The Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy & Consulting Center, Inc. (WWAACC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developed by parents & family members of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. WWAACC's mission is to empower, educate and support families, caregivers, educators, and service providers of children with ASD, and to provide resources and information in order for parents to make informed decisions regarding the needs of their child. While our organization focuses on families in the Western Wisconsin area, we hope our website may also be helpful to others looking for resources to benefit individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Practice Event
Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD)
Community Gathering on a Very Important Topic:
Interpersonal Safety & Law Enforcement
Wednesday, February 3rd
You are invited to participate in this webcast event locally: St. Croix County Government Center 1101 Carmichael Road Room EOC (lower level by the Sheriff’s Office) Hudson, WI 54016 Park in the lower parking lot and use south entrance for the Sheriff's Office/Jail.
Registration opens at 8:15am
· Interpersonal Safety—Mark Sweet, Disability Rights Wisconsin
· A Word about Wandering—Emily Levine, Autism Society of SE Wisconsin
· Other Resources around Safety—Daniel Parker, DPI
· Building a Positive Relationship with Law Enforcement & What to Expect when Police Respond—Andrew Naylor & Andrew Bruce, City of Madison Police Dept.
Other sites throughout the state as well.
There is no charge for this event. No lunch will be provided. Other food and beverages will vary by site.
This event is sponsored by Department of Health Services Wisconsin Division of Public Health CYSHCN Program & Waisman Center - UW Madison and many collaborators throughout the State of Wisconsin. Registration and event contact: Tim Markle at (608) 261-6879 or email him at
Local collaborators include the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, Western Wisconsin Autism Advocacy & Consulting Center, and Project Lifesaver of Pierce and St. Croix Counties
2016 WWAACCshop Dates and Topics:
Tuesday, March 1st: "Transition: Opportunity in the Community" - This evening will feature representatives from area programs that offer opportunities for adults with different abilities. Moderated by Debbie Brennan, CESA #11 WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator, we will be joined by Fabreann Buffington, the instructor for Project SEARCH at the River Falls Hospital, Jesse Beckstrom, BRIDGE Program Director, Jim Schreiber of Plantables, and more.
Tuesday April 5th: "The Zones of Regulation" by Leah Kuypers, Occupational Therapist. The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.
Tuesday, May 3rd: "Wisconsin Behavioral Treatment for Autism: What's New in 2016"
WWAACCshop Times: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church - Children's Theater, 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, WI
Fee: Donations will be accepted at the door
Childcare: Parents can indicate a need for childcare on the registration form - please give us a few days advance notice in order to coordinate volunteers.
Refreshments will be served.
PEER GROUPS 2016
Location: The Centre in New Richmond
428 South Starr Avenue: New Richmond, WI 54017
* Monday March 7
* Monday, April 11
* Monday, May 9
*If you are interested in PEER GROUPS for your child in 2016, please contact Katie Gleason at
All Groups are facilitated by WEAP (Wisconsin Early Autism Project)
Parent/Guardian Presence Required: A parent or legal guardian must remain present during the group session.
$10/session, or $25/for 3 sessions
Wisconsin Behavioral Treatment for Autism
In December 2015, the WI Dept. of Health Services released a FAQ document developed to respond to questions families may have regarding the upcoming transition of coverage for autism treatment services from the CLTS waiver program to the new ForwardHealth Behavioral Treatment benefit:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) BY FAMILIES
We thank Dr. Temple Grandin for sharing her wisdom!
Watch Dr. Grandin's TEDTalk: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds