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With a $700,000 grant from The Dan Marino Foundation is Developing an Interactive Solution

The Dan Marino Foundation is developing an interactive solution that provides young people on the autism spectrum with interview training for future employment.


Up to 90 percent of young people on the autism spectrum are unemployed. Because interviews present a difficult social challenge for many, they need repeated training and practice interviewing in order to gain employment.


With a $700,000 grant from the Dan Marino Foundation is developing an interactive solution that mimics an interview setting, recording feedback on body language, movement, voice intonation, and eye contact to help users practice for successful interviews.


Through this solution, the Dan Marino Foundation will help enable people with autism to successfully gain employment opportunities by preparing for interviews in a comfortable setting.









On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 from 8am to noon the south Florida autism community will join Dan Marino and the Marino Family at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins for the 6th Annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism & Expo, brought to you by Walgreens, presented by Badia Spices. Last year this marquee event gathered over 20,000 supporters who participated to help raised autism acceptance and much-needed funds in support of local programs for children and young adults living with autism. 

Now in its six year, the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo has raised more than $2.6 million through the generous support of participants, donors, school, corporate and non-profit teams and corporate sponsors. Those corporate sponsors include, Walgreens, Badia Spices, the Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Centerplate, Publix Super Markets, Greenspoon Marder Law, Chase, Panera Bread, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Nova Southeastern University and Everglades Holiday Park to name a few. As well as our media partners Comcast, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, and Lifestyle Magazine. All proceeds raised stay in the South Florida Community.

The DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo kicks-off with a family friendly festival-infused atmosphere, followed by a walk led by members of the autism community who gather to promote awareness for this worthy cause. After the walk participants will experience the resource Expo with more than thirty exhibitors and vendors, musical entertainment from local school bands, as well as DJ 1Tre.  Our participants will have the opportunity to meet Miami Dolphins players, Alumni, and Cheerleaders. Kids will enjoy the children’s corner which will be well equipped with Dolphins Football Fun Skills Course, fun rides, games and give-a-ways from Walgreens. The Publix Hospitality Village will offer delicious food and beverage sampling compliments of Badia Spices, PepsiCo, CenterPlate and The Produce Connection.

“We are really looking forward to the 6th year of The Dan Marino Foundation’s WalkAbout Autism,” said, Dan Marino, Chairman of The Dan Marino Foundation. “This event brings together the autism community for a day of celebration. And the funds raised from the event are important to advancing the Foundation’s work, supporting innovative programs that provide pathways to independence for children, teens and young adults with Autism, emphasizing their differing abilities, not disabilities.”

All proceeds raised through this event stay in our local community and benefit The Dan Marino Foundation, Marino Campus as well as, participating Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties Schools, and non-profit autism service providers. Last year our Top Three Fundraising School Teams included Cypress Bay High School, Baudhuin Pre-School PTO, and Blue Lake K-8.

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Oooh, that looks good - Pickled fish recipe from BADIA, the Dan Marino Foundation Go The Extra Yard partner


From the groves of sunny Spain, home to the Mediterranean spirit and Flamenco dancing, comes Badia Extra Virgin Olive Oil with an intense green color, distinctive of its premium nature, rich aroma and flavor, and renowned health benefits. Now available in stores near you.

Pickled Fish

4 pounds of white fish, cut in 1" thick slices
4 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup oil, to fry the fish
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
30 grains of Badia's whole black pepper
3 Badia's whole bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, peeled
4 medium sized onions, sliced

2 cups Badia Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Wash and salt the fish. Cover and let stand 1/2 hour. In a 3-liter casserole dish, add the olive oil for the sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper, bay leaves and garlic cloves. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the onions and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. While the sauce is cooling, fry the fish in a frying pan over medium heat. Do not let it cook for too long, approximately 8 minutes on each side. Once the fish is fried and cooled, place in a deep serving dish with a lid. Pour the cooled sauce over it and cover. Let rest for 24 hours so that the fish absorbs the flavor of the sauce. Place in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

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El Aceite de Oliva Extra Virgen de Badia se origina en las plantaciones de la soleada España, cuna del Espíritu Mediterráneo y el baile Flamenco. Llega con un intenso color verde, distintivo de su origen superior, riqueza de aroma y sabor, y reconocidas propiedades saludables. Ya está disponible en tiendas de su área.

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Pescado en escabeche

4 libras de pescado blanco cortado en tajadas de 1 pulgado de grosor
4 cucharaditas de sal
3/4 de taza de aceite vegetal, para freir el pescado
1 taza de vinagre blanco
1/2 cucharadita de sal
30 granos de pimienta negra Badia
3 hojas de laurel Badia
4 dientes de ajo pelados
4 cebollas medianas en rodajas

2 tazas de Aceite de Oliva Extra Virgen Badia

Lave y sale el pescado. Cúbralo y déjelo reposar media hora. En una cacerola de 3 litros, agregue el aceite de oliva para la salsa, el vinagre, la sal, la pimienta, las hojas de laurel y los dientes de ajo. Cocine a fuego bajo por 20 minutos. Adicione la cebolla y cocine 10 minutos más. Retire del fuego y deje enfriar por completo. Mientras se enfría la salsa, fría el pescado en un sartén a fuego medio. No lo deje cocinar demasiado, aproximadamente unos 8 minutos de cada lado. Una vez que el pescado se haya freído y dejado enfriar, colóquelo en una fuente de servir honda con tapa. Vierta la salsa fría sobre el pescado y tápelo. Déjelo reposar por 24 horas para que el pescado absorba el sabor de la salsa. Póngalo en el refrigerador. Sírvalo bien frío.

Marino Foundation helping those with autism, other developmental disabilities find jobs

If finding a job is tough for any young adult in South Florida these days, imagine the challenge for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The Dan Marino Foundation is starting a program to reduce those hurdles.

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Dan Marino Foundation presents at the Annual Family Café Conference

The 15th Annual Family Café Conference was held at the Hilton Orlando on June 7-9, 2013.

The Annual Family Café Conference is a statewide event designed to meet the informational and networking needs of individuals with disabilities or special health care needs and their families. Jordan Knab, Dean, and Susan Morantes, Admissions Director and External Liaison, presented at the Family Café on Marino Campus.

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