Dear Friends,

Summer is just around the corner and that means it is time for the annual FSU Autism Summer Institute. This year we are hosting the institute at Goodwood Museum and Gardens and are bringing you three rich training days that are relevant to classroom teachers at all levels. On Monday, June 20th, we will have Dr. Lisa Dieker from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Dieker will present on differentiating instruction for learners with ASD using technology and principles of universal design. On Tuesday, Dr. Sarah Powell from the University of Texas at Austin will provide much-needed information on mathematics instruction for students with ASD. Finally, we will finish off the Institute on Wednesday with Dr. Matthew Brock from Ohio State University. Dr. Brock will spend the day sharing the why and how of best practices for supporting students with ASD in general education settings. If you haven’t already registered, don’t hesitate!

We want to thank you for your continued support of our organization and to remind you that, in order for CARD to be a service to our community, we must share news and information about CARD with area professionals and individuals. If you or someone you know has a diagnosis, or is suspected of having autism spectrum disorder or a related disability, do not hesitate to contact our office for a referral packet and learn how to become a client so that we can provide services that may be helpful to you or someone you know.

Visit often for more training information and upcoming events.


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

Summer Camps & Activities

Ability 1st Youth Summer Camp – Tallahassee

An 8-weeks skills group to set students up for success as they transition onto the next phase of their life! To view flyer and dates, click here.

Animal Adventure Training Camp – Tallahassee

Your kids will love our summer program that allows them to learn basic animal obedience training and more advanced animal training through “hands-on” activities using rescued puppies of all breeds. Every kid will work with puppies, both independently and in small groups. We will have puppies every day, all week long. Camp begins June 6, so register now. For more information and to register, call (850) 294-1964 or visit

FSU Flying High Circus

Join us for a truly unique day camp experience on the Florida State campus. Campers will get to work on all the same acts you’ve seen during our performances; Flying Trapeze, Juggling, Tight Rope, Balancing, Cloud Swing and more are offered. Click here for more information.

Camp Challenger!

Looking for a camp that’s fun AND educational? Our science-themed camps feature hands-on activities led by experienced educators, and are held during winter break, spring break, teacher planning days and the entire summer. To read more click here.

*For a list of summer camps near and around you, click here.

Monthly Features

The Battle for “Age-Appropriate”

Parents of children with autism are often thinking to themselves about ways to facilitate their children’s ability to be more socially engaged with same age peers. One of the ways that we tend to focus on the most is the idea of trying to move our children toward some of the same interests that we perceive their peers to have.


Data Collection – The Dreaded Beast? Maybe Not!

Data Collection. Sometimes it does strike fear in the hearts of new teachers. There is nothing worse than having the psychologist, the county behavior therapist, a parent or an administrator ask to review the data on a specific student’s behavior. You, as a teacher, have to go through your folders and find stacks of raw data sheets that haven’t seen the light of day in months, much less analyzed!


Nutrition Spotlight

Choose My Plate!

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. For engaging activities, games, and songs for kids, follow the link below!

Read More>>

Monthly Family Social Night in Crestview, FL

When: The third Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Spectrum House, 851 Wilson Street North, Crestview, Fla. 32536

Join ASEC on the third Tuesday of each month for an evening of socializing and games with other families in the autism community. Pizza and Beverages will be provided
Siblings are welcome to attend. Open to all ages.

You are welcome to bring a board or card game that your child enjoys!

Learn More >>

Upcoming Trainings and Community Events

Facing Your Fears Program


Tuesday Evenings This Summer

The FACING YOUR FEARS PROGRAM is an affordable 14-week program for children 8-14 years old.
• Designed for high-functioning children who are verbally fluent, have an ASD diagnosis, and also have difficulties with anxiety
• Focuses on helping children and their parents identify worries, develop coping strategies, and practice “facing fears”
• Parent and child participation are required. Participants will work in a large group for a portion of each session and then divide into child and parent groups
View Flyer >>

PEPSA Partnership Program – Now Accepting Applications!

The Partnership Program is designed to provide training and technical assistance to educators or a school program that aims to enhance the educational program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Partnership Program is a competitive process and ONLY 28 PARTNERS around the state are selected. For more information regarding a PEPSA partnership in the Florida Panhandle Area (FSU CARD’s catchment area), please contact Lerena Fleck.
View Flyer >>

PEERS: Social Skills Group for Middle School Age Students (7th-9th Grade)

6-7:30 pm * Begins Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 * 14 Weeks CARD Office (we are moving – location still to be determined)
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
> To view the flyer and registration details, please click here.

Social Skills Training for Children with Autism:

“Research on 3D, virtual-simulation-based social skills training”
If your child is in grades 4-7 and diagnosed with high-functioning autism (or Asperger’s Syndrome), your child is qualified to participate in this study.
*Your child will receive a $50 gift card at the end of the 5 week session.
Learn More >>

Summer Institute on Autism (FSU)

*June 20-22, 2016, Registration is LIVE, click here to register.
View Training >>

EMERGE Social Group – (Niceville, FL)

*Starting June 14, 2016 EMERGE will meet every Tuesday at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 200 Partin Drive North, Niceville, FL from 6:00-8:00pm.

Learn More>>

Empowered Educators: Tools, Tips and Tricks to Implementing Evidenced Based Strategies for Students with ASD – (Jupiter, FL)

August 2, 2016, 8:30am – 3:30pm
This training designed for teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals will introduce participants to the ASD Classroom Tool identifying Evidenced Based Practices in the areas of Ecological Factor, Behavioral System, and Curriculum and Instruction. Participants will be provided researched based strategies and tools…

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

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 >>