Minnesota Act Early Team Actively Targets Culturally Diverse Communities

The Minnesota Act Early team has actively targeted these disparities in their community through outreach to culturally diverse communities. One of the primary goals has been to build both awareness and capacity within local diverse communities. The project reaches out to diverse communities to educate about screening and build expertise within communities around healthy development, the importance of regular developmental screening, early warning signs of ASD/NDDs, and early intervention.



Letter requesting General Accounting Office (GAO) report on transition services for youth with ASD

pdf File 20141118GAO.pdf [download]

Upcoming Events

CMS Guidance and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Webinar

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a guidance document related to services for those on the autism spectrum. Now it is left to individual states to grapple with what that means for each state. This webinar will feature presenters from AUCD, Easter Seals. NHeLP, and the Autism Society, and provide perspective on how one state (Connecticut) has responded to the guidance. Our goal is to provide some direction and ideas for those states still grappling with the implementation of the guidance

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HANDS in Autism Model in Practice: 3-Day Early Childhood Programming Workshop

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Join the HANDS in Autism' Team for an intensive training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated classroom/work environment. Individuals on the spectrum participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all.

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AIR-P/ATN AARC Webinar Series: Topic - RFA6 UPDATES

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m ET
Location: Webinar

February's AARC Webinar will feature three Network researchers currently conducting secondary data analyses utilizing existing AS ATN Registry data as part of AIR-P Network RFA ATN-AIR-14-06 activities. Each individual will present an update on their research activities including proposed analyses and early findings."Effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" by Nalin Payakachat, PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ; "Communication Deficits and the Motor System in ASD: Dissecting Patters on Association and Dissociation Between Them" by Maria Mody, PhD, MGHfC Lurie Center for Autism ; "Relationship Between Subtypes of Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors and Sleep Disturbance in Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Rachel Hundley, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center CME credit is available.

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AIR-P/ATN AARC Webinar Series: Topic Transition

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Monday, March 23, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m ET
Location: Webinar

March's AARC Webinar will feature Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator, discussing transition. CME credit is available for all AARC Webinars.

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Past Events

2015 AMCHP Conference: United to Build Healthier Communities

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers.

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 Live webcast of Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn about the latest advances in autism research and services and hear from a panel of experts-individuals with autism and family members. This annual event is designed to be accessible for a broad range of community members and professionals.

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  • National Disability Navigator Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify what issues are unique to consumers with autism spectrum disorder so that they can assist them as they make decisions related to their healthcare coverage.

  • Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    AUCD webinar - February 2014

    Funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program supports 10 LEND programs to increase the didactic content and clinical experience of trainees in pediatric audiology. This webinar used a combination of information from the literature, retrospective chart review of children with a dual diagnosis and feedback from family and professional focus groups to assist the learner in understanding the unique needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with an autism spectrum disorder. Red Flags for atypical communication were presented as well as information about the needs related to communication, functional skills, and integrated care models.



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.