Crowdsourcing allows community to contribute content
The Minnesota Autism Resource website is now available for youth and adults with autism as well as parents, teachers, social service and health care professionals and others to get and share information about autism spectrum disorders and related conditions (ASD).
“This new website is just one part of our commitment to improve autism services in Minnesota,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “We want Minnesotans interested in autism to have the opportunity to connect with one another, share and learn about autism, and access our state’s services and supports for people with autism. Community participation will drive the website’s success.”
A key strategy for the Minnesota Autism Resource website is crowdsourcing content, where individuals and organizations submit content for posting on the website. This is a way to keep the website continually growing and evolving based on community needs and input.
Other key features of the website include a map showing locations of Minnesota autism-related organizations; a calendar of autism-related events; links to organizations, tools and information with info on a variety of autism-related topics; a job board where autism organizations can post employment opportunities; and a multimedia gallery with autism-related videos.
To submit content, suggest ideas for the website or ask questions, organizations and individuals need to fill out a form in the Contact Us section on the site. Content guidelines have been established to ensure content is relevant and not in any way promotional, political, discriminatory or offensive.
The website, funded by the Minnesota Legislature at the recommendation of the state’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force, was developed in a collaborative effort between the Minnesota departments of Human Services, Education, Health and Employment and Economic Development.