Autism and disorders on the autism spectrum reflect a wide range of disabilities and symptoms affecting more than one million Americans. Autism affects individuals from all backgrounds.
I have worked with city staff to support programing that better informs the public about the nature of autism, to encourage early diagnosis and treatment, and to celebrate the unique talents of individuals – including children – living with autism. I’m proud of our work with the community to foster awareness, education and collaboration, for the purpose of connecting parents who have autistic children to important resources and services. Last year, my Office pushed for city funding to help parents and we succeeded when $20,000 were placed on Minneapolis’ budget to promote autism awareness and help funding support groups.
The City also launched a program last month with the Minneapolis Fire Department to help track down missing children and vulnerable adults. The SafetyNet Tracking Systems program provides bracelets with unique digital ID numbers and frequencies that fire trucks can detect. For more information about this amazing program, please call 311.
I am committed to empowering families facing autism by working and partnering with organizations and continuing outreach, education, and collaboration, for the purpose of connecting families with resources and services.
Click here to learn more about how Autism impacts the Somali community in Minnesota. This is a great article from the Minnesota Daily.
So much to be thankful for. May you and your families enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving celebration.
Strengthening Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Laws in Public Accommodations
The Council approved a Public Accommodation Anti-Discrimination Enforcement Resolution introduced by my office.
The City of Minneapolis has a long history of furthering anti-discrimination in public accommodations. But when the public accommodations ordinance was enacted in the late 60s, discrimination looked very different. Today, alleged discrimination action ranges from refusal of entry to refusal of service. Today, discrimination is less conspicuous. In the City’s most recent resident survey, 13% of respondents indicated they had been discriminated against while getting service in a restaurant or store.
Because currently there are no single charging parties regarding all of these various discrimination mechanisms, this resolution allows the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights not only investigate and enforce the law but also go out and educate businesses about their rights and obligations to consumers and also educate customers about prohibitive behavior and recourse.
City staff will hold listening sessions Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 to educate the community at large about protections against discrimination. Members of the community can also learn about their legal right to file a complaint of discrimination. Check www.minneapolismn.gov/
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