Monitoring Early Childhood Autism (MECA)
10/2007 - 12/2013
The CA-MECA project is being conducted with community partners in Santa Clara County to implement an autism screening and surveillance system for young children less than 4 years of age. Current autism surveillance programs now in place at several sites in the U.S. all focus on older children. Through a collaborative process with community providers, we have designed a system for Santa Clara County that will give us an accurate count of how many young children have autism, aid in early assessment and diagnostic practices in two county clinics with primarily Hispanic populations, provide educational materials for parents and physicians, and result in data useful for planning of services. This project is being funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC/NCBDDD).
The CA-MECA project is housed at the California Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE), a research program within the California Department of Public Health.