Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force to Meet

North Dakota’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force will meet Monday, June 30, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Central Time) using eight video conference-equipped meeting sites across the state.
Advocates, parents, the public, and other interested individuals are invited to participate in the meeting from these locations: • Bismarck – N.D. Department of Human Services • Dickinson – Badlands Human Service Center

Agenda items include updates on the Consensus Council’s Autism Group, and the Support Autism in North Dakota grant administered by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University. The N.D. Department of Health will provide an update on the Autism registry, and the N.D. Department of Human Services will give an update on the Autism waiver, voucher program, and upcoming fall N.D.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference. The N.D. Department of Public Instruction will give a State Education Autism Guidelines update. Task force members will review the 2010 N.D. Autism Survey, and will discuss parent training, and the task force’s ongoing Autism Plan development efforts.

The task force was created by the legislature in 2009 to examine early intervention and family support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to help them remain in their homes and communities. Task force members are appointed by the governor and include representatives from the mental health profession, developmental disabilities system, and state agencies; legislators, educators, and family members of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. JoAnne Hoesel, director of the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division

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