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Public Awareness

CARD promotes public awareness of ASD for early diagnosis and treatment, as well as public awareness about CARD and its services for families, schools, agencies, and community members.  Our public awareness efforts include our website, our montly e-newsletters, called The Report CARD, promoting the Autism License Plate, and through distribution of pamphlets and educational materials at community events. We also provide 30-60 minute What is CARD?  and  What is ASD?  seminars to local agencies.

 

To request UCF CARD presence at a public awareness event, or a brief presentation at your agency meeting, breakfast or event, please contact us at ucfcard@ucf.edu with the subject line: Public Awareness Request.  We will do our best to provide a staff member, constituency board member, or intern to meet your needs.  Unfortunately, due to the high demand for other CARD services, we may not be able to honor every request.  Please note that, as a policy, UCF CARD is unable to pay for booth rental or other fees associated with many fairs and other awareness events.

 

We hope everyone and their families and friends will purchase and Autism License Plate.  Funds from these plates support CARD and local agency grants for individuals with ASD in the state of Florida.

Autism License Plate

UCF-CARD's public awareness efforts include creating a more welcoming community for citizens on the autism spectrum by partnering with businesses interested in making a difference in the lives of the more than 12,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorders living in Central Florida and their families.

 

Families with children who have autism spectrum disorders often face challenges when participating in community events, visiting local restaurants, stores and shops.  They can   find themselves isolated from their communities and therefore unable to do the day-to-day tasks we all take for granted.

We partner with local businesses committed to making a difference by enhancing their supports for individuals with ASD and their families--through training of staff, collaboration on sensory supports, creation of visual supports and technical assistance. Upon completion of the autism friendly training consultation process, the business  receives a colorful window cling that will inform families of their commitment.  We also maintain a directory of “Autism Friendly” businesses, where our constituent families can search for businesses that have entered into an autism friendly partnership with UCF-CARD.

Autism Friendly Businesses