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, aalberico@aucd.org.

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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

Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Monday, February 25, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to the topic of early identification of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Alacia Stainbrook from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.

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Materials from Past Events

Millennial Connections Survey Results from Millennial Parents on their Beliefs, Needs, and Challenges

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Location: Webinar

This quarter, the Act Early Network is partnering with ZERO TO THREE to bring you a presentation on Millennial Connections: Survey Results from Millennial Parents on their Beliefs, Needs, and Challenges.

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Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: Act Early Ambassador Spotlight on Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 from 3-4p ET for our Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar, an Act Early Ambassador Spotlight on Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon. The Act Early Program is a collaborative initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to further advance the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program.

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Act Early Webinar: Empowering Developmental Monitoring

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Monitoring developmental milestones is important, whether you are a parent, early childhood educator, or healthcare provider! Join the Learn the Signs. Act Early. program as they connect with a representative from each audience to share real-life experiences and best practices for developmental monitoring and celebrating milestones, as well as the tools and resources that have helped them in providing the best care for children.

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News

 

2/25/2019

New Early Intervention Training Program (Georgetown UCEDD)

The Georgetown UCEDD has added a new partnership and program to their interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and training activities called GEORGE (Graduate Education of Related Service Providers at Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Early Intervention). With support from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Toby Long along with faculty from the GUCEDD, George Washington and Catholic Universities, has incorporated interdisciplinary pre-service program students into our existing Georgetown University Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention (GUCEI) Program.

 
 

2/19/2019

Act Early Network News, Winter 2019 Issue

 
 

1/2/2019

Fact Sheets Created From Disabled Parenting Project (OH UCEDD/LEND)

These fact sheets were created as part of our Cincinnati LEND Seminars in Evidence-Based Medicine project. A team of LEND trainees and faculty members conducted research on best practices while also consulting with stakeholders, including women with disabilities who have experienced pregnancy and prenatal care as well as medical providers.

 
 
 

Resources

 

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.

 
 

12/15/2015

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassadors Expand the Reach of the Campaign

Since May 2015, the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors distributed a total of 69,841 materials, and this is a 99.4 percent increase compared to the overall total of 39,984 materials distributed from June 2014 to November 2014. From December 2014 to April 30, 2015, approximately 12,868 target audience members have been reached. The Act Early Ambassadors reached 1,097 family service providers, 1,855 health care professionals, 4,272 early care and education providers, 5,571 parents of young children, and 25 media outlets. Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials are available in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Somali. Visit the Learn the Signs. Act Early. website to view and download these materials.

 
 
 

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!

Winter 2019

Subscribe to Act Early Network News by joining the Act Early Network listserv, actearly@lyrisvs.aucd.org. To join the Act Early Network listserv, send an email to

dwebber@aucd.org 

 
 

Act Early Forum
Webinar Series

Learn the Signs Act Early


"Improving Early Identification and Intervention for Children at Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder" on August 2, 2017 at 2p-3p ET

Register for the webinar!

 
 

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Rubric

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