Act Early Network
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:
- Act Early Forum: An email discussion forum and Act Early webinars. Click here to read more.
- Act Early Ambassadors: Early identification champions in 29 states and one organization. Click here to read more.
- Act Early State Systems Projects: Seven funded projects for improving early identification. Click here to read more.
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.
- post your resources
- learn new information from other state teams
- easy way to request or share information nationally
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.
3:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Location: Virtual Event using Adobe Connect
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the Act Early Network and attend the Act Early Network Virtual Networking Event on Thursday, April 23 at 3pm-4pm ET to gain knowledge on effective program methods and strategies that improve early identification.
Materials from Past Events
Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration OpportunitiesThursday, April 16, 2015
2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET
The Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at 2pm-3pmET.
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.
Now Archived: Act Early Forum Webinar: State Systems Grantees Program Implementation and Lessons LearnedThursday, February 19, 2015
3:00pmET - 4:00pmET
The first quarter of 2015 Act Early Webinar welcomes the Act Early State Systems Grantees to present their 2014 project implementation activities and lessons learned. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 3pm-4pmET.
The Utah Regional LEND program is tackling the problem of low identification rates for autism in children under 3 years. Within our five-state LEND, one state, Utah, has been part of the CDC/ADDM autism prevalence studies for several years. Although Utah's prevalence rate is always one of the highest, only 33% of children with autism are identified in medical or educational records before age 3. To change this statistic, URLEND trainees worked across organizational and agency boundaries to create a statewide Network for Early Autism Response.
During the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Massachusetts state team leads presented a skills-based training session on its Considering Culture in Autism Screening curriculum. This interactive, case-based training session focused on about culturally competent screening, evaluation, and referral to intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)/developmental disabilities (DD).
Deadline: June 2
AUCD is currently accepting proposals for our 2015 conference. This call for papers includes submissions for concurrent interactive presentations, concurrent panel presentations, single presentations, and posters. Read more about the format and requirements for each event on the Presentation Details page, especially noting the revamped poster session formats. Proposals are welcomed on a multitude of topics on all things disability, including but certainly not limited to advocacy, behavior supports, disability studies, employment, health and wellness, leadership development, self-determination, technology, and much more.
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.
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.
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.