Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy

New Research from IDDRC Network

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age.



VKC TRIAD (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Supports Community Organizations in Welcome and Inclusion

The Organizational Engagement Program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) is an innovative partnership with community cultural and civic organizations that works to promote full inclusion of children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.



Talk with Pediatric Dental Students (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Lisa Latten, Family Advocacy Fellow at SCDD/LEND in Rochester NY recently spoke to Pediatric Dental students at University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center about the importance of including families in treatment plans. Lisa is the parent of a child with autism, and a Family Navigator at the Kirch Developmental Center at SCDD.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator's Gene Mutation Discovery May Hold Autism Clues

Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified what may be a genetic "smoking gun" for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - a mutation in the gene for the critical neuronal protein CaMKII.



HANDS in Autism Intensive 3-Day Transition and Vocational Programming Workshop (IN UCEDD)

HANDS in Autism will be conducting a series of Intensive 3-Day Programming & Workshop events over the next few months. Our intensive training focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all. While the program includes traditional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased knowledge and skill of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each individual, workplace, and/or intervention team through hands-on application and learning.



  • UW LEND Builds Capacity of Primary Care Providers who Manage Children with ASDs

    The University of Washington LEND plays a critical role in supporting regional primary health providers who care for children with ASDs and their families. On October 10, 2015, the UW LEND collaborated with the Washington Department of Health Title V Medical Home Parent Partnership (MHPP) and the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA) to offer a CME (7.75 hours) conference for primary care providers titled, �Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in your Practice: Practical Strategies�. Achieving geographic reach across the state, 120 participants from all 39 counties filled Seattle Children�s Hospital Wright Auditorium for a day of exceptional, evidence-based learning.

  • New Dynamic Website Focuses on Total Child Health for Iowa's Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, their Families, and Providers

    The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) collaborated with Iowa�s Systems Integration Grant to create a new robust website, This dynamic website focuses on total child health for Iowa�s children and youth with a special health care need, their families, and the providers who care for them.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs 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. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.