The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AUCD is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASDs and other developmental disabilities. The Center accomplishes this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs (i.e., the LENDs and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs) to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
ITAC has selected five Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs to receive up to $7,000 each in supplemental funding to address priority technical assistance needs. Three projects will address trainee diversity, while the remaining two focus on the support and inclusion of family trainees and faculty.
The Winter LEND, DBP, and MCH Joint Interdisciplinary Meetings brought together grantees from around the country to exchange information and best practices; to identify and address specific interdisciplinary and disciplinary training needs; and to foster increased cross-program coordination and collaboration.