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Easter Seals Project ACTION
Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation. (or: ESPA) Established by Congress in 1988 and funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transportation Administration, Easter Seals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities under the ADA and beyond. Project ACTION offers various resources, as well as training and technical assistance, in an effort to make the ADA work for everyone, everyday. http://projectaction.easterseals.com. View projects undertaken by AUCD members in cooperation with ESPA.

Early Childhood. Intervening early in the lives of disadvantaged children is assumed to provide the best opportunity to forestall later problems and to ready children for school and life. This assumption is bolstered by evidence that early childhood programs have produced long-term cognitive and social benefits for the children who enrolled in them. For more information, visit the Zero to Three website

Early Childhood Special Education. Special education is instruction that is specially designed to address the educational and other needs of children with disabilities, or a child experiencing developmental delays. Special education is provided free of charge through the public school system. It is available through the same law that makes early intervention services available-the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education services are provided free of charge through the public schools. For more information, visit this website.

US Department of Education. Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. www.ed.gov.

External Partners Group. The External Partners Group is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the CDC-NCBDDD in promoting child development; preventing birth defects and developmental disorders/disabilities; and enhancing the quality of life and preventing secondary conditions among people who are living with mental or physical disabilities, or a combination thereof. Visit the EPG website.

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment. The EPSDT program is the child health component of Medicaid. It is required in every state and is designed to improve the health of low-income children under the age of 21, by financing appropriate and necessary pediatric services.

EPSDT was defined by law as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA '89) legislation and includes periodic screening, vision, dental, and hearing services. In addition, Section 1905(r)(5) of the Social Security Act requires that any medically necessary health care service listed at Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act be provided to an EPSDT recipient even if the service is not available under the State's Medicaid plan to the rest of the Medicaid population. This website provides information about how EPSDT works with public health, families, managed care organizations, pediatricians, and other health providers.  

Easter Seals Project ACTION. (see: Easter Seals Project ACTION)