Disability Hub MN

A free statewide resource network that helps individuals navigate the system. It has information about health, benefits, housing and more.

Help Me Grow 

A good resource that can connect you with your local Early Intervention program. You also can contact Help Me Grow to talk to an early childhood specialist about your child’s development. Services are free of charge. Infant and toddler early intervention and preschool special education. Content is also available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Telephone: 1-866-693-GROW (4769)

Minnesota Autism Portal

Provides the Minnesota autism community with up-to-date information and resources related to autism and autism spectrum disorder

Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs

General ASD information. 

Content is also available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. 

Minnesota Department of Human Services 

Provides services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. 

Content is also available in Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Minnesota Department of Education 

Provides support and technical assistance to local school districts to ensure a high-quality education for Minnesota’s children and youth with disabilities.

New Americans Project, Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

Provides vocational rehabilitation services to recent immigrants with disabilities. Services include help finding a job and keeping a job. http://mn.gov/deed/vrs 

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.