MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — National health groups are joining a study into autism rates among Somalis living in Minneapolis.

The advocacy group Autism Speaks said Tuesday it will collaborate on the study with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Autism Speaks is contributing funding to the investigation. It’s expected to start early this year.

In 2009, the Minnesota Health Department found that young Somali children in Minneapolis public schools are over-represented in autism programs. But state health officials cautioned that the finding doesn’t necessarily mean a higher rate of autism among Somalis.

Idil Abdull, a Minneapolis mother of an autistic child, asked last October for a systematic investigation into autism rates among Somali children living in Minnesota.

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Comments (7)
  1. Kevin says:

    Oh good….say good bye to more of your money. In fact just open your wallet and start handing $20 bills to every Somalian you see…..Good God will it ever stop?

    1. Somali Autism Mom says:

      I think you either mean spirited or confused. When a research is being done on innocent children that were born right here in MINNESOTA is not like giving money to Somalis. We did not come here with autism – our kids that were born here got autism and if the US gov’t is going to do research that is the very least it can do. Would you have made this hurtful comment if we were from Europe and Minnesota gave our children autism?
      Shame on you for your racist and worthless remarks.

      1. Betty says:

        How exactly did Minnesota give your children Autism? I hate to break it to you, but it was your genetics that gave your children Autism. If you lived in Somalia your kids would still have it, but it would not be diagnosed. You may think Kevin’s comments are ignorant, but your comment was just as ignorant.

      2. Idil says:

        I suggest you find out first how autism is effecting American children born in Minnesota to Somali parents when compare to Somali children born in Somalia.
        Thanks for the comment but please get your facts first.

  2. insignificant says:

    anyone intesested in the cause of autism needs to search into one Doctor Andrew Wakefield,from England,who is under fire constantly from mainstream media and mainstream doctors,for his researches into the causes of this prevailent desease…his findings so far(the research is ongoing),reveal causitive effects from vaccines,having to do with the gastrointestinal tract that effects the brains in very young cildren…check it out!

  3. insignificant says:

    perhaps this media news out let could do some research themselves and put this guy on,but most unlikely,as they are more concerned with worthless news ,like, last nights showing of Elton John and his man-wife with their new little baby…yikes ,amd ughhhhh!!!!!

  4. Idil Abdull says:

    First of all in Somalia autism would be diagnosed if it were hitting us the same way it is now which is mostly classic and severe end of the spectrum. And since you have no idea about our community, I ask that don’t assume. We are an oral society and our children born in Minnesota yes Minnesota have autism that is making them non-verbal. So, please don’t insult us by calling us ignorant when you have no idea of our pain and challenges.

    Idil – Somali Autism Mom

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