Autism in Minneapolis: 1 in 48

By Lisa Ackerman An important new study from the University of Minnesota has been published regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results:   ASD overall rate: 1 in 48.  Another major finding is in the Somali population autism rates are 1 in 32. Here is how the study got underway: In October... Continue Reading →

Autism research funding and redundancy in spending

By Lisa Ackerman A new analysis of government funding has revealed important findings showing there has been duplication of research funding.  One report specifically addresses the spending of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC – 1.)  I found this a bit ironic – isn’t that what a coordinating committee does, monitor spending of funds?   Here... Continue Reading →

United we stand, divided we fall

By guest blogger: Ali Hoffman – TACA Volunteer Maryland The autism community is the most divided community in the world.  Some say it’s a disability, some say it’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity, and most say - that’s not my (child’s) autism.  What one group does to support families is viewed as offensive to another... Continue Reading →

IACC July 2013 Meeting Recap

By Lisa Ackerman The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) meeting happened on July 9, 2013 while I was on vacation. It has taken me too many weeks to catch up and listen to almost 8 hours of this meeting.  My sincere apologies for the time it has taken to comment about this important effort held... Continue Reading →

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