Collaborations and Initiatives

SLP Program

The NSU CARD Satellite is housed within the NSU graduate program in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and has a rich history of collaboration with the professors, administrators, and students in that program. Many joint activities are planned each April in support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. In addition, Dr. Zangari and other CARD staff members provide graduate student clinicians with online and face-to-face training on research-based tools and strategies that can be used in therapies with individuals affected by autism 2-3 times per semester. CARD staff members are also available to consult with clinicians and clinical supervisors regarding behavior, communication, independence, and other areas of concern to offer suggestions and resources. The SLP program supports CARD's annual community trainings by facilitating CEUs by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

PEPSA Partnerships

NSU CARD participates in the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA) Partnership Program. Funded by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, this program is designed to provide training and technical assistance to teachers or a school program that aims to enhance the educational program for students with autism spectrum disorder. School personnel are matched to a CARD professional for mentorship and support in implementing innovative and effective practices. The CARD partners provide support, resources, technical assistance, and training that is specific to the needs identified by the educator, therapist, administrator, or other school personnel.

Broward Autism Foundation

Broward Autism Foundation (BAF) is the local affiliate of the Autism Society of America. BAF offers family support, children’s programming, public outreach and autism awareness for the purpose of bettering the lives of individuals and families living with autism, along with the South Florida community as a whole. A NSU CARD representative maintains an active board member position, attending monthly board meetings and acting as a liaison between CARD, BAF and the South Florida community.


ACE is a parent driven group that meets regularly with school administrators to support autism programming in Broward County Public Schools. ACE collaborates at the school and district level to advocate for students with autism spectrum disorder. An NSU CARD representative attends ACE’s monthly meetings so that we can stay up to date, provide and receive pertinent information, and serve as a partner for the parents and members of the group.

Robin Parker Memorial Technology Fund

This program was developed in memory of Dr. Robin Parker to provide assistive technology support to UM-NSU CARD constituents and the providers who serve them. Awards are made in the form of new or refurbished equipment, and/or software or apps designed to support communication, literacy, emotional regulation, and independence. The application typically opens in the fall and awards are granted in the spring.

For more information please contact:
Stephanie Garcia-Delgado


UM-NSU CARD invites you to learn more about SPARK, a new online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study. Joining SPARK is simple – register online and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home.

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