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FCIC Conferences

Explore this site to find out more about the annual professional conferences hosted by programs of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. These conferences offer opportunities to hear from the experts, learn new strategies, and interact with colleagues in your area of interest. When available, more information can be obtained by clicking on the conference logo.


20th Annual Statewide CARD Conference, logo
Jan 29-31

Statewide CARD Conference and Pre-Conference Day

The annual CARD conference, hosted by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, offers keynote presentations and sessions by leaders in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. It provides an excellent opportunity for education and information sharing. It is also a celebration of years of service and support to individuals with autism and related disabilities, their families, and professionals.

20th Annual Statewide CARD Conference, logo
2017 Date Coming Soon

FCIC Employment Virtual Conference: Talent Actualized!

FCIC's Employment Virtual Conference is an online interactive training opportunity for rehabilitation and employment professionals, educators, employers, policymakers, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, and anyone interested in promoting successful employment for individuals with I/DD. The conference is held online over the course of one day and offers sessions tailored to meet the needs and interests of a diverse audience.

Feb 26

FCIC's Florida Symposium on Aging with Developmental Disabilities

People with developmental disabilities are benefitting from an increased life expectancy. However, families, providers, and professionals, may not be fully aware of the supports and resources that are needed to ensure continued quality of life in older adulthood. Participants will obtain practical information and increased awareness of resources available to help professionals and family caregivers plan for challenges that may arise with the aging process.

HIPPY Florida, logo
April 3-6
(National Conference)

Florida HIPPY State Conference

The Florida HIPPY Staff Training & Development conference provides opportunities to enhance personal and professional development for the Florida HIPPY staff, coordinators, and home visitors. The trainings will improve the educational and job skills for HIPPY coordinators and home visitors. In addition, the interaction between home visitors in formal and informal settings will provide HIPPY staff with a supportive environment in which to share and learn from each other’s experiences. Visit the Florida HIPPY website.

Note: The Florida HIPPY State Conference is held every two years, alternating with the National HIPPY Conference.

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Apr 19-22

National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

This annual conference provides an exceptional opportunity for teachers, early intervention specialists, trainers, child care providers, head start and early head start professionals, administrators, parents and behavior specialists to receive practical information to help with challenging behavior in their work with young children. The institute is built around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children. In addition, the institute’s format is designed to provide cutting-edge information on challenging behavior in an in-depth, intensive learning experience. Participants have many opportunities to practice new strategies, interact with experts, and engage in lively discussions with colleagues.


Project TSBA
2016 Date Coming Soon

Project TSBA & Project ABA Summer Institutes

The Project TSBA and Project ABA Summer Institutes are facilitated by USF faculty and professionals who have utilized universal design, assistive technology, and other multimedia tools to address and support the needs of children with autism and related disabilities. These Summer Institute workshops are FREE so you can attend any or all that are of interest to you.  For more information, contact Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith at 813-974-4012.

PEPSA Autism Summer Institute, logo
2016 Date Coming Soon

PEPSA Autism Summer Institute

The PEPSA Autism Summer Institute is an annual summer workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals such as ESE and general education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents who impact the lives of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Each year, national experts and prominent regional professionals offer informative and stimulating presentations on a variety of topics of interest to individuals who desire additional information on research, innovation, and effective educational programs for students with ASD.


ASD & Mental Health Conference
2016 Date Coming Soon

CARD ASD & Mental Health Conference

Research shows the prevalence of mental health issues within the population of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ranges upward toward 70%. CARD's goal is to offer attendees practical information to help support others in need. Our presenters will offer topics of great interest such as current information in the field today, strategies to work with young children with challenging behavior, interventions for anxiety, counseling, and managing depression. We hope you will join us for this great learning opportunity!

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