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: www.cdc.gov/ActEarly or ActEarly@cdc.gov.

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

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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Materials from Past Events

Patient Care if Motor Delay is Identified: Do you know the "Red Flags" to look for?  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: webinar

This session will cover the care coordination and co-management of children who have or may have a Neuromotor diagnosis.

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Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act

Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
Location: Webinar

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<br>45th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition


45th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Connect with Autism: Learn and Earn CEUs, Network with over 1000 advocates, individuals with ASD, providers and professionals!

This is one of the largest autism conferences in the United States with over 1,000 attendees close to 100 exhibitors and 100 speakers. Earn CEUs and network with professionals, service providers, and individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. See conference schedule here and register today!

Follow us on social media to receive updates and special content leading up to and during the conference by following hashtag #connect2autism!

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News

 

8/11/2014

Autism CARES Act Summary

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 4631; S. 2449) will reauthorize the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years.

 
 

7/31/2014

Autism CARES Act Passes Senate

Late on July 31, the Senate passed the Autism CARES Act by unanimous consent. The bill now goes to the President for signature.

 
 

7/17/2014

Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration

A new report, Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration (July 2014) finds that all three enhancements had positive impacts on teacher practice and on children's social-emotional outcomes during the preschool year, although in varying degrees and not necessarily in the expected ways. The report was published by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 
 
 

Resources

 

3/3/2014

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.

 
 

3/2/2011

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.

 
 

1/11/2011

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.

 
 
 

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!

 

 
 

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series:
The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act

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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.

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

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

 
 

"Act Early" listserv mailing list

Listserv mailing list an easy way to request or share information nationally.

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MCHB Combating Autism Act

 
 

NCSL Autism Legislation Database