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Judee Samuels, M.H.S.A.

Community Relations and Conference Coordinator

Judee joined CARD in May 2000, after working 20 years in marketing and real estate. She has a Masters Degree in Health Service Administration from UCF, and has been actively working in the field of autism since her son was diagnosed in 1992. In 1995, she founded the Autism Society of Greater Orlando. During her seven year presidency, she published the first Resource Guide for Central FL families, founded “Sea of Dreams” in conjunction with Sea World, and was one of three mothers that formed Princeton House, (now Princeton House Charter School). She was an initial trainer for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in conjunction with the Orlando Sheriff's Department. She is CARD's liaison to Providing Autism Links and Supports (PALS), a local non-profit that helps support services provided by UCF CARD. Her goal is that every child with autism has a high quality life, and to give typical peers strategies to best support and befriend peers with ASD. Judee enjoys cooking, entertaining,  skiing, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her son.