Updated autism web portal a better resource for information
Input from parents, other stakeholders key to improvements
January 15, 2020
There is a new look and a new navigational feel to the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal (www.mn.gov/autism). The redesigned site will better equip communities, parents, self-advocates and professionals with information and tools about Autism Spectrum Disorder and its impact on family life, education and work in Minnesota.
ASD affects about one in 59 children nationwide and one in 42 children in Minnesota, according to the University of Minnesota’s Autism Development Disabilities Monitoring network, one of dozens of organizations referenced on the autism portal.
Key portal features include:
• A resource map showing locations of ASD evaluation and intervention providers throughout Minnesota
• Videos that raise awareness and understanding of ASD and services available, including real Minnesota families from African American, American Indian, Hmong, Latino and Somali communities talking about their journeys from receiving a diagnosis to accessing services and supports
• A resource list with links to topics such as health care, screening and diagnosis, research, intervention services and other supports.
• Monthly news.
First launched two years ago, the site is part of a joint effort by multiple state agencies (the Minnesota departments of Human Services, Education, Health, and Employment and Economic Development). The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota is a key partner, along with the Minnesota Department of Information Technology.
The redesign involved those state stakeholders and input from members of the Minnesota autism community.
To submit questions and content, organizations and individuals need to complete an online form. Content guidelines have been established to ensure information is appropriate.