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Autism CARES Grantees Share Resources, Best Practices for Transition

ITAC, in collaboration with SPHARC and HRSA-MCHB, hosted the Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) Grantee Virtual Meeting on July 21, 2016. This bi-annual meeting was an opportunity for over 200 MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees - representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders - to share information about activities within their respective network, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. This year's theme was "Integrated, Person-Centered Approaches to Transition."



2016 SDBP Meeting Scholarships for DBP Trainees

Application Deadline: August 22

AUCD is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) scholarships of up to $500 each to support DBP trainees in attending the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) Meeting on September 16-19, 2016 in Savannah, GA. All current DBP trainees at any MCHB-funded DBP training program are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years.



Six Programs That Engage People with Disabilities, Family Members, and Community Professionals Awarded Supplementary Project Funds Through AUCD

AUCD is providing supplemental funding and targeted assistance to six training programs to engage people with disabilities, family members, and community professionals in innovative ways.



South Carolina LEND and Georgia LEND Collaborate at Regional Conference

The South Carolina annual regional Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Update Conference, Nurturing Developing Minds, provided another opportunity for SC LEND and Georgia LEND to collaborate in February, 2015.



It Takes a Village to Raise the Bar on Early Autism Identification and Referral

The Utah Regional LEND program is tackling the problem of low identification rates for autism in children under 3 years. Within our five-state LEND, one state, Utah, has been part of the CDC/ADDM autism prevalence studies for several years. Although Utah's prevalence rate is always one of the highest, only 33% of children with autism are identified in medical or educational records before age 3. To change this statistic, URLEND trainees worked across organizational and agency boundaries to create a statewide Network for Early Autism Response.



Developmental Disabilities and Transition

Got Transition has updated an extensive set of resources related to health care transition, including a section on Developmental Disabilities and transition.

Image: Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (report cover)


ME UCEDD, NH LEND Faculty and Trainees, and Maine DD Council Collaborate on Research Report on Healthcare Access for Individuals with ASD in Maine

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and also a NH LEND program partner; recently collaborated with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council on a research report, Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (2014).



The art of camouflage: Understanding the social behaviors of girls with ASD



MCH Navigator Self-Assessment: NOW ONLINE!

A Tool to Link MCH Trainings to Personal and Organizational Goals

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is excited to announce the launch of the MCH Navigator's NEW online self-assessment tool!



MCH Navigator: Webinar Series

Patient and Family Centered Care Coordination: Integrating Care for Children and Youth Across Multiple Systems

This three-part webinar series will provide an overview of the care coordination framework, function, and benefits for children and families across multiple care systems.



Maternal and Child Health Library History Collection Updated

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University has updated its History Collection with new items to increase access to important historical resources. We appreciate your sharing this information among your membership, staff, and grantees.



MCH-Nutrition Training Program: Grantee Information

Currently six centers of excellence are funded to provide leadership education and training for graduate-level trainees and fellows and to deliver continuing education (CE) for the MCH nutrition workforce. These centers focus on clinical and public health nutrition to improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, mothers, and their families.



Health Care Reform: What's in it for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that help improve access to coverage and care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).



New Act Early Ambassadors Selected

30 new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected from a group of highly qualified applicants to represent twenty-nine states. Ambassadors will serve as a state, territory or organizational point-of-contact for CDC's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program; support the work of Act Early Teams and other state or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and promote adoption and integration of LTSAE resources, including materials to support developmental monitoring.



'Baby Motor Milestones: Birth to 2 Years' Video

Now available from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY LEND/UCEDD)

Pediatrician Lisa Shulman shows the motor milestones expected in typically developing babies, from head control to walking and what pediatricians look for during a well-baby visit. She also explains the specific types of motor control a baby must master before the next milestone can be achieved.

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