Linking families and individuals with autism to services, care, support and learning resources for more than 10 years.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Gainesville

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Telephone : 800-754-5891 or 352-846-2
Fax : 352-846-0941
Address : PO Box 100234 , Gainesville , FL , 32610-023

The incidence of autism spectrum disorders is increasing and it affects many individuals and families in Florida. In response to the needs of these people, six nonresidential resource centers have been established at Florida State University, the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of Florida at Jacksonville, the University of South Florida, the University of Miami, and the University of Central Florida.

The Center at Florida State University serves both children and adults with autism spectrum disorders who experience all levels of intellectual functioning. The Center also serves people with dual sensory impairments, or sensory impairment with other disabling conditions. Our primary focus is to provide an individualized, direct response to the needs of these individuals and their families. Along with direct services we also offer technical assistance and consultation, professional training programs, and public education activities. CARD services are designed to build on the capacities of state and local resources, not to duplicate or replace them. The Center is funded by the Florida Legislature through the Department of Education and all services are provided free of charge.

The Center has three offices which are located in Tallahassee at 625 B North Adams Street, on the Florida State University Campus in Panama City at 4750 Collegiate Drive, and in the Children's Medical Services building in Pensacola at 5192 Bayou Blvd. CARD's focus on families is demonstrated by its reliance on its Constituency Board. This body is comprised of family members representing persons with autism spectrum disorders. It meets quarterly with Center staff to provide guidance on policies, priorities, and activities.