Act Early Network

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The Act Early Network is a collaborative initiative that supports you and the work in your state to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The Act Early Network comprises three parts:

The Network is a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). CDC’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program is the foundation of the Act Early Network. For more information visit: or

Act Early Forum Resource Sharing Site

  • post your resources
  • learn new information from other state teams

Act Early Forum listserv

  • easy way to request or share information nationally

Click here to read about the Act Early Regional Summit Project.


Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Act Early Ambassadors serve as state liaisons to the Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.

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Upcoming Events

EIEC Webinar: Using Video to Enhance Early Intervention Services  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

This webinar will illustrate the many ways that digital video can be used to enhance a number of key early intervention practices, including assessment, evaluation, documentation, planning, family support/engagement, self-reflection, coaching, reflective supervision, professional development, virtual participation, and more. The session will review recommendations for equipment, shooting, file management, editing, security, and sharing video files. An in-depth resource guide will accompany the session.

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11th Annual National Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

11th Annual National Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Don't miss out on this wonderful training opportunity in sunny Florida! The National Training Institute on Effective Practices, hosted by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (UCEDD) and the Pyramid Model Consortium, provides professionals with an in depth, intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children.

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Applied Behavior Analysis: Statewide Issues and Solutions Webinar  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 PM EST - 4:00 PM EST

In this webinar, issues around the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs will be discussed including licensure, funding, diversity of practices and quality, understanding of ABA and collaboration between ABA providers and other organizations. Both Tennessee and Indiana have addressed these issues and in different ways. This webinar will highlight the processes both states have followed in trying to reach some consensus and to promote legislation in this area.

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Materials from Past Events

EIEC Webinar: Improving Child and Family Outcomes: Systems change through the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC)  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
Location: webinar

The purpose of this presentation is to describe the core components of multi-tiered system of technical assistance for early childhood personnel preparation and the role of an implementation framework for scaling up for systems change. Rationale, operations, and essential features or characteristics will be presented and described as applied to the Early Childhood Personnel Center.

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Act Early Forum Webinar Series: Stories from Act Early State Systems Grantees

Act Early Forum Webinar Series: Stories from Act Early State Systems Grantees  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Thursday, February 13, 2014

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EIEC Webinar: The Power of Parenting for Young Children with Disabilities: A Parent-Child Interaction Measurement Tool, Research Findings and Suggestions for Use  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

This webinar will present psychometric and administration information on the PICCOLO and its use as an assessment tool. The results of research using the PICCOLO with parents and children where the child has an identified disability will be presented. Information on how the PICCOLO can be incorporated into early intervention efforts will be discussed. Strategies for using the PICCOLO in practice will be described. This information will be useful to anyone interested in early intervention with families who have a child with a disability and families where the parent may have a disability. The message for the field is that common parenting behaviors, in which parents typically engage, are important predictors of later outcomes for children with identified disabilities, and these parenting behaviors need to play a more salient role in Part C services.

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Request for Information (RFI): Impact of DSM-5 Changes to Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on Research and Services

NIH released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from the scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates, family members, and other community stakeholders on the biomedical and services research implications of recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).



Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.



Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

The U.S. Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them.





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.



ASD Video Glossary

Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.



Congressional Autism Caucus Releases Report on Federal Autism-Related Efforts

U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-4), released a report describing autism-related research and service activities carried out by the US Government over the last four years. This report, which was required by the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006, describes action that the Federal Government has undertaken since enactment of the CAA, primarily in the fields of research and services. The report highlights the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and noted the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments for children with autism.


2013 AUCD Conference: LTSAE Sessions of Interest

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Thank you to everyone that attended the AUCD 2013 Conference! Materials from the Act Early Network Workshop can be found on SharePoint and presentations from the concurrent session on "Learn the Signs. Act Early." can be found on the conference website.


"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric


Click here to view and complete the Act Early Rubric for your state!


Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series:
Stories from Act Early State Systems Grantees

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"Act Early" Resource Sharing Site

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Act Early Resource Sharing Site is password protected collaborative space.  Account required to access a portal.


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