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Services for youth with autism focus of Maplewood meeting

Next public meeting is March 23 at Maplewood Public Library

3/19/2018 9:14:11 AM

For media inquiries only
Patrice Vick
The Minnesota Department of Human Services will host the next in a series of public meetings on services available through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions this month.

The meeting, specifically for parents, is set for 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Maplewood Public Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood.

The agenda is:

  • 10:15 to noon – General autism information, including information on the Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention benefit and accessing state financial help
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Break/lunch on your own
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Employment and transition services for youth ages 14 to 21 with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. This will be presented by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
“Autism services available through DHS are designed to improve social interaction, communication and behavioral skills at a critical time in a child’s development,” said Human Services Assistant Commissioner Claire Wilson. “This meeting is intended to give families the information they need to get services that support children and youth in their families, schools and community life.”

Meeting participants will have opportunities to ask questions and to inform DHS staff about challenges and successes related to autism services.

Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation or language assistance to participate in these meetings should email as soon as possible and list the type of accommodation needed.
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