Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) is a free community based program funded by the Florida Department of Education through an annual grant. Services are delivered wherever families, professionals, schools, agencies or businesses are located within the state of Florida. There are seven regional CARD centers in the state of Florida. Visit the state-wide CARD Regional Site Directory for their locations and contact information.
Providing Autism Links & Support (PALS), is a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting organization for the University of Central Florida Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UCF-CARD) constituents and the annual statewide CARD conference organizer.
The Partnership Program is funded by the Florida Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, was introduced to educators and schools of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1999. As an initiative to support educators and schools’ professional development and training, the Partnership Program was designed to enhance the educational program for students with ASD. As a result of the program, the Statewide Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) have joined together with hundreds of Florida educators, providing training and technical assistance to develop and implement innovative and effective practices within educational programs for students with ASD.
Each educator or school will be matched to a Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) professional who will mentor the educator or school staff. The CARD partner will provide support, resources, technical assistance, and training that is specific to the needs identified by the educator or school.
Participation in the Partnership Program is available for a maximum of two years, consecutively or intermittently.
Breakthrough Behavior’s comprehensive multidisciplinary team offers ABA, speech and psychological services to children in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Polk and Osceola counties. With 3 Central Florida clinics conveniently located in Kissimmee, East Orange, and Maitland, Breakthrough Behavior’s team is able to provide support in the home, school and clinic setting. Specialities include social skills groups, Camp InterACTION! (a social skills acquisition camp), feeding therapy and AAC evaluations and consultation.
For more than thirty years Jessica Kingsley Publishers has been committed to empowering people to change society through the power of words. With our books on and resources for autism, we bring that commitment to its vital core, publishing books for children and adults on the autism spectrum, professionals working with clients with autism, teachers, and family members. Our dedication to inclusivity ensures that our autism list covers everything from social emotional learning to common concurrent neuro-diverse conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and OCD. We’re well known for pushing boundaries, challenging societal norms, and charging forward in the subjects of autism and neurodiversity, inclusivity, gender awareness, restorative justice, character education, and wellness and mental health. It is our ongoing mission that JKP books find their way into the hands of those that need them.
The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) comprised entirely of volunteers, mostly parents of people with autism and adults with autism. For 28 years, we have been working to ensure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for people across the autism spectrum. We work every day to empower lives by opening avenues of self-advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities. https://www.autismfl.org
At Invo Behavior and Therapy Services we specialize in behavior, speech, occupational and physical therapy in home and clinic-based settings designed to treat the whole child. We work with children with autism and other developmental providing an exceptionally collaborative inter-disciplinary team of professionals strategically working to help your child meet milestones and continue to deliver positive outcomes.
Today we simply don’t know enough about autism. SPARK—a landmark autism research project—aims to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, learn more about SPARK here.
PBS Corp. is an agency committed to the principles of Positive Behavior Support (an approach based on principles of applied behavior analysis, ABA) to improve not only behavior, but also quality of life for the individuals we serve, their families, and others who support them.
PBS is a National network of ABA providers delivering the highest quality of care with proven metrics demonstrating effective treatment models that result in lower healthcare costs. We are currently serving members in the following states: Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas, New Jersey, and Hawaii. https://www.teampbs.com/
DAN MARINO FOUNDATION
The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization established by Dan and Claire Marino motivated by experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism. For over 27 years, the Foundation has been a leader in innovation by “empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.” Whether pushing the frontiers of mixed reality with partners like Google and Magic Leap or preparing young adults with autism and other disabilities for careers, the Dan Marino Foundation is a game changer. The Foundation has raised more than $80 million to create and support unique and impactful initiatives in the community. Among these first-of-their-kind enterprises are the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, STEPS Employment Program, and Marino Campus post-secondary programs in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. In 2020, Marino Virtual Learning will introduce online interactive courses focused on social competency, independent living, and gainful employment. At the forefront of creating new technologies to reduce the rate of unemployment of the individuals it serves, DMF developed award-winning software, including the Virtual Interactive Training Agent (ViTA DMF), ViTA Online, and ViTA Magic Leap. For more information, please visit danmarinofoundation.org, , or vitadmf.org.
My Autism Connection strives to bring awareness of the needs for additional supports to individuals on the Autism Spectrum – through education and training on acceptance and inclusion within the community. MAC seeks to ignite acceptance by embracing the
concept that all minds are equal and worthy of belonging.
Our members are empowered through member-driven activities and evidence-based curriculum that help drive the programs. By inclusion, we encourage our members to be a part of their local communities, allowing them to contribute in their own unique way.
Founded in 2014, Puzzle Box Academy provides comprehensive, individualized, science-based education not otherwise available in our community. Puzzle Box Academy believes children with autism and other developmental delays deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. Puzzle Box Academy has adopted the unique instructional methodology founded at Morningside Academy in Seattle, Washington. Morningside Academy created a highly successful learning approach called the Morningside Method of Generative Instruction (MMGI). Since 2017, Puzzle Box Academy has modified and implemented a version of the MMGI model with our student population to provide our learner’s with the tools needed to increase their knowledge base and acquire new skills. After acquiring new skills, each skill is then brought to fluency through the Precision Teaching approach and progress is charted. This program provides instruction tailored to meet each student’s needs, enabling them to catch up, build up, and get ahead. Our instructors continuously assess student progress. The school’s curriculum provides effective educational programs to children and their families based on Applied Behavior Analysis. The student’s individual differences and personal learning styles will be embraced while teachers and families collaborate to offer meaningful experiences. The Academy will enhance the student’s confidence and self-esteem by establishing individualized attention as well as providing small and large group activities. A warm and caring faculty will maintain a safe environment to challenge each child according to his or her specific abilities. The success of every child will be maximized by combining research-based methods with highly trained, dedicated professionals. Puzzle Box Academy is now located in Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Rockledge FL.
The Horizons School is a state-licensed community-based educational program promoting successful transition to paid employment and independent living for young adults with learning disabilities, autism spectrum and developmental disorders. What sets us apart from other programs is that our students learn in a real-world environment – the community itself is our classroom. Our students live, work in and interact with the surrounding community on a daily basis. Our goal is to give them the skills and training opportunities they need to be employable, self-sufficient, fulfilled adults. Horizons School proudly celebrates its 27 years serving young adults and is an external vendor for FL Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
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Since 1997, QBS has been the premier behavioral skills training company providing training and consultation to residential, treatment, educational, and healthcare settings. Integrating evidence-based, state-of-the-art behavioral research and practice into all our consulting and training programs, QBS has delivered effective services to thousands of staff in hundreds of programs serving a wide variety of populations. Starting with our outstanding team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Safety-Care™ and our other training programs take advantage of the most efficient teaching strategies including errorless learning, competency testing, and frequent reinforcement to create behavioral competencies in you and your staff. Building expertise and capacity in organizations we serve is one of our primary goals, so that you can continue providing effective behavioral services long after QBS has assisted.
Our staff strives to create a solid foundation for long-term wellbeing and success outside of the program. We emphasize evidence-based treatments and therapies, such as Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis, that have far-reaching benefits beyond the classroom. All of our services are tailored to meet the needs of individual students and their families, and are provided with our client’s dignity, respect, and confidentiality in mind. https://springbrookautismbehavioral.com/
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
ABLE United, Florida’s qualified ABLE program, provides savings and investment accounts that allow individuals with disabilities to save upt to $15,000 annually without impacting eligibility for benefits like Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. Anyone can contribute to the account, funds have the potential to grow tax-free, and can be used any time to pay for expenses that help improve or maintain health, independence or quality of life. To learn more or to open an account, visit www.ableunited.com
Summit Camp & Travel is a therapeutically designed sleepaway summer Camp and Travel program organized to meet the social and emotional needs of our special population and their families. Our programs serve children of average to above average intelligence who have a variety of developmental, social, emotional, and learning issues. We serve children ages 8-19 who have diagnoses that often include Asperger syndrome, ADD/ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), HFA (including PDD-NOS), speech and language issues, and sensory integration issues. Some of our youngsters may also have issues related to gaps in executive function, Tourette’s syndrome and/or Bi-Polar disorder.
What is common to all Summit participants is their difficulty in making and/or maintaining appropriate peer relationships. Our campers and travelers have a desire to make friends and be a part of a peer group but lack the social skills to find this success. In addition, as they lack peer confirmation, they may also have a generally lower level of self esteem.
The mission of all of our programs is to provide our children with a safe, happy and enriching experience while at the same time offering their families a secure respite. We want our young people to learn and retain new skills and experience success. Our trained staff provide opportunities for social skills development and interpersonal growth. We provide supervised social skills groups professionally directed. In addition, our counseling staff provide campers and travelers with consistent feedback about their interactions and model language and techniques needed for appropriate social reciprocity. Our group work model believes that the integrity of each group will serve to enhance self esteem and provide a positive laboratory for learning and generalizing appropriate and successful social skills. These behaviors will move forward with the child as an important component for personal people success.
The achievement of these goals requires that the activities presented be in harmony with the capabilities of the child, so that success is attainable. We structure our program so that the campers and travelers receive regular instruction in the widest possible variety of recreational skills and are able to judge and appreciate their own progress. At the same time, our program is flexible and challenging so that each child pursues areas of individual interest.
We are the Incontinence division to Woodbury Health located in Lake Mary, Florida.
As a medical provider of Incontinence supplies, we service clients throughout the entire state of Florida starting at age 4 to 99 years old. We would like to be an exhibitor and have a table for the event.
Marci Melzer, M.Ed./SLP is an Intuitive Speech-Language Pathologist and Language Facilitation Consultant who has been helping parents all over the world teach their late-talking children how to use natural spoken language faster than speech therapy. Marci has discovered, through 30 years of traditional speech therapy practice seeing thousands of clients in both clinical and natural environments, that parents are actually far better at facilitating speech than speech therapists when they have the right tools and take the right action.
Marci helps parents identify and overcome the blockages to their child’s natural spoken language learning process, both at home and in school or therapy. She equips and empowers parents to switch their children from using nonverbal communication systems to unprompted speech.
Marci’s new book, available on Amazon and Audible, is called “If it isn’t FUN, it ISN’T fun – Teach Your Child to Talk Faster Than Speech Therapy”. This resource is already helping parents, who were told their children are “not wired for spoken language”, to facilitate new, unprompted speech within weeks of following the easy-to-implement step-by-step process.
Marci’s WOC Language Facilitation consulting programs help parents “Reach and Teach” their children who have received diagnoses such as Autism, Apraxia, Global Developmental Delay, ADHD, Genetic Disorders, Brain Malformation, and Auditory Processing Disorder. Parents who work with Marci in her face-to-face coaching programs are seeing almost immediate results in children from 2-years-old to 15-years-old when they incorporate their custom-designed strategies every day in their household. Every child can benefit from parents using language facilitation. Parents can learn more on her website: WavesofCommunication.com
Signed into law by Florida’s governor on January 23, 2016, the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act (the Act) (FS 1004.6495) established the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities at the University of Central Florida (the Center) and charged the Center with managing the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) application and approval process. The Act also established criteria for FPCTP approval, scholarship awards for eligible students to attend approved programs, grant awards to promote new program development and existing program enhancements, and accountability requirements associated with these opportunities.
As stated in the legislation, the purpose of the ACT is to “increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.” (FS §1004.6495(2))
The Center is working with higher education institutions across Florida to support implementation of the Act in three primary ways: (a) facilitate application and approval of their program that serves students with intellectual disabilities as a FPCTP, (b) provide scholarship awards to students attending an institution’s approved FPCTP, and (c) provide grant funding to foster starting up new and/or enhancing existing programs. These three components of the Center’s work aim directly at achieving the purpose of the ACT.
FAAST, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology program, is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364).
Since its inception in 1998, FAAST has been and continues to be a resource to provide Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.
Building Careers: One Person at a Time
The Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is the premier employment agency for people with disabilities.
You may be eligible for VR services if your goal is to become employed and:
• Your physical or mental disability interferes with your ability to become employed, and
• You need VR’s help to prepare for, keep, start or advance in your job
If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your disability, you are presumed eligible for VR services, if you plan to become employed.
Examples of VR Services: Vocational Evaluation and Planning, Career Counseling and Guidance, Job Coaching, Job Placement, On-the-Job Training, Training and Education After High School, Job-Site Assessment and Accommodationsn, Supported Employment, Assistive Technology and Devices, Medical and Psychological Assessment, Time-Limited Medical and/or Psychological Treatment
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Call 850-245-3399 or 800-451-4327. TTY users dial 711 to connect with the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). Video phone users can call through the Video Relay Service (VRS). Website at www.RehabWorks.org.
Our work is dedicated to helping people develop health, productive, and satisfying lives and relationships. We provide treatment and support to children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral concerns. We also assist adults, couples and geriatric individuals who are experience adjustment issues, relationship conflicts, anxiety, and mood disorders, among other issues.
We are conveniently located in the Central Florida area, accessible to Orlando, Kissimmee and Saint Cloud communities. Primary Psychology of Central Florida opened its doors in 2013, offering psychotherapy and psychological assessment services in English and in Spanish.
In a comfortable, non-judgmental environment you will be able to discuss your concerns and find ways to overcome your challenges, increase resilience, and better manage life stressors. Our main goal is to improve your emotional and mental health, allowing you to develop more satisfying relationships and increasing your overall enjoyment of life.