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In addition to promoting advocacy on particular issues, Speak Up for Kids is devoted to raising awareness about topics affecting children's wellbeing.

Children with Special Needs

Children with chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional illness or condition are considered to have "special needs". Some examples include ADHD, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, deafness/blindness, diabetes, Down syndrome, heart disease, and mental health conditions.

Nearly 200,000 or 15.3% of Wisconsin children have a special health care need. Of these children:

  • More than 1 in 10 missed 11 or more days of school due to illness;
  • Nearly 1 in 10 families report spending 11 or more hours each week providing or coordinating their child's care
  • Over one-third of families currently insured report their insurance is inadequate
  • 1 in 5 report spending $1,000 or more each year for out of pocket medical expenses*

As a children's hospital within an academic medical center, American Family Children's Hospital possesses the resources necessary to provide for the total care of children with special needs. In conjunction with University partners like the Waisman Center (located across the street from American Family Children's Hospital), we can ensure that each and every child-no matter how complex their level of care-is safe, healthy, and happy.

Providing Children with a "Medical Home"

A Medical Home is an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner that is:

  • Accessible
  • Family-centered
  • Continuous
  • Comprehensive
  • Coordinated
  • Compassionate
  • Culturally effective

By integrating the medical home model into healthcare for children in Wisconsin, we can ensure that our kids receive the highest-quality, well-coordinated care as possible.

At American Family Children's Hospital, our staff is dedicated to delivering patient and family-centered care through services that is compassionate, respectful, accountable and nonjudgmental. We strive to humanize health care and acknowledge the importance of mind, body and spirit. We recognize, and try to mitigate, the vulnerability associated with illness, while creating a peaceful environment conducive to healing.

*Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. 2005/2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Needs, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health website