A Report on Early Intervention Services for Minnesota's Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
A report summarizing the activities and findings of a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), and conducted by the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC), to examine early intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For this project, the RTC convened and facilitated an ASD Advisory Council of 40 Minnesotans to gather diverse perspectives related to early intervention services for children with ASD; conducted key stakeholder interviews with an additional 24 Minnesotans to gather more diverse perspectives related to early intervention services for children with ASD; and reviewed and summarized the ASD plans and funding strategies of the State of Minnesota and 38 other States to identify commonalities in approaches to early intervention and effective early intervention practices. This report provides a summary of the information gathered from stakeholders and the States, as well as implications of the findings, and is intended to inform decision-making related to early intervention services for children with ASD. An executive summary of the report is available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/docs/ASDEarlyInterventionExecSummary.pdf.