CARD CENTERS

  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.  

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech’s Continuing Education offers courses in ABA. Students receive the coursework necessary for certification and CE courses to maintain certification. visit Florida Tech at https://www.fit.edu/

Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities

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)) Visit FCSUA at http://fcsua.org/http://fcsua.org/

SPARK

Why does a child develop autism? Why does it affect people’s brain differently? Why can autism genes be present in children, but not their parents? SPARK and University of Miami’s CARD are determined to accelerate the understanding of autism. To find answers. To help people with autism discover more about themselves – and how they are connected to others. To improve lives. The answer to why won’t come only from us. It comes from you too. Scientists will use the information you share to guide their research. They will look for differences, for patterns, and for links between biology and the environment. They will share their leanings to empower you. So you can understand what makes you unique, and what unites you with others. You can SPARK answers for autism and earn up to a $50 gift card. Learn more at our website at www.SPARKforAutism.org/CARD Questions? Contact us directly at SPARK@psy.miami.edu or by phone 305-209-0426

Autism Society of Florida

ASF exists because persons with autism spectrum disorder have unique capacities and gifts and we are fortunate to have them in our lives. We believe persons with autism spectrum disorders contribute in unique ways to their families and communities. ASF believes that the best advocacy occurs with education and respect and the presumption of competence of all persons Help ASF Continue to Grow! Tell one new person about ASF this year. Send us a quick note about how involvement with ASF has touched your life. Please include a photo if you have one. Our Mission Improving the lives of all affected by autism. The mission of the Autism Society of Florida (ASF) is to assure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for each individual. We will realize this vision 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. Our Philosophy The Autism Society of Florida is committed to honesty, fairness and respect for others, in that philosophy we make specific promises to our most important audiences. We make these promises not in a contractual sense, but because a promise expresses a level of commitment that is both demanding and personal. To our parents, we promise to treat you with dignity, courtesy and consideration. We also promise to be responsive, reliable and supportive. To persons with autism, we promise to create an inclusive environment that instills trust that provides you with the opportunity to achieve your maximum potential. To our members, we promise to expand the benefits of belonging to our Society and to continue to provide quality programs and services while listening and responding to your concerns. There are two additional audiences that are important to ASF – our funding sources and our communities. To our financial contributors, we promise to treat your contributions as if it were our own and to carefully manage the Society and to pursue well-conceived and developed strategies. To our communities, we promise an active level of involvement in all areas of Florida and to improve the quality of life for persons who have autism and their families. These promises represents our resolve to continually improve, to do the right things and to do things right. These promises represent the fundamental principles that we believe in.

PEPSA

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

Positive Behavior Supports Corp (PBS)

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. PDS 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 swerving members in the following states: Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas, New Jersey, and Hawaii. Join PBS on Saturday. January 19. 2019 at 12:45 for their Lunch & Learn informative session. Bring your lunch! (room to be assigned)

The Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism

The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.  The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since the inception of the Foundation, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars for autism through corporate and individual donations, fundraisers, endorsement promotions featuring Doug and Doug Jr. as well as sales of Flutie Flakes and other related items. The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services, family support grants, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism. To date, the Fluties have distributed over $11 million for grants and programs in New England, New York, New Jersey, southern California, at the national level, and in Canada. The Foundation also provides family grants through our Joey's Fund program and technology grants through our Allison Keller Education Technology Initiative. www.flutiefoundation.org




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