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STATEWIDE CARD AUTISM CONFERENCE

Who are we?

CARD works with families, caregivers and professionals to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. There are seven non-residential CARD centers across the state. The CARD staff includes professionals with expertise in psychology, special education, nursing, applied behavior analysis, and speech-language pathology. The centers are funded by the Florida legislature, so all of our services are free.

Who do we serve?

CARD serves children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism, autistic-like disabilities, pervasive developmental disorder, dual sensory impairments (deaf-blindness), or a vision or hearing loss with another disabling condition. We are required by the legislation that created CARD to have documentation of a qualifying diagnosis in order for an individual to receive our services. The diagnosis can be made by a physician, such as a pediatrician, psychiatrist or neurologist, or by a licensed psychologist. In cases where no diagnosis has been made, we encourage parents to call us for information on where they can go for a diagnostic evaluation.

 Can I have my child diagnosed at CARD?

No, CARD staff do not provide diagnostic evaluations, but we will help you find a qualified professional if you are seeking a diagnosis.

 What do I need to do to get started?

To begin working with CARD, call our Intake Coordinator at 1-800-754-5891.

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