1/27/2021; 2/3/2021; 2/10, 2021; 2/17/2021; 2/24/2021; 3/3/2021 4:00-5:30PM

Behavior Strategies that Work!

Participants will learn strategies for managing the spectrum of behaviors observed in children with autism. This 6-part series is appropriate for both educators and caregivers. It is expected that participants will attend each session to receive the most benefit.

2/4/2021; 2/11/2021; 2/18/2021; 2/25/2021 4:00-5:00 PM

UF CARD Social Group for Children 8 – 12 Years Old

These four social learning sessions will focus on common social challenges for children ages 8 to 12 years of age. Each session will all be hosted via Zoom from 4 to 5pm. Children can attend one or all four. Session dates and topics: Thursday, February 4 – Session #1 – Using and understanding body language Thursday, February 11 – Session #2 – Differentiating between fact and fiction Thursday, February 18 – Session #3 – Acknowledging and recovering from mistakes Thursday, February 25 – Session #4 – Game Night

2/25/2021 – 3/27/2021 (THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS) 2:00-2:45PM

Virtual Nutrition and Exercise Health Program

This free program is designed to increase knowledge of nutrition and health education for adults with autism spectrum disorder. Participants should expect to learn about different nutritional skills like balancing a diet, identifying food groups, identifying power foods, and counting calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Also, learn fun ways to exercise and reach personal fitness goals. No equipment is needed. 

3/4/2021; 3/11/2021; 3/18/2021; 3/25/2021 4:00-5:00 PM

UF CARD Social Group for 13 – 17 Years Old

These four social learning sessions will focus on common social challenges for teens ages 13 to 17 years of age. Each session will all be hosted via Zoom from 4 to 5pm. Children can attend one or all four. Session dates and topics: Thursday, March 4 – Session #1 – Making and maintaining friendships Thursday, March 11 – Session #2 – Initiating/terminating conversations Thursday, March 18 – Session #3 – Perspective taking Thursday, March 25 – Session #4 – Acknowledging and recovering from mistakes

3/9/2021 6:30-7:30PM

Tuesday Night Training (TNT): Strategies to Facilitate Language at Home

Learning outcomes:
1. Participants will learn the stages of communication, a developmental
perspective and guide to language intervention with our children with ASD.
2. Strategies for families to promote language development in our nonverbal and young children with ASD.


Parent Support Group

The purpose of these meetings is for parents to have some time to relax, talk, and share about our children and experiences. Please come join us! Please contact Margie Garlin if you are interested in attending. Weekly ONLINE meetings on alternating Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings

3/15/2021 4:00-5:30PM

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Students with ASD

As school-age children, especially those with ASD, struggle to cope with increasing social and academic demands, they often experience difficulties managing their emotions and making good decisions. Individuals with ASD often have co-occurring mental health diagnoses, included depression and anxiety. Individuals with ASD between the ages of 13-18 have higher rates of anxiety than any other age group, and the rates of depression and suicide for teens with autism are 28 times higher than that of the general population. Participants will learn how mental health challenges impact the social, emotional, and cognitive abilities of individuals with autism. They will also learn how to identify and implement tools and strategies to address specific mental health needs.


MyFriends: Virtual Meet and Greet

MyFriends provides positive, welcoming social opportunities for adults with ASD where they can meet and make friends.To join MyFriends you must: Be a UF-CARD constituent; Be 18 years or older; and contact Ann-Marie Orlando. Weekly ONLINE meetings on Mondays at 12PM


Support Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Join us ONLINE via Zoom for our monthly support group where we will talk about how to manage daily life. Parents are also welcome to join in. Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 5PM.


UF CARD Orientation

Join us ONLINE via Zoom to: Learn about CARD’s purpose and how our staff may help you on your journey to better understanding autism and related disabilities through education and support; Receive information and tools to help you get started on your next steps; and Meet other families to build and strengthen your support network. Orientation is usually held on the second Friday of the month at 10:30AM.


Housing Forum

Please join us ONLINE for a Housing Discussion of community needs and help us plan for further residential support explorations. Moving out of the family home is one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. For those with autism and related disabilities, this can be a long and effortful process. Determining the type of physical home as well as necessary support services can be complicated, leaving some families unsure of where to start, while others may have started the process and await a feasible plan to move forward. We hope that these meetings will assist you and your family in planning for this important event and help you gain a better understanding of the housing and residential supports available, including learning a great deal from each other to make a safe, healthy, and happy home.

Annual Conferences and Fundraisers

CARD Hosted

CARD Statewide Conference

The purpose of the annual conference is to provide information on state-of-the-art practices in areas that promote best practices in education, early intervention, and quality community based life-styles for individuals with autism, deaf-blindness, and related disabilities.

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Stomp the Swamp for Autism Fundraiser

This fun fitness event is held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Participants can run or walk “stadiums” or run/walk the inner loop of the stadium. Prizes are offered to the participants in each category with the best time.

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Autism in the Arts

Join us to celebrate the unique artistic and performance talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Participants will see unique artwork, meet the artists, watch live performances, and enjoy a reception with refreshments at this free event. Enjoy an evening with painters, photographers, crafters, singers, actors, musicians, comedians, and much more. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be held online the week of October 19, 2020. Please see our Facebook page for details.

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Autism and UF

This 2-day conference consists of a series of sessions on a variety of topics related to current research and intervention in autism spectrum disorder. Many sessions will be presented by UF faculty and staff working in the field of autism spectrum disorder. A link will be posted below once information about this year’s event is available.

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Events Hosted by Other Groups

The Family Cafe

The Annual Family Cafe hosts an annual three-day conference for individuals with disabilities and their family members each June. Features include individual breakout sessions, exhibit hall with vendors, special events including The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, networking with other families, and access to policy-making officials. There is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.

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