Dear Friends,

– Super Heroes for autism were out and in full force on April 9th at the FSU Autism Institute’s Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run fundraiser and community event! Over 500 Super Heroes showed up to participate, raise funds, and bring autism awareness to our community. We are so appreciative to the sponsors, volunteers, and families who were able to join us. It is a privilege to serve our community to try to help make everyday a “superhero” day for our clients.

– We would like to send an extra special thank you to Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins for hosting a fundraising campaign for FSU CARD the week leading up to the 5K in each of the seven Tallahassee area stores. They raised over $6,000 through their in-store efforts. Wow!!

– A huge thank you is also in order for our friends at Dance Fusion Studios of Tallahassee. On April 13th, they hosted a Night of Dance in support of Autism Awareness month and FSU CARD. The dancers were incredible and the turnout was great! This is an annual event hosted by Dance Fusion and we are very grateful for their support!

– Come join us at our annual Summer Training Institute on Autism! The dates are June 20, 21, & 22 in Tallahassee at the beautiful Goodwood Museum & Gardens. Topics this year will be Instructional Technology, Mathematics Instruction, and Access to the General Curriculum. This is a power-packed three days of learning! For more information follow the links below.
More information >>
Register >>
Scholarship Funding information >>

– FSU CARD, PEPSA and the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast are hosting a great training on Saturday, May 14th in Crestview, FL. Mr. John Miller will present ‘Building a Bridge Towards Success: Supporting Students with High Functioning Autism.’ The training is free and open to the first 140 participants.
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Visit our website often for more training information and upcoming events.


Lindee Morgan, PhD
Director, FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

CARD Training Information


Monday Meet-Ups
Tallahassee, FL 



Monday Meet-Ups
Tallahassee, FL


Monday Meet-Ups

Tallahassee, FL


Peer Support Program for College Students with Autism** – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

Starting Spring 2016

The support group includes information about:

The College Transition Coach Program is designed to promote optimal success within the college environment for adult students with ASD through the support of trained peer mentors. **Student participants will receive a $50 gift card at the completion of the semester. Learn More >>

Community Training Information

Action Up with Downs, Inc. –
Down Syndrome: awareness, acceptance, & inclusion:

FSU College of Education is offering:

University Of Miami, Department of Psychology Research Study:

Do you have a child with autism? Would you and our partner be willing to participate in a research study? Learn More >>

Sensorimotor & Social Communication Skills:

Using a neuro-physiological approach, the “PLAYBIG Method” of big movement, sensation, emotion, & affect engages children in social play and learning; unlocking their individual potential for connecting with others. Register now – Limited spots Learn More >>

Special Needs Registry for Emergency Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The registry also allows facilities that provide assistance to individuals with special needs a system to register. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies.

Click here to register >>


In the News

Kindergarten teacher reading to children in library

Autism Acceptance Month?

We all know that April is Autism Awareness Month, but what about Autism Acceptance Month? A growing number of organizations have proposed reframing the month of April as just that.

Nutrition Spotlight

Kids Take Action

Let’s Move! is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that every child born today-grows up healthy. This is ambitious, but it can be done-so we’re asking everyone to do their part, especially kids like you. By eating right and being active, you can be healthy and achieve your dreams.

Teri Merlau – Retirement

The CARD staff would like to congratulate Teri Merlau on her recent retirement from CARD earlier this month. Teri has been an integral part of CARD for a number of years and will be greatly missed. If Teri was your consultant and you are needing assistance, please contact Betty Proctor or Megan Taber at 850-644-4367.

School Choice

Be Aware of Deadlines

Parents want the best education for their child and choosing a school is one of the most difficult decisions to make.

Florida Department of Education School Choice Scholarship Options

The State of Florida provides a variety of scholarship opportunities that allow families to choose certain schools for their child.   To learn more about a variety of school options, visit the Florida Department of Education School Choice website or call 1-800-447-1636.

District Public School Options

Each school district offers different options and deadlines regarding choosing another public school within the district. For information, visit your local school district’s website or phone your district’s school choice office.

Some things to think/ask about when choosing a school:

  • Does the school have experience supporting students with ASD and how open are they to meeting the needs of a student with ASD?
  • Is the program inclusive (Are children without disabilities included with the children with disabilities)?
  • How will your child be supported for success?
  • Do the teachers have the support that they need?
  • How will progress be monitored and reported?
  • For Private Schools – will you owe tuition/fees in addition to your scholarship?