The fears started in 2008: That autism in Minnesota was more prevalent among Somali children. In 2009, the New York Times wrote, "Autism is terrifying the community of Somali immigrants in Minneapolis."On Monday, the U of M released the largest-ever study related to autism in the Somali community, a ... More >>
Inspired by her 2-year-old cousin, the reigning Miss Minnesota, Danielle Hooper, will go to Menomonie High School's prom this weekend with Charlie Gainey, an 18-year-old junior who has Down syndrome.SEE ALSO: Target praised for using model with Down syndrome in adHooper, 20, is a junior at UW-Stout. ... More >>
At a committee hearing Wednesday, Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) treated her fellow representatives -- and, thanks to MN House's video feed, the rest of us -- to her Very Scientific Theories on vaccines and autism. The committee was supposed to be talking about Rep. Kim Norton's bill to require insuran ... More >>
Tracy Reid's seven-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed as severely autistic in 2008. Over the next two years, he experienced huge gains through a type of treatment known as Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral Therapy, or IEIBT. Advocates say it's the closest thing to a cure for autistic children, a ... More >>
Financial chicanery goes beyond recount
Over the holidays, Target Corp. quietly did something small that is generating big praise.Without trying to draw attention to itself or the child, Target included a young boy with Down syndrome in one of its clothing advertisements. It might not seem like much at first, but the intentional, untru ... More >>
Herbert House copycatted his own crime.Herbert House, the 22-year-old man who forced a disabled woman to give him oral sex while riding the bus in February, did almost the exact same thing in August 2010.House, who's already serving five years for the first crime, was charged Tuesday with third-d ... More >>
Anthony Martin Ramos is going to jail.Anthony Martin Ramos broke down in tears the day he admitted in court to terrorizing, beating and robbing an autistic teen behind a Cub Foods in St. Paul two days before Christmas. The victim was on a shopping errand to help his mother make Christmas co ... More >>
Anthony Martin Ramos will be sentenced in May.Anthony Martin Ramos broke down in a Ramsey County courtroom yesterday, filled with remorse and sorrow after admitting his role in a truly pathetic crime: Beating and robbing a 16-year-old autistic kid of everything he had, including the ginger al ... More >>
Max Reid's treatment for autism was initially uncovered by his insurance.We first told you about the fight over Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral therapy for kids with autism in our January feature. More recently, the issue got prominent treatment in a two-part series on the cover of t ... More >>
Meet the new e.d. of Legal AidMinnesota Legal Aid has a new director: veteran attorney and former state solicitor general Cathy Haukedahl--and already, she's bracing for potential impact from the Republican budget. "The Legislative proposals indicated slight cuts for the court system," Haukedahl ... More >>
Herbert Lee House was in "the zone."Police say that a 19-year-old woman with Down syndrome who rode the Route 64 bus through downtown St. Paul last Tuesday was totally dependent on others for her well being. Herbert Lee House took advantage of that vulnerability by persuading her to perform ... More >>
Wakefield was invited to Minneapolis by Somalis families.The now disgraced British doctor who scared the world with his theory linking childhood vaccines with autism, recently spread his debunked theories to Somali families in Minneapolis. Andrew Wakefield's 1994 research paper has just been ... More >>
Mario Cortolezzis -- the father who stole from his own autism charity and was the subject of our November 24 cover story -- pleaded guilty to the scheme today in Carver County court, on all four counts of felony theft. "He really was very cooperative," says SAFER founder and Carver County Sh ... More >>
Man has a long history of schemes
www.wikipedia.comTemple Grandin gives a TED talk.Organic Valley scored a big coup for this year's Kickapoo Country Fair. The festival, which takes place July 24-25 in La Farge, Wisconsin, will host Dr. Temple Grandin as its keynote speaker. Grandin learned to cope with autism and use her uniq ... More >>
Is this what teen spirit smells like?We're right on the cusp of National Hamburger Month, and to celebrate White Castle is recruiting "special guest" employees (apparently several members of Congress have "expressed an interest" to volunteer their burger-grilling skills--I'll put in a call to ... More >>
Wednesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Is the anti-vaccine movement to blame?
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating possible causes of autism among Somali children.
The community is calling autism the "Minnesota Disease" and it's gaining national attention as a potential example of gene ... More >>
One in every 81 births here is an autistic child — twice the national average
A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address
You can say this for an autistic teen: He's not melodramatic
Willing, able--and unemployable
HUD secretary demands loyalty oath from contractors, Wal-Mart attempts to trademark smiley face, cancer-resistant mice curing cancer in normal mice, hand farting the Flintstones theme, unpublished sequels to famous science-fiction novels, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
THESE DAYS Under a new Dallas, Texas, ordinance, charities and churches will be allowed to serve food to the homeless only at approved locations. Violations will be punishable by fines of $200 to $2,000. The Federal Communications Commission has hired as an advisor an anti-pornography activist an ... More >>
Mixed Blood Theatre has won the eighth-annual Arts Access Award, a plaudit that recognizes individuals and groups that promote access to the arts for people with disabilities. In recent years the theater has staged several shows about physical and developmental disabilities, and taken aggresive meas ... More >>
Interact presents a multimedia Madeleine
A social worker acts as your matchmaker. Your parents can veto your beloved. Society wants you to stay chaste. That's dating life for people with developmental disabilities.
A new INS policy might make all the difference in the world for a child with a birth defect
Beleaguered schools, parents, and doctors are getting Ritalin Religion when it comes to medicating unruly kids.