Act Early Network
The Act Early Network is a collaborative initiative that supports you and the work in your state to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. The Act Early Network comprises three parts:
- Act Early Forum: An email discussion forum and Act Early webinars. Click here to read more.
- Act Early Ambassadors: Early identification champions in 25 states. Click here to read more.
- Act Early State Systems Projects: 10 funded projects for improving early identification. Click here to read more.
Find the new RFA for Act Early State Systems Grants here!
The Network is a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). CDC’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program is the foundation of the Act Early Network. For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/ActEarly or ActEarly@cdc.gov.
- post your resources
- learn new information from other state teams
- easy way to request or share information nationally
Act Early Ambassadors Project
The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to 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 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: St. Petersburg, FL
Don't miss out on this wonderful training opportunity in sunny Florida! The National Training Institute on Effective Practices, hosted by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (UCEDD) and the Pyramid Model Consortium, provides professionals with an in depth, intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children.
Materials from Past Events
Location: Washington, DC
The 2013 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.
Secondary Data Analysis of the AS ATN Registry: An Autism Speaks AS ATN/AIR-P Advances in Autism Research & Care WebinarMonday, October 28, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Location: Timonium, MD
Hosted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, this yearly event is the premier educational autism event in the area for educators, clinicians, families, researchers and healthcare professionals. The sessions & workshops feature high-caliber speakers and presentations by visionaries in the field.This year, the focus will be on advances made in research and services for autism spectrum disorders.
The new website of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) features a new look as well as innovative features that make the site a friendlier, easier, and more interactive experience. The website offers information about AIR-P research studies and the work of the network, tools for parents and professionals, upcoming events, and much more.
The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in May 2013, bringing with it several revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. One important change was for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classifications. AUCD's resource page on the DSM-5 and ASD includes select resources that network members have found to be helpful in understanding the changes to the criteria.
Article Explores Relationship Between Medical Home and Unmet Needs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
An article published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal reveals that having access to care through a medical home has been associated with fewer unmet needs for specialty care, greater parental satisfaction with health care services, better health, lower costs, and decreased health disparities among children with chronic health conditions.
Welcome to the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge. Whether you are a parent, family member, friend, physician, clinician, childcare provider, or educator, it can help you see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags for ASD. All of the children featured in the ASD Video Glossary as having red flags for ASD are, in fact, diagnosed with ASD.
U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14) and Chris Smith (NJ-4), released a report describing autism-related research and service activities carried out by the US Government over the last four years. This report, which was required by the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006, describes action that the Federal Government has undertaken since enactment of the CAA, primarily in the fields of research and services. The report highlights the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and noted the effectiveness of behavioral health treatments for children with autism.
This article is about the British Medical Journal's article which stated Dr. Andrew Wakefield's study that linked autism to childhood vaccines is an "elaborate fraud" and Dr. Andrew Wakefield's reaction to the BMJ's article.