Act Early Network
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, 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.
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.
Location: Washington, DC
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.
Materials from Past Events
Location: Louisville, KY
The 32nd Annual International DEC Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's conference theme, "A Winning Trifecta: Knowledge, Implementation, and Evaluation of DEC Recommended Practices," features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Our conference program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who work with or on behalf of young children with special needs and their families.
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Jennifer Hall-Lande, Psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota will present on how the Minnesota Act Early Team and MN Department of Health developed the "Minnesota Act Early Delegate Project". The MN Act Early Delegate Project developed a network of parent community leaders in diverse communities to engage families around the importance of regular parent developmental monitoring, early developmental screening, and early identification of developmental delays and disabilities using "Learn the Signs. Act Early." materials.
The Act Early Ambassadors from the Northeast States have news to share on the Northeast Regional Developmental Screening, Referral and Response Conference scheduled on May 21 and May 22 in Hartford, CT. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to exchange national and state information on early identification, developmental screening, referral and response strategies and time for state teams to enhance state autism plans. Each state invited up to fourteen stakeholders committed to early identification, developmental screening, and referral and response activities. Breakout sessions are woven in to the agenda to allow time for state teams to gather and identify two to four strategies and outcomes to enhance their state autism plan.
Louma Sebaihi is a Diversity & Disability Fellow at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED). Louma's upbringing in the Arab/American culture led her to be interested in reaching out to that community to help reduce the stigma associated with disabilities. As a part of her capstone project, Louma presented two sessions (one in English and one in Arabic) at the Islamic Center of Morgantown on the "Learn the Signs, Act Early" initiative to introduce the participants to developmental milestones that children should be achieving.
This video has important messages for family members of children with disabilities, especially sisters and brothers, as well as providers who offer support for families. This video is a companion to the video A Reunion with Amy (see below) in JFK Partners' ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos.
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.
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.
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.