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.
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.
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.