The Waisman Center is committed to providing high-quality services to children and adults with autism and their families.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs social interaction, communication, and behavior. It affects approximately one out of every 54 children.
The scope of the Waisman Center’s autism-related activities continues to expand as we actively pursue research into the causes, consequences and treatments of this complex disorder.
We are uniquely positioned to make major advances in the understanding of autism through our multidisciplinary approach and expertise in effectively combining research, training, service, and outreach programs under one roof.
The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides diagnosis and clinical care for children with or at risk for a developmental disability including autism spectrum disorders.
The mission of the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is to support the full inclusion and self determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Autism is a major area of focus.
WISADDS is a multi-source public health surveillance project that monitors the prevalence of autism spectrums disorders (ASDs), cerebral palsy (CP), and co-occurring intellectual disability (ID) in 8-year-old children within a 10-county area in southeastern Wisconsin.
Since 2004 the annual Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism has featured presentations about advances in autism research and answers to audience questions. Visit the archives page to view past presentations and download handouts.
The Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD) meets as a statewide group three times a year and then practice groups will meet throughout the year to further their action steps. View videos of past presentations and PowerPoints.
Studies Currently Recruiting
Waisman Autism News
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critically important goals for the Waisman Center and UW Madison.
Four Waisman Center investigators will dig deeper into the function of genes implicated in autism and brain development with support from the prestigious Simons Foundation 2022 Pilot Award.
NIH Awards $10 Million to researchers at UW-Madison and the University of Utah for landmark study on aging in autistic adults
Recent studies suggest that older adults with ASD may have shorter life expectancies and more physical and mental health difficulties than the general population. A new, landmark longitudinal study of aging and autism hopes to better understand how differences in aging may impact the health outcomes of individuals with ASD.
Un vistazo al nuevo programa de terapia de autismo grupal del Waisman Center Por Emily Leclerc, Escritora Científica, Waisman Center Nota: Lizzie Oster prefiere que se refieran a ella como persona autista en lugar de …
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Oster was 16 when she was diagnosed with autism. Most autistic people are diagnosed young, typically between the ages of four and five according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and can start treatment and therapy early. For Lizzie, this wasn’t how it went.
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Autism-Related Research at Waisman
- Adolescence and adulthood
- Brain imaging
- Family outcomes
- Health and Aging
- Molecular basis of ASD
- Quality of life
- Speech, communication and language
Resources & Services
Research Participation | 800.965.9205; 608.263.5192; firstname.lastname@example.org; Participate in Research
The Waisman Center’s Research Registry links individuals and families to research projects at the Waisman Center. The Waisman Center maintains a confidential registry of families and individuals who would like to be contacted about upcoming research projects. Enrollment in the Research Registry does not obligate an individual or family to participate in any study.
Community Outreach for Children with Challenging Behaviors | 608.265.9438; cow.waisman.wisc.edu/ties
Community Training, Intervention and Evaluations Services (TIES) is an outreach program for children and adults with developmental disabilities who present various challenging behaviors, including withdrawal, aggression and self-injury. The mission of Community TIES is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that insure continued participation in the community. TIES provides counseling, crisis response, psychiatric consultation, parent education and support, and training for personnel and program consultation in local human service agencies. Directed by Josh Lapin, MSW, and funded by Dane County, this program maintains an active caseload of approximately 250 children and adults in Dane County.
Well Badger Resource Center | 800-642-7837; text: (608) 360-9328; email@example.com; https://www.wellbadger.org/
When you have questions about health and social services, figuring out where to go when you need help can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier. Well Badger Resource Center is your one-stop connection to community, social, health, and government programs — a place to find what you need, when you need it.