Sandra Christenson, pictured at center. On the left is David R. Johnson, a former director of ICI. On the right is Robert Bruininks, another former director of ICI and a former president of the University of Minnesota.

Partner Update: Hope is a Strategy

Sandra Christenson (pictured at center), a University of Minnesota professor emeritus who helped develop and lead ICI’s Check & Connect student engagement program, recently published a second edition of her handbook on student engagement research. Christenson also recently received the University’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award.

The new edition provides insight on how educational psychology promotes positive youth development that carries into students’ adult lives, beyond high school.

Read more about Christenson.

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.

Tawara Goode.

A Cultural Framework for IDD Research

We have to redefine how we think about research, Tarawa Goode of Georgetown University writes in the new issue of Impact. Culture is very important, but research often overlooks it. Culture is the learned and shared knowledge that groups use to guide behavior and interpret their experience of the world.

“We have to change how we conduct research, not just the broad themes but also the specific topics and the methods. And we must collectively possess the political will, expertise, and resources to confront and address the disparities, disproportionality, and inequities we discover.”

Read Goode's article.