Faculty & Staff

Back to News & Events

Endowment Fund to Benefit Autism Services at the University of South Florida

In 2007-2008, CARD-USF provided:

  • 6,879 direct assistance contacts to over 11,000 individuals
  • 2,678 technical assistance contacts to over 4,800 individuals
  • 148 trainings to over 4800 individuals
  • 37 public awareness events to over 6000 individuals

CARDNewsletterRead more about CARD-USF in the current newsletter CARD Community Connection.


The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF (CARD-USF) has, through the generosity and vision of its Development Leadership Board and others, begun an endowment fund to benefit Autism Services at the University of South Florida.

“I am excited at this great news,” said Executive Director Karen Berkman, PhD “With today’s budget cuts, the endowment’s future earnings will allow us to more effectively operate in perpetuity as we continue to build a welcoming community through collaboration and needed services. We appreciate the Board’s confidence and support.”

CARD’s Development Leadership Board consists of members representing Jabil, Fowler White Boggs, Fifth Third Bank, and M&I Bank.

The first of seven regional, university-based Centers for Autism & Related Disabilities in Florida, CARD-USF serves over 2,300 people in 14 counties in west, central and southwest Florida. It provides services to individuals with autism across the spectrum, their families, related professionals, and the general public through direct assistance, technical consultations, training and public education and awareness.

CARD-USF is housed within the Department of Child & Family Studies, Division of Applied Research & Educational Support in the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, Tampa campus. For more information, please visit http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

Share this page