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City of Tampa Makes Progress on ‘Autism Friendly Tampa’ Initiative
The City of Tampa is moving quickly on an initiative announced by Mayor Bob Buckhorn during his State of the City speech earlier this year. In the past three months, the City has worked closely with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) to train employees, review parks and other city facilities for sensory-friendly improvements, distribute “distract packs” to 15 parks and recreation locations, and much more.
St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus Opens The Learning Academy for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Beginning August 2017, families on both sides of Tampa Bay will have access to a customized learning program offered at USF that assists in preparing young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for employment. The Learning Academy (TLA), now in its 9th year at the USF Tampa campus, has expanded to St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus.
City of Tampa Partners with CARD USF on Autism Friendly Tampa Initiative
Members of CARD-USF were recognized during Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s annual State of the City speech on April 4th, as he announced Autism Friendly Tampa, an initiative that is spearheaded by Mayor Buckhorn in collaboration with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD_USF) in an effort to make Tampa one of America’s most inclusive cities.
WFLA: ‘Safety Net’ Bracelets used by Hillsborough Sheriff’s Deputies to Find Those at High Risk
Dr. Karen Berkman, with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida, worked with the sheriff’s office to start the program and continues with it today.
CFS Faculty Receive Funding to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, were recently awarded $672,750 through a federal National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (R34) grant to refine and test an intervention to be utilized by community-based Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) service practitioners to improve competitive employment outcomes for adults (age 22+) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
WFTS Profiles CARD-USF Project Leo Partnership with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Project Leo provides free trackers for families with children who have autism.
CARD-USF Receives Funding for Pilot Program Aimed at Improving Wandering Outcomes for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF is one of three CARD centers in the state to receive a $100,000 grant from the Florida Legislature to implement a pilot program that will help address the serious issue of individuals on the autism spectrum who may be at risk of wandering out into the community unsupervised.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF, HSCO Offer New Device to Track Missing Persons
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF are set to introduce a pilot program with a device called 'Safety Net.' View Bay News 9 Story.
USF helps local families by giving away Autism & Safety kits
ABC Action News: According to the latest statistic from Autism Speaks" nearly 1 in 45 kids are born with some form of autism. It's an issue affecting many families here in the Tampa Bay Area and experts at USF are stepping forward to help.
CARD-USF and Day Of Discovery at The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.) USF, is hosting a Day of Discovery event May 14, 2016. (WTSP.com - May 11, 2016)
Autism Awareness Month: CARD-USF Profiled on WFLA
CARD-USF's Liz Burke shares how businesses across Tampa Bay are partnering with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF to become more autism-friendly by not only serving customers with autism, but hiring individuals with autism through a special internship program with students from the Learning Academy at USF.
Local businesses to become more autism-friendly
WFLA: Small businesses across Tampa Bay are partnering with the University of South Florida to become more autism-friendly. Not just when it comes to serving customers with autism, but hiring them through a special internship program.
Autism Awareness Month: CARD-USF Profiled on Fox 13 News
CARD-USF's Liz Burke shares information with Fox 13 News on the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF, a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.
Dr. Karen Berkman Interviewed on WFLA
She spoke regarding safety bracelets for individuals with autism.
CARD-USF'S 11th Annual Fiesta by the Bay April 22, 2016
Join CARD-USF for the 11th annual Fiesta by the Bay! Funds raised from this event directly impacts families in our community.
November 5th, 2015 Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Glen Dunlap Presents Perspectives on Challenging Behavior: Past, Present and Future
Formerly a professor with the University of South Florida and the Department of Child & Family Studies, Dr. Glen Dunlap is internationally recognized for his contributions to science in the areas of applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, early intervention, developmental disabilities and family support. His legacy at USF includes establishing the first Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and providing leadership in the development of numerous research, training, and technical assistance projects.
CBCS Staff & Students Participate in Surfers for Autism
CARD-USF hosted a table and tent at the 5th Annual Surfers for Autism on Pass A Grille Beach on Saturday, July 11th. Over 200 kids surfed while hundreds of volunteers helped in the water and on land. Students from College of Nursing, School of Social Work and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences volunteered to help families learn more about water safety and autism spectrum disorder.
CARD-USF Helps Families Learn about Water Safety and Autism Spectrum Disorder
CARD-USF hosted a table and tent at the 5th Annual Surfers for Autism on Pass A Grille Beach on Saturday, July 11th. Over 200 kids surfed while hundreds of volunteers helped in the water and on land. Students from College of Nursing, School of Social Work and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences volunteered to help families learn more about water safety and autism spectrum disorder.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Both programs in the Department of Child & Family Studies are recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the USF ABA Program
On June 18, 2015, Tampa Interbay Rotary President Allen Keetch presented checks totaling $25,000 to the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD-USF) and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program (ABA), both programs in CFS and recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Dr. Karen Berkman and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF Profiled on the Philanthropy Show
The Philanthropy Show (TM) is an online talk show for nonprofit employees, boards, and donors produced in Tampa Bay with a statewide focus and national reach. Their goal is to connect and inspire philanthropy through three intentions; to educate, uplift and empower the nonprofit community.
Boy with Asperger syndrome finds calling as weatherman calming
Tampa Bay Times: But the field has turned around, accepting that the narrow interest of an Asperger patient can be a useful motivational tool, says Karen Berkman, executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. "We definitely want to tap into somebody's interests and use them to everybody's advantage, if you will.
5th Annual Cycling Out Autism Raises over $34,000 for Community Organizations
CBCS's Center for Autism & Related Disabiities and Applied Behavior Analysis Program were among local organizations supported by the event held April 5th.
$100 Donation Dream for CARD-USF Quickly Turns to $4,000 Reality
Who knew gaming could turn into charity streaming and fundraising? Jared and Kelli did! Parents of an adorable son with autism and CARD constituents, Jared and Kelli set up an 8-hour charity stream for autism awareness through their Twitch online community. Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 45 million visitors per month.
Learning Academy Services at USF Selected to Showcase Work for Rehabilitation Services Administration
The Learning Academy and Employment Services was among only three programs at USF selected by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to showcase their work during a visit with Janet LaBreck, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
The 9th Annual Fiesta by the Bay was a HUGE Success!
ver 200 guests along with Honorary Chair Gayle Guyardo, attended the fundraiser for the USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities held at the Ybor City Museum Garden on April 25th.
USF Bull Market: World Autism Awareness Day
On Wednesday, April 2, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF in partnership with USF Administration hosted an event for World Autism Awareness Day. They had a table up at Bull Market with some activities to inform students about autism spectrum disorders.
CARD-USF Selected as Brickmania™ Event Charity of Choice
This unique community-wide event designed to spark the interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Carrollwood Day School.
CBCS to Offer New Master of Science (MS) Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
The degree prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. Educational opportunities include advancement to doctoral programs in public health and the behavioral and social sciences.
CARD-USF’s “Not-too-Haunted Hallways” Proved Great Success for Trick-or-Treaters
CARD families, board members, friends, staff and volunteers enjoyed spooky, sensory-friendly fun that included games, activities, and trick-or-treating.
WUSF Helps to Share Rare Insight into the Lives of Individuals Living on the Autism Spectrum
The majority of the public, including many professionals in the medical, educational, and vocational fields are still unaware of how autism affects people and how to effectively work with individuals with autism.
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Dr. Lise Fox to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Dr. Fox is the director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of South Florida.
Recipient of Local Youth Philanthropy Award Donates 100% of Award to CARD-USF
Jacob Weinman, age 13, was selected for the 2013 Danny H. Freeman Youth Philanthropy Award for his work to help raise awareness for individuals living with autism.
CARD-USF Receives Special Recognition at 2013 Disability Expo & Forum
The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities hosted the 2013 Disability Expo & Forum on Wednesday, July 24.
USF-CARD Director Profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Karen Berkman, PhD made a presentation on Friday, May 31, 2013 to the American College Health Association's annual meeting in which she profiled how campuses can assist the growing number of students with autism-spectrum disorders attending college.
Erica's Story: Autism Awareness Month
Erica, a 17-year-old with high-functioning autism, has her own unique set of coping skills that most often involve a writing tool. We share her story during April's Autism Awareness Month.
CARD Conference Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Florida Families
The annual event is Florida's premier conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder for professionals and families.
Dr. Karen Berkman quoted in article: Linking Connecticut Shooter to Asperger's Misleading
Dr. Berkman says it is important to recognize that all forms of autism, including Asperger's, are developmental disorders rather than mental illnesses.
Open House Celebrates Mission of CARD
Guests learned about autism, CARD and the mission of the Development Leadership Council.
Buccaneer Carl Nicks Treats CARD-USF Families to Pre-Season Games
While he plays hard on the field, he has a soft spot off the field for parents and families coping with children with autism.
Dr. Amanda Keating Provides Keynote Address for Jamaica Autism Support Association's Annual Workshop
The 2-day workshop provided an opportunity for teachers, caregivers & parents to learn more about autism and how to help children in their care.
CFS Visits Panama to Share Expertise in Autism
CFS representatives hosted a conference aimed at improving the diagnosis and care of individuals with autism in Panama.
USF Faculty Researchers and Clinicians Form the ASDnet to Increase Support for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Members of ASDnet work together across USF disciplines to ensure that individuals with ASD have access to evidence-based interventions, services, and supports.
CARD Intern Receives First Graduate with Distinction Honor from the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Congratulations to Jessica Bernhard, who will be recognized at the Dec 9th graduation ceremonies for the USF School of Social Work program within CBCS.
Kwang-Sun Cho Blair Receives $999,000 grant from U.S. Department of Education
Funding will address state-identified needs to improve the quality and increase the number of personnel locally who are fully credentialed to serve children with disabilities and behavioral challenges.
Joey's Voice Speaks Loudly for Autism and CARD-USF at High Heel Hike Fundraiser
Funds donated to CARD-USF will provide educational events and activities that target the families of children being served and professionals in their 14 county region.
Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate from The Learning Academy at USF
Students were exposed to real-life experiences including internships and peer mentoring, which provided increased opportunities for self-discovery and career exploration.
CARD Staff Gives Back
As part of Giving Back Day, CBCS staff spent time helping paint a house for Habitat for Humanity.
CARD's Annual Give Back Day Supports Habitat for Humanity
The group was particularly excited that a house was going to someone who uses their services – a woman who has two sons diagnosed with autism.
Glen Dunlap Receives Mary McEvoy Service Award
Congratulations to Glen Dunlap, PhD, the 2010 recipient of the Division for Early Childhood’s Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award.
CARD Volunteer and USF Student Wins WEDU Be More Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) volunteer and University of South Florida (USF) student Steve Toth has won the WEDU Be More Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award.
Division for Early Childhood Recognizes CFS's Dr. Glen Dunlap
Glen Dunlap, Ph.D. is the 2010 recipient of the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education.
CARD-USF Makes the News
Several news stories have recently been published about the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF.
CFS's Elizabeth Perkins Interviews Temple Grandin
On Sunday, August 29, the HBO "Temple Grandin" movie won seven Emmy awards, including outstanding made for TV movie.
CARD Receives Bright House Networks Airtime Grant
The Bright House Networks Airtime Grant Program has awarded the USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) promotional airtime for the first quarter of 2010.
Endowment Fund to Benefit Autism Services at the University of South Florida
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD-USF) has, through the generosity and vision of its Development Leadership Board, begun an endowment fund to benefit Autism Services at the University of South Florida.
CARD Selected to Benefit From Expertise of Local Professionals
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) has been chosen as one of five local non-profit organizations to benefit from the expertise of local professionals who are currently participating in the 2008-2009 class of The Tampa Connection.
Tampa Tribune Profiles Comments From CARD Director Dr. Karen Berkman
Dr. Berkman urges organizations in the Tampa Bay area to join with CARD to support the Tampa Police Department and others concerned with the safety of their loved ones with special needs.

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