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ASW Resource Guide

The purpose of our guide is to provide information about resources in Wisconsin that may be helpful to you and your family. It includes brief descriptions of services and gives contact information to learn more about these and other resources. The Autism Society of Wisconsin believes that every person and family affected by autism is unique. You have the right to learn about all options and then select what you feel is the most appropriate for you. Some of the resources listed in this guide may be right for you and your family, while others may not match your family’s unique needs.

There are many more local resources that may be helpful to you. There may also be a local Autism Society Resource Directory for your area. Click here for local resources.

Updated August, 2016

Resource Guides
Next Steps Booklet

A guide for Wisconsin families new to autism. Available in English and Spanish.

Finding Your Way Guide

The design of the ASW Resource Guide is based on the Finding Your Way: A Navigation Guide for Wisconsin Families who have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities developed by the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program, within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Wisconsin First Step Autism Resources Directory

This directory lists programs and services alphabetically and by geographic area. For more information, visit Wisconsin First Step’s website, www.mch-hotlines.org.

Updated in January, 2016

IHE Searchable Database

This database is intended to provide information for families and students about a variety of post-secondary or college educational options for students with and without disabilities. This includes Wisconsin technical colleges, public and private 4 year colleges, and UW System Universities and Colleges.

This site is organized so students, families, and educators can find contact information for many Wisconsin colleges and universities and assist in finding additional information and services specific to an individual student’s disability or needs. Information was gathered through public documents, and in some cases, based on surveys completed by the college or University disability or accessibility resource center.

Helpful Info

Living with Autism Series

In 2006 the Autism Society launched Living with Autism which presents user-friendly information within four eye-catching pages. The series was developed to provide easy-to-understand, practical information related to the autism spectrum for a broad audience on a wide range of topics.

Safe & Sound Series

The Autism Society has created a series of fact sheets and brochures to assist crime victim assistance professionals, families, and individuals with autism.

Additional Resources

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Life Journey through Autism Series

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) has published six Life Journey guidebooks and The Best of The OARacle to date. You can read their descriptions, preview each online, or download copies at no cost. Click Here.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Kit for Kids

Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and their Families

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) produced this guide that is available Here.

Opening Doors - A Guide to Adult Services

The Department of Public Instruction has produced a helpful guide called Opening Doors – A Guide to Adult Services that provides helpful information on vocational services, postsecondary education, Family Care/IRIS, applying for Social Security, housing, Guardianship and more. Click here for English or Spanish.

Additional Opening Doors Guides

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
(English) (Spanish)

Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills
(English) (Spanish)

Opening Doors to Employment
(English) (Spanish)

Wisconsin Special Education Mediation Project

This project is available to assist parents or school districts with mediation or facilitation of their special education issues. Click Here.

Join Yahoo Group Discussion

This list provides an opportunity for people in the autism community to exchange information and offer support. Open to Wisconsinites and interested others. This list is also to promote the activities and fundraisers of the Autism Society of Wisconsin and its chapters. Click here to join.