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.



What We Need - Nicole Silverman

My name is Nicole Silverman and I am a mother of a child with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. My family is from Milwaukie, Oregon. The COVID-19 emergency has severely impacted access to my son's personal support workers (PSWs). As such, I am spending a great portion of my time providing around-the-clock care for my child.



Kansas Autism Annual Conference Goes Virtual

This year's Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) bi-annual conference Autism Across the Lifespan co-sponsored by Kansas LEND was quickly and successfully re-imagined to be held virtually on April 10th via zoom. LEND faculty members Leni Swails, Ph.D., Rene Jamison, Ph.D. and Skylar Bellinger, Pd.D. partnered with Matt Mosconi, Ph.D. and Sean Swindler of KCART to present on the unique challenges faced by individuals with ASD, their caregivers, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.



MMI Aids in Effort to Provide Free Communication Tools

Jessica Gormley, Ph.D., assistant professor and speech pathologist at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, was part of a nationwide effort by members of the Patient Provider Communication Forum to produce free online communication resources to patients and their health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Virtual Light It Up Blue! Proves a Success

The Munroe-Meyer Institute and Autism Action Partnership (AAP) collaborated on their first virtual Light It Up Blue! celebration on World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Facebook event, which took the place of the traditional event on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, included giveaways and a virtual party, as well as members of the MMI/AAP community connecting with each other via the organizations' Facebook pages.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) study seeks to improve social competence in adults with autism

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are investigating whether participation in a specially designed theatre program can improve social competence in adults with autism.


Past Events

Adaptations of CBT for people with ASD

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will focus on the technique of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for people with ASD, as well as research findings related to efficacy. Current efforts to implement and disseminate CBT practices for youth with ASD will be emphasized.

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Family Navigation to Reduce Disparities in ASD

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Monday, April 27, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is under-diagnosed and under-treated in young children, particularly minority and disadvantaged children. Even with routine ASD screening, many screen-positive children fail to receive appropriate referral, evaluation, or services. Patient navigation, originally developed to address healthcare disparities, could facilitate referral, evaluation, and linkage to early intervention (EI) services. This project evaluated the effect of family navigation for children with positive ASD screening on referral, evaluation and linkage to EI services.

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Community Engagement Science in ASD

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Monday, April 13, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will describe community engagement science (CES), and why CES can be valuable to you and your work with people with ASD and beyond. Your and our applications of CES will be discussed. This is a participatory-webinar; bring ideas, questions and share your story. Let's co-create safe, brave space to spark meaningful engagement. Thus grows curiosity, skills & conversations beyond today, into our target population, task or project - and engaging community!

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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.