Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Florida is home to more than 200,000 individuals living with autism and related disabilities.* 

In response to the needs of these people and their families, seven regional, nonresidential resource centers have been established at seven public universities throughout Florida (University of Central Florida, University of Florida @ Gainesville, University of Florida Health Science Center @ Jacksonville, University of South Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University). 

The CARD centers serve both children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism, pervasive developmental disorders, autistic-like disabilities, dual sensory impairments, or sensory impairments with other disabling conditions. 

CARD's primary focus is to provide individualized, direct assistance to these individuals and their families. Services include technical assistance and consultation, professional training programs and public education activities. 

CARD services are designed to build on the capacities of state and local resources, not to duplicate or replace them. The Center is funded by the Florida Legislature through the Florida Department of Education and all services are provided free of charge.


CARD is founded on the strong belief that:

  • All people, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have the right to live as full participants in society.
  • All people have the right to be treated with dignity and understanding.
  • People with disabilities are members of families. All families have strengths and capacities and have the right to be treated with sensitivity and respect, and as integral members of a person's system of support.
  • People with autism and related disabilities have the right to be regarded as individuals who need services and supports that are based on their unique characteristics.

*The 2012 census estimate places the Florida population at 19,074,434. Based on current Centers for Disease Control prevalence estimates of 1:88, there are an estimated 216,755 Floridians living with ASD. 



Click on the University that services your area to go to their web site.

Florida State University - Tallahassee


Counties Served: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Gulf, Jackson, Calhoun, Gadsten, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor.

The University of Central Florida - Orlando


Counties served: Orange, Lake, Osceola, Sumter, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole.

The University of Florida - Gainesville

800.9Autism / 352.273.0581
Counties served: Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Union, Alachua, Bradford, Putnam, Marion, Citrus, Hernando. 

University of Florida - Jacksonville
904.633.0760 / 800.928.8476
Counties served: Baker, Clay, Nassau, Duval, St. John's, and Flagler.

Counties served: Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach.

Counties served: Broward, Dade and Monroe.
Counties served: Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry and Collier.