A new voluntary registry for families of children with autism, the Focus in NeuroDevelopment (FIND) Registry, will provide participants information about new research and educational opportunities, community groups and other services offered in Minnesota.
The registry is a collaboration led by the University of Minnesota and is bringing together organizations serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and other community partners interested in brain development.
Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) often experience difficulties obtaining and keeping gainful employment despite their potential for work. Unemployment rates for adults with autism have been estimated to be as high as 80 percent. Because work is often a gateway to independence and there are numerous negative health consequences attributed to unemployment (e.g., depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses), employment among adults with AS and HFA is of particular concern from both an occupational therapy and public health standpoint.