Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Act Early Indiana promotes awareness of healthy child development, teaches parents the appropriate developmental milestones and helps promote early detection for autism awareness

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:

Health Education Campaign

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

Act Early Initiative

Works with state, territorial, and national partners to improve early childhood systems by:

  • Enhancing collaborative efforts to improve screening and referral to early intervention services
  • Supporting the work of Act Early Ambassadors to promote "Learn the Signs."Act Early." messages and tools and improve early identification efforts in their state.

Research and Evaluation

That improves campaign materials and implementation activities and increases our understanding of the factors that influence early identification and referral.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.