Dear Friends,

All of us here at FSU CARD would like to extend a tremendous ‘Thank You’ to Brinda Pamulapati and VENVI Art Gallery! On Saturday, November 7th, VENVI held its Grand Opening benefiting the FSU Autism Institute. They graciously donated 25% of the week’s sales to the Institute and donated a beautiful piece of art that was auctioned online and at the opening, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Autism Institute. Also, a special ‘Thank You’ to Vivian Roden for introducing us to Brinda and the whole VENVI Gallery family. We are so very appreciative for their generous support! Please visit the gallery online at and in their beautiful storefront location at 2901 E. Park Ave, Suite 2800.

Several existing training opportunities are highlighted in this month’s newsletter.

  • Registration is still open for the December 14-15 SCERTS training in Tallahassee presented by Emily Rubin. Ms. Rubin is an internationally known consultant to educational programs and an author of the SCERTS Model. This training will be aimed at educators but will be appropriate for family members to attend as well. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for registration details.
  • FSU CARD is presenting another great training series on Job Interview Skills. This 12-week program will start on January 7th and be held 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 get registered. There is limited funding available for families to attend the conference. More info on funding opportunities is in the newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th Annual FSU Autism Superhero 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run date has been set! It will be held on April 9th at 8am, at the Northwood Centre. We hope to see you ALL there!


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

Holiday Meals – Tips and Tools

Holiday Meal Social StoryBook

Need a social story to help get through the news foods, manners, and social skills to help get you through the holidays. Read More >>


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Christmas Holiday Social Story

Here is a great resource to help out with the holidays with new schedules, understanding the holidays, holiday decorations, etc. Read More>>


Nutrition Spotlight

During the holidays, yummy food and tasty treats are everywhere. It would be easy to let healthy eating habits slide, but holidays can still be healthy. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay on track with good eating habits: Read More >>

CARD Training Information

Book Club-Oct

Join Our FSU CARD Book Club

Meets second Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tallahassee, FL

Overview of Aut Spec and Basic Supp

Overview of Autism Spectrum and Basic Supports – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL
November 5 & December 3, 2015**

The training includes information on the basic characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

**Due to popular demand, this training is being repeated on three different dates, please choose one. Learn More >>.


Using the SCERTS Model Framework to Guide Priorities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – (TLH)
Tallahassee, FL

December 14-15, 2015

The training includes information about:

This training will be aimed at educators but will be appropriate for family members to attend as well. Be on the lookout for registration information and check out the save the date flier in this newsletter for more information.

Learn More >>


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

More information coming soon!
April 9, 2016


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 >>

Breakfast with Santa flyer 2015

Autism Society of Emerald Coast presents ‘Breakfast with Santa’ – (Fort Walton Beach)
Fort Walton Beach, FL

December 12, 2015 from 9:00 – 12:00 PM (CST)
Must register by December 4th – please email Karen Williams at
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