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The Act Early Ambassadors from the Northeast States have news to share on the Northeast Regional Developmental Screening, Referral and Response Conference scheduled on May 21 and May 22 in Hartford, CT. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to exchange national and state information on early identification, developmental screening, referral and response strategies and time for state teams to enhance state autism plans. Each state invited up to fourteen stakeholders committed to early identification, developmental screening, and referral and response activities. Breakout sessions are woven in to the agenda to allow time for state teams to gather and identify two to four strategies and outcomes to enhance their state autism plan.
by Kate Forster, CHDD, University of Washington
When a family first receives news confirming that their child has a developmental disability, they enter a world where the challenges can seem insurmountable. While raising any child is hard, raising a child with a developmental disability brings a host of new challenges and complications. A diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example, affects every aspect of a family's life-from education, childcare, and transportation, to areas that may not be immediately apparent, such as nutrition and parental self-care. "Developmental disabilities, because of their complex nature, require an interdisciplinary approach," said Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics, and director of the UW LEND program at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). "This is why professional training programs that take an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis of developmental disabilities, such as that offered by LEND, are so valuable."
The University of Connecticut Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities sponsored a Leadership Institute in May of 2015 as part of the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC). The purpose of the institute was to bring together states who have been participating in ECPC activities on workforce development. The participating states are receiving technical assistance on the integration of the Part C and Part B/619 programs into their states early childhood planning activities.