Act Early Network

 
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Act Early Network, a collaborative initiative that supports state efforts to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, including the:

Act Early Forum, a national community of over 800 early identification professionals and family members across the country

Act Early Ambassadors Project, state community change agents serving as liaisons to the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

Act Early State Systems Grants, state-level systems change projects for improving developmental monitoring.

AUCD collaborates with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs to implement "Act Early" efforts supported by the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

For more information, please contact Abigail Alberico, MPH, Public Health Program Manager, [email protected].

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Act Early Ambassadors Project

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts who promote developmental monitoring and screening and improve early identification practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Act Early Ambassadors serve as state or territorial liaisons to the Act Early Initiative and act as a community champion or change agent to increase awareness activities and improvement of early identification practices.

Learn more about the Act Early Ambassador project >

Meet the Ambassadors >

 
 

Upcoming Events

Family Leaders: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar

As a follow up to the webinar: Families: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help. We have invited 3 family leaders from the ECPC/DEC Family Cohort to bring their perspectives to the conversation. Disparities, access to technology, food, housing, job security and appropriate bi-lingual services including adequate support to teach at home have been identified as barriers. This panel of family members will join Ann and Rud Turnbull to discuss their perspectives on these challenges and how the UCEDDs can help.

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Resources for Building and Strengthening FASD Initiatives

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

In this webinar, members of the FASD SIG will present resources for increasing your knowledge about FASD, training others, and supporting individuals with lived experience and their families. Attendees are encouraged to share resources they find helpful. Following the presentation and discussion, participants will have a general conversation about strategies for building a strong network of programs serving individuals with FASD.

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Materials from Past Events

Families: What They are Saying, and how UCEDDs and LENDs can help

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Families are facing many challenges during this Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. If a family has a child with a disability, these challenges are magnified. This webinar will share information collected from surveys of families with children with disabilities from around the country as they cope with Covid 19. A panel of family leaders will then discuss what UCEDDS and LENDs can do to help families and their children now, and in the near future.

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COVID-19: How UCEDDS and LEND programs can partner with state and local special education systems during this, and future pandemics

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

John Eisenberg, Executive Director of The National Association of State Directors of Special Education will highlight what is currently happening across the country to support students with disabilities in schools, and he will discuss recommendations on how UCEDD and LEND Programs can be instrumental in helping state and local systems deal with the many obstacles faced by service providers. He will also provide some tips and strategies that participants can use immediately and in the future.

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COVID-19: How UCEDDS and  LEND programs can partner  with state and local early intervention and special education systems during this, and future pandemics

COVID-19: How UCEDDS and LEND programs can partner with state and local early intervention and special education systems during this, and future pandemics  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Maureen Greer, Executive Director of the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities state Part C systems are experiencing, and alternative methodologies being used to deliver services. AUCD need to use their knowledge, expertise and resources to assist both during the crisis and after states experience what may be a new normal.

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News

 

4/16/2020

Opioid Epidemic: MN LEND will Create Statewide Telehealth Hub

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND is the WY LEND) has tapped the MN LEND program at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI is the MN UCEDD/LEND) to create a network of partner organizations across Minnesota that will enhance developmental screening, monitoring and education for families dealing with the effects of opioid exposure.

 
 

4/6/2020

Early Intervention Focused Telehealth Support Series

Please join the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) for a series of web-based training opportunities on the remote delivery of early intervention services to young children with ASD and related developmental delays and disabilities. While many home and clinic based services are currently suspended do to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to equip early intervention providers with information and resources to continue serving families from a distance.

 
 

4/6/2020

Vanderbilt TRIAD Families First Online Education Series

Please join the VKC TRIAD's Families First team for a series of web-based educational opportunities for caregivers of young children with autism. These will include information on topics such as how to schedule your day at home during this time, how to structure specific activities within your day, and how to continue to work on goal areas while services may be paused.

 
 
 

Resources

 

1/29/2019

Public Health Surveillance of Prenatal Opioid Exposure in Mothers and Infants

The US opioid crisis is the public health emergency of our time and requires urgent public health action to monitor and protect the most vulnerable Americans. We have witnessed a startling death toll in 2017 with 70 237 drug overdose deaths in the United States, of which two-thirds involved opioids. The devastating consequences of this epidemic for mothers and infants have received less attention. Increases in opioid use and misuse in pregnancy have paralleled the increases in the general population; at delivery hospitalization, there were 4 times as many women with an opioid use disorder in 2014 compared with 1999. One of the most immediate and visible impacts of the opioid crisis on infants is the drug withdrawal in the newborn period, termed neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). On the basis of 2014 data, 1 newborn was diagnosed with NAS every 15 minutes in the United States, totaling about 32 000 infants annually with associated hospital costs estimated at $563 million.

pdf File PrenatalOpioidExposure.pdf [download]
 
 

4/20/2016

New Dynamic Website Focuses on Total Child Health for Iowa's Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, their Families, and Providers

The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) collaborated with Iowa's Systems Integration Grant to create a new robust website, IowaChildHealthConnections.org. This dynamic website focuses on total child health for Iowa's children and youth with a special health care need, their families, and the providers who care for them.

 
 

12/17/2015

Now Accepting Applications for CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." 2016-2018 Ambassador Program

AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for the 2016-2018 cohort for the Act Early Ambassadors: State, Territorial, and Tribal Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program. Please see the Act Early Ambassador Program overview below and the request for applications (see attached .pdf document) for detailed information. Please feel free to share the RFA with your colleagues who may be interested and qualified.

 
 
 

Act Early Network News

Read the latest issue of the AEN News to learn about "Learn the Signs. Act Early." success stories, lessons learned, updates, announcements and more!

Summer 2019

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Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


Summer 2019 Webinar
Information & Registration Coming Soon!

 

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

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Click here to view and complete the Act Early Rubric for your state!