Frequently Asked Questions
Who do we serve?
CARD serves children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism, autistic-like disabilities, pervasive developmental disorder, dual sensory impairments (deaf-blindness), or a vision or hearing loss with another disabling condition. We are required by the legislation that created CARD to have documentation of a qualifying diagnosis in order for an individual to receive our services. The diagnosis can be made by a physician, such as a pediatrician, psychiatrist or neurologist, or by a licensed psychologist. In cases where no diagnosis has been made, we encourage parents to call us for information on where they can go for a diagnostic evaluation.
No, CARD staff do not provide diagnostic evaluations, but we will help you find a qualified professional if you are seeking a diagnosis. If you live in the 14 counties we server, contact our office for more information. If you live elsewhere in Florida, contact your regional CARD office.
To begin working with CARD, call our Intake Coordinator at (352) 273-0581 or 1-800-754-5891.
Individualized Assistance: We are available for individual consultations to help parents, caregivers and professionals tailor practices to a specific individual. Contact our office for more information.
Technical Assistance to Schools and School Districts: We provide consultation to schools regarding specific students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. View our Requests From Schools page for more information.
Training: We hold general information sessions on a variety of topics throughout the fourteen counties we serve and offer informal problem solving sessions as well as more formal and comprehensive training. In addition, CARD holds an annual statewide conference. See our calendar for upcoming training and events. Anyone can request training. Please see more information on our Training Request page.
Referral: We will do our best to help you find professionals of all types with expertise in autism and related disabilities. We will also try to help you connect with other important social service agencies and resources.
Information: We have a lending library of books and other materials. Parents and professionals are welcome to visit the library. We ask that you call before coming to ensure someone will be available to assist you (352) 273-0581. Our website is another source of information. It contains some of our handouts as well as information on local resources and parent support groups and links to many other resources.