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Spotlights

Welcome to the Partner Spotlight page! The "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign has many dedicated partners and champions across the country, and this page highlights some of the great things they are doing. Take a look!

If you would like to share your story with us, please e-mail actearly@cdc.gov.

Partner Spotlights

Alabama Team Encourages Referrals, Distributes “Learn the Signs. Act early.” Materials:

Although 2009 CDC data suggested that Alabama children received an ASD diagnosis 15 months earlier than they did 3 years ago, the average age of diagnosis was still 51 months. With 95% of these children’s caregivers noting a developmental concern before the children were 3 years of age, it was clear that a significant lag time remained between the age of first concern and the age of first diagnosis.

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Champion for Families

Roxane RomanickRoxane Romanick
Champion for Families, North Dakota


“Roxane has a unique way of solving problems. She makes you think about solutions (even when she may know the answer) to give you the confidence you need to move forward and be a leader. “
Vicki Peterson, parent



Roxane is the State Family Liaison through North Dakota’s Early Intervention program, a board member of a national organization called the Early Intervention Family Alliance and parent of a child with a disability. She brings a parent perspective to policy and program development, in her state and nationally. She is enthusiastic about the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials and shares them with families and child care providers to help them communicate their concerns with families. She is passionate about supporting parents. “It’s what keeps my lifeblood going”, says Roxane.

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