AUCD Applauds Congress' Passage of Autism CARES Act

AUCD applauds Congress' passage of the Autism Cares Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill to expand research and coordination, increase public awareness and surveillance, and expand interdisciplinary health professional training to identify and support individuals with autism and their families. Passage of the bill, which occurred by voice vote, has been championed by Senators Enzi (R-WY) and Menendez (R-NJ) and Representatives Smith (R-NJ) and Doyle (D-PA), which reauthorizes CARES programs at NIH, CDC, HRSA, and IACC over the next five years.



2020 Intensive Summer ASD Training for School Personnel, Community Service Providers, Administrators and Consultants Working with PreK-12 Students with ASD and a Range of Disabilities

Register early for the HANDS in Autism' Week-Long Intensive Summer Training for School Personnel. While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is on increasing participant knowledge and skill towards the process of making effective programming decisions for individuals with ASD and related disorders through hands-on application and coaching. Designed for school personnel, community service providers, administrators and consultants working with preK-12 students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.



Call for Participation: Michigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN) Caregiver Support Project

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University is proud to announce The MIchigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN) Caregiver Support Project. MI- OCEAN is a statewide project funded by The Michigan Health Endowment Fund.



New App Developed by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) to Help Pediatricians Recognize Autism Risk in Young Children

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD, TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) and partners from technology start-up Adaptive Technology Consulting have been awarded $1 million from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate a new mobile app designed to help pediatricians recognize autism risk in young children.

Photo of Dr. Szarkowski at Scarlett's Park Conf., Fresno, CA Sept. 2019


BCH/LEND Faculty Presentation on ASD in Children who ared Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is a psychologist who specializes in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and their families. She is a faculty member with the Boston Children's Hospital LEND Program (BCH/LEND), and is part of the Institute for Community Inclusion at BCH and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In September 2019, Dr. Szarkowski gave a keynote address at the Scarlett's Park conference in CA, an annual conference highlighting special topics related to DHH children. This year's conference was on DHH children and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Szarkowski's keynote was entitled, Red Flags: The Presentation of ASD in Children who are DHH & Considerations for Support and Intervention.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.