2015 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Real World Settings

Thursday, July 16, 2015- Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: Bethesda, MD

This bi-annual meeting was an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. This meeting was hosted by ITAC, in collaboration with SPHARC and HRSA-MCHB.


"Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Real World Settings"


Click here to download a copy of the full meeting agenda.

Meeting Materials

All meeting materials, including presentation slides and e-posters, are available through the free 2015 Autism CARES meeting app.  Just download the Guidebook app from the Apple Store or Android Marketplace, then search "Autism CARES" and install the guide that auto-populates.  Alternatively, you can click the banner below to view the web version of the app on your computer.

Presentation Slides

  • David Mandell (U. of Pennsylvania) - "Storming the Ivory Tower: How to Make Autism Interventions work in Schools"
  • Cynthia Moore* (CDC) - "Looking Back, Moving Forward: How Can Recent Advances in Autism Science and Programs Inform the Future?"
  • Claire Wilson (Insight Policy Research) - "Results of the Autism CARES Act of 2014: HRSA's Efforts to Improve ASD/DD Service Delivery through Research, Training, and State Implementation Grants"
  • Thomas Insel (NIMH) - "The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee"
  • Kim Musheno (AUCD) - "Federal Legislative Update"

* Presentation slides available to grantees upon request


To view electronic copies of the posters that were presented in a specific symposia, click "link" next to the topic name below.

Resulting Products

With the assistance of small group facilitators, ITAC staff compiled notes from formal discussions and turned them into informational electronic documents for grantee (and public) use.  They are posted below.

Small Group Discussion I (Identification)

The goal of this activity was to faciliate networking and peer-to-peer technical assistance around identification resources, successes, and challenges.  Participants each shared one resource they've either developed or implemented related to identification; they also discussed the biggest successes and challenges they've experienced working in this area.

Small Group Discussion II (Intervention)

The goal of this activity was to identify and collectively brainstorm solutions to critical issues across key target areas.  Participants chose a group that corresponded with an area for intervention in which they have expertise and/or interest; they worked through a series of brainstorming prompts, reached consensus on answers, and generated actional possibilities for future grantee efforts.