National networks - ISS (EN)
National Observatory for Autism Spectrum Disorder (OssNA)
Established in 2016, through funding from the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control of the General Direction for Health Prevention of the Ministry of Health, the National Observatory for Autism Spectrum Disorder promotes interventions aimed to guarantee health, care and the inclusion in social life of people with autism spectrum disorders. The National Observatory carries out research and institutional activities to support to Central Administrations in the definition and promotion of strategic policies and actions for the care of people with autism spectrum disorder and/or with intellectual disabilities throughout lifespan.
National network for the surveillance of neurodevelopmental disorders in the general and high-risk population (0-3 years)
The ISS and the Ministry of Health work closely together with the Regions and Provinces to implement prevention and surveillance strategies for the general and high-risk population in the national health system. The article n. 3, paragraph 2e of the 2016 Ministerial Decree establishes the creation of a coordination network among pediatricians, staff working in nursery schools/kindergartens, neonatal intensive care units and child neuropsychiatry units. The final aim of the network is to anticipate the diagnosis and intervention of neurodevelopment disorders through specific training programs and the promotion of a protocol for the recognition/evaluation of early behavioral abnormalities in the general population (within the Well-Child Visits) and high risk population (brothers/sisters of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, premature and small for gestational age).