Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays from all of us here at FSU CARD. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer in this month’s newsletter.

During the holidays, all three CARD offices will be closed from December 24, 2015, through January 3, 2016, and will reopen January 4, 2016. If you have an emergency, please call the main CARD phone number at (850) 644-4367 or (800) 769-7926. One of our consultants will return your call as quickly as possible.

  • FSU CARD is presenting another great training series on Job Interview Skills. There are still a few spaces for this 12-week program starting on Thursday, January 7th and continuing every Thursday through March 31st. This series is for CARD clients beyond high school and will cover important topics such as interview etiquette, responding to interview questions, character, nonverbal communication, and much more. Check out the flyer in this newsletter for more information.
  • Registration is now OPEN for the 23rd Annual CARD Conference. The conference will be held on January 29-31 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Please visit: for more details and to register. In conjunction with the CARD Conference, an ADOS-2 training will be offered.

SAVE THE DATE! CARD Day at the Capitol will be held February 2, 2016. This is a day for clients and their family members from across the state to convene in Tallahassee to share with legislators their experiences with CARD. More information to come. We hope to see you ALL there!


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

FSU CARD had the privilege of partnering with the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast during their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12th.  Families enjoyed a pancake breakfast while being entertained by our local constituents through song, piano, and poetry.  Families also enjoyed private visits and pictures with Santa, as well as crafts and games provided by local therapists and teachers. Okaloosa county ASD classrooms made beautiful artwork for our walls and ornaments to decorate our Christmas trees.  FSU CARD is so proud to be part of such an AWESOME community event. Read More >>


From left to right …

Greg Hasty ASEC President, Gerrianne Burnette Executive Board Member , Brad Burnette Vice President and Program Director, Debi Gunter FSU CARD


From left to right –
Karen Williams, Santa, and Debi Gunter

Karen is with our Panama City Beach office and she coordinated all of our registration for this event. She also worked with Santa to make sure all the boys and girls had gifts. Debi Gunter was the Event Coordinator.


Nutrition Spotlight

Healthy Eating Tips and Light Party Recipes for the Holidays

Epicurious editors are no strangers to the temptations of the holiday season—an ever-growing period of time that stretches from before Halloween through New Year’s Eve (and returns for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day). As food writers and editors, our holiday season is even longer than the average person’s: Read More >>

CARD Training Information

Flyer-The FSU CARD Job Interview Skills GroupInterviewSkillsFlyerJan2016

Job Interview Skills Group – 12 Week Series – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

Starting January 7, 2016

The training includes information about:

This group will be using evidence-based Interview Skills Curriculum by Leatzow and Morgan. Learn More >>

PEERS HS flyer 2016

Social Skills Group for High School Age Students – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

Begins January 12th, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM (EST)
Learn More >>

2015 CARD Conference

CARD Conference
Orlando, FL

January 29-31, 2016

CARD Conference – The purpose of this annual statewide conference is to provide information on state-of-the-art practices in areas that promote best practices in education, early intervention and quality community based life-styles for individuals with autism, deaf-blindness, and related disabilities.

Limited funds are available to families to attend the CARD conference. If you are interested in applying for funds, please complete the application at the link below and submit to Karen Robins at

Funding Application Information:

CARD Conference Information:


2016 Autism Superhero 5K
April 9, 2016

2016 Autism 5K & One Mile Fun Run Flyer

Sponsorship Form


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

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
(Great article from Autism Speaks)

Is your child with autism ready to start school?

The transition back to school can be a challenging experience at times for our families. What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve seen families face when the first day of school arrives?

I would say the biggest obstacles are two fold: First is trusting that your children will be fine on their first day. The nervous energy that accompanies any big milestone like the first day or new school can create anxiety in parents. Do things to help you stay positive and calm because it will reflect on your children. They are often very attuned to parents’ behavior and will take their lead from what you say and do…so stay positive even if you have reasons to worry.  >> Read More