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Director's Note

Dear Families and Friends of CARD,

I hope you enjoy our new newsletter
design. Our genuine gratitude goes
out to Professor Connie Hwang, Mr.
Douglas Barrett, Ms. Andrea Cardenas
and all the Mint students in the Graphic
Design class in the School of Art and
Art History for all of their support and
assistance. Their creativity has helped us
create a greatly improved showcase for
our news and they have inspired us with
their talents.

The 13th Annual CARD Conference
was held in Tampa this year on Janu-
ary 21-22, 2006. There was also a free
pre-conference day for teachers and
adult service providers on Friday Janu-
ary 20th. Speakers included Dr. Gary
Mesibov Director of Division TEACCH
in North Carolina, Dr. Douglas Biklen,
Dean of the School of Education at
Syracuse University, Dr Nancy J Min-
shew, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
and Neurology at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Dr.
Mark Durand, Dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences at the University of
South Florida in St. Petersburg. There
were sessions on communication, As-
pergers Disorder, challenging behavior,
transition to post-school life, advocacy,
sleep disorders and many more includ-
ing sessions in Spanish. We hope you
were able to attend and meet other

families and professionals, and that it
was a positive experience for you. Next
year's CARD Conference will be in Ft.
Lauderdale in January 2007.

The University of Florida Psychiatry
Department Autism Conference will
be held on February 24, 2006 at the
McKnight Brain Institute. The featured
speaker will be Dr. Joe Piven from the
University of North Carolina. Please
contact us for more information if you
are interested.

Please be sure to keep our Sibshops in
mind if you are a parent or guardian and
your child with autism or related dis-
ability has brothers or sisters who could
participate. There is more information
in this newsletter and you can always
contact Melinda Morrison, our new Sib-
shop Coordinator, if you have questions.

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Sibshop Partners

Thanks to a generous donation from the Center for Special Needs
Trusts we are pleased to announce that UF CARD has new partner-
ships with the Cities of Gainesville and Ocala Recreation and Parks

As many of you know, Sibshops are Saturday workshops especially
for siblings of children with disabilities. This concept was designed
by Don Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project at the
Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle Washington. He
has led the drive to acknowledge that siblings have the longest last-
ing relationship with the child with a disability, and need lifelong
support, starting when they are young.

Our partnerships with the cities have allowed us to have wonder-
ful spaces to conduct the Sibshops where we will be welcome on a
long-term basis at an affordable price. Thank you Cities of Gaines-
ville and Ocala!! For more information about Sibshops in the UF
CARD area, please call the Sibshop Coordinator, Melinda Morri-
son, at 352 846-3474.
Melinda Morrison

Parent Support Group
A local parent-formed support group SPEC (Special Parents of
Exceptional Children) meets at the CARD office at 806A NW 16th
Avenue in Gainesville on the 2nd Friday of each month. The in-
formal meetings are from 7PM-9PM, but newcomers are welcome
to show up at 6PM to meet and discuss their concerns. Parents of
children with any disability are welcome. Please call Pam Kissoon-
dyal for more information 352 284-1483 or 352 379-7885.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
February 10, 2006
March 10, 2006
April 14, 2006
May 12, 2006

Adapted Book Library Is Growing

We are continuing to add books to our adapted book library and
putting a focus on books that have an interest to older children. If
you have any ideas for books you would like to see in our library,
please let us know. Check out our web site for links to books on
Powerpoint: http://www.card.ufl.edu/links.html. Ann-Marie Orlando

The following adapted books are available for
checkout from our library:

SCaps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
SDirty Duds
by Pati King-DeBaun
SFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
by Eileen Christelow
Have You Seen My Cat?
by Eric Carle
S Can Do It
by Eric Carle
SIf You Give a Moose a Muffin
by Laura Numeroff
SIfYou Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Numeroff
Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino
SJump, Frog, Jump!
by Robert Kalan
SMrs. Wishy-Washy
by Joy Cowley
SMy Feelings Book

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Training Update

Last May CARD Centers from all over We need yot
Florida were asked to design two quilt training we
squares that would be put together to form a Citrus and F
CARD Quilt that was put on display at the attended. W
annual CARD conference this January. We a few because
were asked to design one square to represent signed up. (
our CARD values and the second square to needs but we
represent our group. After some thought and like you to fi
collaboration we came up with our designs survey and r
and we would like to share them with you, postage paid
along with the supporting ideas. The first picture ofou
square has a picture of children fishing, along better serve
with the quotation, "Give a man a fish, he
eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats Due to the 1
for a lifetime." We felt that this would rep- instituting a
resent our philosophy of education, learning We need at 1
and self-reliance. We strive to teach others to any training
become independent and to reach their full scheduled ev
potential. The second square has the head- we are using
ing "Bringing People Together" and shows encourage y(
the CARD UF/Gainesville emblem in the if you plan ti
middle, surrounded by icons representing the cancel them.
fourteen counties that we serve. Each county the proper ai
is connected to the CARD emblem, showing participant.
that people come to us and we reach out to ings, please c
them. In this way we can all join together to 754-5891 ex
support, educate and encourage each other. mbi.ufl.edu.
Kathy Robinson

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scheduled this fall in Alachua,
lernando counties were not well
Ended up canceling more than
e they had less than five people
e want to meet your training
need your input. We would
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turn it to us in the enclosed
envelope so we can get a clearer
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ack of attendance this fall, we are
new training cancellation policy.
east five people signed up for
in order for us to carry out the
ent. We do this to make sure
our staff's time efficiently. We
u to sign up for our training
o attend so we do not have to
This also allows us to prepare
mount of materials for each
To register for any of our train-
ontact Leannis Maxwell at: 800
t. 5 or 352 846-3455 or card@

CARD also accepts individual training
requests. If you have a specific topic and a
group of five or more people, contact me
via phone 352 392-4173 or 800 754-5891
ext. 3 or via email: czenko@mbi.ufl.edu and
we will do our best to accommodate your
specific request. Cathy Zenko

Professional Development

We do have some new training opportunities
on the horizon. The Florida Department of
Education provides us with specific funds to
carry out free, regional workshops for the ed-
ucators in our area. These workshops will be
education focused, but are open to anyone
who wants to attend. On January 9, 2006
we were thrilled to bring in Elisa Gagnon,
M.Ed., author of Thepower card: Using
special interests to motivate children and youth
with Asperger Syndrome and autism (2001)
and This is Asperger Syndrome: Gagnon &
Myles (1999). Ms. Gagnon presented an
all-day workshop on Asperger Syndrome in
Ocala, Florida. We have three other all-day
workshops planned for 2006. One will focus
on Positive Behavior Support and will be
held in Gainesville on January 31st. Another
will focus on Inclusion and will be held on
April 20th in Gainesille. The final one will
focus on Sexuality and Individuals with Au-
tism and Related Disabilties and will be held
on April 21st in Lecanto. Please check our
website www.card.ufl.edu for further details
and registration information.

We hope to see more of you at our future
training events and look forward to your
feedback on our training needs assessment
survey. Cathy Zenko

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UF CARD Training Needs Assessment

Name Toda \' Date

Title Cout n of Residen e

What modes of training are most preferred? Choose all that apply
and rank in order of preference. (1= top choice)

Face-to-face workshop in your community
Face-to-face workshop in your region
Workshop with follow up to individual classrooms/home
Training series
Videos/CD's multi-media presentations
Websites with information on topics of concern
Technical assistance topic expert to be available to give
advice on specific questions of teachers
Networking opportunities with other professionals/parents
Printed materials brochures, tip sheets, fliers, etc.
Online training can access training through the website on
their own computers (or public access computers)

What topics for training or resources in autism spectrum disorder
and related disabilities would be most helpful to you in the fol-
lowing categories?
Overview of ASD


Developing Social Competence


Skill Development


Legal Rights

Transition to Adult Life

Education for Caregivers

At what time of day would you be most likely to attend train-
ing events? Rank in order of preference. (1= top choice)




What days of the week are the best for training events? Rank
in order of preference. (1= top choice)

S Sunday





S Friday


How far are you willing to travel for a training event?

5-19 miles

S 20-60 miles

61-100 miles

over 100 miles

Would you be willing to help with the organization and planning
for local training and conferences?

If yes, how can we contact you?


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Recent Library Additions

The following list of new library additions includes new releases as
well as replacements and copies of favorites.

The Neurobiology ofAutism
by Margaret L. Bauman & Thomas L. Kemper
SAutism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment
by Marilyn H. Gense
SGood Food, Milk Free, Grain Free
by Hilda Hills
SAppreciating Critical Issues in Sexuality in Autism and DD
by Fred Kaesar
SAsperger' Syndrome in Young Children: A Developmental Approach
for Parents and Professionals
by Laurie Leventhal-Belfer & Cassandra Coe
D 'ff. .- .-. 'Instruction Guide for Inclusion Teaching
byAnne M. Moll (Editor)
SChildren and Youth with Asperger Syndrome: Strategies for Success in
Inclusive Settings
by Brenda Smith Myles
The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Un-
stated Rules in Social Situations
by Brenda Smith Myles
SLearning and Behavior Problems in Asperger Syndrome
by Margot Prior
SFinding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home
and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family
by Kristi Sakai
SBuilding Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers With Special Needs
by Susan R. Sandall, et al
SSexuality: Your Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities
by Karin Melberg Schwier & David Hingsburger
SBreaking Bread, Nourishing Connections: People With and Without
Disabilities Together at Mealtime
by Karin Melberg Schwier & Erin Schwier Stewart
SAutism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide
by Chantal Sicile-Kira
SFamilies and Fragile X Syndrome
by U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

SInclusive Programming for Middle School Students with Autism
by Shelia Wagner
SChildren with Fragile X: A Parent' Guide
by Jayne Weber
SPeer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children'
Socialization and Imagination
by Pamela Wolfberg
SPsychiatric Medications and Our Children: A Parent's Guide
by Herbert Wagemaker
SInclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism
by Shelia Wagner

Website in the Spotlight

There is a world of information available on the internet. Some of
it good, and some of it not-so-good. Taking the time to search for
and then sift through what you have found can be a very time con-
suming task. Since time is so valuable, I am hoping to save some for
you so you can do other things. I have found some very informa-
tive and helpful websites and I will share a few of them with each

The first one is www.tinsnips.org. This website has links to all
kinds of information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, strategies,
education, websites for symbols, folder games and adapted stories.
There is something here to meet the needs of almost everyone.

Another website that is very helpful is www.sandbox-learning.com.
It has lots of useful information on how to handle social situations
and how to use social stories and visual supports.

If you have questions about these websites or would like informa-
tion on others, please contact me by at (352)392-4171 or by email
at: krobinson@mbi.ufl.edu. Happy Surfing! Kathy Robinson

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New Mailing Procedures

Because CARD funding has not increased in
5 years and the number of people request-
ing services has doubled, we have found it
necessary to cut costs in certain areas. One
of these areas is printing. After this edition
of the PostCARD we will only be able to
send out printed versions of our newsletter
to parents, guardians, and individuals with
autism and related disabilities who do not
already receive our newsletters electronically.
For those of you who are professionals or
live outside our 14 county region, we ask
that you access our newsletters electronical-
ly. You may send an email to Carole Polefko
at cpolefko@ufl.edu to request that you

receive announcements when our newsletters
are posted or you may check periodically at
the following website address:
We apologize for any inconveniences this
new procedure may cause, but hope you
will understand.

Recycling at CARD

We are starting a new recycling program
at CARD and anyone can participate. We
are doing this not only to help protect the
environment, but also as a fundraiser. We will
be recycling inkjet and laser ink cartridges as
well as cell phones. The process is easy. Sim-
ply drop off the items at our office or contact
me to request a plastic, self-addressed, post-
age paid envelope. Place your recyclable item
in the bag, seal and mail. The envelopes will
have a bar code on them that will be linked
to our office and we will receive the funds for
the recycled items on a monthly basis. If you
have questions please call me at 352 392-
4171 or email me at krobinson@mbi.ufl.edu.
Thank you for your support! Kathy Robinson

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