Free community autism events for everyone!
April 1st at 3pm – Autism Acceptance Month Self Advocate Panel
Kick-off Autism Acceptance Month with the Autism Society of America in a Facebook Live episode featuring autistic self-advocates, Anthony Ianni, Chloe Rothschild and Kris Guin, who will discuss the importance of acceptance and building an inclusive society.
April 2 at 4:00 PM – Virtual Panel with Cast of the hit tv show Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
Join the Autism Society of America as they host a virtual panel with the cast on facebook live. The stars will discuss how they celebrate differences for Autism Acceptance Month, and dish on their characters and future episodes. The cast will also offer a sneak peek into Season 2, which will air on Thursday, April 8th.
April 7th at 6:00 pm – Advantages of Autism with Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, celebrated animal science professor, bestselling author and autism activist, will share her thoughts on the advantages of autism, the problem with labels and how the pandemic has affected individuals with this condition. We’ll conclude this session with a dynamic Q&A, so be sure to come with questions! ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided for this event.
This event is sponsored by the Abilities Business Resource Group (ABRG) Advisor at American Family Insurance and the DreamBank.
April 7th at 6:30 pm – Mom’s Night Out
Autism Society of South Central WI’s informal support group for moms of kids on the spectrum. This group meets month on the 1st Wednesday.
April 8th at 12:00pm – What You Need to Know About the Autism Societies of Wisconsin
Tim Markle, Director of the Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN will be joined by Kirsten Cooper, Kirsten Engel, and Emily Levine —the executive directors of the three Autism Society affiliates serving Wisconsin. We will be talking about Autism Acceptance Month, inclusion, community and how they make a difference in Wisconsin.
April 14 @ 1:00 pm – Disability, Gender, and Race
Join us for a special coffee talk featuring expert speakers exploring the intersections of these 3 topics.
This event is hosted by AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) .
April 15 at 6:00pm – Autism and Suicide
We know a diagnosis of Autism does not protect our children or ourselves from mental health challenges, including suicide. Join Megan Farley, PhD, as she shares information about Autism and Suicide. Learning objectives: 1) Recognize signs of suicidality in a person with ASD. 2) Identify current prevalence of ASD and suicide. 3) Describe interventions to help a person with ASD cope with suicidality.
April 19th at 12pm – INTerDEPENDENCE film screening and discussion
Join us for a watch party followed by a question and answer session with the film director, Greg Jeschke, and one of the featured adults, Nicki Vander Meulen.
Event hosted by the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin.
April 20th at 12:00pm – Autism 101 for parents Facebook live
Join Tim Markle and Jennifer Moore, parents of children on the spectrum, as they present Autism 101 for parents. This will be a Facebook Live presentation and will take place on the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin’s Facebook parents group. Tim and Jenn will provide a brief overview of Autism and then open it up for questions after the presentation.
April 22nd 12:00 – 12:45pm – In My Own Words
Tim Markle, Director of the Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN will be joined by Scott Allen to discuss Scott’s experience in growing up with Autism.
April 28 1:00pm – Celebrating Neurodiversity
This coffee talk will showcase a parent discussing the importance of taking a lifespan approach to supporting independence and individuality in autistic individuals. The latter half of this event will feature an opportunity for participants to join autistic-led breakouts exploring tangible steps we can all take to better elevate the voices of autistic individuals.
This event is hosted by AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center
April 29th at 6:00pm – Autism 101
Autism 101 is a free workshop for parents, family members, caregivers and members of the community who are interested in learning more about autism. The session will be led by members of the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin’s education committee who have children on the spectrum. The session will consist of a half hour overview of autism followed by a half hour for questions & answers.
More autism related information can be found at the following websites
- Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin https://autismsouthcentral.org/events/
- Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs https://cyshcn.waisman.wisc.edu/
- Autism acceptance resources https://autismacceptance.com/
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network https://autisticadvocacy.org/