A Champion for the Autism Community

As Autism Awareness Month 2015 drew to a close, the City of Miami Beach recognized a true champion for the autism community: Dr. Michael Alessandri, executive director of UM-NSU CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) and professor of psychology in the UM College of Arts & Sciences.

Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Greico cited Alessandri’s “service and activism working with individuals with autism and their families.”

Accepting his award, Alessandri called Miami Beach “the single best city partner we have at CARD.” He noted the annual spring break surf camp for autistic children among successful collaborations.

“Every month should be autism acceptance month,” he said. “These are not children with disabilities; they are all individuals with unique abilities.”

CARD serves over 8,800 families per year, all at no charge.

May 06, 2015