Prevalence of Autism in the United States is estimated at

1 in 59 births

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html

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Autism CARES Act 101

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NEW INTERACTIVE e-Learning Module!

Official Launch of “Autism CARES Act 101” e-Learning Module!

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to announce the release of a new interactive e-Learning Module, "Autism CARES Act 101." This self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how it has evolved since 2006, and resulting federally-funded programming. It also delves into the impact that the Autism CARES Act has had on services and systems that support autistic individuals and their families. This free resource was developed not only to help orient CARES grantees, but also to educate public health professionals and leaders, state/local Title V staff, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders – including but not limited to those working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities.

You can access the Autism CARES Act 101 module at http://bit.ly/AutismCARES.

For more information, visit AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center website at www.amchp.org/spharc. You may also contact Paige Bussanich at pbussanich@amchp.org or Ben Kaufman at bkaufman@aucd.org.

Aging Out: Autism In Montana

Aging Out
If you missed the program on TV you can watch it on PBS

SPARK

Spark Snapshot coverSPARK (PDF) is the largest online autism study in the country. It was designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of the causes of autism in order to best support those affected. SPARK aims to bridge the gap between researchers, individuals with autism and their families, ultimately forming relationships with participants and the scientists invested in improving their quality of life. Take a look at the recent SPARK snapshot!

Montana Public School Students with Autism Ages 3-21

Milestones


“Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones” helps families learn what to look for in their children as they grow. For brochures email mtautism@mso.umt.edu.

Montana Medicaid Program

An autism amendment to the Montana Medicaid Program was approved on October 25, 2017. The amendment outlines how a child is to be evaluated for an autism spectrum diagnosis. It also outlines who is authorized to provide treatment services. For additional information, please contact Health Montana Kids at (855) 258-3489 (Toll-free, direct) or visit: http://dphhs.mt.gov/HMK

Online Training

Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering 35 hours of online training in Teaching Procedures (24 hours) and Behavior Interventions (11 hours) to public school staff in Montana who educate students with autism spectrum disorders.

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