Our Innovative Supporting Sponsors

Our Supporting Sponsors are helping us share communications for this historical conference. These are organizations that are creating innovative solutions for people with ASD.

It is our vision to deliver and facilitate programs that are leading examples of what can be available to people with autism spectrum disorder. We’re committed to better understanding the aspirations of people with ASD. It is our mission to develop global outreach that will facilitate the sharing of best practices and programs.

Together, we can help individuals with ASD fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives!


CARD stands for the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. Our center, based at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, 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 impairment, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities. In addition to ASD, CARD also serves a variety of related disabilities including deaf-blindness, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, developmental delays in children under 5 who also present with autistic-like behaviors, and genetic disorders that may co-exist with autism symptoms (e.g., Fragile X Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, Angelman Syndrome, among others). Over the years, CARD’s constituency has grown from 88 families in 1993 to over 9,000 families today in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. www.umcard.org






OCALI was established through Ohio legislative action to serve individuals with autism, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities and provide them with opportunities for a high quality of life throughout their lifespan. Our efforts focus on building the capacity, knowledge, and skills of families, educators, and other professionals through leadership, professional development, technical assistance, technology, and resource dissemination. Through ongoing collaboration with local, state, and national partners, OCALI’s world-class tools, products, and publications have made a significant impact in all 88 Ohio counties, all 50 states, and over 200 countries. In 2016, we launched our two newest centers – The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness and AT & AEM Center. More information and details are available at www.ocali.org



We founded TeachTown with one clear mission: To improve the academic, behavioral, and adaptive functioning of students with disabilities. Teachers, parents, and clinicians need proven tools and strategies that can help them meet educational goals and increase every child’s intellectual and social functioning. Here at TeachTownwe are committed to research and evidence-based practices with an exclusive focus on serving the needs of only a few student populations:

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Those with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Children with emotional and behavior disorders




Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership. www.autism-society.org



We are a family owned and operated artisan chocolate company. It was started by Valerie for her son, Blake, who is a young man with autism in 2013. We started with one young man and now are have over 12 differently-abled individuals in our program. Our purpose is to offer delicious chocolate confections while also helping individuals with special needs. We accomplish this two ways:  By providing individuals with developmental disabilities training and by providing employment opportunities in some circumstances. In addition to training, each participant has the opportunity to engage in meaningful and purposeful experiences with an emphasis on social interaction.



Infants and Children

Infants and Children, P.A. was started in the 1930’s by Dr. Jennings Derrick who was the first pediatrician in Palm Beach County. Dr. O’Hara joined the practice in 1962, Dr. Edwards in 1967 and Dr. Eddleman in 1970 and Dr. Roberts, M.D. in 1972. They are the original founders of the practice.