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
Upcoming Changes to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Benefit
In July 2014, the federal government issued guidance requiring states to provide coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) treatment services as a regular statewide Medicaid benefit through BadgerCare Plus; Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind or Disabled; and the Katie Beckett Program. This means that in the future, coverage of ASD treatment services will be provided through one of these programs instead of through the Children's Long-Term Support Waivers (CLTS Waivers).
Details about these changes, including what they mean for counties, parents, children receiving ASD treatment, and providers, are still being worked on by the Department. Please see this webpage for updates on the changes or to sign up to receive email updates. (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/waiver/autism/updates.htm).
New DPI Bulletins from December 2014
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.
New Report Indicates Increasing Prevalence of Autism
March 27, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that the prevalence rate for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is now 1 in 68. This is about a 30% increase from the last report of 1 in 88 children in 2012. Read the full report 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 108 children (age 8) have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more about Wisconsin specific data here.
The Autism Society continues to be concerned about the increasing prevalence of autism. While the cause of the increase is unclear, the Autism Society and its affiliates in Wisconsin are ready and willing to assist the growing numbers affected by autism. Read about the Autism Society’s response here.
The APA releases DSM-5 in May of 2013