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Elaine Gabovitch (MA LEND), is the state team leader of the 60-plus member Massachusetts Act Early state team. She was appointed to be one of the first "Learn the Signs. Act Early" Ambassadors in the country as part of the first pilot program jointly funded by the CDC, AUCD and MCHB/HRSA. Read more to see what agencies are involved, who she has met and/or spoken before, and what the team's goals are.
South Dakota Center for Disabilities Uses Innovative Trainings in Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders
South Dakota's Center for Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Program is initiating innovative new training programs across the state using iPads and other computer-based interventions for students with ASD.
Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health Research Works in Progress Webinar Series
The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health Research Works in Progress Webinar series is a monthly webinar series open to the AUCD Network. Register now and reserve your seat! Webinar dates have been identified and topics will be announced closer to the webinar date.
From traditional topics like classroom accommodations and dorm life to hot-button issues such as disclosure and sexuality, Navigating College provides first-person insights from current and past college students on the autism spectrum.
The state of Nevada held its first Learn the Signs. Act Early summit on February 24, 2012 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The gathering was organized by Nevada LEND faculty members and their inaugural class of trainees. Read more to see who attended the summit and what the short- and long-term goals are.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an ASD, according to a new study released today that looked at data from 14 communities. Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls ? with 1 in 54 boys identified.
Six current AUCD Research Topic of Interest (RTOI) and Collaborative Research Award (CRA) investigators recently spent a full day at CDC networking and updating Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassadors, as well as staff from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) on the progress of their research activities.
Source:National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
Tele-intervention (TI) is a growing method for bringing specialized services to families of young children with hearing loss. The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) has recently released a new Tele-Intervention Resource Guide (October 2011), which reflects the pioneer efforts of six EI programs from across the country. It highlights recommended practices for conducting TI sessions and includes information about technology considerations, licensure and reimbursement, and how to ensure privacy and security. Information about a learning community of TI providers is also provided. To learn more, go to http://www.infanthearing.org/ti-guide.
Act Early Ambassadors Cohort 2: State Liaisons to the Act Early Initiative
This project strives to develop a network of state-level experts to expand the reach of "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign activities and support ongoing state awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices. One Ambassador per state will be accepted. Applications are due November 18, 2011, 12 Noon PM, ET.
AUCD's new address is: 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1000 Silver Spring, MD 20910 All phones, emails, and URLs remain the same.
Applications Due November 2, 2011
Through funding from CDC's NCBDDD, AMCHP will provide 10-15 grants of up to $15,000 each to public health entities such as: Title V, WIC, Early Head Start, Home visiting programs, or Other public health programs to 1) Integrate "Learn the Signs. Act Early." materials and messages into programs that serve parents of young children, 2) Support the collaboration of Act Early State Teams, and 3) Evaluate progress.
Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome, but also things like eye color and height. And the risk for developing depression or Alzheimer' disease. And the chances of being gay.
Jana Monaco, DC LEND, has been an advocate for newborn screening for the past 5 years in her state of Virginia and nationally. She was recently featured on WJLA news as she spoke of her part on writing a letter for the Parent Letter Project at Children's National Medical Center.
University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability staff member, Beth Dixon, was honored with the Presidential Award of Excellence, an award given annually to five staff members who have demonstrated excellence through outstanding performance in their positions and a record of dedication to, and a concern for, the University community.
Study Suggests Women with Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension May Have Greater Risk of Having a Child with Autism
Women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism, according to new research.