A Statewide Effort to Serve Individuals with Autism and Related Disabilities
In 1993, the Florida Legislature authorized the funds to establish the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD). There are now seven CARD sites throughout the state, which receive funding through the Florida Department of Education.
The purpose of CARD is to provide support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, dual-sensory impairments, and related disabilities. CARD services are provided free of charge to individuals with autism and related disabilities, to their families, and to the professionals who work with them.
While each CARD site represents a unique geographical service region, CARD programs, services, and priorities are a reflection of statewide coordination, planning, and development efforts.
Whom does CARD serve?
CARD serves individuals of any age with...
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PPD-NOS), Rett's Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Related Disabilities: Dual-sensory impairments (deaf-blind), Sensory loss plus another disabling condition
CARD serves family members and educational professionals who are involved in the individual's life. Community members interested in autism and related disabilities are also welcome to attend CARD events and can call the Center for more information. UF/Jacksonville CARD serves the following counties: Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, and St. Johns.
CARD Services to Families
- Parent training, functional behavioral assessment, behavior support plans
- Training events and workshops
- Referrals to service providers, funding sources, support groups, etc.
- Family support: counseling, support groups, social skills groups, sibshops
CARD Services to Schools
CARD assists schools in our service area...
- School Consultation: Consultation with educational professionals
- Training events and workshops for educational professionals (opportunities for continuing education credit)
- Florida DOE/CARD Teacher Partnership
CARD Services in the Community
CARD community services include...
- Awareness events pertaining to Autism and related disabilities for local groups or agencies upon request
- Training events on topics pertaining to autism and related disabilities
- Annual statewide CARD conference
- Dissemination of informational brochures on autism and related disabilities