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Michael Alessandri receives "Champion for Children" award
The Children's Trust awarded Michael Alessandri, professor of clinical psychology and executive director of the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), its 2012 David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award for his lifetime of achievement and dedication to children.
Dr. Michael Alessandri, right, receives The Children’s Trust “Champion for Children” Award, accompanied by Department of Psychology Chair, Dr. Rod Wellens
Dr. Alessandri has worked with individuals with autism and their families for nearly 30 years. Under his direction, CARD was named National Autism Program of the Year in 1999 by the Autism Society of America. Dr. Alessandri has presented, consulted and published internationally on developing appropriate and effective educational programs for students with autism spectrum disorders. He is a founding member of the Autism Society of Florida – Miami and former Co-Director of the Marino Autism Research Institute. Alessandri also leads the Division of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Miami.
This year’s Champions for Children Awards promoted literacy and the power of words in recognition of Children’s Trust’s Read to Learn initiative. To learn more about The Children’s Trust visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.
November 19, 2012