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Elaine Gabovitch, MPAElaine Gabovitch, MPA

Shriver Center LEND Faculty Member Named Act Early Ambassador in National Pilot Program

Elaine Gabovitch, MPA and LEND faculty member at the UMMS Shriver Center, was recently appointed one of 11 national Act Early Ambassadors by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to assist in promoting the national autism awareness campaign called, "Learn the Signs. Act Early." The Ambassadorship expands Ms. Gabovitch's role on the Massachusetts Act Early State Autism Team where she serves as the state team leader.

In her work with the Act Early Campaign Ms. Gabovitch utilizes contacts and resources she established over the years as a member of the Shriver Center's LEND (Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) faculty, the Governor's Autism Commission, Mayor Menino's Autism Task Force, and the Massachusetts Autism Consortium. Her commitment to improving the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders and their families stems from her experience as a parent of a child with autism. Foremost in her mind is the desire to facilitate the ability of families to find the information and services they need to produce the best outcomes for their children. She works diligently as the director of family and community partnerships to represent the perspective of the family and reach out to those in the community who can benefit from the resources and knowledge available via the Shriver Center. She is currently involved in establishing relationships with schools, special education groups and other organizations to promote involvement of families in Shriver Center research and help make a difference in the lives of other families in the future.