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CICC E-News, Issue #9.   Mar - Apr 2009

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April is Autism Awareness Month

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CICC Autism Resources

The Center for Inclusive Child Care’s website contains many resources regarding the topic of Autism. Check out the CICC’s Self-Study Courses, Info Modules, and other available resources.

Self-Study Courses Available within the Center for Inclusive Child Care's Learning Center:

Info Modules
Available within the Center for Inclusive Child Care´s Learning Center:

Or go to the website’s Resources page and find information (documents and web links).  Search by category, key words or resource type.

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Save The Date! The 5th Annual Inclusion Institute

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Together We Can!
“Create a Circle of Inclusion”

When and Where
Saturday, June 20, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concordia University, St. Paul

Opening: Take a journey with us as we explore the lives and times of three families and their experiences with inclusion!

Questions? Call 612-767-5159

Please visit the CICC website at: Registration material will be downloadable from this website in mid April.

Autism Awareness Month - special section

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Fraser’s Autism Awareness Month - information sheet

During this important time, Fraser is working to gain visibility for our county’s fastest-growing developmental disability. If you or someone you know needs services related to an autism spectrum disorder or other cognitive disability, call (612) 331-9413 or visit for information

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The Center for Inclusive Childcare logo || Concordia University, College of Education
Cindy Croft, Director || || 651.603.6265

Changing the Look of Autism

A Fraser Conference for parents and professionals of early childhood and school age children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

On behalf of Fraser, it is a pleasure to announce this important conference on June 18 and 19th providing information and strategies for those working with or parenting children on the autism spectrum. This conference will build your knowledge base and skills related to autism spectrum disorders. More information and registration materials are available.

Fraser Spring Seminar Series

A Spring series of workshops, provided through Fraser:
Inside the Child: Social and Emotional Development
Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Basic Inclusion Strategies
Supporting Sensory Preferences in Young Children

More information and registration material.

Report of the Minnesota Senate Autism Task Force

In 2008, the Minnesota State Senate established an autism task force to study and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding the growing incidence of autism and ways to improve the delivery and coordination of autism services in the state. Public forums for parents and professionals were provided to gain insight and testimony from various entities impacted by autism. The results of these forums along with surveys that were administered are still being evaluated, however a general summary of findings and recommendations has been made and is available.

Music Wins Applause for Addressing Autism

Evidence Is Slim, but Experts Say Therapy Is Valuable
By Jean Hwang, Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 3, 2009; Page HE05
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The Combating Autism Act of 2006

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006 with four major areas of funding: read the full article

Autism Resource DVD

A first-time diagnosis of autism in a child can be an overwhelming and stressful time for parents and families. My Next Steps: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Autism serves as a roadmap for parents dealing with this challenging period and seeks to provide answers to the many questions that arise during the journey from autism diagnosis to treatment. The DVD is produced by the University of Washington Autism Center and funded by Washington State legislature. Through interviews with experts and treatment providers, My Next Steps familiarizes parents with topics that are crucial in providing the best support for their child.

For more information regarding this DVD, go to the University of Washington Autism Center’s website.

New Resources for School-Age and Youth Providers

The Center for Inclusive Child Care website contains several new resources for school-age and youth providers including the updated School-Age Care Inclusion Manual and fact sheets from the Minneapolis Coordinating Board.

In addition, we have new Info Modules and Self-Studies for older children including:

Please revisit our website often as resources are being frequently added to meet the needs of these age groups.

Funding for these grant activities is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds are from federal award, Grants to States – Special Education, Preschool grants, CFDA 84.173A of P.L. 108-466 IDEA and amendment thereto.”