About CARD

About CARD

Who We Are

FAU CARD is a community-based program providing assistance and supports to people with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities, their families, the professionals serving them, and the community. FAU CARD was established by the Florida Legislature, and is funded by the Florida Department of Education, to provide free services and supports to eligible constituents throughout our five county service area.

Who We Serve

CARD serves individuals of any age, diagnosed with one of the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) which includes Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS);
  • Rett Syndrome;
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD);
  • Dual Sensory Impairment or Deaf-Blind; or
  • Sensory Impairment with another disabling condition. Family members, friends, and professionals may also receive CARD's free services.

What We Do

Our work centers on building the capacity of families, schools, and other community agencies to better prepare and support people with autism and related disabilities. We address issues that impact people across the lifespan thru the following services:

  • Direct assistance to people with autism and similar disabilities and their families;
  • Consultation and assistance with schools and other community agencies;
  • Trainings for family members;
  • Professional development for teachers and other professionals;
  • Support groups for people with autism and related disabilities and their family member;
  • Community education;
  • Develop and disseminate information and materials;
  • Provide referrals to other community agencies; and
  • Publish a newsletter three times a year, to name just a few.

What We Don't Do

It is important to recognize that there are some activities beyond the scope of our work. These include the following.

  • We are not a treatment provider. FAU CARD and its staff members do not provide direct therapy to children or adults.
  • FAU CARD and its staff members do not provide assessment, testing, or diagnostic services. There are many agencies and individual practitioners that provide this service, and we can provide you with a referral to help you locate those professionals.
  • We do not provide advocacy services. However, if you are in need of such services, we can provide you a referral to several groups specializing in advocacy.

Counties Served

With offices in Boca Raton and Port St. Lucie, FAU CARD serves individuals residing in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.

The FAU CARD Mobile Clinic is here!!

Thanks to the Unicorn Children's Foundation for funding this incredible new project.

For information or to schedule a visit from the clinic, contact Ali Cunningham at 561-297-4247 or by email at acunnin5@fau.edu

Click here to see the informational flyer


Direct Individual/Family Assistance

Our clinicians work with people with autism and related disabilities, families, schools, and community agencies by providing targeted strategies and resources to meet an individual's needs. This can include phone and e-mail contacts, office consultations, home-based consultations, and community site visits to assist an individual registered with us; resource dissemination; referrals for other community supports; and assistance with implementing ideas from live or online training sessions. We can also provide guidance to individuals or families seeking a diagnosis, as well as assist those recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or similar disability.

School/Agency Assistance

We provide consultation and technical assistance to schools and agencies serving people with autism and related disabilities. This too, consists of phone and e-mail contacts, office consultations, and school and agency site visits. We frequently help develop new programs, as well as consult with existing programs.

Family and Professional Training

We conduct a variety of training programs to assist families and professionals caring for and working with people with autism and related disabilities. Some popular topics include:

  • Understanding and Working with Challenging Behaviors;
  • Potty Training;
  • Increasing Communication and Language Skills;
  • Facilitating Social Skills;
  • Building Play and Leisure Skills;
  • Academic Instruction and Homework Strategies;
  • Bedtime and Sleep Problems;
  • Food Refusal and Selectivity;
  • Classroom Setup; and
  • Visual Systems.

We frequently develop trainings to meet the unique needs of families, schools, and agencies.

Support Groups

We facilitate a group for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Our group meets on our Boca Raton and Port St. Lucie campuses. We can also help you develop your own group, or promote an existing group in the community.

Public Education

We host and attend a number of events aimed at educating the community on autism and related disabilities and CARD’s free services.