Madison WI Autism Resources

Autism Resources

The Autism Society of Wisconsin
The Autism Society of Wisconsin has many wonderful resources and links to local chapters. They maintain a very comprehensive resource directory. For information related to other behavioral therapy services and other ancillary services, please see offerings in your area by looking at the following links.

First Step Essential Resources For Families Include:

  • Compass Wisconsin: Threshold is the doorway to apply for children’s long term care support services. Contact Compass Wisconsin in order to apply for intervention programs for ASD, including Katie Beckett Medicaid, Waiver, and COP. For Columbia, Dane, Green, Jefferson, or Lafayette County call 608-263-7861 www.compasswisconsin.org
  • Department of Health and Social Services for Wisconsin 608-266-1865 www.dhs.wisconsin.gov
  • Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 608-266-3390 www.dpi.wi.gov 
  • Family Support & Resource Center (FSRC): FSRC provides in-home and community support to families in Dane County who are raising children with significant disabilities at home 608-237-7630 www.fsrcdane.org
  • Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs:  Available to answer any questions about accessing services or community resources that may be available to those living in Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green. Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk, and Vernon Counties call
    1-800-532-3321 www.waisman.wisc.edu/cshcn/

School-Based Services
Your child may benefit from an evaluation by your local school system to determine appropriate educational and therapeutic services. Contact your local school district to learn more. Additional resources are included below.

Recommended Reading
Autism Speaks also has a wonderful resource library list of books organized by various topics with links to recommendations and purchase options.

Online Developmental Resources
Below are some resources for parents and caregivers offering ideas for promoting young children’s development at each stage:

Additional ASD resources
Additional resources that may be beneficial to learn more about the disorder, how to support your child in different areas of functioning, as well as links to additional community resources include:

  • Autism Speaks website (www.autismspeaks.org). A variety of toolkits are available that include but are not limited to:
    - Sleep Toolkit
    - Challenging Behaviors Toolkit
    - First 100 Days Kit – This toolkit is especially helpful in the months following an initial ASD diagnosis.
  • Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org)
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (www.aacap.org/cs/autism.resourceenter)
  • Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) (www.feat.org)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (www.healthychildren.org)
  • The multi-site National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders promotes the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders through the development of training materials. Several online modules have been developed to provide training in research-supported strategies appropriate for use in home, school, and community settings. http://www.autisminternetmodules.org