Research & Training
CFS Research and Training Activities by Topic
autism and related disabilities
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD-USF) is a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. CARD at USF is one of six regional CARD sites funded by the Florida State Legislature and offers instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model.
Executive Director: Beth Boone, PhD
Director: Mindy Stevens, MA
Funder: Florida Department of Education
MAAPS is a research study evaluating the effectiveness of a modular intervention approach for elementary students with autism. MAAPS consists of evidence-based practices that address the core and associated features of autism. MAAPS will be implemented with 120 student/teacher pairs across 60 schools in several states.
Contact: Rose Iovannone, PhD
Funder: U. S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
This individualized intervention system is composed of evidence-based strategies to address core and associated features of ASD and enhance the success of elementary students with ASD in school settings. It is comprised of a collaborative framework for identifying needs, setting appropriate intervention goals, selecting modular interventions that best address those goals, and developing intervention steps that are feasible for school personnel to implement, with opportunities for active participation by families.
Contact: Jeff Williams, PhD
Funder: May Institute/U. S. Department of Education
PEPSA supports teachers of students with autism in 3 ways. It provides regional workshops across the state to provide information to teachers and families on effective practices for teaching students with autism. The funding also supports a preconference day for teachers to attend the annual Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Conference (CARD). The preconference day offers teachers a workshop from a national speaker and break-out sessions on innovations for students with autism that Florida teachers have implemented. The final activity is the enrollment of teacher partners through a competitive application process. Teachers selected for the Partnership program are provided with a mentor from their regional CARD office who provides support to them as they implement a year-long project in their classroom and document their achievements and the outcomes in a portfolio.
Program Director: Lourdes Quiñones, PT, MA
Funder: Florida Department of Education/U. S. Department of Education
The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida is a 30-week customized transition program that assists in preparing young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for employment. The Learning Academy provides services, supports and experiential opportunities that develop and enhance each student's independence in meeting personal career goals.
Our students engage in self-discovery and career exploration through real-life opportunities such as applied learning experiences with local employers and peer mentoring which allows generalization of learned skills. Please visit our Academy section to learn more.
Contact: Christine Hugh, MS