2nd Annual Teachers
CARD hosted the second annual pre-conference day
for educators which included a presentation by Dr.
Brenda Smith Myles from the University of Kansas.
Over 375 teachers were captivated by Dr. Myles'
presentation on using effective instruction to meet
the needs of students across the autism spectrum.
The teachers who attended were very pleased that
Dr. Myles presented many practical strategies and
approaches that were directly relevant to
supporting students with Asperger's Syndrome
Disorder. The afternoon sessions offered
presentations from Leon County Schools, Pasco
County Schools, and Florida Inclusion Network. In
the sessions teachers learned about approaches to
instruction and inclusion. In addition, a kick-off
meeting was held for teachers selected for the
Florida Department of Education/CARD Partnership
Program. The Partnership Program meeting provided
an opportunity for the teachers and partnering CARD
staff from across the state to meet each other and
CARD Annual Conference
The Seventh Annual CARD Conference, Continuing Our
Voyage: Navigating the Future has been described as the best
conference ever by many of the attendees. The conference was
held in the downtown Holiday Inn City Centre, January 15
& 16, 2000 with 461 individuals in attendance. Noted
authors, scholars, researchers, and field leaders presented
practical information on how effective behavioral support,
collaborative teaming, individual education programs, and
inclusive lifestyle settings as well as other exciting
topics can make a difference for both individuals with
disabilities as well as for those who are involved in their
lives. One family member said she felt like she walked away
with practical applications and strategies that her family
could start using right away. There was something for
everyone. The success of the conference was based on the
collaborative efforts of the six CARD Centers, the Autism
Society of Florida and the Florida Outreach Project. The
2001 Annual Conference will be held in the Ft. Lauderdale
area and then will continue to rotate each year.
2nd Annual Autism Awareness
CARD-USF hosted the 2nd annual autism awareness day,
Connecting to Community. The event was held April 8, 2000.
Although the number of participants was lower than the
previous year, the event was still deemed a success.
Executive Director, Glen Dunlap remarked, "A tremendous
amount of quality information was made available, and the
presentations were full of useful guidance and ideas." One
attendee, in fact, referred to the event as the "mother load
of information". Support from local businesses, agencies and
private providers added to the success of the event. A new
feature and highlight this year was an art exhibit where
school age children and young adults could display their
crafts and artwork.