who work with them.

Autism Society of Wisconsin
1477 Kenwood Drive
Menasha, WI 54952
888-428-8476


Announcements

Autism Prevalence Rates – New 2016 Report

April 1, 2016 - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States remains at 1 out of 68 children.

This updated report occurs every two years, with the previous report being released from the CDC in April 2014. To read the full report go here.  The report is based on data collected from the Autism and Development Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) which has 11 sites across the United States, including a site in southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin specific data show that 1 in 92 children (age 8) have Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is an increase from 1 in 102 children from the 2014 report. Read more about Wisconsin specific data here.

“Today's announcement that the updated incidence rate of autism has not changed in the past two years tells us that there continues to be a significant number of individuals with an autism diagnosis who need the help of our organization. The CDC’s advisement that the updated incidence rate should not be considered an indication of stabilization of the incidence of autism, reaffirms the importance of the Autism Society’s commitment to addressing the continued disparity among children based on their race as to when an early diagnosis occurs. We know that the earlier an individual receives a diagnosis, the better it is to help support the needs of the individual diagnosed,” said Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society of America.

More from the CDC:

New Data on Autism: Five Important Facts to Know

CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate

More from the Autism Society:

www.autism-society.org/in-the-news/autism-prevalence-rates/

2016: A New Behavioral Treatment Benefit to be Provided Under Wisconsin Medicaid and Other FowardHealth Programs

In July 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directed states to provide coverage of autism treatment services as a regular statewide Medicaid benefit.  In response, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is transitioning coverage of autism treatment services from the CLTS Waiver Program to a new behavioral treatment benefit under ForwardHealth. ForwardHealth includes BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, and the Katie Beckett Program.

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Department of Health Services - Behavioral Treatment Benefit and Other Support Services for Children with Autism Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S) By Families

The behavioral treatment benefit will be available beginning January 1, 2016, for the following groups:

  • Children currently receiving autism treatment services under the CLTS Waiver Program;
  • Children who have been diagnosed and are waiting for autism treatment services; and
  • Children who receive health care coverage through BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, or the Katie Beckett Program and who have a need for behavioral treatment.

The new behavioral treatment benefit will be funded as a regular ForwardHealth benefit (like a physician service or a well-child screening) instead of through the CLTS Waiver Program.The CLTS Waiver Program will continue to provide support services to meet children's assessed needs.

To find out more about the new benefit, to view a web cast of a recent training for families, and view the handouts of the training, visit the Department of Heath Services website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/waiver/autism/index.htm.

New DPI Bulletins from December 2014

Shortened School Day

Manifestation Determination

President Obama Signs ABLE Act Into Law

President Obama on Friday signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience(ABLE) Act which will allow families with children with disabilities to save for college and other expenses in tax-deferred accounts. The legislation was co-sponsored by Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC). The ABLE Act, first introduced in 2008, amends the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Families will be allowed to use the funds in the savings accounts to cover education, housing, medical and transportation expenses, among others. Now that the President has signed the bill into federal law, it will be up to the individual states to enact the bill. Until now, families with children with disabilities had little incentive to save for their future. If they saved more than $2,000 for college, an apartment or transportation to work, they risked losing critical benefits for their children, including medical and supplemental coverage. This piece of legislation is an important step toward empowering people with disabilities to achieve independence and affirms self-sufficiency.

10 things to know about ABLE Accounts from the National Disability Institute

The APA releases DSM-5 in May of 2013

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