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Sixth Annual UJA- Federation of New York Hilibrand Autism Symposium

Check out these links to hear and see the event.


UJA-Federation: A Spectrum of Abilities 
Watch this video, which demonstrates the unique experiences of individuals aging with autism, and UJA-Federation's commitment to supporting them through every life stage.  

Watch a video recording of the entire symposium, and experience the education, inspiration, and excitement all over again!

Autism and Aging into Adulthood Explored at Symposium
Read about key highlights and major takeaways from this year's symposium.

If you are looking for specific resources from individual speakers, such as PowerPoint presentations, websites, and/or contact information, please contact UJA-Federation's planning associate, Melanie Goldberg, at


Governor's proposal would help developmentally disabled

Miami Herald, Wednesday 20, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in our state. As director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, I hear daily about the wonderful accomplishments that the people APD serves have made.

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"Growing the Good Food Revolution" a lecture featuring Will Allen

*Due to limited space, please RSVP by March 18, 2013*

The University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement presents an evening lecture featuring UM alumnus and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Will Allen.

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to under-served, urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he established and functions as the CEO of the country’s preeminent urban farm and nonprofit organization Growing Power. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable, and nutritious foods at all times. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a “genius grant,” only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In May 2012, he published the book, The Good Food Revolution:Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities (Gotham Books).

Please join us at 6:00 pm in the Bank United Center Fieldhouse, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by University of Miami’s Office of the President, Office of Civic & Community Engagement, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, and the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability.

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks!


Autism Speaks is proud of our signature fundraising event which brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks. 

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.


JC Bermudez Park

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Registration and Resource Fair: 8:00am
Walk begins: 10:00am
3000 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL


To see a current list of walk sites please visit

Questions or Comments? Contact us at or (786)235-1165

Forthcoming Nature Links Program

Negotiations have been proceeding nicely to open a Nature Links 5 day a week program in conjunction with both the City of Miami and at MIami Dade College's Miami Culinary Institute- to be located at the Wolfson Campus, and several city parks. Stay  tuned and we'll provide more information as it becomes finalized. Were excited about the prospects.

Last Day of the Fall Session and Potluck!

Saturday, December 15 was our last day of the fall session at Nature Links. We worked and harvested in the garden, took a walk with Juan Fernandez of the City of Miami Parks, made a wonderful salad and enjoyed our end of the year potluck. It was a lovely and eventful day. We also took a ride on the historic train. We look forward to re-starting our Saturdays by the Bay program next year. Stay tuned for updates.


Miami Culinary Institute gave us a wonderful tour

 On Saturday December 8, 2012 we went to the Miami Culinary Institute located in Downtown Miami at the Wolfson Campus. We were given a tour of their impressive facilities by the Director, John Richards. 

We got to see the wonderful view from their first-class restaurant that is on the top floor of the institute.

This is the room where they have wine tasting, cooking demonstrations and international video cooking conferences. John Richards gave the example; they could be video chatting with a farmer in Africa, a chef in Boston, a wine connoseiur in France and another culinary institute here in the U.S.

We sat in on an ice sculpture class!


Finally we took a tour of their organic garden right in the heart of Downtown Miami.

Nature Links goes for a ride on a water taxi with the "Over 21 club" ( Autism Society) December 1, 2012

On Saturday December 1, 2012 Nature Links was invited by the Autism Society to go with their “Over 21 Club” on a Water Taxi ride! We left out of Bayside where we had lunch by the water near a band that was playing. We had a lovely time and would like to send a special thanks to the Autism Society for sponsoring our participants to attend. We look forward to more outings such as this that expand social horizons for our participants.