Letter from the director
 Constituent stories
 Summer camp information
 Autism research
 News and opportunities
 CARD UF/Gainesville training...
 Training flier
 Autism awareness events

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Table of Contents
    Letter from the director
        Page 1
    Constituent stories
        Page 2
    Summer camp information
        Page 3
    Autism research
        Page 4
    News and opportunities
        Page 5
    CARD UF/Gainesville training information
        Page 6
    Training flier
        Page 7
    Autism awareness events
        Page 8
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The Post CARD

CARD UF/Gainesville Staff
Ralph Maurer, Executive Director
Greg Valcante, Director
Art Wallen, Associate Director
Donna Gilles, Associate Director
Robbin Byrd, Coord. for Educ./Training Programs
Jennifer Flanagan, Coord. for Educ./Training Programs
Cathy Zenko, Coord. for Educ./Training Programs
Ann-Marie Orlando, Coord. for Educ./Training Programs
Margie Garlin, Program Assistant
Leannis Maxwell, Program Assistant
Kathy Robinson, Visual Supports Specialist
Karin Marsh, Volunteer Sibshop Coordinator
Carole Polefko, Public Education Coordinator
Kurt Clopton, Computer Consultant
Lisa Petransky, Student Assistant
Laura Pruitt, Student Assistant

Parent Partners
Wendy Baugh, Marion County
Cheryl Brenner, Putnam County
Pam Kissoondyal, Alachua County
Sylvia Miller, Marion County
Amparo Perales, Marion County
Pam Veith, Citrus County

Constituency Board
Julia Arthur, Vice-Chair
Sherry Dupree
Pat Hawk
Suz Letzig
Ruth Lowery
Diana Mathews
Bobbi Okesson
Martin Rifkin, Chair
Shelly Voelker

Contact Information
CARD UF/Gainesville
PO BOX 100234
Gainesville, FL 32610-0234
352/846-3455 or 800/754-5891
352/846-0941 (fax)

Spring 2005

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are
excited about all the positive activities that are happen-
ing around our region. The family groups in Marion and
Hernando Counties are very active in promoting Autism
Awareness Month and we are grateful for all they are
accomplishing. Here in Gainesville, the University of
Florida is putting Autism Awareness announcements on its
electronic message boards all around campus and at
the Gator baseball games. We are distributing Autism
Awareness Posters and ribbons as widely and as quickly
as we can. With all of the television, newspaper and
magazine coverage that autism is getting this year, we
have a great opportunity to let the citizens of North
Central Florida know about autism in our communities
and schools and about CARD and the other resources
that are available for support.
In Tallahassee, our Florida Representatives and
Senators are working with families from around the state
to try to find additional funds for the CARD programs at
all seven Centers. We are grateful for all their efforts and
hopeful that additional resources will become available
for us to serve the families and professionals in our region.
Please take a few minutes to look through this
edition of the PostCARD. I hope you will find it interesting
and informative. Besides stories about two of our con-
stituents, there is information about summer camps and
about research that is going on here in Gainesville and
around the nation. Some of you will also receive, in the
mail, a survey about pain research that is beginning here
at the UF College of Nursing. Please contact me if you
have any questions about the various research projects
at the University of Florida that are studying individuals
with autism and related disabilities.

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Constituent Stories
Summer Camp Informations
Autism Research
Sibshop Update
Teaching Endoresement in Severe Disabilities
Research Participation Opportunity
Training information
Training Flier
Autism Awareness Events
CARD Office Hours

A Publication of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
at the University of Florida/ Gainesville
Dear Families and Friends of CARD,

C su Hh t E Hill b J F langan

I first met Earl Hill 7 years ago, before I worked for
CARD. As a graduate student who studied autism I was
having my first experiences actually working with individuals
with autism. Earl was one of the first who taught me much that
textbooks and journal articles did not.
At that time, Earl was in middle school. A tall, lanky
smiling boy, he was fascinated with the ceiling fans in the
therapy office where I saw him briefly every
week. In fact, it was hard to divert him away
from the fan and into the therapy room. He
would have stayed there forever, it seemed, had
the occupational therapist not offered him
something that gave him a similar sensory
experience a small portable car fan. I don't
think any of us really knew for sure whether he
was that much attached to the fan....or to all
the female attention it brought him! That smile
never left his face.
At 19, Earl still likes fans. But now he has
attached some additional meaning to the
objects and people in his world. He recently requested to go
to his favorite pizza joint by showing his mother a photo of the
fans there (and to make sure he was understood....photos of
pizza and salad also). While Earl's mother, Dr. Elizabeth Hill,
and a friend had 2 slightly different interpretations of one set of
9 photos Earl showed them, "The big point is he is using his
pecs (picture exchange communication system) to
communicate complicated ideas", she says.

This is a big step for Earl. Being able to communicate
his needs and wants (and then to have them come to frui-
tion!) must be an amazing experience for someone who has
always had trouble with communication. His mother notes
that the communication symbols he has now are already
limited. His functional vocabulary continues to grow.
Earl receives services and support through the Home
and Community Based Services Medicaid
Waiver (Med Waiver). His mother is a single
parent who relies on the waiver to keep Earl at
home. She is an active advocate for her son
at local and state levels. "These services have
allowed us to remain a family. They have
allowed Earl to stay at home and progress
rather than become an orphan in an institu-
tion. Earl is making notable progress, and he is
becoming more and more communicative
and functional. He's maturing into a dignified
and sweet natured man."
L And Earl's mother is not the only one
who thinks so. At my own wedding 2 years
ago, a teenage girl I know well came up to me and ex-
claimed, "Who is that cute guy over at that table!?" It never
occurred to her that this "cute guy" also had autism and
cerebral palsy, didn't communicate verbally, preferred things
to stay the same and had some quirky mannerisms. But the
best part was that the diagnoses didn't matter, he was still a
"cute guy."

0aity Goes to Washingt

Hi Greg: We got back Sunday night. You
wouldn't believe how extremely well Caity
did. She had no problems at all, she was
calmer than I was, knew where the flight
gates were (when I couldn't remember),
found our luggage, (I tied pink ribbons for
visuals on them), knew the boarding passes
were in my back pocket when I had two
security people searching for them, went
through all the security with no problems,
rode the metro, loved the plane, she read
a book on JFK the whole time. She experi-
enced her first snowstorm and loved it, the
crowd was enormous at one point and we
had to hold onto each others' hoods so we
wouldn't get crushed or lost and she was
wonderful. She heard the twenty- one gun
(LOUD) salute and sat at the
congresswoman's desk for pictures while
pretending to sign a document. She also
got crumbs alL over the floor and called
her "Congresswoman Ginny". She was so
well behaved and polite and I am so proud
of her, I have tons of pictures.

Caity Bryant is shown here with Con-
gresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite.
Caity and four other children were
awarded tickets to the 55th Presi-
dential Inauguration for their win-
ning essays submitted to a contest
held by the congresswoman.

Caity's mother, Marianne, recounts
tales from their trip in this email to
our Director, Greg Valcante.

Oh, I forgot, we had bleacher seats for the
parade and we were right across from the
protesters and it dawned on her that they
did not like the president. I tried to explain
democracy, but she just got mad. She was
sort of shocked by all of this and at the top of
herlungs yelled back "if you don't like George
Bush go home". The riot police were there,
hundreds of them, but the people in the
stands where we were cheered for her. It
was pretty neat. She saw Laura Bush and
Lynn Cheney and Barbara Bush and Bill and
Hillary and of course the President and Vice
President and thinks they were all personally
waving at her. It was a wonderful experience
and I am so proud of Caity and how well she
handled all of it. I doubt you would have
ever known she is an autistic child. I am still
amazed. I gave the information you sent me
along with a CARD brochure to our congress-
woman. I know she was quite impressed with
Caity and she knows how much CARD has
helped. Hope we helped the cause in some
walll!!!!! Marianne and Caity

SummerCamp I by An Mr Ordo

Florida Camps
Boggy Creek Gang- Lake County, (352) 483-4200,
www.boggycreek.org, for children with chronic, life-
threatening illness
CAMP CARE- St. Johns County, (904) 356-0810, Fax (904)
356-7302, campias@hotmail.com, child and adult sessions,
sponsored by Autism Society of Florida and Diocese of St.
Camp Cedarkirk- Hillsborough County,
cedarkirk@juno.com, Christian camp nestled in trees with
the Acafia River running through it
Camp Challenge- Lake County, (352) 383-4711, http://
lakeinfor.com/campc Fully accredited by the American
Camping Association, Easter Seals Camp Challenge in
Sorrento, near Orlando, offers camping programs for
children and adults with disabilities.
Camp Endeavor- Polk County, (407) 320-3331,
campdirectorce@msn.com, provides an education
program for deaf and hard of hearing youth that pro-
motes social/personal growth, environment awareness,
independence and citizenship
Camp St. John- St. John County, (904)356-0810, for children
living with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida,
Autism, Epilepsy, Multi-Sensory Disorders and other chal-
lenges so that they may enjoy a fun-filled week of camp-
ing during the summer months
Camp Thunderbird- Seminole County, (407)889-
4530Wekiva Springs State Park, developmentally disabled
individuals from age 8 to 80 enjoy a number of exciting
Dream Oaks Camp- Manatee County, (407) 889-8088,
www.questinc.org/camp.htm, children with chronic illness,
mental and physical challenges, and "at-risk", 7-18 years
Eckerd Youth Camp- 5 Locations throughout FL, 800-914-
3937, year-round therapeutic treatment programs for
youth ages 10-17 experiencing behavioral, academic,
substance abuse, ADHD and oppositional behavior
Florida Diabetes Camp- Volusia County, DeLeon Springs,
(352) 334-1323, www.floridadiabetescamp.org, children
with diabetes
Florida Lions Camp- Polk County, (863) 696-1948,
www.lionscampfl.org, children with vision, physical, devel-
opmental disabilities
Florida Sheriff's Youth Camp- Volusia County, (90)749-9999,
camp's purpose is to provide a wholesome atmosphere
and positive camping opportunity for troubled and under-
privileged youth
Florida School for the Deaf & Blind (FSDB) Summer Pro-
grams- St. Johns County, (904) 827-2383, www.fsdb.k12.fl.us

Camps Outside of Florida
Children's Camp by Amputees Coming Together (ACT)-
Bryson City ,NC, (540) 545-7238, children with limb loss, free
Camp Timberwolf- Hendersonville ,NC, (828) 697-9379,
www.camptimberwolf.com, individuals with ADD, ADHD,
learning disabilities, OCD, behavioral challenges, ages 6 -
Mission St. Joseph- Asheville ,NC, (800) 377-9251, ext. 31763,
(828) 213-1763, www.msj.org/camps.html,children with
diabetes, asthma, cancer, blood disorders
SUWS of the Carolinas (888) 828-9770,
www.suwscarolinas.com, therapeutic camping program
for children who are misdirected or at-risk, ages 14-17
Talisman Summer Camp- Black Mountain, NC, (828) 669-
8639, www.talismansummercamp.com, individuals with
ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, high functioning autism
and Asperger's Syndrome, ages 9 17

Gainesville Camps
YMCA- 5201 NW 34th Street, (352)374-0962, 7am 6pm,
ages 5 14, June 3- August 16, $110.00/week
Extended Day Program- Various Schools, www.sbac.edu,
(352)955-7300, 7:30am-5:30pm, PreK 5th, June 7 July 9
College for Kids- SFCC, www.mysfcc.com, (352)395-5193,
7:55am 12:10pm and 12:20pm 5:00pm, 5TH 8TH
grades, 7/12 7/23 and/or 7/26-8/6, $96 half day or $192
- whole days
Gainesville Association for Creative Arts- Various locations,
352-284-2495, hours and cost varies with each session, ages
4-18, June 7 July 1
Hippodrome Summer Program- 25 SE 2nd Place, (352)373-
5848, 9:00am-4:30pm, ages 7-17, June 7- July 2 or July 12-
August 6, $550.00/month
Camp McConnell- 210 SE 134 Avenue, Micanopy, (800)232-
YMCA, 7:30am 5:00pm, ages 7-15, June 7-August 13,
02B Kids- 6680 W. Newberry Road, (352)332-5500, 7:30am -
5:00pm, grades K-7, June 3 August 16, cost varies
Sun Country Gym- 4010 NW 27th Lane, Gainesville,
(352)378-8711, www.suncountrygymnastic.com, 7:30am -
6:00pm, ages 3-15, June 3 August 16,$169.00/week
Camp Crystal- Starke, (352)475-1414,
www.campcrystal.com, grades 2-9, June 7- August 13

City of Gainesville Summer Camp- various locations in
Alachua County, (352)334-5067, www.cityofgainesville.org,
8:30am-5:30pm, ages 5-14, June 7 August 6, $60.00/3-
weeks, scholarships available

STAART Centers and CPEA's Aim to Understand Autism
by Caitlin Beck, Center Coordinator for the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment

A great deal of research in the area of developmental
disabilities begins with parents. In 1997 after much lobbying, a
national conference was called to discuss the "state of sciences"
in autism. The goal of the conference was to develop scientific
objectives for future research and acknowledge what is not yet
known about autism. Out of the conference four institutes
housed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought to begin
an interdisciplinary approach to autism research. The first initiative
was called the Collaborative Programs for Excellence in Autism
(CPEA's). Five years later a second initiative called Studies to
Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) began.
Collaborative Programs for Excellence in Autism (CPEA's)
In the late 1990's governmental agencies, medical
researchers and family-focused organizations worked together to
identify ten Collaborative Programs for Excellence in Autism
throughout the country. Each center focuses on research about
autism and the CPEA website, http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/
cdbpm/mrdd/autism/cpea.cfm, provides a greater description
of the research at each center. The CPEA's are:
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
- Drs. Marian Sigman, Connie Kasari, Susan Bookheimer & Carolyn
Schanen (now located at Nemours Biomedical Research Institute
& Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware) were
awarded this distinction. Drs. Sigman and Kasari study psychologi-
cal development, Dr. Bookheimer studies brain function and Dr.
Schanen is a geneticist. To contact the CPEA at UCLA email us at
info@ autism.ucla.edu or visit our website: www.autism.ucla.edu.
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
- Contact: Dr. Katherine Loveland,
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO and
The MIND Institute at UC Davis, Sacramento, CA
- Contact: Dr. Sally Rogers, sally.rogers@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- Contact: Dr. Patricia Rodie, PatriciaRodier@urmc.rochester.edu
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
- Contact: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, htagerf@bu.edu
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Contact: Dr. Nancy Minshew at autismproject@msx.upmc.edu
University of California, Irvine Medical School, Irvine, CA
- Contact: Dr. Anne Spence at 714-456-8385
Yale University, New Haven, CT
- Contact: Dr. Fred Volkmar, http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Contact: Dr. Geri Dawson, http://depts.washington.edu/
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- Contact: Dr. William McMahon, at: 801-585-9098

Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment
(STAART Centers)
The initiative creating the STAART Centers was funded by Con-
gress as a result of intense lobbying by parents of children
diagnosed with autism who sought a program that would not
only support basic research but would also emphasize treatment
research. Eight STAART centers around the country have been
funded. Information about the STAART Centers is at http://
Five of the eight STAART centers are located at the same sites as
the CPEA's. They are Yale University, University of Washington,
Boston University, University of Rochester and UCLA. They may be
reached by contacting the persons noted above. The three
other STAART centers' location and contact information is:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
- Contact: Kathy Ellis, Kathy_Ellis@unc.edu
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
- Contact: Gretchen Schuman, gshuman@bu.edu
Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, NY
- Contact: Kate Esposito,
One lesson already learned from both the CPEA's and
the STAART Centers is that the support of active families and
community organizations is key to unlocking autism. The only way
to obtain answers to the questions about autism is to encourage
families to participate and support excellent research that might
lead us to answers about the biological bases of autism and
treatments that work.
In keeping with this lesson the STAART Center at UCLA,
called the UCLA CART, hopes to achieve community outreach
and education goals in addition to the research and treatment
focus. UCLA's Center for Autism Research and Treatment brought
existing UCLA autism experts together to work collaboratively. Dr.
BJ Freeman and her evaluation team, Drs. Sarah Spence and
Pegeen Cronin, joined up with CPEA investigators plus Drs. Dan
Geschwind, Jim McCracken and Fred Frankel to conduct
research studies in early identification, genetics, pharmaco-
therapy and social development. In addition, through the help of
the UCLA CART Community Advisory Committee, we intend to
cultivate an extensive network of service providers in the greater
Los Angeles.
For more information on participating in studies being
conducted at the centers located near you, contact the listed
centers. For information about the UCLA's studies or to learn
more about the UCLA CART please visit our website:
www.autism.ucla.edu or contact Caitlin Beck at

From the SNAP Report, 2004. Used with permission from SNAP, Los
Angeles, CA, (310) 479-3755, www.snapinfo.org. All rights reserved.

Sibshops are a time when siblings of children with special needs have a chance to meet and get to know other
kids who are in similar situations. This is a time and place to share experiences and gain peer support. Participants share
their feelings and have discussions. They have the opportunity to participate in new and exciting activities like rock
climbing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing or whatever else we can plan for them to do. This time together builds cama-
raderie, confidence and support.

Sibshops are planned and organized by CARD staff. Different age groups are invited on a rotating basis. This
past January a group of 8 12 year olds met at Sun Country Gymnastics and they all had a great time. Details for our
next Sibshop will be available soon. Our next group will be for our four to eight-year olds. We'll keep you informed as
more information becomes available. Questions? Contact Kathy Robinson at (352) 392-4171.

Courses toward a State Endorsement in Severe Disabilities will be offered this summer in a joint program between UF, FSU,
and USF (and possibly other campuses). Distance education courses will be available for teachers interested in informa-
tion in severe disabilities.

Courses Available Summer 2005

Transition and Career Planning for Students with Severe Disabilities
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:10-8:10 the weeks of May 9 through May 13

Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities
Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:10-8:10 the weeks of June 20 through July 25

Development and Assessment of Students with Severe Disabilities
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:10-8:10 the weeks of June 27 through August 1

Each course is 3 credit hours and includes an additional one-hour field experience. The courses will be offered at both
UF and FSU campuses (and possibly other campuses) and will include both web-based instruction and interactive
sessions using the Internet.

Financial assistance is available for a limited number of participants, with preference for those seeking endorsement in
severe disabilities. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please specify when registering at your

For more information, please contact Dr. Diane Ryndak (dryndak@coe.ufl.edu) at UF or Bruce Menchetti
(bmenchet@garnet.acns.fsu.edu) at FSU.

Hi CARD Families,

My name is Cara Kimberg and I am a first year Clinical and Health Psychology Graduate Student at the University of
Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. I am studying the attentional abilities of children with Autism for
my master's thesis and would welcome participants from the CARD of Gainesville. The study requires the commitment
of 2 visits, each lasting approximately 2 hours. Visit 1 is a screening visit and your child will be administered an IQ test and
an academic achievement test. During this time you will be asked to complete some questionnaires. At Visit 2 your
child will be administered a battery of attentional measures. Within four weeks of Visit 2 you will receive a feedback
letter in the mail, summarizing the results of the tasks and questionnaires that both you and your child completed. The
study tests and feedback letter are provided at no cost to you. If you are interested in having your child participate in
this study or want more information, please call me at (352)-273-5281.

Cara Kimberg

C R /anv0 Tang I n f r mt

April 5, 2005 6:00-8:30
Communication Make & Take
CARD Office, 806A NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville
(*See Description Below)
April 12, 2005 7:00-8:30
Psychological Evaluation Process
CARD Office, 806A NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville
Presenter: Pat McLaughlin, M.Ed., BCBA, School Psychologist,
Putnam County Schools
This workshop will demystify the process of psychological evalua-
tions for students with ASD. The presenter will acquaint families
and professionals with best practices for evaluating students with
ASD. Recommended tests and assessment instruments will be
presented and suggestions for making sure testing results are as
accurate as possible will be discussed.
April 14, 2005
Getting a Life After School: Effective Transition Planning
(See flier on opposite side of this page)
April 19, 2005 6:00-8:30
Communication Make & Take
Columbia County Schools, Administrative Complex,
Bldg #2 (Central Bldg), Room 153, HWY 90, Lake City
(*See Description Below)
April 26, 2005 6:30-8:30
Topic 4: There is a reason that I am acting this way.
Understanding and preventing challenging behaviors.
Moseley Elementary School Library, 1001 Husson Avenue,
April 27, 2005 6:30-8:30
Topic 4: There is a reason that I am acting this way. Understand-
ing and preventing challenging behaviors.
CFCC Levy County Center, Community Room, 114 Rodgers Blvd.,
May 3, 2005 6:00-8:30
Communication Make & Take
CARD Office, 806A NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville
(*See Description Below)
May 10, 2005 7:00-8:30
What if Pictures Don't Work?: Object Calendar and Communica-
tion Systems
CARD Office, 806A NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville
Presenter: Julie Durando, M.Ed., Technical Assistance Specialist,
Florida Outreach Project
Ms. Durando, an itinerant vision teacher in Volusia County and a
Technical Assistance Specialist for the Florida Outreach Project
for Children and Young Adults who are Deaf-Blind will present on
the use of object calendar systems and communication systems
for individuals who have not learned how to use pictures, who
cannot see well enough to use pictures, or who do not process
visual information well yet. This session will describe how to use
objects and pieces of objects to use for schedules, choices, and
more advanced communication systems.

May 17, 2005 6:00-8:30
Communication Make & Take
The New Phoenix Center, 2019 NE 35th Street, Ocala
(*See Description Below)
May 17, 2005 6:30-8:30
Topic 5: Squeeze me, spin me, swing me! Meeting your child's
sensory needs.
Moseley Elementary School Library, 1001 Husson Avenue,
May 19, 2005 6:30-8:30
Topic 5: Squeeze me, spin me, swing me! Meeting your child's
sensory needs.
CFCC Levy County Center, Community Room, 114 Rodgers Blvd.,
June 7, 2005 6:00-8:30
Communication Make & Take
CARD Office, 806A NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville
(*See Description Below)
June 21, 2005 5:30-8:30
Communication Make & Take
Central High School Technology Lab, 14075 Ken Austin Pkwy,
(*See Description Below)
June 27 July 1,2005
Literacy in Augmentative Communication
University of Florida Campus, Gainesville
(Details & registration now available at www.card.ufl.edu)
Course Objectives:
1. To introduce theoretical models and processes of literacy and
their relationship to individuals who use AAC.
2. To describe a range of assessment and intervention strategies
and their application to individuals who use AAC.
3. To familiarize students with a range of technologies, and a
variety of materials and classroom modifications, that support
literacy learning and use by AAC users.
4. To share a range of resources and strategies for continuing self-
education as well as parent and professional support.

*DESCRIPTION: Communication Make & Take
Learn how to make and use: Picture Schedules, People Loca-
tors, Choice Boards
At these workshops you will have access to computers with
appropriate software, laminating materials, Velcro, magnets,
etc. CARD staff will be available to answer your questions and
guide you as you create the visual supports that will be most
helpful to you and your family. All materials will be FREE. The
only things that you will need to provide are photographs of
family members or favorite toys.

Please see our website www.card.ufl.edu for complete details on the training listed above. These training are FREE of charge, but you must
REGISTER by calling or mailing Leannis Maxwell so that we can plan appropriately. We will only be able to notify those who register in advance of
any changes or cancellations. Leannis Maxwell can be reached by phone at 1-800-754-5891or 352-846-3455 or by e-mail at maxwell@mbi.ufl.edu. If
you would like to receive training updates by email please provide Leannis with your email address.
*Trainings will be cancelled if we fewer than 5 people register.*

The Nw lepartmoent a
Florida Department of Education


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

are excited to announce a regional workshop for teachers

Getting a Life After School: Effective Transition Planning for Students
with Autism and Related Disabilities

Presenter: William R. Sharpton, Ph.D., Professor: Department of Special Education and
Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans.
Date: April 14, 2005
Time: 8:30 am- 3:30 pm (Registration begins at 8:00 am)
Location: Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
In the McKenzie Reception Hall

Dr. Sharpton's education and experience are in the education of students with significant disabilities including autism.
He has authored, administered, and worked on several federally-funded projects in the areas of personnel preparation,
inclusive education, and transition from school to adult life. This workshop will describe:

Effective transition practices
Changes to the IDEA requirements for transition services
Current information about outcomes for students with significant disabilities
How to identify and plan for positive transition outcomes
Understanding the roles of and connecting with adult service agencies
What teachers and parents should do next

FROM 1-75: Exit 1-75 at \\ i ,!!r..i. d (southern-most Gainesville exit). Go left and stay on Williston Rd (SR 121) past US 441 intersection. After
US 441 keep right as Williston Rd becomes Waldo Rd. Continue on Waldo road to the light on E. University Ave. Go left on University Ave. Go
through the light at 7th Ave. and turn right into the Kirby Smith Administration Building for the School Board of Alachua County. Park in the grass
parking lot. The Sweetwater Branch Inn is across the street.
Contact Person: Leannis Maxwell- 352-846-3455

Getting a Life After School: Effective Transition Planning for Students with Autism and Related Disabilities
Registration Form

School Address:
School Telephone:
Home Mailing Address:
Home Phone:
Email Address:

*All confirmations will be sent via email
Please send this registration form to Leannis Maxwell by April 12, 2005. Spaces limited:

vFax: 352-846-3703

/'Email: Maxwell(iimbi.ufl.edu

/Snail Mail: UF CARD, 806A NW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

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Autism Awareness Day
April 5, 2005 9am 3pm
Capital Courtyard
Autism Awareness Day will be celebrated in conjuction
with Children's Week at the Capital. For more informa-
tion on events that day or to help out, please contact
Ashley Ocampo at aocampo@fsu.edu or
(850) 644-4367.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
April 7, 2005 9:30am-2:30pm
Florida Capital
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)
will commemorate this year's Developmental Disabilities
Awareness Day by launching an ambitious public
awareness campaign stressing the importance of
including individuals with disabilities in Florida's educa-
tional system, business environment and local communi-
ties. If you have any questions about Developmental
Disabilities Awareness Day, download the flyer at http://
or contact Margaret Determann or Amelia Valencic toll-
free at 800-580-7810.

The CARD office is 'closed' until 12pm
on Monday for staff meetings.

If you want to come by and make visual
supports and need help from our staff,
please call Leannis Maxwell: 846-3455 to
make an appointment.

If you don't need help from our staff and
just want to use our computers, they are
available to use during normal business
hours Tuesday-Friday and after 12 noon
on Monday.

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Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA
April 2, 2005, 9am 12pm
UF CARD will be there with a table of information on ASD.
Margie Garlin, UF CARD's Hernando County Parent Partner, will
be there to answer any questions.
Aerobathon at the Hernando County YMCA
April 23, 2005, 8:30am 11:30am
Come exercise and raise awareness for autism
Also Margie Garlin and Heidi Jennison will have an information
table set up every Thursday morning for month of April. The
Hernando County YMCA is located at 1300 Mariner Blvd in
Spring Hill. For more information on the YMCA events please
call Margie Garlin at 686-1725 or Heidi Jennison at 683-5534
Local Show Highlights Autism
The Bill Newell Show which airs on Cable Channel 14 on
Wednesday at 4:00 & 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM,
5:00 & 9:00 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM will be
devoted to Autism Awareness in the beginning of April.

Assistive Technology Night
April, 20, 2005, 6pm 8:30pm
Central High School, Brooksville
6:00-6:15 CHS Lab Open House
6:15-7:30 Assistive Technology: Tools for Increasing, Maintain-
ing or Improving Functional Capabilities
7:30-8:30 Visual Supports SHOW & TELL wih CARD
For Registration contact: Leslie Bolen at 683-0209,
HernandoAustim@aol.com or
Hernando County ESE at 797-7022, ext 217
H.A.P.P.E.N. Golf Tournament
April 29, 2005
H.A.P.P.E.N. (Hernando Autism Parent and Personal Experience
Network) will hold a golf tournament fundraiser at Hernando
Oaks Golf & Country Club For more information please call or
email Leslie Bolen at 683-0209, HernandoAutism@aol.com.


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