That promotes awareness of:
- healthy developmental milestones in early childhood
- the importance of tracking each child’s development
- the importance of acting early if there are concerns
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible.
The CDC works with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and other partners in the delivery of this program.
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The Act Early Indiana program is made up of three components:
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Source: Centers for Disease Control's (CDC's) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
First Steps is Indiana's early intervention program that provides services to infants and toddlers from birth to their third birthday who have developmental delays or disabilities. First Steps brings families together with a local network of professionals from education, health and social service agencies.
Telephone: (800) 545-7763
This brochure provides information on the early signs of autism in the areas of communication, social skills, and restrictive or repetitive interests, steps for obtaining a diagnosis, and where to find additional services and supports. The resources in this brochure empower families to take the next step they believe will help their child now. English and Spanish versions available at no charge.
This article outlines the process of obtaining a diagnosis/assessment when an individual is suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. Includes a listing of resources for obtaining a diagnosis/assessment for children and adults in Indiana and surrounding states.
The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.
View, print or order materials designed for families and professionals. All materials are available in English and Spanish unless otherwise indicated. Certain materials are available in other languages as well. Materials are available at no charge. Also, includes directions for organizations to customize materials with contact information.
This publication is designed to provide Indiana families a place to start to navigate systems and service delivery options after their child receives an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Includes information on what it means to have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, what services and supports are available, funding, and a state resource list. English and Spanish versions available at no charge.
The information provided in this article may help you think through some issues that may be important as you explore ABA options for your child and family. Includes a listing of providers for ABA services.
Click the button below to get to a listing of support groups across Indiana for parents of children across the autism spectrum. This information is provided to help those families trying to locate a group for support.You can also use the "Search" function at the top of this page to find parent support group listings from other state agencies.
The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s full-service lending library has a wide variety of resources about disabilities across the lifespan, available online and for checkout. Regardless of where you live we are happy to lend our materials through the mail or in person.
This search function will provide results from state and national resources. If your search does not provide the information you need, please contact a staff member from the organizations in the "Contact Us" area of this website.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.Source: CDC.gov
Stephan Viehweg, LCSW, IMH-E (IV) is Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center – Indiana LEND, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary leadership training program supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and faculty member of the IU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the IU School of Social Work. He is Associate Director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice. He currently serves as the CDC’s Learn the Signs Ambassador to Indiana. He is founding chair of Infancy Onward and founding president of Family Voices Indiana. He is co-author of Tackling the Tough Stuff: A Home Visitor’s Guide to Supporting Families At Risk.
Phone: (317) 944-8167 | Email: email@example.com
Riley Child Development Center
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Rm 5837
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D
Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Bloomington
Resource and Data Coordinator, Riley Child Development Center
firstname.lastname@example.org | (317) 944-8167
Social Worker, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
email@example.com | (812) 855-6508
Lead Autism Ally, Autism Society of Indiana
firstname.lastname@example.org | (800) 609-8449, ext. 22
Grant Officer, The Arc of Indiana
email@example.com | (317) 977-2375 or toll free (800) 382-9100