MA Act Early Goals
The MA Act Early Program addresses four key goals listed below in our state team activities.
Goal: Carry out community outreach to increase public awareness (e.g., web site and materials design, dissemination of free CDC Act Early materials in settings such as childcare, education, early intervention, medical offices, community centers, etc., represent the state campaign at early childhood and pediatric conferences).
Goal: Shorten the wait times between screening, diagnosis and intervention by coordinating interaction between EI and diagnosticians to streamline referrals to diagnostic centers. In the past, we have piloted early identification initiatives in North Chelmsford, Lowell, New Bedford, and Fall River.
Culturally Competent Screening Projects
Goal: Develop and disseminate culturally & linguistically competent screening materials and curricula for Massachusetts educators, pediatric offices, community health centers, and clinical services. Please see our free state-based products including the Considering Culture in Autism Screening Kit, the Considering Culture in Autism Screening Curriculum modules.