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Welcome Back!

Hello educators! We hope your school year has gotten off to a fantastic start. We saw many of you at our Summer Institute trainings throughout the state and look forward to seeing you at our events throughout this school year! Because you are on this list you will always be the first to know when a new training is posted.

Partnership Program

Become a PEPSA Partner!  The Partnership program is designed  to enhance the capacity of  Florida teachers to provide quality education programs to students with autism spectrum disorder. Each year, PEPSA and CARD Statewide partner with teachers to implement evidenced based programs within classrooms. 

Each educator will be matched to a Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) professional who will mentor the educator in developing a plan for implementing innovative and effective practices within their classroom. The CARD staff partner will provide support, resources, technical assistance, and training that is specific to the needs identified by the educator. In addition to embarking in this amazing professional development experience and impacting students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), accepted partners receive:
  1. Registration fee and travel stipend ($450) to offset costs of attending Annual CARD Conference. 
  2. Stipend ($300) upon the completion of the program to assist the educator or school leader with expenses associated with the Partnership Program.
  3. Certificate of completion to those who successfully complete the program.
  4. Opportunities and support to present your work professionally.
This is a competitive program.  Only 28 teachers, statewide, are accepted.
Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
For more information, please visit out website:

26th Annual CARD Conference & PEPSA Pre-Con Day for Educators

The PEPSA Pre-Conference Day for Educators followed by the 26th Annual CARD Conference will be held on January 18-20, 2019 in Orlando, FL! Don't miss out on our exciting line-up and chance to network with families and professionals.

Tickets for both the PEPSA Day (free of charge) and CARD Conference can be purchased online. Early bird pricing is in effect through October 11, 2018. 

Upcoming PEPSA Events


Culture Matters: Strategies for Identifying and Serving Diverse Children with ASD and Their Families

Cynthia L. Wilson, Ph.D
October 4, 2018 •  Jupiter, Florida
(Follow-up Session on October 5, 2018)

Building Executive Functioning Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sarah Ward, M.S. CCC-SLP
October 16, 2018 •  Orlando, FL

Making Learning Fun

Steve Ward, M. A. BCBA
November 8, 2018 •  Jupiter, Florida
(Follow-up Session on November 9, 2018)

Functional Assessment of Severe Problem Behavior: A Focus on Safer, Faster, and Still Effective Process

Dr. Hanley
December 13, 2018 •  Jupiter, FL
(Follow-up Session on December 14, 2018)

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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with ASD, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.
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