Support/Social Groups

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.

For Adults

UF CARD CONSTITUENTS 18 & UP 

Adults on the Spectrum Support Group

When: Monthly Meetings, First Fridays 5pm 
Where: Online 
Why: Discuss strategies for managing daily life

UF CARD constituents & caregivers

Housing Forum

When: Monthly Meetings, days/time vary 
Where: Online 
Why: Discuss community needs and explore further residential support 

UF CARD constituents 18 & up

MyFriends

When: Monthly Meetings, days/time vary 
Where: In-person, locations vary 
Why: Positive, welcoming social opportunities for adults with ASD to meet and make friends

Caregivers of UF CARD constituents

Parent Support Group

When: Weekly Meetings, days/time vary 
Where: Online & In-person options, locations vary 
Why: Time for caregivers to relax, talk, and share about our children and experiences

UF CARD Constituents

Women on the Spectrum

When: Monthly Meetings, First Tuesdays 7-8pm 
Where: Online 
Why: Connect with other women on the spectrum, provide support and brainstorm ideas to help each other achieve personal and professional goals 

For Children

UF CARD constituents ages 8-12

Social Learning Sessions for Children

When: Monthly Meetings, First Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm 
Where: In-person, UF CARD Office  
Why: Facilitate social communication in the context of conversations and games

UF CARD CONSTITUENTS AGES 13-17

Social Learning Sessions for Teens

When: Monthly Meetings, Third Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm 
Where: In-person, UF CARD Office 
Why: Facilitate social communication in the context of conversations and games 

UF CARD / UF Collaborations

UF Students

Impact Autism

IMPACT Autism is a nonprofit organization under the University of Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD). IMPACT Autism’s activities consist of monthly meetings, service opportunities, and fundraisers for the annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism benefiting individuals with autism and their families through training and assistance.
Our student organization is dedicated to giving back to the autistic community, through quality volunteer opportunities. We seek to accomplish this mission through events, such as Kid’s Day Out and MyFriends. There are over 500 students at the University of Florida who have made their impact through these special activities, and our membership continues to grow.

UF Students

SOCIAL Gators

SOCIAL Gators (Student Opportunities for Career, Independent, and Academic Life) is a program for UF degree-seeking students who want to enhance their skills for a more enriching college experience. This program is designed for students on the autism spectrum and other students interested in improving their social communication skills.
A collaborative effort between the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Disability Resource Center (DRC), SOCIAL Gators focuses on developing skills in social interaction, independence, career readiness, and academics through peer mentoring, weekly group meetings, structured dialogue, access to resources, and social connections.