The Arc Minnesota

The Arc Minnesota offers advocacy, community outreach, education, and support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

CDC Materials

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 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

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

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.

Key Terms

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.

Confidence interval

A confidence interval gives an estimated range of values which is likely to include the information (e.g., prevalence) that we want to know about.  The interval is a range of values that you can have confidence contains the true value in the population. There are different levels of confidence intervals; the most common is 95%. With a 95% confidence interval, we say that we are 95% confident that the value in our population will be included in our interval.  5% of the time, it will not.  So, we could say, “We are 95% confident that the prevalence of ASD in 8-year-olds in our surveillance area was between 21 and 27 per 1,000 children in 2014. Larger samples typically have smaller confidence intervals.  Smaller samples usually have bigger confidence intervals.

Developmental delay

A developmental delay is a persistent delay experienced by a child in reaching one or more developmental milestones—how children grow, move, communicate, interact, learn, and play.

Intellectual disability

Intellectual disability means that a person has difficulty learning at an expected level and functioning in daily life. In this report, intellectual disability is measured by intellectual quotient (IQ) test scores of less than or equal to 70.

IQ Test

A standardized psychological test or tool used to measure an individual's overall “intelligence quotient” (IQ). These tests often measureproblem-solvingg skills across a variety of domains.


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.

Statistical significance

The likelihood that a relationship between two or more variables is caused by something besides random chance.