Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

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Download the CARD State-wide brochure

If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to CARD. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

PARKING - A UF parking decal is required to park in most areas of the East Campus parking lot, but there is FREE VISITOR PARKING in the area near NE 23rd St. Please follow the signs to park in the visitor parking, look for spots with a large white 'V'.


Please click here to read important information about CARD funding and how you can help support CARD!


orange arrow bullet Presenting CARD Professional Development ON-DEMAND- Autism training on your schedule!

We have taken our training sessions and packaged them in a convenient and easy to use e-learning format, so you can have access to Professional Development on a wide variety of topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder that you can complete at your own pace. Teachers, check with your school district to see if you can earn in-service points for these trainings - in many cases you can. Each CARD PD ON-DEMAND session description provides the length, target audience, target knowledge level, and the link to enroll. Upon completion of the session and associated quiz, you can view and print a certificate of completion. Enroll in CARD PD ON-DEMAND today!


orange arrow bullet Summer Splash Day Sponsored by the Gainesville Elks Lodge #990
Sat, July 26, 10am - 4pm

WHERE: Gainesville Elks Lodge 2424 NW 23rd Blvd Gainesville FL

DESCRIPTION: Summer Splash Day Sponsored by the Gainesville Elks Lodge #990. On July 26th, the Gainesville Elks Lodge will be holding a 'Summer Splash Family Fun Day' at their lodge located at 2424 NW 23rd Blvd. This will be a fundraising event to benefit the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). The Elks organizations have always placed the needs of children as a major priority for our fundraising activities. The Summer Splash event will bring community awareness of the CARD program and help support the fundraising effort for this charity. Summer Splash will consist of a huge water slide for kids and adults, a bounce house for the youngsters, a dunking booth, lots of food items, entertainment, and fun games for all. A Drug Awareness Trailer will be on site to provide the community with information. A soccer and basketball shoot, a goldfish ping pong ball toss, face painting, and a water balloon toss will round out our Summer Splash Day activities. A small donation will be accepted to help sponsor the festivities. Food and drinks, ice cream and popcorn will also be available. Activities will begin at 10:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, swimsuits and sunscreen. Children must be supervised by adults at all times. This event is open to the public. Come and see what the Elks are all about and enjoy this fun day in the sun with family and friends and help support the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

orange arrow bullet 3 Day Summer Literacy Institute: Jul 15,16,17, 2014

Where: Sivia Center 3700 NE 53rd Ave Gainesville FL 32609

Description: The Summer Literacy Institute will engage educators in discovering ways to provide literacy learning opportunities in the context of the general curriculum and assess the literacy learning of students with autism spectrum disorders. Each day will focus on a different age group and appropriate strategies for each group. In addition, educators will learn to write IEP goals that reflect the use of these strategies and apply them to curriculum and assessment. To facilitate learning, the group will participate in activities dispersed throughout the workshop including small group activities and video examples.

7/15 Pre-K/Early Elementary
7/16 Elementary
7/17 Secondary
Presented by: Kelly Whalon, Ph.D; Ann-Marie Orlando, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; & Andrea Ruppar, Ph.D.
Hosted by: UF CARD/Gainesville

Complete Details: https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=Mzc0a2cyc3NqczVncWl2MGtzc3RhZGVxNTAgdWZnY2FyZEBt&ctz=America/New_York&sf=true&output=xml

orange arrow bullet WANTED: Students on Autism Spectrum or with Asperger Syndrome For Participation in Studies of Hearing

These studies are designed to understand how the ear perceives sounds, and to determine the physiological basis for reports of extreme auditory sensitivity, and/or auditory annoyance with background noise in students with ASD or Asperger Syndrome.

Principal Investigator: Prof. David Smith
Auditory Research Laboratories
337 Psychology

Eligibility Criteria: Students diagnosed as being on Autism Spectrum or with Asperger Syndrome. Participants should not have ear infections, known hearing loss, ear problems, history of ear surgery, or long-term exposure to loud sounds.


For more information, please contact: Sridhar Srinivasan - UFAuditoryLab@gmail.com

orange arrow bullet General Self-Help Resource Guide Access to Florida's Transportation Disadvantaged Program for Individuals with Disabilities

This guide (click here to download PDF, reader required) is created to provide assistive service information and easy to find resources to help individuals with disabilities access services through Florida's Transportation Disadvantaged Program and services.

This guide provides hyperlinks to informative websites; frequently asked questions (FAQs); factsheets; federal and state laws, regulations, and rules; and many other relevant and helpful resources.

This self-help resource guide is not a substitute for legal advice

As with many other FAAST self-help resource guides this guide is available on the FAAST website at http://www.faast.org/resources/library.

orange arrow bullet Low-tech Visual Supports for Math with Cathy Zenko

This 30 minute presentation provides examples of visual supports for use in math lessons to support the unique learning needs of students on the Autism Spectrum. Take a Look! http://usf.adobeconnect.com/p8fgrrmnaue/

orange arrow bullet Enhancing Engagement in Science, a tutorial by FAU CARD!

Direct Link: https://faucard.adobeconnect.com/_a1001665944/p4yp1f3hwmr/?launcher=false&fcscontent=true&pbmode=normal

More Tutorials from FAU CARD: http://www.coe.fau.edu/centersandprograms/card/tutorials.aspx

orange arrow bullet Here is a short video about using visuals in a science class!

Direct Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30dvFzyPzds&feature=player_embedded

For more information about visual supports, visit our visual supports pages

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orange arrow bullet Become a Friend of CARD!

Please consider making a gift to CARD and become a FRIEND OF CARD. Since 2006, the CARD budget has been reduced by 34%. Our first fundraising goal is to enroll 100 FRIENDS OF CARD who can give $100 each and to recognize those FRIENDS with a FRIEND OF CARD lapel pin. Of course we recognize that not everyone can give at that level and gratefully welcome all donations even those of $1. All gifts are made through the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information on how to give click here.

orange arrow bullet Autism License Plate

Benefitting individuals with autism and related disabilities throughout Florida! See http://www.autismlicenseplate.com/ for more information.

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