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Welcome to the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal

This website was created as a result of a joint state agency effort involving the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has served as a key partner as this website has been designed and developed with the assistance of the Minnesota Department of Information Technology (MN.IT). It is the hope of all involved that this website will help the Minnesota autism community connect, share and learn together.


Purpose of this website

The purpose of this website is to provide the Minnesota autism community with up-to-date information and resources related to autism and autism spectrum disorder. Content will be collected from a variety of sources, such as nonprofit organizations, state and federal agencies and other autism-related organizations. Further, other sources include online magazines and newspapers, research organizations and autism-related websites. Multimedia will also be collected. If you look in our multimedia gallery, visitors will find videos from places like YouTube, Vimeo and other video sources.


Audience 

This website is designed to serve a broad audience. The target audience of this website would be:

  • Youth and adults with autism
  • Parents
  • Social service professionals
  • Stakeholders
  • Employers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Educators

Key features

There are a number of key features of the website. The first is the resource map. We are collecting information on Minnesota organizations and their locations and loading them into a Google map so you can find organizations in your area. Another feature will be our event calendar. This calendar will display a wide variety of Minnesota events related to autism complete with information and links to event webpages. This is a great resource to stay on top of what is happening in Minnesota. There is also a general resource page with a collection of links to organizations, tools and information that can help families, professionals, stakeholders and individuals with autism learn more about topics that impact the autism community. The final feature is the content, event and resource submission form.


Call for participation

Despite this public launch, there is still a great amount of work to do. Launching the Minnesota Autism Resource website is an attempt to bring attention to this site and to ask for the assistance from the autism community. For websites, content is what drives success. 

To continue to bring current information to the Minnesota autism community, the strategy is to “crowd source” content. This means that the 

community is the main driver of content. Organizations and institutions, families, professionals and individuals with autism can use the submission form to share articles, events and other online information with the rest of the autism community. If submissions meet the posting criteria for content, it will be shared with the rest of the community. Are you an organization wanting to alert the community of an event, webinar or conference? Let us post it on our event calendar. Are you a family support group wanting to connect with other families or share an article you found helpful? We can post it. All content must meet our posting criteria.

If you have technical issues with the website, use the technical support form or if you have general suggestions about the website, please use the idea submission form. Both are located on the footer section of this website.


The future 

The Minnesota Autism Resource website was designed to help people connect with current information in the autism community. The website will continue to add content, add new features and evolve. The partners that have worked on this project are excited about the potential impact it can have on the autism community. It is our hope that this website will be a tool that give people a place to learn and share. We look forward to continuing to serve the Minnesota autism community in the years to come.

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