Events

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando at (352) 265-2239 or aorlando@ufl.edu. 

In-Person Parent Support Group Meetings

We are excited to resume our in-person Parent Support Groups!The purpose of these meetings is for parents to have some time to relax, talk, and share…

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Self-Awareness and Self-Care Tips and Tricks

CARD Parent Support Group Guest Speaker: Pam Kissoondyal is the Family Engagement Coordinator at the Florida and Virgin Islands DeafBlind…

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Register now for the Autism & UF Conference

The Autism & UF Conference is an annual conference aimed at providing high quality professional development to a variety of professionals, including…

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Weekly/Monthly

WEEKLY

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. ONLINE & IN-PERSON options available.

MONTHLY

MyFriends

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 18 years or older. Monthly meetings.

MONTHLY

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.

MONTHLY

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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Celebrating 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, and watch live performances at this FREE event.  Enjoy an evening with painters, photographers, crafters, singers, actors, musicians, comedians, and much more.  Don’t miss a special performance by local sensation The Barbergators!  We hope to see you there! 

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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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