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 offers comprehensive ABA and speech therapy services. Their multi-disciplinary team provides home, school, and clinic-based support to children in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Polk, and Osceola counties. They also offer Camp InterACTION! (an interactive social skills camp), social skills groups, parent training and support groups, oral/motor therapy and feeding therapy.

Don’t miss their Lunch & Learn session on Saturday. January 18. 2019 at 12:15.






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.






The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) is a results-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities. Using innovative approaches to problem solving and leveraging the latest computer technologies, the DMF is creating unprecedented opportunities for the disability community. At the core of the Foundation’s initiatives is Marino Campus, an intensive 10-month post-secondary educational program to help young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities bridge the gap between high school and employment. Other key programs include scholarships for young scientists (Marino Scholars), funding for the University of Miami Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center and ViTA DMF, virtual reality software and curriculum designed to help young adults with autism practice job interviewing skills. In 2016, ViTA DMF was awarded a Google Impact Challenge Grant in the area of Disabilities.



My Autism Connection® is excited to inform you that we would like to be a sponsor at the 2020 CARD Conference. Please sign MAC up for the Silver Partner Sponsorship package. I have also attached our logo for the program/website. Please let me know if you need anything else.



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 chartedThis 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.



Nova Southeastern University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs for students looking to gain a competitive edge in their field. NSU Florida students don’t just get an education, they prepare for real careers, real contributions and real life.



Zūm addresses transportation challenges facing schools and families by providing a modern ride service for children. The use of Zum’s technology significantly reduces school overhead by providing the right vehicle for every trip while also providing real-time tracking of rides so parents know where their student is at all times. Zum drivers have clean driving records, several years of childcare experience and earn the highest hourly rate in the industry. Zum, founded in 2015, is based in Silicon Valley, is backed by notable investors including Sequoia Capital, Spark Capital, and BMW iVentures. www.ridezum.com 



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.
















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