Minnesota LEND Trainees Participate in Important Autism Prevalence Project

April 15, 2014


pdf File MN Somali ASD Prevalence Project - Community Report 2013 (2,052KB) [download]

The Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project was developed to answer the question, "Is there a higher prevalence of ASD in Somali children who live in Minneapolis versus non-Somali children?" The project looked at information on children who were between the ages of 7 to 9 during the year 2010. At least one parent was required to have been a resident of Minneapolis in 2010. MN LEND faculty, staff and, trainees played a significant role in this research serving in various capacities from Principle investigator to Community Liaisons. Project activities included: Review of school and medical records; Review of the child's records by a clinician reviewer (such as a clinical psychologist) to determine if the child meets the ASD definition used in this project; Community collaboration regarding the project and its importance. This project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Autism Speaks, and it was managed through the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). The project began in July 2011, and was completed in December 2013.