Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Past funder: Minnesota Department of Health, Office for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota

Develops and expands on the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early is building a national network of agencies, organizations, and professionals (called ambassadors) that utilize the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC's) "Learn the Signs. Act Early." message. CDC selected ICI's Jennifer Hall-Lande as Minnesota's ambassador for this project. The Act Early materials promote early identification, screening, and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Minnesota. The project presents the opportunity for significant and sustained impact within culturally diverse communities to increase early screening of neurodevelopmental disabilities. While this project will provide the initial training and materials, the Act Early delegates within the community organizations will gain the skills to carry the message and outreach forward beyond the funding cycle of this grant.

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Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, Long-term supports and services, Person-centered planning and practice, Positive support, Quality measurement, Self-advocacy, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion


In collaboration with: Minnesota Department of Education, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota Department of Human Services, The Arc Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota Department of Health, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Autism Society of Minnesota, The Arc of Minnesota, Somali Autism Awareness Foundation, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MN Help Me Grow