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By Elizabeth Gorman
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Short yellow school buses deliver children with special education needs to Minneapolis public schools every weekday morning. As students arrive at the elementary school where I work part time, I can't help but notice something about the autistic kids as they climb down the buses' steep steps: Almost all are Somali children.
Autism is a developmental disorder that doesn't discriminate against race or class, and it is on the rise in the United States. But in Minneapolis, the mysterious disorder appears to be zeroing in on one of the city's newest communities: First generation U.S.-born Somali-speaking children in Minneapolis schools are disproportionately identified as having autism.
"We're definitely seeing it, and something is triggering it," said Dr. Chris Bentley, director of Fraser, a nonprofit in Minneapolis that assists autistic children and their families.
Bentley is helping organize an unusual forum next month to discuss the issue. Members of the Somali community, autism advocates and officials at the state departments of health, education and human services have been invited to attend. "This is something we're looking at first in Minneapolis and then in St. Paul, but this is a much bigger issue than that," she said, suggesting that studying what's going on in the Somali community in Minneapolis may provide clues to understanding the causes of autism.
If you're unfamiliar with our program, let me welcome you to our blog. This is where you'll find the latest news and announcements about the Colorado Refugee ESL In-home Tutoring program, as well as teaching tips and cultural information for tutors.
If you think you would like to volunteer, please visit our regular Website for more information: http://www.refugee-esl.org/. That site has all of the details about our two volunteer programs, and you can find an application to print out, as well. We regret that we do not have any in-home tutoring positions for men at this time.
Typically, new-tutor trainings are offered once every quarter in the calendar year. Inservice training sessions take place throughout the year as needed.
At this time and for the foreseeable future, the overwhelming majority of our students live near Colafx and Yosemite Streets (just north of Lowry), or in central Aurora (near Colfax and I-225), with a few others interspersed in Glendale. Please keep this in mind if you are considering joining our program as an in-home volunteer tutor.
Our demand for tutors always far exceeds the number of people who are available, so if you think this is the program for you, please visit our Website and then send us an email or give us call. We hope to hear from you soon!--Sharon McCreary, Volunteer Manager
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