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.
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.
Materials from Past Events
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
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!
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Using Video to Enhance Early Intervention Services Part 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Working with Video FilesTuesday, July 22, 2014 - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Part 1 of this series reviewed the conceptual basis for using digital video in early intervention and illustrated many ways that video can enhance a number of key practices, including assessment, documentation, planning, family support/engagement, self-reflection, and more. Part 2 will explore more technical aspects and will review a six-step process for working with video, including shooting, titling, organizing, editing, sharing, and storing video files. An in-depth resource guide will accompany the session. This webinar is presented by AUCD's Early Intervention/Early Childhoood Special Interest Group and is open to all.
AUCD Summary and Status
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.
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.
In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. This is the first time researchers have shown a definitive cause of autism to a genetic mutation. Previously identified genetic events like Fragile X, which account for a greater number of autism cases, are associated with other impairments, such as intellectual disability, more than autism.
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.