2012 CAAI Webinar Series

2012 CAAI Webinar Series

Monday, April 16, 2012- Friday, August 31, 2012
Location: webinars

Introducing the Combating Autism Act Initiative Webinar Series!

The CAAI webinar series, "Research to Practice," is designed to showcase successes of CAAI grantees, connect attendees to CAAI grantees, and highlight CAAI activities. The series runs from April through August 2012 and replaces the annual face-to-face CAAI conference. Webinars are targeted to CAAI grantees, but open to all.

All webinars have a free archive posted at the links below.


About CAAI

The Combating Autism Act was enacted as public law 109-416 in December of 2006 and it amends the existing Public Health Service Act to combat autism to research, screening, intervention and education. The Act funds activities in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). MCHB refers to their activities under the Act as the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI), and strives to enable all children, infants at risk for developing autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities to reach their full potential.

The CAAI within MCHB is centered around four areas: interdisciplinary training programs including LENDs and DBPs, research networks in Behavioral and Physical health, state demonstration grants to develop state plans to improve systems of care for children with ASD and DD, and a national evaluation of the efforts.

Objectives of MCB's Combating Autism Act Initiative:     

  • Increase awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD)
  • Reduce barriers to screening and diagnosis
  • Support research on evidence-based interventions for ASD and other DD
  • Promote the development of evidence-based guidelines and tools for interventions
  • Train professionals to use valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools and provide evidence-based interventions for ASD and other DD
  • Improve systems of care for children and families affected by ASD and DD

Two resource centers, the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) of the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP), work closely with MCHB and their CAAI partners to host the webinars and other MCHB CAAI activities.