Autism is one of several Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) which are characterized by impairment in social interaction skills, communication skills, sensory development, and the presence of stereotyped behavior, interest, and activities. It is a spectrum disorder - the symptoms and characteristics of Autism can present in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe. Autism and its associated disabilities occur in approximately 1 out of every 110 individuals and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries.To date,it is not curable, but early diagnosis, intervention, and a system of supports are vital to the future development of the child.
The Northern Regional Center has worked with Wisconsin Division of Public Health on a grant project from 2008-2011 to identify resources for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Partners met several times a year in to strengthen the quality of care for children affected by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities through identification of resources, improved access to services, increased public awareness of the condition and education on treatment interventions. Local partners included parents, physicians, educators, social workers, occupational and speech therapists, Birth to Three providers, advocacy and parent support organizations, and members of the local chapter of the Autism Society of Central Wisconsin.
If you are interested in learning more about how this work continues in the Northern Region and around the state please contact us.
Resources on ASD include
A comprehensive guide to resources for Wisconsin families is available online. "Finding Your Way, A Navigation Guide for Wisconsin Families Who Have Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities" can be viewed or downloaded. If you wish to obtain a hard copy of this resource please call the Northern Regional Center at 715-261-1900 or toll free at 1-866-640-4106. The guide is also available in the Spanish language.
Interested in getting together with other parents of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders? There are a number of support groups meeting in many counties in northern Wisconsin. Find out more about the local chapter of the Autism Society of Central Wisconsin here.
Autism Day with the Experts - webcast from the Waisman Center on January 28, 2012. View the webcast with others at 212 River Drive in Wausau or view it on your own computer at this link - www.waisman.wisc.edu/events/experts For more information view this event flyer with details on the different presentations.
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