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  • CARD’s Mission:

    To provide support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.

  • Who are we?

    CARD stands for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. We are a collaborative program of the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University currently serving Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. Our mission is to optimize the potential of people living with autism and related disabilities.

  • What is CARD?

    The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) opened its doors in 1993 in South Florida in our community. CARD is one of seven state-funded, university-based outreach and support centers in Florida dedicated to optimizing the potential of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dual sensory impairment, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities.

    In 2023, the Center for Disease Control announced that 1 in 36 children have a diagnosis of autism. Based on these data, we can assume that there may be nearly 130,000 individuals with autism in the tri-county (Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward counties) area. Today, CARD is serving over 16,000 of those families with free support services, information, resource, referrals, and care coordination, among other critical community functions. With these increasing numbers, CARD needs your assistance to meet the growing needs of those affected by autism in our community.

  • What you need to do to receive services?

    Click here to become a client

  • What areas do we serve?

    CARD currently serves families in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward counties.

  • Who can be part of CARD?

    You can be part of CARD if you or a family member have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related disability including; deal-blindness, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and/or developmental delays in children under the age of 5 who also present with autistic-like behaviors.