CARES Meetings Archive

 

In response to passage of the Combating Autism Act in 2006 (P.L. 109-416, reauthorized as P.L. 112-32 in 2011), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) developed the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) with the broad goal of enabling all children at risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) to reach their full potential. Specific objectives of MCHB's Combating Autism Act Initiative include increasing awareness of ASD and other DD; reducing barriers to screening and diagnosis; supporting research on evidence-based interventions for ASD and other DD; promoting the development of evidence-based guidelines and tools for interventions; training professionals to use valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools and provide evidence-based interventions for ASD and other DD; and improving systems of care for children and families affected by ASD and DD.

To reach these objectives, MCHB supports programs in four areas:

1) Interdisciplinary training programs including Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs;

2) Research programs including Autism Intervention Research Networks in Behavioral and Physical health (AIR-P and AIR-B); a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet); and R40 Extramural MCH Research and Secondary Data Analysis grantees;

3) State demonstration and state planning grantees; and

4) A national evaluation of the CARES efforts.

MCHB also supports two resource centers, the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) of the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP). These resource centers work closely with CARES grantees, partners, and MCHB to help them meet their objectives, ensure coordination of CARES projects, and host specific CARES grantee activities. These activities include face-to-face meetings and virtual activities that bring CARES grantees together yearly to problem-solve, share successes, and collaborate.

 

 

 
 

CAAI Meeting Archive

2017 Autism CARES Meeting: Pathways to Progress

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Monday, July 10, 2017 - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Location: Bethesda, MD

This bi-annual meeting was an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grant recipients representing research, training, and state systems change stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.

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2016 Autism CARES Grantee Virtual Meeting: Integrated, Person-Centered Approaches to Transition

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
1:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Location: virtual meeting

The 2016 Autism CARES Virtual Meeting was held virtually (i.e. through an online portal) on Thursday, July 21 as a half-day event exploring the topic of transition. During the meeting, MCHB-funded CARES legislation grantees (representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders) shared information about activities within their respective networks, discussed emerging trends, and engaged in meaningful collaboration around transition research, policy and services.

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2015 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Real World Settings

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: Bethesda, MD

This bi-annual meeting was an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.

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2014 CAAI Virtual Series

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: online

This year, CAAI grantees have an opportunity to share their successes and discuss topics of mutual interest in a virtual environment. Activities will begin during Autism Awareness Month (April) and will end with an interactive poster symposium in late July.

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2013 CAAI Meeting: Putting the Pieces Together: Improving Access, Quality, and Integration Through CAAI

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013
Location: Crystal City, VA

The May 2013 CAAI Meeting brought together individuals from the training, research, and state programs funded by HRSA/MCHB's Combating Autism Act Initiative, as well as partner organizations and supporters. Directors and key faculty from each of the CAAI grants (DBP, LEND, States, and Research) were all in attendance. NEW: Discussion notes and presentation materials from nearly every session are now available!

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2012 CAAI Webinar Series

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Monday, April 16, 2012 - Friday, August 31, 2012
Location: webinars

The CAAI Webinar series, "Research to Practice" showcased successes of CAAI grantees, connected attendees with other CAAI grantees, and informed each other of activities happening within the initiative. The series ran from April through August of 2012.

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2011 CAAI Meeting: Reflecting on Results, Building on Progress

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - Friday, January 14, 2011
Location: Bethesda, MD

This year's meeting focused on highlighting and sharing results from the past 2 years of CAAI activities. Meeting presentations and materials are available for download.

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2009 CAAI Meeting: Charting the Course, Tracking Progress  Copy to Calendar

Monday, December 7, 2009 - Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Location: Bethesda, MD

The 2009 CAAI Program Meeting was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.

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2008 Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) Kick-Off Meeting  Copy to Calendar

Monday, December 15, 2008 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Location: Washington, DC

This is the inaugural meeting for Combating Autism Act funded grantees.

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