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Behavioral Training
Series (Coral Gables)


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (5 PM)

UM-NSU CARD's Coral Gables office presents a behavioral training series. Topics include managing problem behavior at school and at home, as well as potty training. To RSVP, contact Ivan Deveaux.
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DCDT Conference
Scholarships


Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Florida's CEC Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) is offering 15 scholarships this year, at a value of just under $800 each, to attend the VISIONS XXVII Conference at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, April 15-17, 2020. Applications are open to teachers and support staff (therapists, etc.), family members, college students (undergraduates and graduates in the field of students with disabilities) and self-advocates. Register at this webpage.

FDLRS Parent Webinar:
Student Accommodations


Tuesday, February 25 (10 AM and 7 PM)

FDLRS presents a webinar about accommodations for students with IEPs and Section 504 plans. Students with disabilities use accommodations to increase, maintain, or improve academic performance, and this webinar will provide an overview of the four categories of accommodations. Join us online at our morning session (at 10 AM) or our evening session (at 7 PM) by clicking on the registration links! If you have questions, please contact Shannon McCosker.

Key West Library:
Youth Services


The Key West Library proudly offers several weekly recreational programs for toddlers, children, and youth up to high school age. See our two-page brochure at the "LEARN MORE" link below for an introduction to our many programs and services. For more information, visit our website or contact Patricia Blanco (305-292-3595, extension 5257).

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DCDT Conference
Scholarships


Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Florida's CEC Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) is offering 15 scholarships this year, at a value of just under $800 each, to attend the VISIONS XXVII Conference at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, April 15-17, 2020. Applications are open to teachers and support staff (therapists, etc.), family members, college students (undergraduates and graduates in the field of students with disabilities) and self-advocates. Register at this webpage.

Friendship Circle:
2020 Programs


Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, offers a multitude of programs for children, tweens, and teens with special needs. Sports, art, music, life skills, social activities, and more! All of our programs have rolling admission and prorated pricing, so you can begin at any time! See our flyer for brief summaries of each program. Register at this webpage. Contact us (305-234-5654, extension 14) for more information.

Friendship Circle:
Young Adult Program


Friendship Circle Miami, located in Kendall, presents a young adult program for individuals with special needs ages 19 and up. On Tuesdays, we meet at the Friendship Circle campus, and on Sundays, we explore Miami together. See our flyer for a list of upcoming 2020 dates. For more information or to register, please contact us (305-234-5654, extension 14).

Nature Links:
Early 2020 Programs


Session 1 ends Friday, March 20 (10 AM)

Nature Links is a nonprofit organization that provides nature and arts-based educational and job skills training programs to adults (ages 18-40) with developmental disabilities. We are presenting our "Expressive Earth" and "Community Connections" programs at Shake-a-Leg Miami in early 2020. See our flyer for more details. Register online or by email. Financial assistance available. Rolling admission, so you can join at any time!

STARS: Saturday
Sports Sessions


Session 2 ends Saturday, February 8 (10 AM)

Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation's Department of Disability Services presents STARS (Skills Training for Autism Recreational Sports). See our two-page flyer for a list of dates, times, and locations for our weekly sports activities between now and May 2020. Our meetings will start at 10 AM for children ages 6-12, and at 11 AM for children ages 13-19. For more information, please contact Thera Johnson or Diana Calafell (305-935-4588).


Parent to Parent:
IEP Workshops


Every Friday (9:30 AM)
Todos los miércoles (9:30 AM)


Parent to Parent presents weekly interactive workgroups in English and Spanish. Learn how to prepare for your child's next IEP meeting, develop an action plan, advocate for the right supports, and more! You must bring your child's current IEP. Children are not permitted in workshops. Registration is required and space is limited. Please register at this webpage, or call 305-271-9797 for more information.

MCM: Sensory Saturday


Saturday, February 8, 2020 (9 AM)

Miami Children's Museum presents sensory friendly experiences for children of all abilities on the second Saturday of every month. Explore the museum in a modified and supportive setting with limited admission and adjustments to sound and lighting. Speak to various health professionals and learn about community resources, enjoy a sensory friendly stage performance, and network with other families. Free admission. To RSVP, contact us (305-373-5437, extension 130).


Parent to Parent:
IDEA/IEP Seminar


Sábado, 8 de febrero de 2020 (9:30 AM)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (9:30 AM)


If you are frustrated with your child's lack of progress in school, dealing with complaints about your child's behavior, or feeling powerless at IEP meetings because you do not understand the process and you want solutions, then join Parent to Parent for this one-day training applicable to children from Pre-K to 12th grade. Children are not permitted in workshops. Registration is required. Please register at this webpage (English | Español), or call 305-271-9797 for more information.


Painting with a
Twist (Miami Lakes)


Saturday, February 8, 2020 (4:30 PM)

The Miami Lakes Special Needs Advisory Board invites you to "Painting with a Twist". Refreshments will be served, and accommodations are available upon request. Space is limited and only 20 slots are available, so call 305-336-9558 to reserve your space. The cost is $5 to participate.


Parent to Parent:
Kindergarten Workshop


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (9:30 AM)
Martes, 25 de febrero de 2020 (9:30 AM)


Parent to Parent presents a workshop which explains everything you need to know about kindergarten, including the transition from Pre-K, the school's IEP responsibilities, the different classroom settings, and curriculum decision and assessments. Children are not permitted in workshops. Registration is required. Please register at this webpage (English | Español), or call 305-271-9797 for more information.


Parent to Parent:
Beca John McKay


Martes, 11 de febrero de 2020 (6:30 PM)

La beca McKay se utiliza para ubicar a niños con discapacidades en escuelas privadas o para transferir a un estudiante a otra escuela pública. Esta beca sólo está disponible para estudiantes con un IEP o Plan 504. Durante este taller de Parent to Parent, usted aprenderá sobre la beca McKay. Se requiere inscripción previa. Espacio es limitado. Visite la página Web para inscribirse electrónicamente, o llame a 305-271-9797. No se permiten niños en el taller.

Beth David Congregation:
Accomplishing Inclusion


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (6:30 PM)

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month. Join us at the Beth David Congregation for an interview and Q+A session with Dr. Michael Alessandri, the executive director of UM CARD.


Atlantis Academy:
Lunch and Learn


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (11:30 AM)

All medical and behavioral professionals are welcome to come learn more about Atlantis Academy Miami, and how we provide a comprehensive educational program for students with autism and related conditions. We will also discuss our LIFE program, which teaches independent life skills to young adults with autism. Tour our campus, meet our staff, and receive and overview of the program. Visit our website or Facebook page, or call 305-271-9771, for more information.

West Kendall Baptist:
Autism Support Group


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (6 PM)

West Kendall Baptist Hospital presents a support group for those who have loved ones with autism. We invite you to join this group, share your story, ask questions, and receive support. This group is facilitated by Carol Del Sol, a parent of a child with autism. This month, we will also have a presentation about IEP meetings by parent advocate Krista Barth. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Del Sol (786-467-2777).


Highland Oaks Park:
Free Movie Night


Sunday, February 16, 2020 (6 PM)

Miami-Dade County Department of Parks and Recreation presents a free movie night at Highland Oaks Park. This event is open to people of all ages and abilities. We will be showing "Tangled". For more information, please call 305-932-2164.

12th Man: Football
and Cheer Camp


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Located at night on Florida International University's main campus in Miami, this free football and cheerleading camp is for children (ages 3 and up) who are differently abled or have special needs. Our motto is, "Every child should have an opportunity to learn and play a sport they love." Visit our website for more information. To register for this camp as an athlete or volunteer, contact us (305-970-6077). We also have a camp in Boca Raton on February 29!

FDLRS Parent Webinar:
Student Accommodations


Tuesday, February 25 (10 AM and 7 PM)

FDLRS presents a webinar about accommodations for students with IEPs and Section 504 plans. Students with disabilities use accommodations to increase, maintain, or improve academic performance, and this webinar will provide an overview of the four categories of accommodations. Join us online at our morning session (at 10 AM) or our evening session (at 7 PM) by clicking on the registration links! If you have questions, please contact Shannon McCosker.


SPARK: Leap Day
Autism Family Event


Saturday, February 29, 2020 (11 AM)

Mega Jump Trampoline Park, located in Doral, presents an autism family day. Bounce on over and speed up autism research in this SPARK event. Free jump time for families who participate in the SPARK study. Connect with CARD's team for personalized care. RSVP required; please register at this webpage. If you have questions, please contact us (305-814-5493). Space is limited.


Highland Oaks Park:
Free Pilates Classes


Wednesdays starting March 4, 2020 (8:30 AM)

Miami-Dade County Department of Parks and Recreation presents a free weekly pilates class at Highland Oaks Park. This class is open to people of all ages and abilities. Participants will need to bring their own mat. For more information, please call 305-932-2164.

West Kendall Baptist:
Autism Support Group


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (6 PM)

West Kendall Baptist Hospital presents a support group for those who have loved ones with autism. We invite you to join this group, share your story, ask questions, and receive support. This group is facilitated by Carol Del Sol, a parent of a child with autism. This month, we will also have a presentation about addressing problem behaviors by behavioral therapist Krystine Cardenas. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Del Sol (786-467-2777).

Carrie Brazer Center:
Spring Break Camp


March 23 through 27, 2020 (9 AM)

Carrie Brazer Center for Autism is offering a five-day Spring Break camp full of fun and learning. Individualized academic and behavioral goals are incorporated. McKay and Gardiner (PLSA) scholarships accepted. Field trips are included. We also provide behavioral therapy, camps on days when school is closed, summer camp, and more programs for children with autism. For more information or to register, visit our website or Facebook page, or call 305-271-8790.

All Kids Included:
Workshop Series


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

All Kids Included presents a series of professional development trainings for educators. Learn about inclusive strategies and adaptive techniques for including every learner, together with the knowledge of universal design. Gain a sense of excitement, renewed energy, and practical skills on how to use the arts to inspire learning and include students with disabilities in various classroom and community settings. Visit us online or call 305-375-4634 for more information.


Special Mitzvah Seder
(North Miami Beach)


Monday, April 13, 2020 (2:30 PM)

Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus presents a free Passover seder designed for adults (age 18 and over) who have physical and developmental challenges. There will be music, singing, dancing, photos, gifts, and great kosher food. Participants will be partnered one-on-one with volunteers, and are welcome to bring a family member or caregiver. Contact us (305-933-1001) for more information or to register.

West Kendall Baptist:
Autism Support Group


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (6 PM)

West Kendall Baptist Hospital presents a support group for those who have loved ones with autism. We invite you to join this group, share your story, ask questions, and receive support. This group is facilitated by Carol Del Sol, a parent of a child with autism. This month, we will also have a presentation about autism and sexuality by behavioral therapist Blanca Diaz. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Del Sol (786-467-2777).

Great Heights Academy:
Young Adult Program


Located in West Kendall, Great Heights Academy presents a day program for young adults with special needs (ages 22 and over). Our safe, fun, and active environment includes activities such as weekly onsite job training, culinary classes, weekly fitness classes at YouFit Gym, money management skills, and more! Contact Khia Lopez (786-773-2285) for more information.

Miami-Dade Parks:
Adult Day Program


Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces presents a recreational therapy day program for adults (ages 21-40) with developmental disabilities. Recreational activities, self-advocacy, fitness, nutrition, community engagement, social skills, and more! For more information about the program's northern location in Ojus Park, contact Thera Johnson (305-935-4588). For more information about the program's southern location in Camp Matecumbe, contact Diana Bonet (305-752-4966).

TRI After-School
and Seasonal Camps


Weekdays in the 2019-20 school year (2-5 PM)

Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces presents TRI (Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion), after-school and seasonal camps for children with disabilities. Activities include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and field trips. All camps are managed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapists. See flyer for locations, eligibility and transportation service requirements, and contact information. Limited spots available. Register today!

De Moya: Employment
Opportunities


The de Moya Foundation has partnered with local businesses to customize employment opportunities for young adults (ages 18-30) with documented diagnosed intellectual or developmental disabilities. If you, or someone you know, is looking for employment and meets the criteria listed on our flyer, we invite you to join our database of eligible candidates. To apply, follow the instructions on the flyer. For more information, contact us (305-667-9112).


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DCDT Conference
Scholarships


Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Florida's CEC Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) is offering 15 scholarships this year, at a value of just under $800 each, to attend the VISIONS XXVII Conference at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, April 15-17, 2020. Applications are open to teachers and support staff (therapists, etc.), family members, college students (undergraduates and graduates in the field of students with disabilities) and self-advocates. Register at this webpage.

BSO Cares:
Disability Registry


The Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) has established a registry for persons with developmental disorders. This registry is part of a community service program that will allow BSO's emergency personnel to better respond to and serve persons with disabilities. Participation is voluntary. Once enrolled, the identified person will be provided with a Special Needs ID card. Click here to fill out the entry form, and click here to see the ID card.

Young at Art:
Sensory Sundays


Sunday, February 9, 2020 (10 AM)

Join us for Sensory Sunday at the Young at Art Museum (located in Davie). On the second Sunday of every month, the museum will open one hour early for children and adults with autism or other sensory integration sensitivities. Explore the museum and enjoy art activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Different themes for each month! Read more about the "YAA for ALL" sensory friendly events at this webpage, or call 954-424-5056.

FDLRS Parent Webinar:
Student Accommodations


Tuesday, February 25 (10 AM and 7 PM)

FDLRS presents a webinar about accommodations for students with IEPs and Section 504 plans. Students with disabilities use accommodations to increase, maintain, or improve academic performance, and this webinar will provide an overview of the four categories of accommodations. Join us online at our morning session (at 10 AM) or our evening session (at 7 PM) by clicking on the registration links! If you have questions, please contact Shannon McCosker.

Developmental
Community Conversation


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (7 PM)

Join the Developmental Community Conversation! This is a support group for parents of children with developmental differences. The group will be facilitated by Drs. Lina Maria Moyano and Jennie Trocchio. We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at We Rock the Spectrum Kids' Gym in Davie. For more information or to RSVP, visit our website or contact us (954-232-0507). Babysitting is available upon request, and kids must wear non-skid socks.

South Florida Water
Safety Symposium


Thursday, March 5, 2020 (8:30 AM)

The Urban League of Broward County, located in Fort Lauderdale, presents a free educational opportunity. Our focus is on drowning prevention in South Florida, drowning statistics, and the proactive methods that are being developed to address this issue. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Visit this webpage for more information and to purchase tickets.

Joshua's Path:
Educational Seminars


Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (10:30 AM)

Joshua's Path presents a series of educational seminars at the Katz Building on the campus of the Posnack JCC in Davie. Topics include Medicaid Waiver and CDC+, understanding Social Security, and financial and estate planning. All seminars are free and open to the community. For more information, please visit our website or contact Program Manager Sharlene Glassman (954-909-0822).

Sensory-Friendly
Theater Performances


Starting Sunday, April 26, 2020 (11 AM)

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents a series of sensory-friendly theater performances: "Rapunzel" on April 26, Brazilian Voices on May 3, and "Frozen Jr." on July 5 and 11. These events are intended to create a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults with autism, as well as individuals with other sensitivity issues or developmental disabilities. Early bird tickets are available; purchase tickets here. Learn more at this webpage.

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SPARK for Autism


Join SPARK, a free study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance understanding of autism. Individuals with autism will receive a $50 gift card once registration is complete. To learn more about SPARK and register online, visit our website.

UM Brain Development Study: Looking for Volunteers


The University of Miami's Brain Connectivity and Cognition Laboratory (BCCL) is looking for children with autism, as well as typically-developing children, for a research study. Children must be 9-12 years old, be right-handed, not have braces, have fluent verbal skills, and be fluent in English and performing at grade level. The study includes at least two appointments: an assessment an an MRI session. Participants can earn $100. For more information or to register, visit our website or contact us (305-284-3286).

Children's Sound
Response Study


Researchers from the University of Miami in Coral Gables are recruiting children diagnosed with autism (ages 1-5) to participate in a study on how children's brains process sounds. Children will wear small stickers called "electrodes" on their heads while listening to sounds over earphones and engaging in a quiet activity of their choice. Parents/caregivers will be with their children for the entire 90-minute study. $50 payment. To learn more, contact us (305-284-5520).

Questionnaire for
Hispanic Parents


Parents of a child with autism often encounter unique challenges. Very little is known about these challenges, along with coping strategies that assist parents. If you are a Hispanic parent in this situation, here is an opportunity to share your story. Visit these webpages (English or Spanish) to participate in this study, and contact Janice del Pilar if you have questions. The survey is confidential and takes about ten minutes to complete.


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Study: Young Adults
with Fragile X Syndrome


Do you have a high school-age child with Fragile X Syndrome? Help the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center learn more about how certain abilities, experiences, and biology affect language abilities in adulthood. Participants will take part in four assessment visits over a three-year period. Two visits will be at one of our study sites, and two will be completed from home. Travel costs will be reimbursed, and families will receive a $200 honorarium for completing all parts of the study. Contact us (615-322-2943) for more information.

DASH Study Recruitment


Do you, or someone you care for, have a developmental disability? We want to hear about your experiences with receiving health care services. This study is open to any individual with a developmental disability, or their caregiver, who has received health care services. There will be an interview 30-60 minutes in length, and participants will receive $50 for their time. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Ashley Falcon (305-284-6026).

Caregivers' Group
Therapy Study (Weston)


Are you the parent or main caregiver of a child with autism? This research study, held at Shaping Change in Weston, will consist of Solution-Focused Brief Group Therapy for parents and caregivers. Each participant will receive a $30 gift card after the pre, post, and follow-up tests. For more information, contact Dr. Pei-Fen Li (954-262-3052), Dr. Arlene Gordon (954-262-3032), or Dr. Janessa Dominguez (954-589-1038).

FCIC Survey


The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is conducting an important needs assessment about services and supports for Floridians with developmental disabilities (DD). We invite responses from people with DD, their family members and caregivers, and providers for people with DD. This survey will take about ten minutes and is available in both English and Spanish. Your participation is voluntary and confidential. Click here to take the survey, or contact Elizabeth Perkins or Laura Rodriguez Lopez if you have questions.


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ACE Action: Social
Communication Study


Join our study of treatments for children (age 1-2) with social communication delays and early signs of autism. See flyer for detailed information on the ESI and PSE treatments. You may be offered up to $300 to offset the cost of completing research activities. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. Contact the research coordinators, Dahriana Correa and Jackie Moffitt (305-284-6894), for more information.

University of Miami:
Brain Research Study


The Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations, and Neuroscience (BRAIN) Group at the University of Miami is looking for individuals ages 9-20 to participate in a neuroimaging study. Participants must be in good physical and mental health, and not have braces or permanent retainers. Participants will receive a free picture of their brain, and earn up to $75 or opt for community service hours. For more information, visit our website, email us, or call 305-284-2364.

UM: Study and Book
on Parent Advocacy


Do you see yourself as an advocate for a child, youth, or young adult (age 0-22) with a disability? Would you like to be part of a book on parent advocacy? Are you a Miami-Dade County resident? If you'd like to participate in this study, which will involve two interviews about loved ones' needs and concerns, then please contact Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg (631-793-3418). We are especially interested in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse families.

USJ Online Study


Are you a parent of a child with autism (age 0-12)? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an online study with researchers at the University of Saint Joseph. This study seeks to evaluate the relationship between parents' stress and the choices they make about treatment outcomes. Participants will take three surveys that will take them about 30 minutes, and their responses are anonymous. Click here to participate. For questions, contact Melissa Walker (203-240-1537).

Wandering Study


Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is studying the impact of GPS-based electronic tracking devices on children with autism who wander. Participants in this study will be loaned an AngelSense Guardian tracking device to use for free for six weeks, and asked to fill out a few short questionnaires about their experiences. To find out if you are eligible for this study, please complete the screening questionnaire here. You may also contact us for more information.

University of Miami:
Autism Blood Test Study


Volunteers (ages 12-22), with or without autism, are needed for a research study. We are studying specific proteins in the blood that may be used for developing a blood test to diagnose autism. Only one short visit to Larkin Hospital in South Miami is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Alok Dube (312-316-3499). Weekend appointments are available. Reimbursement for time and travel will be provided.

Siblings of Individuals
with Disabilities


Researchers at the University of Illinois are conducting a survey about the experiences of siblings (over 18 years old) of individuals with disabilities. By taking 20-30 minutes to complete this online survey, you can help us learn more about needed supports for siblings. To take this survey, go to this webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Burke (217-300-1226).

Study on Autism
and Sound Sensitivity


Does your child have autism? Are they bothered by certain sounds? This study from Florida International University is looking for a relationship between auditory hyper-reactivity, anxiety, and social participation in children with autism. Participants will take a 15-minute survey, and coupon codes will be provided at the end. Click here to take the survey (English | Español).


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Sleep Disturbances in
Children with Autism


We are looking for families to participate in our research study of parent training as a tool in treating sleep problems in young children (ages 2 to less than 7) on the autism spectrum. As part of the study, you and your child will complete questionnaires, document sleep habits, and attend five sessions using telehealth technology. Benefits include the improvement of your child's sleep and bedtime behaviors. For more information, contact us (216-448-6392).

Perception/Learning Study
for Adults with Autism


The University of Miami's OWL (Object and Word Learning) Lab invites adults (ages 18-24) diagnosed with autism to participate in a research study about perception and learning. Adults must be fluent in English. The visit will take between 60 and 90 minutes. For more information, contact the OWL Lab (305-284-9564).

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