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YogArt: Outdoor
Yoga Experience


Saturday, December 7, 2019 (9:30 AM)

"Take a breather during Basel" at this unique outdoor yoga experience in the Miami Design District. We will have live music and healthy food and drinks. The suggested donation is $15, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit DASH and the Autism Partnership Foundation. Reserve your mat at this website.
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Carrie Brazer Center:
Positive Discipline


Tuesdays, now until January 15, 2020 (4 PM)
(except November 26 and December 24 and 31)


Located on Sunset Drive near the Palmetto Expressway, the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism presents a positive discipline course for parents of children with special needs. Role-playing, group discussions, and more. Books available online in English and Spanish. Please pre-purchase the material prior to class. Child care provided. Please RSVP by contacting Carrie Brazer (305-271-8790).

YogArt: Outdoor
Yoga Experience


Saturday, December 7, 2019 (9:30 AM)

"Take a breather during Basel" at this unique outdoor yoga experience in the Miami Design District. We will have live music and healthy food and drinks. The suggested donation is $15, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit DASH and the Autism Partnership Foundation. Reserve your mat at this website.

Friendship Circle:
Sunday Circle


Sunday, December 8, 2019 (10 AM)

The Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade presents a drop-off program at the Miami Beach JCC. Teenage volunteers and their special friends can spend the morning together in a fun-filled atmosphere. Parents can enjoy a much-needed respite while children enjoy arts and crafts, music, sports, Judaic activities, sensory play, baking, and more. A light kosher snack is served. Register at this webpage. For more information, contact Marcy Lederman.

Basketball Buddies
(North Miami Beach)


Sunday, December 8, 2019 (10:30 AM)

MAR-JCC, located in North Miami Beach, presents a basketball program for children with special needs. Join us for our 2019-2020 season! Contact us for more information.

Parent to Parent:
Understanding ADHD


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (9:30 AM)

What is ADHD, and how does it impact academic progress? During this presentation, we will talk about behavior, diagnosis, treatment, discipline, accommodations and how to support learning at home and in the classroom. Please register online or by phone (305-271-9797). Registration is required. Space is limited. Children are not allowed in the workshop.

Sensory Friendly
Jump at Urban Air


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (5 PM)

Urban Air Adventure Park, located in West Kendall, presents a sensory friendly jump designed for children with autism and special needs. This event will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. No loud music, no flashing lights, just fun activities in a controlled environment! Extra trained staff on hand, quiet room available, and ADA access for virtual reality. For more information, contact us (305-676-2400) or visit us online.

Friendship Circle
Miami: Cooking Club


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (5 PM)

Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade presents a new program that will teach participants how to create meals, bake goods, and the importance of ingredients and food preparation. Working alongside professionals in an inclusive environment, we will learn important life skills for independence and create delicious delectibles along the way. For more information or to register, visit this website or contact Marcy Lederman. The registration fee is $100.

West Kendall Baptist:
Autism Support Group


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (6 PM)

West Kendall Baptist Hospital presents a support group for those who have loved ones with autism. Are you seeking the support of others with similar experiences? We invite you to join this group, share your story, ask questions, and receive support. This group is co-facilitated by Dr. Michael Alessandri, CARD's executive director, and Carol Del Sol, a parent of a child with autism. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Del Sol (786-467-2777).

ACTIV: Weekend
Inclusion Program


Sunday, December 15, 2019 (9 AM)

Located at Shake-a-Leg Miami and presented in association with We Coach Foundation, this weekend inclusion program cultivates instrumental life skills through leisure activities for individuals from ages 12 to 27. The program will meet every other Sunday until May 3, 2020. Art, photography, dance, body movement, drama, personal training, water sports, and more! To register, visit this webpage or call 305-501-2335.

PPA: SURF Groups
(Aventura/South Miami)


Series II: Now until Friday, December 20, 2019

Pediatric Psychology Associates (PPA) presents the SURF (Social Understanding Relationship Fundamentals) program for children ages 4-16. Goals include improving social skills, fostering successful peer relationships, developing social understanding and responsiveness, improving self-monitoring, self-regulation, flexibility, and conflict resolution, and more. Locations include Aventura and South Miami. For more information, visit our website or contact us (305-936-1002).

Nature Links:
Fall 2019 Programs


Now until Friday, December 20, 2019 (10 AM)

We are offering a variety of educational programs for young adults (ages 18-40) with developmental disabilities. Our "Expressive Earth" program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is devoted to earth science, climate change, nature, and art. Our "Community Connections" program on Tuesdays and Thursdays is devoted to cooking, community integration, and job and volunteering opportunities. You can sign up for one or both. Contact us (786-505-4657) or visit our website for more details.

Run It Out Miami:
Family Running Club


Sunday, December 22, 2019 (9:30 AM)

The We Coach Foundation presents Run It Out Miami, a free inclusion family running club. You can run, walk, stroll, or just enjoy the outdoors. We are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, community integration, and self-esteem. We will meet almost every other Sunday morning, at Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest, until May 24, 2020. Show up on any day listed on our flyer, or register online at our website.

Friendship Circle:
Teen Scene


Monday, December 23, 2019

Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade presents a monthly evening program for teens. Activities include bowling, sporting events, paint night, community service programs, and lessons in essential social and life skills. Register at this webpage. The registration fee is $125.

Carrie Brazer
Center: Winter Camp


Winter Camp: December 23 to January 3 (9 AM)

"When school is out, camp is in" at the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism. Small groups, weekly field trips, ABA and academic evaluations, IEP goals incorporated, 1:1 ABA therapy, and more! Our staff follows the principles of Positive Discipline. We have locations in Sunset and Kendall, and accept most insurances. Visit our website or call 305-271-8790 or 304-234-0490 for more information.

Inclusive Social
Skate Club


December 27 and every last Friday (4:30 PM)

We Coach Foundation presents an Inclusive Social Skate Club at Super Wheels in Kendall. We will meet on the last Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome in this fun and supportive environment. This is not a drop-off event; if a participant is a minor, a parent or caregiver must stay on the premises at all times. This event is accessible to wheelchairs. To register or learn more about the program, visit our website or call 305-501-2335.

Junior Golf
Holiday Camp


Week of December 30, except January 1 (9 AM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this holiday camp at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6 and up) of all abilities. Campers will be paired in groups based on age and skill level, and participate in different types of contests and games while learning the basics of golf. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.

Junior Golf:
Inclusive & Adaptive


Tuesdays starting January 7, 2020 (4:30 PM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this after-school program at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6-16) of all abilities. Our aim is to expose children to the fundamentals of golf with a fun and enjoyable approach. Students will gain confidence, motor control, discipline, and knowledge. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.

Kids' Swing into Golf


Saturdays starting January 11 (4:30 PM)

Sponsored by Gifts in Golf, this program at Coral Gables' Granada Golf Course is designed for boys and girls (ages 6-16) with autism, but registration is welcome to all. Our aim is to expose children to the fundamentals of golf with a fun and enjoyable approach. Students will gain confidence, motor control, discipline, and knowledge. Our instructor is Philip Argianas, a PGA certified professional. Contact us (305-238-7507) for more information. Space is limited.

STARS: Saturday
Sports Sessions


Session 2 starts January 18, 2020 (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 November 2019 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).

All Kids Included:
Workshop Series


Monday, January 29, 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.

Friendship Circle
Miami: Bowling


Sunday, February 9, 2020 (11 AM)

Come join Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade for special Sundays at Scott Rakow Youth Center in Miami Beach! This is a drop-off program where your child can bowl, use the game room, shoot some hoops, and bond with a special friend! Allergy-sensitive snacks are provided. This program is for all ages. For more information or to register, visit this website or call 305-330-5653.

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).

Carrie Brazer Center:
Behavioral Therapy


The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism provides behavioral therapy all day, after school and Saturdays. Behavioral therapy can help your child increase language and communication skills, decrease problem behaviors, improve attention and focus, listen and follow directions, develop social skills, and more! Our board-certified therapists work 1:1 with your child. We have locations in Sunset and Kendall, and accept most insurances. Visit our website or call 305-271-8790.

Parent to Parent:
IEP Workshops


Fridays (9:30 AM)

Parent to Parent of Miami presents a weekly interactive workgroup to help you prepare for your child's next IEP meeting, develop an Action Plan that identifies your child's educational needs, advocate for the right supports and services, and build capacity and understanding of your child's IEP. You must bring your child's current IEP. Please register online or by phone (305-271-9797). Registration is required. Space is limited. Children are not allowed in the workshop.

Parent to Parent:
Talleres de IEP


Todos los miércoles (9:30 AM)

Asuma el liderazgo en el desarrollo del IEP de su hijo. Este taller interactivo le ayudará a fomentar capacidad y tener un mejor entendimiento del IEP de su hijo, desarrollar un plan de acción que identifica las necesidades educativas de su hijo, y más. Se requiere el IEP vigente de su hijo para poder participar. Inscribirse electrónicamente o por teléfono (305-271-9797). Se requiere inscripción previa. Espacio es limitado. No se permiten niños en el taller.

MAR-JCC: Special
Needs Programs


Various programs and dates; see flyer

The Michael-Ann Russell JCC and the Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade are offering a variety of monthly small groups for children, teens, and young adults. See the flyer for details on our Sunday social clubs (ages 15+) and weekday after-school enrichment activities from yoga to art. For more information or to register, contact either David Surowitz at MAR-JCC (305-932-4200, extension 127) or Marcy Lederman at the Friendship Circle (305-330-5653).

Friendship Circle
Miami: Soccer Club


Wednesdays (5:15 PM, see flyer for schedule)

The Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade presents a soccer club for boys and girls (ages 5 and up). Learn skills to become a great soccer player in a non-competitive environment with professionals. We will meet on Wednesdays at Fisher Park in Miami Beach. Register online at this webpage. For more information, call 305-330-5653. The registration fee is $125. Scholarships are available.

TRI Sports Access Days


Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces' TRI (Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion) program presents "Sports Access Days". Meet our Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Disability Services Staff who can provide your students (Grades 1-12 with various disabilities) with free sports training sessions. Basketball, soccer, softball, and tennis offered. Get exercise and enjoy some friendly competition! See flyer for contact information.

We Coach: Spartan
Team Training


September through December, 2019

If you like to exercise and stay active, join We Coach Foundation's Spartan team training. We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 PM. See flyer for a full schedule, list of locations, fees, and other details about our program. We will meet at Paramount Gym, Tropical Park, Urban Air, or Evelyn Greer Park depending on the day. For more information, visit our website or contact us (305-501-2335).

WCF: After-School
and Weekend Programs


Various dates in 2019-2020 (see flyer)

We Coach Foundation presents a variety of after-school and weekend programs in 2019-2020. On Wednesdays, we have an intensive exercise and fitness training team in West Kendall. Every last Friday of the month, we have an inclusive social skate club at Super Wheels in Kendall. Every other Sunday, we have the "Run It Out Miami" family running club at Evelyn Greer Park. Every other Sunday at Shake-a-Leg, we have the ACTIV life skills program. Contact Luciana Leo (305-501-2335) to register or ask questions.

Miami-Dade Parks:
Adult Day Program


Weekdays (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

Adults with developmental disabilities (ages 21-40) will participate in daily recreational activities that focus on improving their independence through self-advocacy, fitness, nutrition, community engagement, and social skills training. These programs will be held at Ojus Park (contact Thera Johnson at 305-935-4588) and Camp Matecumbe (contact Diana Bonet at 305-752-4966).

First Steps
Interventions: EIBI


Weekdays (8:30 AM OR 2:30 PM)

First Steps Interventions, located in South Miami, is providing EIBI (Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention) services. Give your child the boost they need in intensively supervised 1:1 ABA in a small group setting. AM and PM sessions available. Verbal behavior therapy, problem behavior reduction, social skill development, parent training, toilet training, help with picky eating, and much more! For more information, please contact us (786-803-8982).

ICT: Tiny Talkers


Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (8:30 AM)

Integrated Children's Therapy presents the Tiny Talkers Language Stimulation Program. Designed for preschool-aged children with a language delay and/or challenges with social interaction, this play-based program is led by a speech-language pathologist and experienced assistant. Activities target listening, following directions, taking turns, sharing, problem solving, and being flexible. Contact us (305-443-2022) for dates, cost, and more information.

ICT: Little Learners


Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (8 AM)
Mondays and Wednesdays (3 PM)


Integrated Children's Therapy presents the Little Learners social communication intensive program. Designed for preschool-aged children with basic language skills, the ability to follow simple directions, and no significant behavioral challenges, this program can enhance children's ability to interact, play, and communicate with peers. It is led by occupational and speech therapists. Contact us (305-443-2022) for dates, cost, and more information.

PPA: PEERS Program
(Aventura/South Miami)


Next session starts in the fall (see flyer)

Pediatric Psychology Associates presents PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills). This 16-week program is for adolescents (ages 14-18) and young adults (ages 18-30), as well as their caregivers or social coaches. Participants can learn ways to socialize, maintain relationships, and host successful get-togethers with friends. See our flyer for a detailed schedule of our groups. Visit our website or contact us (305-936-1002) for more information.

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!

Creative Fundamentals:
Ready, Set, Go!


Mondays (3:30 PM)

Creative Fundamentals presents a weekly "jump start" program for elementary school programs. Music, art, mindfulness, yoga, emotional regulation, Social Thinking™, and more! This program is designed and led by music therapist Jillian Mehler and occupational therapist Lorin Heagan. Contact us, or visit the Play to Learn Therapy or Whole Steps websites, to learn more.

Creative Fundamentals:
Mommy and Me Classes


Tuesdays (10 AM)

Creative Fundamentals presents a Mommy and Me class with a developmental approach. Activities include music, sensory exploration, art, movement, and developmental screenings. Each session is led by a board-certified music or occupational therapist. Contact us, or visit the Play to Learn Therapy or Whole Steps websites, to learn more.

Creative Fundamentals:
Move and Groove


Tuesdays (11:30 AM and 2:30 PM)

Creative Fundamentals presents a creative therapy program for children ages 3-5. Music therapy, occupational therapy, mindfulness, Social Thinking™, Learning Without Tears®, yoga, art, and more! Contact us, or visit the Play to Learn Therapy or Whole Steps websites, to learn more.

Great Heights Academy:
Eagles F.L.I. Program


Located in West Kendall, Great Heights Academy presents the Eagles F.L.I. ("For Learning Independence") Program for young adults. Job training and coaches, life skills, culinary classes, weekly fitness classes at YouFit Gym, money management skills, business and entrepreneurship classes, computer training, and more! Contact Khia Lopez (786-773-2285) for more information.

Be Unique Academy:
Saturday Tours


Be Unique Academy, a Kendall-based school for children with various disabilities, is offering Saturday school tours by appointment only. Make your appointment today for a personalized school tour, and come and learn about what makes us unique. For more information or to make an appointment, please visit our website or contact us (786-856-6217).

Battle Buddies USA


Battle Buddies USA is an athletic training program and fundraiser designed to enable children and young adults with special needs, along with volunteers from the community, to unite and work together in conquering the Battle Buddies obstacle course. All training sessions will be held at Villa Lyan Academy; please contact our program coordinator (305-752-0220) for the training session dates.

Parent to Parent:
Career Opportunity


Parent to Parent of Miami is looking for an education and support specialist who can work 25 hours per week (between 9 AM and 5:30 PM on weekdays, and evenings and Saturdays as necessary) for $15 per hour. See flyer for a detailed position summary, job description, and necessary skills and qualifications. If interested, email your resume to this address. For more information about our company, visit our website, Facebook page, or Twitter page, or call 305-271-9797.

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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Young at Art:
Sensory Sundays


Sunday, December 8, 2019 (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.

Joshua's Path:
Educational Seminars


Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (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 dating and romantic relationships, understanding transition options, and age-appropriate strategies for rewarding behaviors. 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).

ACE Meeting with
Haley Moss (Sunrise)


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (9:30 AM)

Please join ACE at the JAFCO Children's Ability Center in Sunrise for our monthly meeting. There will be a special appearance by Haley Moss, an attorney, author, artist, and autism advocate. She will share her story and answer questions.

Chaverim Experience
(Cooper City)


Saturday, December 14, 2019 (10 AM)

Temple Beth Emet, located in Cooper City, presents "The Chaverim Experience", a free community program for young children with special needs. Children and their families can experience Jewish holidays in a warm, safe, and inclusive environment. There will be music, crafts, stories, games, and fun! See our flyer for upcoming dates and themes. RSVP at this webpage at least two days in advance. For more information, visit our website or call 954-680-1882.

PPA: SURF Group
Program (Weston)


Series II: Now until Friday, December 20, 2019

Pediatric Psychology Associates (PPA) presents the SURF (Social Understanding Relationship Fundamentals) program for children ages 4-16. Goals include improving social skills, fostering successful peer relationships, developing social understanding and responsiveness, improving self-monitoring, self-regulation, flexibility, and conflict resolution, and more. This group will be held in Weston. For more information, visit our website or contact us (954-753-1112).

Developmental
Community Conversation


Wednesday, January date TBA, 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. Babysitting is available upon request.

PPA: PEERS Group
Program (Weston)


Next session starts in the fall (see flyer)

Pediatric Psychology Associates presents PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills). This 16-week program is for adolescents (ages 14-18) and young adults (ages 18-30), as well as their caregivers or social coaches. Participants can learn ways to socialize, maintain relationships, and host successful get-togethers with friends. See our flyer for a detailed schedule of our groups. Visit our website or contact us (954-753-1112) for more information.

NSU: "Starting Right"
Early Intervention


Is your child exhibiting social, communication, or developmental delays? Assessment and early intervention are critically important. Nova Southeastern University presents an early intervention parent/child program for children (18-36 months) diagnosed with, or at risk for, autism. Behavioral teaching strategies, parent coaching, a weekly parent education group, and more. Contact us (954-262-2273) for more information.

Arc Educates:
Culinary Arts Program


Arc Educates is currently recruiting students for our Entry-Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program on a rolling monthly basis. This 420-hour course runs Monday through Friday and provides hands-on learning in classroom and kitchen labs, small class sizes, individualized instruction, job placement assistance and on-the-job support upon program completion, and more! For more information or to enroll, please contact Renee Cooper (954-746-9400).

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Autism Society of the
Keys: Parent Group


Thursday, December 19, 2019 (6 PM)

Autism Society of the Keys invites you to an autism parent support group. Do you have questions about autism, or need help? Please join us. Our upcoming meetings will be held at the Basilica School Library in Key West, Campbell's House in Tavernier, and the Hampton Inn in Marathon. See our flyer for dates, locations, and special guest speakers. Visit our website or call Jill Campbell (305-942-5172) for more information.

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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VillaKey: Family
Vacation Rentals


Organizing a vacation with a child who has autism can be challenging. We help by providing a selection of autism-friendly vacation rentals in the best destinations, along with a trained, helpful staff and a toolkit to help you plan. We contribute $10 from each booking on our platform to the VillaKey Cares™ fund to help support travel expenses for families who struggle with autism and may not have the resources to afford a vacation on their own. For more information, visit our website or contact us (407-264-7277).

Get your autism plate today!


Florida Autism License Plates generate awareness about autism. They also generate funds for much-needed services throughout Florida.

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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.


Questionnaire for
Hispanic Parents


Researchers from Tufts University are interested in learning more about the recreational activities of young adults (age 18-23) on the autism spectrum. See our flyer and attached brochure for all the details of this voluntary and confidential study. You will receive a $75 gift card when you complete this study. If you are interested, contact us (617-209-9254) to set up an online screening questionnaire, orientation, and interview using the app Zoom.

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).

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. 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).

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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