MN ST The Minnesota Act Early Team works to educate about development, early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, the importance of developmental screening and intervention when there is a concern. We engage a statewide network of agencies to utilize the Centers for Disease Control’s materials and messages teaching about developmental milestones to promote screening, identification, and to provide earlier services for children with a developmental delay, autism, or a related neurodevelopmental disability.

Jennifer Hall-Lande serves as our Act Early Ambassador. This is a two-year appointment by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Jennifer is a Psychologist and Research Project Coordinator at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. She notes, “Early screening and subsequent early intervention are key to optimal outcomes. It makes sense to measure developmental milestones in young children. At screening checkups, we regularly measure characteristics like height and weight, but we need to also pay attention to development and intervene early when there are concerns. The Minnesota Act Early project is actively promoting this important message in our state.” Besides Jennifer’s work focused on screening, assessment, outreach and intervention, she has focused on ASD prevalence in diverse communities and policy issues.

Our past and present partners include:
Minnesota Department of Education (Part C Help Me Grow), Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Autism Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Early Autism Project, University of Minnesota (Center for Neurobehavioral Development, MN LEND, Institute on Community Integration), parents, self-advocates, and other youth and family serving organizations for people with disabilities (Arc Greater Twin Cities, Arc MN).