The Arc Minnesota
The Arc Minnesota offers advocacy, community outreach, education, and support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
There are many easy to access and free materials available for you to view and print out, or order. Please print or order them for both your own use and for sharing them to help spread the word. While these materials are helpful and educative, please note that they are not a substitute for validated and standardized screening tools.
Center for Inclusive Child Care
The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a centralized, comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings. They provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and consultation to a variety of people including professionals and parents in order to successfully include and retain children with special needs in community childcare.
Considering Culture from The Massachusetts Act Early Team
The Massachusetts Act Early team has developed the materials for pediatric clinicians and community health center providers to use when conducting autism screening with children from families whose primary language is not English. These free materials may be downloaded and printed for use in practice.
Hmong LTSAE Materials
This Hmong LTSAE webinar is designed for professionals who are interested in learning more about culturally specific and relevant strategies for working with Hmong families with young children. Cultural views of disability and child development will be discussed. Resources and materials from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” will be highlighted.
PACER Center provides tons of opportunities to improve the quality of life for children and their families affected by disabilities. This organization was created by parents of children with disabilities in order to help other families who have children with disabilities. They provide assistance and advocacy for families, workshops, and materials for both parents and professionals, and more.
Parent Aware gives you the tools and information to find the best quality child care and early education for your child. You can find child care and early learning programs near you!
Somali LTSAE Resources
The Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project was developed to answer the question, “Is there a higher prevalence of ASD in Somali children who live in Minneapolis versus non-Somali children?” The link includes a community report on findings. This resource also includes links to Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials translated into Somali as well.
- Autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life (1). ASD includes former diagnoses of autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger disorder. These diagnoses were collapsed into the single category of ASD in 2013.
Prevalence is a scientific term that describes the number of people with a disease or condition among a defined group at a specific period in time. Prevalence is usually expressed as a percentage or proportion of the defined group. For this project, we counted the number of 8-year-olds in 2014 who were identified with ASD and then divided that number by the total number of 8-year-olds in our surveillance area during 2014.