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House Committee to Take Action on Autism Bill

AUCD urges the Committee to Pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act

Since its enactment, the Combating Autism Act has impacted millions of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Congress must reauthorize the Combating Autism Act before September 30, when most of its provisions will expire.



New Act Early Ambassadors Selected

30 new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected from a group of highly qualified applicants to represent twenty-nine states. Ambassadors will serve as a state, territory or organizational point-of-contact for CDC's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program; support the work of Act Early Teams and other state or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and promote adoption and integration of LTSAE resources, including materials to support developmental monitoring.



'Baby Motor Milestones: Birth to 2 Years' Video

Now available from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY LEND/UCEDD)

Pediatrician Lisa Shulman shows the motor milestones expected in typically developing babies, from head control to walking and what pediatricians look for during a well-baby visit. She also explains the specific types of motor control a baby must master before the next milestone can be achieved.



2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Now Available

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.



New Resources Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path and set of resource briefs directing readers to a selection of resources about ASD screening, diagnosis, treatment, care, and impact on family life.



DSM-5 Resources

The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in May 2013, bringing with it several revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. One important change was for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classifications. AUCD's resource page on the DSM-5 and ASD includes select resources that network members have found to be helpful in understanding the changes to the criteria.



IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

On World Autism Awareness Day, IACC issued a statement regarding the implications of changes in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that were made in the most recent update of the DSM. Of particular interest are the scientific, practice, and policy implications as DSM-5 is implemented in real-world settings, especially with respect to allocation of services.



AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2008. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days that brings world attention to autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 68 children, according to new estimates from the CDC.



Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers -- Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) -- is a free, two-step screening tool used to detect children likely to have autism. It is intended for use at regular well-child checkups for children 16 to 30 months old and has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying children who could benefit from further evaluation, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. The free tool is available online in more than 45 languages.



Research Findings - Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

A new FPG Snapshot summarizes research results from a study finding that preschoolers with ASD who receive high-quality early intervention make significant positive gains during the school year regardless of the comprehensive treatment model used.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Releases New Study on Training Pediatricians to Decrease Wait Times for Autism Diagnosis in Children

A three-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University, entitled concluded that training pediatric health care providers to identify and diagnose children with autism will increase speed and accuracy of autism diagnoses.



Nisonger Center (OH UCEDD/LEND) Leads Team for Shakespeare and Autism Study

Faculty and trainees at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center UCEDD are collaborating with Kelly Hunter of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Ohio State Department of Theatre, and the Columbus Public Schools to assess the effectiveness of a drama-based autism intervention.



Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program Develops Informational Handouts in Iowa's Five Most Commonly Spoken Langages as Follow-up to "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Project

The Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program has created informational handouts available for free PDF download in the five most commonly spoken languages besides English in the state, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian, and Laotian.



AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

2013 Act Early Ambassadors in Atlanta


25 Act Early Ambassadors Selected for 2013

Ambassadors will work as community champions with programs that serve young children and their parents to improve early identification of developmental delay and collaborate with state agencies and campaign partners to improve policy and programs for early identification.

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