A young Black woman, casually dressed, smiles at the camera. Superimposed on the photograph are the logos of ICI's RTC on Community Living and New York State's Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Announces $2.5 Million Partnership with ICI

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has entered into a three-year $2.5 million partnership with ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living to evaluate the agency’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) workforce development projects. The agency has dedicated much of its ARPA funding to the direct support workforce shortage and wants to measure the success of its investments.

Read more about the partnership.

Infographic showing the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 8-year-old children in Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties. The infographic shows that 1 in 34, in other words 3 percent, of these children have ASD.

As part of CDC report, UMN researchers find that 1 in 34 children were identified with autism in the Twin Cities metro area

A report by the Minnesota-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (MN-ADDM) at the University of Minnesota identified 1 in 34 (3.0%) 8-year-old children as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minnesota. The report relied on 2020 data from 16,150 children in parts of Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties.

Minnesota is part of an 11-state network funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found that, on average, 1 in 36 (2.8%) children were identified as having ASD in communities where prevalence was tracked by the ADDM Network in 2020, an increase from 1 in 44 in 2018. This estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in parts of 11 states and does not represent the entire population of children in the United States.

View the key findings at https://addm.umn.edu.

Cover photo of the new issue of Impact. It shows a Black couple at home with their daughter.

New Impact: Engaging Diverse Communities

What, exactly, is cultural competence in a research context? How can we better engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of research into social inclusion and belonging and other important aspects of community life?

This issue in the Impact series highlights critical disability research questions posed at the Institute's recent State of the Science meeting. The issue is also available in Spanish.

Read more about the new Impact.