People with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families are a demographic with some of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States. The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin believes that increasing vaccine access is a crucial step towards achieve health equity for those with a Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and Neurodivergent development. Through the Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism society is committed to increasing vaccine education and access by offering educational support and an improved sensory-friendly vaccination experience.
By participating in the Autism Society of America’s Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin aims to increase community collaborations that will lead to long-lasting partnerships to increase health access and promote healthy equity.
Goals of the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin through the Vaccine Education Initiative:
- Promote vaccine education within the Autism community so that all individuals, families, and caregivers are equipped with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions
- Increase accessibility of all vaccinations to increase health advocacy within the Autism community and equip healthcare providers with the training and resources they need to cater to unique healthcare needs in the community
As part of the Vaccine Education Initiative, the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin is partnering with local agencies to host Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinics in 2023-2024. A Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic is a modified vaccination process that includes sensory accommodations, preparation materials, and an individualized experience when possible. Please see below for upcoming vaccine clinics and community presentations.
To inquire about the Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic model or to explore a local partnership, please contact us at (414) 988-1260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.