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Autism Awareness Among Minority Communities: New Educational Resource Website Autism knows no race, gender, or religion. It can affect anyone, and families should have access to the resources they need to thrive in society. Featuring a simpler interface, MAAN's new website makes it easier for multi-cultural communities to access the necessary support and education they need for autistic children. One of the goals of our newly upgraded website is to provide educational resources that overcome communication barriers among minority communities in their autism education programs. For more than five years, we have worked with various service providers such as teachers, doctors, and police on how to effectively work with autistic individuals so that they can become contributing members of society and not be ostracized or isolated. Founded and operated by parents of autistic children, our organization is driven by our goal of removing the stigma of autism in society. To date, we have helped more than 300 families in the state find the help they need, and the number continues to grow! In the past year, we have sought to expand our reach by partnering up with the Autism Society of Minnesota to build the first-of-its-kind, sensory-friendly COVID-19 vaccine clinic. This has been instrumental in creating a safe environment for autistic individuals who often have anxiety about unfamiliar experiences and changes in routine. With the launch of our newly updated website, we hope to help more families with autistic children find the resources they need to thrive in society. As Board Member Maren Christenson says "Having an autistic child is not a tragedy." "Living in a world that doesn't support autistic individuals or their families, that's the heartbreak." Go to https://www.maanm n.org now.