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Data and research

National Data: 

Currently about one in 54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD has been found to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects boys more than girls according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is among the lead federal government agencies working to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, prognosis and interventions. The agency maintains an informative website about research including current data and statistics, scientific articles about key research findings, and information for families and health professionals. 

Minnesota Data: 

The Minnesota Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring network (ADDM) provides comparable, population-based estimates of ASD and other developmental disabilities across sites over time. The combined data from the various ADDM sites can help inform about:

  • Characteristics of children with ASD 
  • Whether ASD is more common in some groups of children than others and if those differences are changing over time. 
  • The impact of ASD and related conditions upon children, families, and communities in the United States. 

Minnesota Educational Data: 

Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) Data Center has information on school test scores, report cards, and other information to help parents be informed about school performance. It provides a variety of resources to aid in the interpretation of data provided by MDE. The resources include infographics, which can help interpret data. There are also overviews of reports. To help you identify which reports meet your needs, and ensure accurate interpretation of the data, user guides and practical suggestions are provided. The department also maintains a helpful site about ASD.

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