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Vaccine Education Initiative

People with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families have been disproportionately impacted by the ongoing public health and economic emergency caused by COVID-19. The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin believes that increasing vaccine access is a crucial step towards improving the lives of people with Autism, their families and communities as we all work towards ending the pandemic. Through its Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism Society is committed to increasing vaccine education and access.

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 COVID-19 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 COVID-19 vaccination 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 2022. 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 Lisa Ridenour at (414) 988-1266 or lisar@assew.org.


Introduction to Vaccine Education Initiative

March 29, 2022

6-7 p.m.

Virtual – Zoom


Free Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic

Greenfield Health Department

April 7, 2022

2 – 6 p.m.

The Greenfield Health Department and the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin are partnering to offer a sensory friendly vaccine clinic for individuals five and older and their families with the goal of providing a positive, supportive, and calm vaccine experience. Prior to the vaccination appointment, a social narrative and other targeted resources will be shared to help prepare participants for vaccination. Participants can expect a lower sensory environment, sensory fidgets, distraction strategies, and other individualized accommodations as needed. The clinic will offer Pfizer vaccines and boosters to eligible community members. There is no cost to you for the vaccine. Register today at City of Greenfield Health Department.


Free Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic

Waukesha County Health Department

April 27, 2022

3-7 p.m.


Free Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic

Kenosha Health Department

April 30, 2022

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Free Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic

Greenfield Health Department

May 5, 2022

2 – 6 p.m.

The Greenfield Health Department and the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin are partnering to offer a sensory friendly vaccine clinic for individuals five and older and their families with the goal of providing a positive, supportive, and calm vaccine experience. Prior to the vaccination appointment, a social narrative and other targeted resources will be shared to help prepare participants for vaccination. Participants can expect a lower sensory environment, sensory fidgets, distraction strategies, and other individualized accommodations as needed. The clinic will offer Pfizer vaccines and boosters to eligible community members. There is no cost to you for the vaccine. Register today at City of Greenfield Health Department.


Free Sensory Friendly Vaccine Clinic

Waukesha County Health Department

June 22, 2022

3-7 p.m.


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