The Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) Summit was held November 8-9, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center and brought together appointed Act Early Delegates representing various geographic regions and cultural groups across the state of Minnesota. The goal of the Summit was to establish a statewide network of Act Early Delegates who will utilize the Centers for Disease Control’s Learn the Signs Act Early message and materials in combination with existing initiatives such as First Signs and Help Me Grow to promote early identification, screening, and intervention for ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. Act Early Delegates will serve a two year term as facilitators within their communities to promote education and awareness of the LTSAE campaign and disseminate materials to professionals and advocates who work with parents of young children, as well as the parents themselves. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend post-Summit webinars and will periodically report on activities within their respective regions.
The LTSAE Summit is made possible by a grant from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and generous support from the Minnesota Department of Education and the MN LEND.
Minnesota has a history of involvement in addressing concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. In 2009 the University of Minnesota received a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders) grant that offers graduate-level interdisciplinary training to students involved in disability fields and specifically focuses on ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Minnesota Autism Summit Committee evolved from participation in the September 2010 “Know the Signs Act Early Summit (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and organized by the Association of University Centers on Disability) in Indianapolis. This committee identified three broad Impacts related to ASD services, supports, and associated policies that would create systemic changes to:
- Early autism screening and access to early intervention services;
- Seamless transitions between culturally-effective support services across the lifespan;
- Equitable, diversified funding options for behavioral health care, social services, and educational supports.
These intended Impacts are detailed in our State Autism Plan along with specific activities to achieve short- and medium-term outcomes that underpin the Impacts. The LTSAE Summit addresses the first Impact, that of early ASD screening and access to early intervention services.
For more information about the LTSAE Summit please contact:
LTSAE Summit Presentations
- David Rotholtz, Director for Center for Disability Resources University of South Carolina, SC Act Early Chair
Some Thoughts from a Successful Act Early Team (PDF)
- Gail Chodron, Wisconsin Act Early Team, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin
WI Act Early Presentation (PDF)
2012 Blueprint (PDF)
- Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
MDE Presentation (PDF)
MN-Help Me Grow (HMG) and Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) Crosswalked Tools (PDF)
- Phil Sievers, MDE, MN Autism Specialist
Minnesota State Update (PDF)
- Michael Reiff, MD, Univerity of Minnesota Autism Clinic
ASD Screening, Referral, Detection (PDF)