Miami-Dade County Resources

UM NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Telephone:  (305) 284-6563
Fax: (305) 284-6555

UM-NSU CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) is a program of the UM Department of Psychology and NSU's Fischler School of Education and Human Services Programs in Speech, Language & Communication and is a state-funded resource and support program dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairments (deaf-blindness) and sensory impairments with other disabling conditions. UM-NSU CARD has offices in Coral Gables, North Miami Beach and Davie.  UM-NSU CARD offers an array of constituent and family support, programmatic technical assistance, family and professional training, and public education services.  

Autism Society Miami Dade County
P.O. Box 771706
Miami, Florida 33177

The Autism Society of Miami-Dade is part of the Autism Society of America founded in 1965.  It is a volunteer, parent-based organization, serving approximately 1000 families in Miami-Dade, giving families a place where they can be themselves and not feel alone.   The Autism Society of Miami-Dade is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities to enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families and caregivers.  It sponsors events and forums for sharing and caring and by helping ensure that all receive the support and services they need while respecting individual needs and preferences.   For more information, please visit


Early Steps Early Intervention Program (Part C)

Early Steps provides multidisciplinary developmental evaluations, service coordination, intervention services and other family-centered resources to any Miami Dade County child, birth to three years of age, who may be at risk for disabilities or have a significant developmental delay. Contracts with credentialed, community-based providers to ensure appropriate services are rendered.  Contact the following centers for further information:

Mailman Center for Child Development
1120 NW 14th Street, Room 1216
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-5808
Fax: (305) 243-3501 

Miami Children's Hospital
17615 S.W. 97th Ave.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
(786) 268-2611
Fax: (786) 268-1748 

Miami Local Early Steps
1120 NW 14th Street, Rm 1216
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-5808
Fax: (305) 243-3501 

Easter Seals Florida Keys Region
5220 College Rd.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-1089 ext. 14
Fax: (305) 296-1530 


Child Find/FLDRS

In an effort to locate children ages 3 to 5 (preschool age) who exhibit disabilities or delays in development, FDLRS-South Child Find staff provides pre-school screenings of vision, hearing and, upon request, development, speech/language and behavior. Screenings are conducted in early care and education centers, as well as in other facilities in cooperation with health departments, the Early Learning Coalition of Dade and Monroe counties and other community agencies.  Child Find staff also assists the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Pre-K Diagnostic Teams in providing comprehensive screenings to children referred to Child Find for evaluation. 

Main Office: 305.274.3501
North Satellite Center: 305.754.4081
Monroe County: 305.293.1646

Evelyn Alvarez (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties)
401 NW 2nd Avenue
Suite South 811
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 349-1478
Fax : (305) 377-5028

You may want enroll your child under the Medwaiver Program (at the age of 3).  This is a government funded program which will cover therapies, respite care, and other services.  There are no income qualifications.  Eligibility is based on the participant's diagnosis.  However, there is a waiting list.  


Parent to Parent of Miami
7990 SW 117th Avenue, Suite 200
Miami, Florida 33183
Phone: 305-271-9797
Fax: 305-271-6628 

Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc. is a community parent resource center serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.



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