Since 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected professionals with medical, child development, developmental disability, special education, and early intervention expertise to serve state or territorial points-of-contact for the national “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. Known as “Act Early Ambassadors,” these professionals expand the reach of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and support their respective state’s work toward improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.
Wisconsin’s Act Early Ambassador is:
Kris Barnekow PhD, OTR/L, IMH-E®
Infant Family Specialist & Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Barnekow has been the Act Early Ambassador since 2019. Her favorite aspect about being the Ambassador is meeting Ambassadors from different states and learning new ways of promoting the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials and campaign. In her free time, Dr. Barnekow enjoys the craft of papermaking.