Act Early Network

 
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Act Early Network, a collaborative initiative that supports state efforts to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, including the:

Act Early Forum, a national community of over 800 early identification professionals and family members across the country

Act Early Ambassadors, state community change agents serving as liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

Act Early State Systems Grants, state-level systems change projects for improving developmental monitoring.

AUCD collaborates with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs to implement "Act Early" efforts supported by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

For more information, please contact Abigail Alberico, MPH, Public Health Program Manager, aalberico@aucd.org.

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Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts who promote developmental monitoring and screening and 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 or territorial 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.

Learn more about the Act Early Ambassador project >

Meet the Ambassadors >

 
 

Materials from Past Events

The Role of UCEDDs and LENDs in Workforce Development: Cross Disciplinary Competencies & Personnel Standards

The Role of UCEDDs and LENDs in Workforce Development: Cross Disciplinary Competencies & Personnel Standards  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: DC Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Second Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2017 Conference.

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Social Communication Interventions for Preverbal and Minimally Verbal Children with ASD

Social Communication Interventions for Preverbal and Minimally Verbal Children with ASD  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Behavioral interventions have been critical for improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Notable achievements include the improved numbers of children with optimal outcomes, and the larger number of children accessing the regular curriculum. Despite these gains, standard behavioral methods have had the least success in social communication outcomes. We continue to find nearly half of all children entering school without fluent, socially related communication skills. This talk will focus on the core social communication impairment in children with ASD, evaluations of this core domain and recently developed, effective interventions.

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Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As a result of the opioid epidemic impacting many states, the early childhood system will be challenged to appropriately identify and serve very young children who have been exposed to prenatal substance use. Part C and preschool special education programs will have new and different issues in meeting child and family needs. Understanding and meeting the needs of the eligible population will require partnering with other early childhood programs as well as providing training and support for the professionals who will serve the family.

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News

 

8/28/2017

UW-Madison Supports Scholarship Fund for Children with Special Needs (WI UCEDD/WECP)

The Athletic Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison designated the Waisman Center's Early Childhood Program as the recipient of proceeds from the Spring Football Game in April. Game receipts were directed towards the Scholarship Fund to provide tuition assistance for children enrolled in WECP, an inclusive program for children ages 1 through 5 located in the Waisman Center's UCEDD.

 
 

6/27/2017

GU Certificate in Early Intervention Celebrates 5th Successful Year! (Georgetown UCEDD)

The GU Certificate in Early Intervention program honored the students who completed the 2016-2017 s program with a gala luncheon on June 16, 2017. The event was part of a day-long conference hosted by the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

 
 

4/26/2017

Better Hearing and Speech Month Coffee Break Webinars

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! In celebration, OSEP's Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year's theme "Communication: The Key to Connection." Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to raise awareness about the critical need to intervene early when young children are identified with communication disorders. The Coffee Break Webinars will focus on raising awareness about the use of assistive technology and the importance of frequent hearing screenings. Please join the Coffee Break webinar series to learn more about assistive technology and hearing screening. There is no pre-registration to join the webinars.

 
 
 

Resources

 

4/20/2016

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, IowaChildHealthConnections.org. 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.

 
 

12/17/2015

Now Accepting Applications for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-2018 Ambassador Program

AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for the 2016-2018 cohort for the Act Early Ambassadors: State, Territorial, and Tribal Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program. Please see the Act Early Ambassador Program overview below and the request for applications (see attached .pdf document) for detailed information. Please feel free to share the RFA with your colleagues who may be interested and qualified.

 
 

12/15/2015

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassadors Expand the Reach of the Campaign

Since May 2015, the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors distributed a total of 69,841 materials, and this is a 99.4 percent increase compared to the overall total of 39,984 materials distributed from June 2014 to November 2014. From December 2014 to April 30, 2015, approximately 12,868 target audience members have been reached. The Act Early Ambassadors reached 1,097 family service providers, 1,855 health care professionals, 4,272 early care and education providers, 5,571 parents of young children, and 25 media outlets. Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials are available in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Somali. Visit the Learn the Signs. Act Early. website to view and download these materials.

 
 
 

Act Early Network News

Read the latest issue of the AEN News to learn about "Learn the Signs. Act Early." success stories, lessons learned, updates, announcements and more!

Read the Summer Issue, 2017

Subscribe to Act Early Network News by joining the Act Early Network listserv, actearly@lyrisvs.aucd.org. To join the Act Early Network listserv, send an email to

aalberico@aucd.org.

 
 

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


"Improving Early Identification and Intervention for Children at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder" on August 2, 2017 at 2p-3p ET

Register for the webinar!

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

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