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THE DANIEL JORDAN FIDDLE FOUNDATION TRANSITION AND ADULT PROGRAMS AT UM-NSU CARD
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF) is a national non-profit organization established in 2002 to focus on developing, funding and advocating for suitable and sustainable programs, resources, support systems and services that address the lifespan needs of adults living with autism. The vision of the DJFF is to foster a world where the diverse population of adults on the autism spectrum are valued as citizens who participate in and contribute to community life and who attain their maximum potential as individuals. UM-NSU CARD is proud to partner with the DJFF in the naming of its transition and adult services. With a generous gift from the DJFF, UM-NSU CARD's transition and adult services will now be called The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs. For more details on the DJFF, please visit: http://www.djfiddlefoundation.org/
Parents of adults with autism or a related disability face a new set of challenges once services are no longer available through the school system and pediatric service providers. Many families face the difficulty of navigating the many systems of care in order to meet the needs of their adult children. We recognize that each adult has unique strengths, challenges, and needs. Obtaining legal guardianship for an adult who is not able to make decisions independently or exploring residential options are pressing issues for some families. Others may be focused on post-secondary education and training such as college or transition programs to build independent living skills. Regardless of your son or daughter’s abilities, social skills and relationships, medical care, mental health, and employment are common issues with which parents are confronted. CARD staff are here to help during this critical time of transition.
CARD's Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs will support you by providing individualized assistance that addresses the unique and varied challenges you face. By identifying appropriate resources and providing professional referrals we help you understand the range of available services and how to help your family get the greatest benefit from them. Our parent trainings and workshops also offer the opportunity to network with community providers and increase your knowledge of resources so that you can support your adult on his or her journey through adulthood.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Miami-Dade or Monroe call 305.284.6563. For Broward call 954.262.7111.
COMMUNITY LIFE RESOURCES
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium of organizations working together to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support that improve the lives of adults living with autism.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) administers Medicaid Waiver funds. These funds could be used to pay for personal care assistants, adult day training programs, residential and other services.
Aktion Club is a volunteer organization through Kiwanis in which members with disabilities provide community service to their local communities.
Autism Housing Network provides information on innovative housing models.
Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic is a University of Miami clinic that provides screenings, evaluations, therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and social skill groups.
Disability Rights Florida provides assistance with systems advocacy issues.
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council provides a number of publications to guide families through issues related to adulthood such as planning ahead, sexuality, and disaster preparedness.
• Planning Ahead
• Sexuality Across the Lifespan
• Disaster Ready
• Guardianship and Other Decision-making Options
• Let’s Go Transportation Guide
Florida HATS (Health and Transition Services) offers resources on the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare.
Social Security provides two types of benefits for individuals with disabilities.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) administers Medicaid Waiver funds. These funds could be used to pay for Phase 2, long-term, job coaching.
South Florida Autism Job Board provides a job directory for adults on the spectrum that live in the Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. You can search for employment opportunities and support services in your respective counties.
Vocational Rehabilitation provides assistance to persons with disabilities in order to find and maintain employment, including vocational assessments, assistance with job training, and job coaching.
ASPIRES provides information, resources, and online support to parents, partners, and other family members of an individual with an ASD.
Best Buddies matches individuals with disabilities with typical peers to provide social opportunities.
Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) provides community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy for individuals with ASD.
Over 21 Club was founded by the Autism Society Florida-Miami and works in partnership with CARD and Best Buddies to provide social outings to adults over the age of 21 in the community.
Special Olympics offers sports training and athletic competition for individuals with disabilities.