Autism Society of Wisconsin

Special Events

Autism Sibling Support Project
Grant Announcement
January 31, 2016-February 28, 2017


The Autism Society of Wisconsin is pleased to announce it has received a $4,850 grant from Autism Speaks. The grant will fund a one year Autism Sibling Support project in Wisconsin, designed to provide support to brothers and sisters of children on the autism spectrum.

Siblings of children with autism are in the position to have a significant impact on the life of their brother or sister with autism for many reasons. The sibling relationship is likely to be the longest lasting relationship in the family over the course of the lifetime. Siblings, with the exception of the child’s parents, will generally spend more time with a child with autism than almost any other person. For these reasons, it is extremely important that siblings of children with autism have access to information and support programs that will help them in their role as a sibling.

Through the Autism Sibling Support project, the Autism Society of Wisconsin plans to hold at least 6 Sibshops throughout Wisconsin, in partnership with WisconSibs. A Sibshop is a workshop model developed by Don Meyer that offers peer support and education to brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs, within a recreational context. The Autism Sibling Support will also provide information to parents about supporting siblings through a newsletter article, webinar, and distribution of resources.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin’s mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We’re excited to extend our support services to siblings through this new project. 

Please contact Melissa Vande Velden at mvandevelden@asw4autism.org or 920-973-6636 with any questions. 

Upcoming Sibshops

Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin
When: October 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Centerpiece LLC, 986 Lakeview Drive Green Bay, WI 54313
Registration Options:

Laona School District
When: November 5, 2016
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Laona School
Registration opens September 29, 2016

PATH of Door County
When: January 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: TBD
Registration opens November 23, 2016!

Autism Society of Central Wisconsin
When: January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Where: Wausau, WI
Registration will open December 8, 2016!