April is Autism Awareness Month
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.
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.
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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.
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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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