Here’s the glass half full to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Wisconsin regularly ranks among the top 10 states in the country in providing services and support to those with neurodevelopmental disabilities. By law, your neurodiverse child qualifies for an IEP (Individualized Education Program), meaning your child will receive state-sponsored care with an educational plan designed specifically for her or him — from 3 to 21 years of age.

An educational determination is made by a multidisciplinary team of qualified school professionals and parents. Assuming the student qualifies for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), each school district in Wisconsin is required to provide a continuum of Special Education and Related Services to Children with Disabilities. Meeting with the special education director of your school district, you (and an advocate if you so desire) will draft an annual IEP, and review your child’s progress regularly, with changes made wherever needed.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is passionately dedicated to the Autism Spectrum Disorder population, and provides significant information, resources and rights guidance here. Of course, ASSEW is also always ready to support and assist our many member families and friends.