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Massachusetts Act Early Program

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The Massachusetts Act Early Program, coordinated by the UMMS Shriver Center LEND Program, aims to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern.

MA Act Early aims to:

  1. Carry out an outreach plan to increase public awareness of autism spectrum disorders
  2. Increase training for health care, early childhood and educational professionals
  3. Shorten the wait times between screening and diagnosis as well as diagnosis and intervention
  4. Promote culturally competent autism screening for community health centers and pediatric practices across Massachusetts.

The MA Act Early Coalition has over 40 state team members, with an executive steering committee and three task forces. State team members represent parents, university centers of excellence, health care organizations, public health, early education, day care, elementary and secondary education, disability agencies, family support agencies, advocacy groups, and research centers. MA Act Early is the state partner of the national public health program, "Learn the Signs. Act Early." a collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and a number of national partners.

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For more information about Massachusetts Act Early, contact Elaine Gabovitch, MA Act Early State Team Leader and CDC Campaign Ambassador at 781.642.0052, or at