Fundraising event for autism programs at FAU campus in Boca Raton February 27

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will host the fifth annual "Wings of Hope" reception, dinner and silent auction on February 27, 2014.

This year, the event honors Glen and Tricia Stein. Glen Stein is co-chair of the CARD constituency board, and has a son on the autism spectrum. The event takes place at the Addison in Boca Raton. Proceeds will support CARD's services for children and adults with autism or autism spectrum disorders. Attendees include Fran and Joe Eppy; Lloyd Bucher; Dr. Gregory and Laina Albert; Michele Weppner; Debra and Lee Rosenfeld. Event sponsors so far are and Glen and Tricia Stein, The Eppy Group, and Whole Foods.

"We are so grateful to Tricia and Glen Stein for all they have done for FAU CARD and the autism community in South Florida," said Jack Scott, Ph.D., executive director of CARD in a release. "They find so many ways to make a real difference in the lives of children with autism. Their support and the help of their many generous friends, and other friends of autism, allow us to continue to expand our services to local children and adults with autism, and their families."

Housed in the College of Education, FAU CARD serves as a multidisciplinary learning laboratory for members of the community including FAU undergraduate and graduate students. One of seven such centers in the state, CARD currently serves more than 2,900 clients, most diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder.

FAU CARD acts as a clearinghouse of information, and its services and programs reflect a strong belief in early intervention and including people with autism in the community. The focus of FAU CARD is to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities by enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize in the community.

In addition to locations in Boca Raton and Jupiter, CARD's specially equipped van serves as a mobile assessment clinic by bringing FAU CARD professionals to various locations to provide free screenings to children, ages 18 months to 5 years old, who present signs of autism and other developmental disabilities. Service area includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.
For more information about FAU CARD, visit http://www.autism.fau.edu .

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