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. https://florida-card.org/

 

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. https://pals-ucfcard.org/ 

 

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. http://doepartnership.fmhi.usf.edu/

 

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. https://us.jkp.com/

 

The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our board of directors is comprised of 100% people with autism and family members.
We are an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. For 34 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

 

 Summit offers many programs for children, teens, and young adults that are on the autism spectrum. These include traditional summer sleepaway camp, recreational weekender programs, teen travel tours, and both short and long term programs for young adults to develop independent living skills. https://www.summitcamp.com

 

 The Professional Crisis Management Association has been certifying educators in practical, accessible behavior science that creates a safe and positive learning environment since 1984. https://crisisintervention.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. https://fcsua.org/index.php

 

Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health is a specialized, short term residential treatment programs for children and adolescents with autism. We offer crisis stabilization and short-term residential care. Our unique treatment programs for behavioral problems that are linked to autism and focus on the individualized needs our clients have proven results. The autism program at Springbrook is a goal –oriented treatment plan designed to minimize the self-destructive behaviors that are often seen in children with autism and related diagnoses. At the core of our program is Applied Behavior Analysis, a discipline that uses evidence-based interventions to improve social significant behaviors. We are also proud to be the driving force and creators behind the National Converge Autism Conference (http://convergeautism.com), an autism conference designed to educate professionals and educators, but also parents and families of individuals with autism.

Since 1991, The Horizons School has provided an innovative post-secondary learning program for young adults with learning and other disabilities. We are unique in providing authentic learning experiences based in the community. Students complete prevocational training and college coursework to prepare for work and living independence. Licensed as a private school by the Alabama Community College System, Horizons proudly offers industry-recognized career certificates enabling its students to successfully compete for paid employment!

Behavior analysis makes a difference. It is the science behind why people do what they do. When you earn a degree or continue your training in the field of behavior analysis at Florida Tech, you enhance your ability to help children, families, organizations and your community navigate the world with comfort, confidence and success. Behavior analysis is one of Florida Tech’s signature strengths. We are proud of our graduates and continuing students, whose successes have helped Florida Tech earn worldwide acclaim as a premier provider of behavior analysis education and training.

 The Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC) is the central repository of information regarding missing endangered persons in Florida. MEPIC assists law enforcement agencies and Florida’s citizens in finding missing persons by providing analytical services and engaging the public in the search. As part of these services, MEPIC has worked with partner agencies to develop the Florida AMBER, Purple and Silver Alert Plans. Under these plans, MEPIC is responsible for issuing all AMBER Alerts, Missing Child Alerts, Purple Alerts and State Silver Alerts in Florida.

 

MEPIC also provides assistance to law enforcement in cases involving unidentified deceased and crimes against children. For more information about our services, visit the about us section of this website.

 

To request information or assistance, contact the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at:1-888-FL-MISSING (1-888-356-4774)

Talisman Summer Camp is a traditional, residential summer camp serving children and young adults ages 6-22 with autism, ADHD and similar learning disabilities. We provide our campers with exceptional opportunities to increase self confidence, motivation, independence and social competence in a safe a nurturing environment.

Autism BrainNet is a program of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) that facilitates innovative, high-quality research on donated postmortem brain tissue to better understand the biological causes of autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. Studying postmortem brain tissue can lead to a better understanding of the cellular and molecular changes associated with autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions in the human brain. The data generated will contribute to the development of new interventions that could improve the quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum conditions. Autism BrainNet has resources to help families interested in long-term planning. To learn more, visit autismbrainnet.org.

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