Request For Applications for Act Early State Systems Grants

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

September 15, 2010


pdf File Learn the Signs Act Early RFA.pdf (325KB) [download]

Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), AMCHP will provide grants to state teams, led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Requirements: Approximately 10-15 state grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 each. All states and territories who have participated in an Act Early Regional Summit except for those who currently have received a State Implementation Grant for Improving Services for Child and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities grant are eligible to apply. The funding announcement will be released on September 15, and is due on November 3. An informational call for interested applicants will be held in late September. Grant applicants will be required to conduct specific activities related to partnerships and collaboration, implementation of activities and evaluation. Possible activities include: supporting the state team in their effort to improve coordination and awareness of early identification and early intervention services for children with ASD; collaborate with relevant partners to coordinate, promote, and implement developmental screening and early identification efforts within their state; increase public awareness by designing a system of dissemination and integration of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) campaign materials into systems of care within the state; develop and implement an evaluation plan to assess the outcomes and impacts of all outreach and education activities.

Background: The NCBDDD at the CDC launched the LTSAE campaign in 2004 to educate parents, health care professionals and child care providers about developmental milestones, and the importance of early identification and intervention for children with signs of ASD. The Summits were held in collaboration with HRSA and AUCD in 2008-2010 around the country, and furthered the LTSAE campaign by convening teams of key state early intervention leaders, including parents, state public health agencies, medical providers, educators and personnel from academic institutions. The Summits were designed to strengthen the capacity of states to respond to the increasing demand for coordinated systems to address the needs of children with ASD.

 For more information, please contact Treeby Brown or Melody Gilbert.