A whole new way to engage autism

Welcome parents, caregivers, and professionals! Our new nonprofit invites your engagement in services that provide support, guidance, and education. We’re here to empower young families living with autism.

Your relationship with your child is so important to his social and emotional well being — now and throughout his lifetime. You spend the most time living with and loving your child. You have the greatest commitment to his development and lifelong happiness. But autism can make it hard to connect with your child. And because each child expresses autism in an individual way, it can be a confusing, frustrating, and time consuming process to find ways to support your child’s specific needs. We know. We’re there too.

We believe that parents are the key to lifelong success for children living with autism. It is, after all, a diagnosis that involves the whole family. Our volunteer board of directors, our writers and our presenters are all personally engaged with autism. It is this personal connection that fuels our passion for sharing, with you, what we know. We are dedicated to building bridges between research, practice and everyday life. It is at this center that engagement, true engagement, begins.

Here, families are the center. We offer education from experts,  how the latest research affects your family, and strategies that benefit your child. And we’re always looking for ways to grow. Explore with us the many possibilities of living with autism.

We’re here to help foster your child’s growth and development – and realize the joy of nurturing your child. Join our blog where we provide a place for everyone to learn and grow.

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MN Autism Benefit

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution to establish an Autism Early Intensive Intervention Benefit. Since then, the Department of Human Services has been hard at work to define what this benefit will look like and how it will be implemented in Minnesota. Using federal guidelines, DHS has called upon the expertise of key members of the autism community in Minnesota to define the benefit. As of June 1, the department has posted the results of this work and opened up the process to public comment. While part of the process included a task force of parents, CEA believes that parents need to be heard from directly. So join us next week on June 18 to get the details on this benefit directly from Anne Harrington who has led the task forces. Get your questions answered and provide your feedback directly at this presentation. Sign up here!

If you are unable to attend, you can still provide your feedback to DHS. DHS is seeking public comment to the State Plan Amendment that will initiate coverage for medically necessary Autism Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Interventions. This benefit will be available to children with autism from birth up to age 18 as part of Medical Assistance. Services include a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation, intensive developmental and behavioral interventions, parent/caregiver training and education, care consultation and thorough progress monitoring.

Submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. Central Time, July 2, 2014. After the public comment period, DHS will make appropriate changes in the plan and submit it to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. View a copy of the amendment on the DHS public participation page.


Siblings of Autism

Supporting siblings living with autism is not always easy. Issues arise whether you’re prepared or not. As a parent you want to fully support all of your children. Yet, how to do that effectively can be a mystery, which is why parents enjoyed hearing Debra Cumberland (editor of the book, Siblings and Autism) speak about her experiences growing up as a sibling of autism. The process of editing this book allowed her to talk with and explore the experiences of a wide range of siblings who span the globe and ages. The personal reflections and heart felt stories helped parents see into the inner thoughts of their children and prepare, emotionally, for issues that may arise throughout their children’s growing together.

We still have a few copies of Cumberland’s book, Siblings and Autism, available for purchase. Please contact us using the form below  if you would like a copy. We’ve been struck by what a great resource it is while being an “easy” read.

Join us for our next Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 18; The MN Autism Benefit!

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  1. Thank you for posting this and having such an amazing speaker (and her book) as a resource! Siblings and autism is a topic I field all the time as a parent coach. I’m so grateful to have CEA to refer to!

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