Important Notice: CARD Conference Is Going Virtual

 There is no question that our daily lives are feeling the impact of COVID-19. For 27 years, the statewide CARD conference is something we look forward to every January.  It gives all an opportunity to see families, professionals and individuals we now call friends that we do not get to see on a regular basis and catch up on a laugh and or a triumph moment that occurred in the last year of life.

After ongoing consideration, and the necessity to move forward with planning, the CARD directors have unanimously decided for the health and safety of attendees foremost in mind, the CARD conference will be a fully virtual experience for the 28th year. The dates will remain the same January 15-17. 2021.

What Does This Mean for You?

For attendees, we believe it means simplicity. Join us online from the comfort of your own home! No need to pay for travel, hotel rooms, respite care, parking fees, meals away and any other additional cost incurred while away from home. Join us live on Friday. January 15. 2020 for our free PEPSA Day (if you choose) and then if you wish for the 28th Annual CARD Conference for a small fee starting at $80.  We can promise that you will enjoy the same innovative content, motivating speakers, and welcoming network of colleagues you have always enjoyed over the last 27 years.

For exhibitors, we believe it means cost effectiveness and increased reach with analytics.  No need for travel, accommodations, or meals away from the office. Your employees can remain at home and speak directly to CARD attendees. Depending on your level of support you may have a live session for 60 minutes in conjunction with daily interaction with attendees. More exposure via the web and social media and let us not forget the savings on printed materials. All materials will be uploaded providing attendees to print or save on their own. Participants will have the information for longer periods of time with ease of access. Exhibitor prospectus for 2021 is now available.

The Details

Currently, we are all working on the logistics to enhance your learning experience.  The conference will consist of live keynote presentations, an exhibitor area with ability to connect to exhibitors live and include more than usual networking opportunities with speakers and attendees. We are even seeking a bookstore for your convenience.

Do not worry if your time schedule does not meet ours. If you are a paid attendee, you will have the ability to view the sessions on your own time for up to 3 months

On behalf of the board of directors and the CARD staff we wish to thank you for your commitment as a CARD supporter and devotion to autism.  We look forward to seeing you all online and hope you are staying healthy and taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

If you have any concerns or questions at this time please contact the CARD conference organizer Judee Samuels at judee.samuels@ucf.edu and she will respond as soon as possible.

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