Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Tennessee UCEDDs and LENDs hosted the January 2009 Act Early Summit for Region 4a. This was one of a series of multistate conferences sponsored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB). This Summit brought together key stakeholders from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky to discuss the current state of services for young children with or at risk for autism and related disabilities. Each state began work on a Logic Model to develop family-centered coordinated services for children in that state.

Since the Summit, the VKC UCEDD and LEND have provided leadership and support to continue the activities of the Tennessee team, which meets quarterly to pursue objectives within the Tennessee plan. In 2011, the Tennessee Disability Coalition received a grant from HRSA/MCHB: “Tennessee Autism Planning Project: A State Planning Grant for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities.” The Coalition is working with the Tennessee Autism Summit Team to carry out the activities of this 2-year planning process to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with ASD.

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Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., (615) 322-8238