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ICI's Fanny Fernandez and Andrea Castillo promote resources to families with autism at a community event in the Twin Cities.

Connecting Communities

ICI and its community partners participate in autism awareness events, especially in underserved communities, to encourage families to connect with critical services. Research shows that early diagnosis of autism—and action—leads to better lifelong outcomes for children with autism.

Read more about autism awareness.

Jean Hauff, college student and advocate for people who have an intellectual disability, stands near her desk at ICI.

MPR News Features ICI Program that Promotes College for Students with Intellectual Disability

Minnesota Public Radio News recently featured an ICI program and staff who promote college for students with intellectual disability. Among them are Jean Hauff, a college student and advocate, pictured near her desk at ICI. “I wanted to be able to take classes like other college students,” said Hauff, who has Down syndrome.

Read the article or listen to the broadcast.

Casey Burrows.

Sharper Tools for Cutting Bias

Autism prevalence is reported in boys at nearly four times the rate in girls. Researchers have long suspected gender bias plays a role in the disparity. Casey Burrows (MNLEND 2018–19), an assistant professor in pediatrics and a clinical psychologist at the University of Minnesota Medical School, investigates.

Read more about diagnosing autism.