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ICI's Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá at left meet with visiting international scholars.

ICI Welcomes Visiting International Scholars

Several scholars from Europe, Australia, and central Asia are visiting the Institute on Community Integration as part of a broad-based exchange aimed at increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities around the globe.

The visitors, on campus for varying lengths of stay, are from the Czech Republic, Spain, Kazakhstan, and Australia, and are working with ICI’s Global Disability Rights and Inclusion program area, led by the Institute's Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá (pictured at left). Read more about ICI's visiting international scholars.

The cover of the latest Frontline Initiative showing a person walking in a park with their DSP. Both are masked.

New Frontline Initiative: DSPs Respond to COVID-19

The new issue of Frontline Initiative is dedicated to direct support professionals and all they have endured since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This issue includes stories from self-advocates, family members, health care professionals, and DSPs who saw COVID-19 infect their co-workers and the people they support. It includes helpful information on the importance of vaccines, methods to control the spread of COVID-19, and guidance for DSPs and the people they support in processing grief. Other articles include results from three waves of survey data collected from DSPs about their COVID-19 experiences, an in-depth interview with public health experts on responding to the pandemic, and stories by self-advocates on how vaccinations protect them and others. Read more about the new Frontline Initiative.

Past MNLEND fellow  Maren Christenson Hofer and her autistic son, Simon.

Sensory-friendly Vaccine Sites

Several of the Institute’s MNLEND program fellows—current and past—have played key roles in bringing sensory-friendly vaccine clinics to children and families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. 

Past MNLEND fellow  Maren Christenson Hofer (pictured with her autistic son, Simon) of the Multicultural Autism Action Network and Ellie Wilson (MNLEND 2010–11), executive director of the Autism Society of Minnesota, collaborated with several other partners to create COVID-19 vaccination clinics with quiet rooms, music therapy, a drive-thru option, and distraction techniques. Read more about the sensory-friendly vaccine sites.