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FLORIDA CARD CENTERS

Florida CARD Map 

Florida CARD Statewide Brochure (English)

Florida CARD Statewide Brochure (Spanish) 

Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton

Florida State University Tallahassee

University of Central Florida Orlando

University of Florida Gainesville

University of Florida Jacksonville

University of South Florida Tampa

FOLLETOS

Spanish CARD Brochures

 

ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

Local Autism Society of America Broward Chapter is a local advocacy and support organization.

Autism Society of America Miami Chapter is a local advocacy and support organization.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF) is a national non-profit organization that develops, fundings and advocates for suitable and sustainable programs, resources, support systems and services that address the lifespan needs of adults living with autism.

Family Network on Disabilities Broward helps families advocate for their child with special needs.

Parent to Parent of Miami helps parents advocate for their child with special needs.

State Autism Florida

Autism Society of Florida 

Disability Rights Florida

Family Network on Disabilities Florida

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

National Autism Society of America

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Autism Speaks

Organization for Autism Research

ASPERGER SYNDROME

Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) provides community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy for individuals with ASD.

OASIS @ MAAP is the combined website for these two organizations which provide online support and information for persons with Asperger Syndrome and their loved ones.

ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT

Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC) is a University of Miami clinic that provides screenings, evaluations, therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and social skill groups.

Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center provides outpatient evaluation and treatment of children with special needs.

The Nova Southeastern University Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinic provides comprehensive psycho-developmental evaluations for children ages birth through five years who are exhibiting developmental delays or are suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.

University of Miami Autism Programs (UMAP) represents an interdisciplinary collaboration of world-renowned experts in integrated, family-centered care, providing leading-edge research and clinical services available to all South Florida families.

EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION

CDC: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Early Steps Evaluations for children, birth to 3 years old.

FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System) Evaluations for children, 3 to 5 years old.      • Miami-Dade/Monroe      • Broward

Broward County Public Schools Pre-K ESE

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Pre-K ESE

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT 

Florida Exceptional Student Education Resources are presentations and publications from the Florida Department of Education.

Florida Inclusion Network provides information, training and consultation to educators, families and community members promoting successful inclusion of all students.

McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice.

Visual Supports and Strategies for the Classroom and Home are useful tools provided by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

PEPSA is designed to enhance the capacity of Florida educators to provide quality educational programs to students with autism spectrum disorder.

Wright’s Law offers articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child's IEP.

 

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

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.

 

INSURANCE

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation 

MEDICAID WAIVER

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) administers Medicaid Waiver funds.

ONLINE LEARNING TOOLS

Autism Internet Modules (AIM) offer opportunities for free online learning.

CARD VINE (Virtual Interactive Network for Education) offers instructional videos and online trainings.

CARD VINE (Robin's Tree of Learning) - Pick a video category from the Tree.

Florida CARD offers online resources for families and service providers.

FND University is an online distance learning platform sponsored by Family Network on Disabilities. FND University allows you to take a variety of trainings from the comfort of your own home or office. This fully interactive training platform also enables you to keep a transcript of all of your courses and receive a certificate of completion as each one is completed. Trainings include topics such as Understanding IDEA, Parental Engagement, Effective Communication, Conflict Resolution, and many more. Many of the courses being offered through FND University are accredited and may be allowed to count toward Continuing Education Credits.  

OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Cerebral Palsy Guide is a small group of professionals with a desire to educate and help people with cerebral palsy.
United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida programs and services are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family served, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential, and achieve rewarding and productive lives as fully participating members of their communities.

RELATED DISABILITIES

Deaf-Blind Florida Outreach Project

Fragile X Syndrome Families for Fragile X Fragile X Foundation Fragile X Research Foundation

Rett SyndromeInternational Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF)

Tuberous Sclerosis Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 

RESOURCES 

South Florida Autism Service Directory 
The Wallet Card Project is a free tool for teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed to help them communicate clearly with law enforcement or first responders. The Wallet Card Project is collaboration between the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), the Coral Gables Police Department, and Disability Independence Group (DIG). To download a copy of The Wallet Card brochure, please click here

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL

Aktion Club is a volunteer organization through Kiwanis in which members with disabilities provide community service to their local communities.

Best Buddies matches individuals with disabilities with typical peers to provide social opportunities.

Drowning Prevention Brochure provides useful water safety and drowning prevention tips.

Friendship Circle is a unique organization with a refreshing approach to helping families of children with special needs.

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.

Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports, recreational activities, and outings.      • Miami-Dade     • Broward

Shake-a-Leg works with children & adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges in a marine environment to teach them environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing, swimming & kayaking.

Special Olympics offers sports training and athletic competition for individuals with disabilities.

TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD

Adult Education and Community Schools can provide opportunities for learning, social interaction, and exploring an interest or hobby.     • Miami-Dade      • Broward

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.

Autism After 16 provides articles and links to resources addressing topics related to planning for life after high school.

Autism Housing Network provides information on innovative housing models.

Centers for Independent Living provide a variety of services including assistance with housing, employment, and social opportunities.      • Miami-Dade     • Broward

Employ Florida is a network of free statewide centers which provides job search assistance, resume writing workshops, computer training, and more to help individuals find and maintain employment.      • South Florida Work Force (Miami-Dade & Monroe)     • Work Force One (Broward)

Florida HATS Insurance Guide for Young Adults

FYI Transition is an interactive website that uses video modules and avatars to provide students, caregivers, and professionals with information about transition planning.

Job Accommodation Network explains workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides information about tax credits for employers.

Project 10 (Transition Education Network) is the Florida Department of Education’s hub of information related to transition for students with disabilities.

Social Security offers two types of benefits to adults with disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Medicaid and/or Medicare are also benefits of these programs. Information about various work incentive programs is available through the Red Book.

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. 

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