Director's note
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Title: PostCARD
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Creator: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Publication Date: Summer 2006
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CA R D center for autism &
related disabilities

Director's Note

Dear Families and Friends of CARD,

Dr. Ralph Gerald Maurer, Executive
Director of the CARD at the University
of Florida / Gainesville, and a 26-year
faculty member at the University of
Florida College of Medicine, died on
May 12, 2006. Dr. Maurer was born in
Lynchburg, Va., and grew up in Little-
field, Texas. He served as an Associate
Professor of Psychiatry at UE Previous-
ly, he was a member of the faculty at the
University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Dr. Maurer graduated from The Phil-
lips Exeter Academy, Harvard College
and Yale Medical School. He served as
a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves
Medical Corps at the School of Aero-
space Medicine in San Antonio, Texas,
during the Vietnam War. He also served
for many years on boards of the Autism
Society of America, the Florida Advo-
cacy Center for Persons with Disabili-
ties, the UF Health Center Institutional
Review Board, and the Autism National

Dr. Maurer participated in the Task
Force that recommended the creation
of the CARD centers to the Florida
Legislature and guided the University of
Florida CARD program since it's incep-
tion in 1993. Those of us who were
privileged to work with and for him will
always miss his friendship, leadership,
wisdom, guidance, support, curiosity,

and sense of humor. The many families
of individuals with autism and related
disabilities who were helped by Dr.
Maurer have expressed their sadness over
the loss of their physician and friend.
We at CARD hope to create a memorial
to him on our website and to develop a
library at our Center in his name.


Greg Valcante
Greg Valcante

CARD Office Hours

The CARD office located at 806A NW
16th Avenue in Gainesville in the Pecan
Park office park is "closed" until 12 PM
on Monday for staff meetings. Comput-
ers for making visual supports are available
during normal business hours on Tuesday
to Friday and after noon on Mondays. If
you need help with making visual sup-
ports please call Kathy Robinson at 352
392-4171 or 800 754-5891 ext. 9 for an

CARD Website

Go to www.card.ufl.edu for information
current news about autism &
related disabilities
support groups
professional development
fact sheets
past issues of the PostCARD
CARD conference information
and more!

Dr. Ralph Gerald Maurer
September 5, 1943 May 12, 2006


The Faces of CARD UF/Gainesville

Sibshops Wrap Up a Great Year Staff Update

The CARD UF/Gainesville sponsored Sibshops in Gainesville and
Ocala finished up their year in May and will be on break until Sep-
tember except for a family picnic this summer that will bring both
groups together for the first time.

The Sibshops served 17 families with specially designed workshops
for siblings of children with disabilities. The workshops, created by
noted sibling authority, Don Meyer, allow these siblings to be sup-
ported and have the information they need to be lifelong advocates
for their brother or sister, but also to have healthy, productive lives
for themselves.

There is room for new families in each program and we are look-
ing for families who will commit to one Saturday per month for
the months of the school year, and value the concepts we have
described above. Please see the Sibling Support Project website for
more information. www.thearc.org/siblingsupport and call Melinda
Morrison at 352 846-2761 for information about the local groups.
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:
No Meetings in July or August
September 8, 2006
October 13, 2006
November 10, 2006

This year the CARD UF/Gainesville has said goodbye to Jennifer
Nye Flanagan who moved to South Dakota with her family. We
miss her and know that all the families and professionals she helped
here in Florida will miss her as well.

Fortunately we have found two new very experienced and qualified
professionals to help us at CARD.

Kirsty Maclver, M.S., B.C.B.A. is a Board Centified Behavior Analyst
who started working at CARD in October 2005. Originally from
Birmingham, UK, Kirsty studied at the University of North Texas
and worked at the Emory University Autism Center before coming
to Florida. She has special interests in school inclusion, early inter-
vention, and data collection and analysis. She is currently working
at CARD part-time on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Susan Hill, M.S.N., A.R.N.P. is a nurse practitioner who started
working at CARD in February 2006. She has degrees from Florida
State University and the University of Florida and has worked
with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders for
many years at the University of Florida Health Science Center. She
has special interests and expertise in autism, medical ethics, alterna-
tive medicine, parent training, and young children. Susan is cur-
rently working part-time at CARD on Mondays and Wednesdays.

We are delighted to have both Kirsty and Susan working with us
and hope you will get a chance to meet and welcome them some-
time if you have not already. Greg Valcante

The PostCARD 3

Tech Tip What's black and white and read all over?

The newspaper. But, have you ever thought it might be easier to read if it were white and blue or how about yellow and green? Well, for some
folks with reading difficulties it is just the solution. Research has shown that for some the background color of the printed page may have dra-
matic effects on their ability to perceive letters. According to the Irlen Institute 12 14 % of the population has a perceptual processing disorder
as do 50% of the population of individuals with a label of autism.
On the computer it is an easy change. Using MSWord, just click on format in the menu bar and go to background. You will see a color palette
appear on the screen just try a couple of colors to see what works best. You can also change the color of the text by going to format in the menu
bar, selecting font, selecting the arrows under font color and clicking on the desired color. You can also switch permanently to white font and
blue background by going to Word preferences, selecting general and selecting the blue background, white font option. Ann Marie Orlando

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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.

Exploring Feelings... to Manage Anxiety
by Tony Attwood
SAsperger' Syndrome
by Tony Attwood
SRight Adress... Wrong Planet
by Gena Barnhill
SGuns A'Blaiz.'g
by Jeffrey Cohen
S O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools
by Michelle A. Dunn
SWhen My Autism Gets Too Big'
by Kari Dunn Buron
The Epilepsy Diet Treatment
by Kelly Freeman et al
SPower Cards
by Elisa Gagnon
Thinking in Pictures
by Temple Grandin
SCareers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Function-
ing Autism
by Temple Grandin & Kate Duffy
SPivotal Response Treatments for Autism
by Robert L.Koegel & Lynn Kern Koegel
SYoung Exceptional Children: Teaching Strategies: What to do to Sup-
port Young Children's Development
by Michaelene Ostrosky
SYoung Exceptional Children: Assesment: Gathering Meaningful Infor-
by Michaelene Ostrosky
SYoung Exceptional Children: Natural Environments and Inclusion
by Susan Sandall
SMaking Peace with Autism...A Family' Story
by Susan Senator
SAutism Is Not a Life Sentence
by Lynley Summers
SA Rock and a Hard Place
by Anne Sutcliffe
SPlay and Imagination in Children with Autism
by Pamela Wolfberg

Website in the Spotlight

Here are a few websites that you may find helpful this summer:
This site lets you make a customized chore chart. You can choose
cartoon characters, animals, vehicles, or other pictures to make the
chart fun. Then you choose the font and color you want, name
the chores and print. This is a great way to help keep everyone on
track and feeling useful over the summer break.

For cooking fun try:
Select a recipe, click, at the bottom of the written directions
is a link that says Picture Recipe. Click on that on it takes you to a
visual recipe that makes this an easy way to include anyone in mak-
ing some fun foods.

Next there is:
This is an online game that features the faces of real people express-
ing different emotions. The game is to click on the face that is
showing the emotion that is listed. You can choose from adult
faces, boys or girls. Check out the do2learn homepage -
http://www.do2learn.com for free picture cards, games, organizers,
charts and other items that you can download and print.

The last website I would like to share with you this month is:
This website allows you to make (for free) a medical alert type ID
card for your child or anyone who needs it that looks very profes-
sional. The website gives you a template for typing in any infor-
mation that you think is important. Then you simply print it.
The website does not retain any of the information that you enter,
which I feel is a good safety feature.

Have a fun and safe summer and if you have questions about any
of these websites or if you need help with visual supports please feel
free to contact me at 352 392-4171 or 800 754-5891 x9.
My email address is krobinson@mbi.ufl.edu. Kathy Robinson

rIn CA R UG Uines Uil Staff- PareInt Partners

Robbin Byrd, B.S. CARD Consultant
Kurt Clopton Computer Consultant
Margie Garlin Program Assistant
Donna Gilles, Ed.D. Associate Director
Julie Gonzales Student Assistant
Brittany Gudaitis Student Assistant
Kirsty MacIver, M.S. CARD Consultant
Leannis Maxwell Program Assistant
Melinda Morrison, RN, BSN
Sibshop Coordinator
Ann-Marie Orlando, M.S. CCC-SP/AATT
CARD Consultant
Carole Polefko Public Education Coordinator

Kathy Robinson Visual Supports Specialist
Lisa Roll Office Assistant
Greg Valcante, Ph.D. Director
Art Wallen, M.S. Associate Director
Cathy Zenko, M.S., CCC-SLP
CARD Consultant

Cheryl Brenner Putnam County
Heidi Jennison Hernando County
Pam Kissoondyal Alachua County
Sylvia Miller Marion County
Amparo Perales Marion County
Dennise Warren Levy County

Training News

We were very excited to bring back Drs.
Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver for
a fourth year of their Literacy in Augmenta-
tive and Alternative Communication (AAC)
seminar. The seminar was the last week of
June. We had to limit registration to the first
30 people, and this year the course filled up
in less than 2 weeks! We hope to see them
again next year for a 5 year anniversary.

This intensive summer seminar featured
more than 40 hours of direct contact with
Drs. Erickson and Koppenhaver as they
used lectures, videos, demonstrations,
and case studies to develop participants'

knowledge and skills in the areas of reading
and writing assessment and instruction. The
seminar focused on conventional reading
and writing with an emphasis on meeting
the literacy learning needs of school-aged
students with complex communication
needs. This seminar has been offered for over
10 years across the U.S. by Dr. Erickson,
Director for the Center for Literacy and
Disabilities Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
and Dr. Koppenhaver, LRE Department,
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Additional information about their work can
be found at their respective websites: www.
med.unc.edu/ahs/clds and http://faculty.


In other news, we are in the process of creat-
ing an online training request form that can
be downloaded and sent directly to us. If you
have a training request, check our website,
www.card.ufl.edu, for the new form coming
soon and we will do our best to accommo-
date your needs. We do request that at least
five people attend any workshop that we do.

See our new calendar section, www.card.
ufl.edu. /calendar.htm, on our website for
upcoming training events! Cathy Zenko

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