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Dear Families and Friends of CARD, I hope you are well and that parents of school-age children are enjoying summer break. I know that sum mer can be a very di! cult time for families with children who are out of school and the CARD sta" at the University of Florida are working hard to keep up with the many calls from families and schools that are Director's Note Post CARD Go to www.card.u#.edu for information about: workshops research current news about autism & related disabilities support groups professional development fact sheets past issues of the PostCARD CARD conference information and more! Want to stay informed about work shops in our area and receive other useful information? Subscribe to our bi-monthly eCARD by sending your name and email address to card-info@u#.edu. The CARD o! ce located at 2124 NE Waldo Road, Suite 3200 in UF's East Campus Building in Gainesville is "closed" until 12 PM on Mondays for sta meetings. Computers for making visual supports are available during normal business hours on Tuesday to Friday and after noon on Mondays. For an appointment please call Kathy Rob inson at 352 392-4171 or 800 754-5891 ext. 9. Each year we try to create a newsletter or two that we can send out by email and to print some hard copies for families who do not have a high-speed internet connection. We especially want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported CARD during this di! cult year. So many families, friends and students have supported CARD in so many ways: volunteering time, partici pating in our STAR 5K and Stomp the Swamp events, donations, and contact ing legislators. We appreciate all your e orts more than we can say. In this newsletter you will see some photos and more information on some of our sup porters! Unfortunately our CARD operating budget has been reduced by the Florida Legislature again this year for the 4th time in the last 5 years. So, we will be operating with 20% fewer dollars than last year to serve the individuals with autism and related disabilities, families, schools and agencies in our 14 counties. While some other CARD Centers are laying o employees, we are working on a plan, with the help of our University, Constituency Board and others to keep all UF/Gainesville CARD sta" em ployed. We are still unsure about how this reduction in funds will a" ect our services but we will do all we can to keep you informed. We will make every ef fort to work smarter and more e! ciently and to use technology to support our constituents and sta Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine that we will be able to continue to do all we were previ ously able to do with signicantly less resources. As we enter into the summer months we want to remind you to continue to watch our website and calendar and to follow us on Facebook. We are planning a variety of educational programs and activities for the summer months. And don't forget to contact us by phone or email whenever the need arises. Best wishes always, Greg Valcante, Ph.D. Dear Friends of CARD, Online Trainings Available Did you know that you can participate in many of our trainings from the comfort of your own home? Just check the loca tion for specic trainings on our calendar, www.card.u.edu/calendar.html and if it says "online via Adobe Connect" follow the directions to connect with us online. Some of our past trainings have also been recorded. Visit our Training page, http://www.card.u.edu/training to view trainings about: Transition Sensory Issues Autism and Genetics Potty Training Inclusion Overview of Autism & More

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The Post 2 ...Impact Autism @ UF for donating a portion of the pro$ ts they made from the Temple Grandin Movie Night they held in April to CARD UF/ Gainesville. ...UF's Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority for hosting the 2nd Annual Swim, Sail, and Sun-day at Lake Wauberg. Several CARD UF/Gainesville constituents received one-on-one attention while boating, swimming, and enjoying the lake. ...Eastside Side High School's Students Together for Autism Research (S.T.A.R.) especially Wes Lyons and Emma London for hosting their 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run bene$ ting CARD UF/Gaines ville. They raised almost $8300! ...UF's Fishing for Success program for hosting the 5th Annual CARD Family Fishing Day. Informa tion about autism was made available to fami lies attending the event. Erika Thompson, the event coordinator, also used this information for $ eldtrips that included classes with students with autism. ...UF's Student Government and Caroline Robi cheaux and Amanda Cruz for organizing and Shelley Meyer and Chris Machen, for serving as honorary co-chairs of the 3rd Annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism. There were 188 participants and over $7000 was raised! ...the Reckson Foundation for their generous sup port of CARD. Shelley Meyer, co-host of Stomp the Swamp, shows her support for CARD CARD's Executive Director, Dr. Mark Lewis poses with two of the STAR 5K runners, Isaac and Aidan. UF's Fishing for Success Program provides a fun morning of $ shing for everyone once a month. Check out their website for future $ shing days http://lakewatch.ifas.u#.edu Enews We send out an electronic newsletter once to twice a month that includes information on our trainings and events as well as trainings and events held by other organizations. If you would like to receive our enews please send an email with "Subscribe to enews" in the subject line to card-info@u#.edu. Facebook To get reminders about events, view information about summer camps, connect with other CARD friends, and get information about current autism news, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/UFCARD and "like" us. Website Visit our website at www.card.u#.edu to learn more about autism, our services, watch recordings of past trainings, view our calendar, and much more.

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The Post 5 The Graduate National Student Speech-Language Hearing As sociation (G-NSSLHA) students in a class I taught during the fall decided to use some of the extra funds they had from various fundraising events over the year to buy one our CARD con stituents, Harley, some basic supplies he needed to increase his success in school. A couple of my students did their $ nal project working with Harley who is a very smart 7th grader with Asperger Syndrome. They gave Harley a desk, chair, desk lamp, desk calendar, markers, printer with ink, printer paper, pencil case, and a $20 Walmart gift card. They also bought him a set of K'nex becausee he loves to build things, but only had paperclips. Cathy Zenko Graduate National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (G-NSSLHA) Class of 2011 Harley at his new desk. I look to my past and reminisce, the things that I may never miss. To the times where my life was a changing season, some times up, sometimes down. I just wanted to # ip that life upside down. I had an unknown conscience, following me around. That took things in, then spat them out. I was too young to think to end my life, didn't even know how to bring down a verbal knife. They said he was doomed to lack a normal life, lacking the will to speak his words. Always seen but never heard. I was growing out of my own skin, di"erent emotions that could never be held within. I went out of society, society went out of me. I became a new person, worse than the best but better than the worst. I'm growing out of growing pains, and growing pains are growing out of me. Izzy Schwartz Izzy is a 13-year-old CARD constituent who has written some poems about his experience with autism. This is a list of support groups organized by our Parent Partners or sta ". To view a list that includes other support groups in our area please visit www.card.u#.edu/localsupports.html. Gainesville Autism Parent Focus Group Contact: Cheryl Brenner at 386-467-3820 or cherylbrenner@u#.edu Meetings are held on the 2nd Fridays of each month. Columbia County Autism Support Group Meeting Lake City Contact: Jaime Bracken at 386-397-1882 or jbracken@u#.edu Meetings are held on the 3rd Mondays of each month. Ocala Autism Support Network SW Marion County Contact: Ace Perales (352) 598-2514 or aperales@u#.edu Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month Autism Spectrum Disorder Focus Group Palatka Contact: Cheryl Brenner at 386-467-3820 or cherylbrenner@u#.edu Please contact Cheryl for meeting dates. Support Group for Adults on the Spectrum Gainesville Contact: Robin Byrd 352-846-3700 or robinl@u#.edu Meetings are the last Thursday of every month at 12:00 noon. DATE: July 5-29, 2011 This online book study will focus on the work of Sonja de Boer titled "Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism". The book is a guide for educators to develop inclusive programs for students with ASD and includes practical and evidence-based strategies for instruction, behavior, and communication. Our book study will be an asynchronous event where the views of each participant are welcomed and valued. Upon registration participants will receive further information for connecting to the book study event. For more information please contact Ann-Marie Orlando at aorlando@u#.edu or call (352)273-0581 to register.

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Robbin Byrd, B.S. CARD Consultant Susan Hill, A.R.N.P. CARD Consultant Mark Lewis, Ph.D. Executive Director Leannis Maxwell Program Assistant Ann-Marie Orlando, M.S. CCC-SP/A ATT CARD Consultant Carole Polefko Public Education Coordinator John Polefko, M.Ed. CARD Consultant Krestin Radonovich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Kathy Robinson Visual Supports Specialist Greg Valcante, Ph.D. Director Art Wallen, M.S. Associate Director Alissa Yax Intake Coordinator Cathy Zenko, M.S., CCC-SLP CARD Consultant Jaime Bracken Columbia Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Union Counties Cheryl Brenner Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, and Putnam Counties Margie Garlin Citrus and Hernando Counties Amparo Perales Marion County Cover Photos 3rd Annual Stomp the Swamp, Pam Valcante University of Florida The Post CARD CARD UF/Gainesville PO BOX 100234 Gainesville, FL 32610-0234 t 352 846-2761 or 800 754-5891 f 352 846-0941 cpolefko@u !.edu www.card.u!.edu PAID The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and Pro viding Autism Links & Supports, Inc. (PALS, Inc.) invite proposals for presentations at the 2012, 19th Annual CARD Conference, Saturday and Sunday, January 13-16, 2012, in Orlando, FL. CARD and PALS bring together a wide range of professionals and parents to share information about individuals with au tism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairment, and related disabilities. Audiences range from families of newly diagnosed toddlers to leaders in the eld of autism research and treatment. All proposals are due by August 19, 2011. Proposal forms can be downloaded from the UCF CARD website at www.ucf-card.org. "Let's Talk! Using Literacy Activities to Develop Core Language Skills in Preschoolers with ASD and AAC Needs", a 2-day work shop designed for educational teams serving young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) needs will be held at the CARD o# ces in Gainesville on June 28th and 29th. Teams will learn some of the key principles underlying a program for teach ing basic vocabulary to children whose communication is sup plemented with manual signs, communication boards/books, and AAC devices. For more information please visit our calendar at www.card.u!.edu/calendar.html or call 352/273-0581.


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Director's Note


Dear Friends of CARD,

Each year we try to create a newsletter or
two that we can send out by email and
to print some hard copies for families
who do not have a high-speed internet
connection. We especially want to take
this opportunity to thank all those who
have supported CARD during this diffi-
cult year. So many families, friends and
students have supported CARD in so
many ways: volunteering time, partici-
pating in our STAR 5K and Stomp the
Swamp events, donations, and contact-
ing legislators. We appreciate all your
efforts more than we can say. In this
newsletter you will see some photos and
more information on some of our sup-
porters!

Unfortunately our CARD operating
budget has been reduced by the Florida
Legislature again this year for the 4th
time in the last 5 years. So, we will be
operating with 20% fewer dollars than
last year to serve the individuals with
autism and related disabilities, families,
schools and agencies in our 14 counties.
While some other CARD Centers are
laying off employees, we are working on
a plan, with the help of our University,
Constituency Board and others to keep
all UF/Gainesville CARD staff em-
ployed. We are still unsure about how
this reduction in funds will affect our
services but we will do all we can to keep
you informed. We will make every ef-
fort to work smarter and more efficiently
and to use technology to support our
constituents and staff. Nevertheless, it


is hard to imagine that we will be able
to continue to do all we were previ-
ously able to do with significantly less
resources.

As we enter into the summer months
we want to remind you to continue to
watch our website and calendar and to
follow us on Facebook. We are planning
a variety of educational programs and
activities for the summer months. And
don't forget to contact us by phone or
email whenever the need arises.

Best wishes always,
Greg Valcante, Ph.D.


Online Trainings Available
Did you know that you can participate in
many of our training from the comfort
of your own home? Just check the loca-
tion for specific training on our calendar,
www.card.ufl.edu/calendar.html, and if
it says "online via Adobe Connect" follow
the directions to connect with us online.
Some of our past training have also been
recorded. Visit our Training page,
http://www.card.ufl.edu/training,
to view training about:
Transition
Sensory Issues
Autism and Genetics
Potty Training
Inclusion
Overview of Autism
& More


CARD Office Hours
The CARD office located at 2124 NE
Waldo Road, Suite 3200 in UF's East
Campus Building in Gainesville is
"closed" until 12 PM on Mondays for
staff meetings. Computers for making
visual supports are available during
normal business hours on Tuesday to
Friday and after noon on Mondays. For
an appointment please call Kathy Rob-
inson at 352 392-4171 or 800 754-5891
ext. 9.

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


Want to stay informed about work-
shops in our area and receive other
useful information? Subscribe to our
bi-monthly eCARD by sending your
name and email address to
card-info@ufl.edu.






The PostCARD 2


* Enews We send out an electronic newsletter once to twice a month that includes information on our training and events as well as training
and events held by other organizations. If you would like to receive our enews please send an email with "Subscribe to enews"in the subject line
to card-info@ufl.edu.

* Facebook- To get reminders about events, view information about summer camps, connect with other CARD friends, and get information
about current autism news, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/UFCARD and "like" us.

* Website Visit our website at www.card.ufl.edu to learn more about autism, our services, watch recordings of past training, view our calendar,
and much more.


UF's Fishing for Success Program
provides a fun morning of fishing for
everyone once a month. Check out
their website for future fishing days -
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Special Thanks to.......


...Impact Autism @ UF for donating a portion of
the profits they made from the Temple Grandin
Movie Night they held in April to CARD UF/
Gainesville.

...UF's Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Zeta Tau
Alpha Sorority for hosting the 2nd Annual Swim,
Sail, and Sun-day at Lake Wauberg. Several CARD
UF/Gainesville constituents received one-on-one
attention while boating, swimming, and enjoying
the lake.

...Eastside Side High School's Students Together
for Autism Research (S.T.A.R.) especially Wes
Lyons and Emma London for hosting their 4th
Annual 5K Walk/Run benefiting CARD UF/Gaines-
ville. They raised almost $8300!

...UF's Fishing for Success program for hosting the
5th Annual CARD Family Fishing Day. Informa-
tion about autism was made available to fami-
lies attending the event. Erika Thompson, the
event coordinator, also used this information for
fieldtrips that included classes with students with
autism.

...UF's Student Government and Caroline Robi-
cheaux and Amanda Cruz for organizing and
Shelley Meyer and Chris Machen, for serving as
honorary co-chairs of the 3rd Annual Stomp the
Swamp for Autism.There were 188 participants
and over $7000 was raised!

...the Reckson Foundation for their generous sup-
port of CARD.


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www.card.ufl.edu

Staying Up-to-Date






The PostCARD 5


CARD Support Groups
This is a list of support groups organized by our Parent Partners or
staff. To view a list that includes other support groups in our area
please visit www.card.ufl.edu/localsupports.html.
* Gainesville Autism Parent Focus Group
Contact: Cheryl Brenner at 386-467-3820 or cherylbrenner@ufl.edu
Meetings are held on the 2nd Fridays of each month.
* Columbia County Autism Support Group Meeting Lake City
Contact: Jaime Bracken at 386-397-1882 orjbracken@ufl.edu
Mpptinns; ar hpld on thp 3rd Mondav; of Pach month


UF Student Group Helps Out

The Graduate National Student Speech-Language Hearing As-
sociation (G-NSSLHA) students in a class I taught during the fall
decided to use some of the extra funds they had from various
fundraising events over the year to buy one our CARD con-
stituents, Harley, some basic supplies he needed to increase
his success in school. A couple of my students did their final
project working with Harley who is a very smart 7th grader
with Asperger Syndrome. They gave Harley a desk, chair, desk
lamp, desk calendar, markers, printer with ink, printer paper,
pencil case, and a $20 Walmart gift card. They also bought him
a set of K'nex because he loves to build things, but only had
paperclips. Cathy Zenko


* Ocala Autism Support Network- SW Marion County
Contact: Ace Perales (352) 598-2514 or aperales@ufl.edu
Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month
* Autism Spectrum Disorder Focus Group Palatka
Contact: Cheryl Brenner at 386-467-3820 or cherylbrenner@ufl.edu
Please contact Cheryl for meeting dates.
* Support Group for Adults on the Spectrum Gainesville
Contact: Robin Byrd 352-846-3700 or robinl@ufl.edu
Meetinas are the last Thursdav of ever month at 12:00 noon.


Growing Out of Growing Pains
I look to my past and reminisce, the things that I may never
miss.To the times where my life was a changing season, some-
times up, sometimes down. I just wanted to flip that life upside
down. I had an unknown conscience, following me around.
That took things in, then spat them out. I was too young to
think to end my life, didn't even know how to bring down a
verbal knife. They said he was doomed to lack a normal life,
lacking the will to speak his words. Always seen but never
heard. I was growing out of my own skin, different emotions
that could never be held within. I went out of society, society
went out of me. I became a new person, worse than the best
but better than the worst. I'm growing out of growing pains,
and growing pains are growing out of me. Izzy Schwartz
Izzy is a 13-year-old CARD constituent who has written some
poems about his experience with autism.


Online Book Study

for Educators

DATE: July 5-29, 2011

This online book study will focus on the work of Sonja de Boer
titled "Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism" The book
is a guide for educators to develop inclusive programs for
students with ASD and includes practical and evidence-based
strategies for instruction, behavior, and communication. Our
book study will be an asynchronous event where the views of
each participant are welcomed and valued. Upon registration
participants will receive further information for connecting to
the book study event.

For more information please contact Ann-Marie Orlando at
aorlando@ufl.edu or call (352)273-0581 to register.


Graduate National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
(G-NSSLHA) Class of 2011






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Robbin Byrd, B.S. CARD Consultant
Susan Hill, A.R.N.P. CARD Consultant
Mark Lewis, Ph.D. Executive Director
Leannis Maxwell Program Assistant
Ann-Marie Orlando, M.S. CCC-SP/A ATTCARD Consultant
Carole Polefko Public Education Coordinator
John Polefko, M.Ed. CARD Consultant
Krestin Radonovich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Kathy Robinson Visual Supports Specialist
Greg Valcante, Ph.D. Director
Art Wallen, M.S. Associate Director
Alissa Yax Intake Coordinator
Cathy Zenko, M.S., CCC-SLP CARD Consultant


Call for Papers

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and Pro-
viding Autism Links & Supports, Inc. (PALS, Inc.) invite proposals
for presentations at the 2012, 19th Annual CARD Conference,
Saturday and Sunday, January 13-16, 2012, in Orlando, FL.
CARD and PALS bring together a wide range of professionals
and parents to share information about individuals with au-
tism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairment, and related
disabilities. Audiences range from families of newly diagnosed
toddlers to leaders in the field of autism research and treatment.
All proposals are due by August 19, 2011. Proposal forms can be
downloaded from the UCF CARD website at www.ucf-card.org.



























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Margie Garlin
Citrus and Hernando Counties
Amparo Perales
Marion County


Cover Photos
3rd Annual Stomp the Swamp, Pam
Valcante


FREE Literacy Workshop

"Let's Talk! Using Literacy Activities to Develop Core Language
Skills in Preschoolers with ASD and AAC Needs", a 2-day work-
shop designed for educational teams serving young children
with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Augmentative and
Alternative Communication (AAC) needs will be held at the
CARD offices in Gainesville on June 28th and 29th. Teams will
learn some of the key principles underlying a program for teach-
ing basic vocabulary to children whose communication is sup-
plemented with manual signs, communication boards/books,
and AAC devices. For more information please visit our calendar
at www.card.ufl.edu/calendar.html or call 352/273-0581.

















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