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2nd Annual Teachers Pre-Conference Day

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 share ideas.

CARD Annual Conference 2000

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 Day

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.