For Immediate Release
January 31, 2015
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town Council participated on Jan. 14 in the ribbon cutting ceremony and office grand opening of the University of Miami/NSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), 5801 NW 151st Street Suite 203, in Miami Lakes.
Based out of the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, CARD is one of seven state-funded, university-based outreach and support centers in Florida dedicated to optimizing the potential of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dual sensory impairments, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities.
“We are very proud to welcome UM/NSU CARD to the Town of Miami Lakes and wish them much success as they continue to serve the special needs community here in our local area,” Mayor Wayne Slaton said.
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Alessandri, UM/NSU CARD provides essential services to the special needs community. Some of those services include individualized client and family support, family & professional training, public education and awareness, community outreach and programmatic consultation/technical assistance.
Over the years, CARD’s constituency has grown from 88 families in 1993 to over 8,000 families today in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For more information on UM/NSU CARD call 1-800-9-AUTISM ext. 1.
(From left) State Representative Bryan Avila; State Senator Rene Garcia; Mayor Wayne Slaton, Councilman Nelson Rodriguez; Michael Alessandri, Ph.D. and Executive Director of CARD; and Vice Mayor Manny Cid.