Gulf Coast Autism Association

Support for Families Affected by Autism in Florida
The information and resources contained on this website are for educational and informational purposes only. It does not reflect an endorsement of any particular treatment or resource.

Advocacy & Support Groups


American Aspergers Association
1301 Seminole Blvd Suite B-112
Largo, Fl 33770
Phone: 727-215-8104
Autism Speaks – Tampa Bay
1111 N Westshore Blvd. #214
Tampa, FL 33607
Toll Free: 866-441-6227
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism & its effects on individuals, families and society.
AWARE 4 Autism
Monica Bice
Holiday Recreation Center
2830 Gulf Trace Blvd.
Holiday, FL 34691
Phone: 727-945-0947
AWARE 4 Autism is a support group that meets monthly in SW Pasco. Meetings cover such topics as therapy, biomedical interventions, and educational issues, while providing support to parents.
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
CARD - University of South Florida
Louis De La Parte – Florida MH Institute
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 813-974-4033
Fax: 813-974-6115
CARD-USF is a community based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. We offer instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model.
Central Florida Parent Center, Inc.
Millie Pou, Outreach Coordinator
1021 Delaware, Ave.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: 727-789-2400
Fax: 727-789-2454
Central FL Parent Center, Inc. is a parent training & information center for Central & NE FL. Their mission is to provide parents of children and teens (ages 0-26)with all disabilities and special needs with accurate info., interactive trinaing, quality assistance, empathetic support.
The Dan Marino Foundation
P.O. Box 267640
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: 954-389-4445
Fax: 954-389-4477
Family Care Council
Beverly DeStories
2816 Edenwood Street
Clearwater, FL 33759
Home: 727-797-1549
Office: 727-523-1130
They advocate, educate & empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with The Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
2196 Main St. Suite K
Dunedin, FL 34698
Toll Free: 800-825-5736
Phone: 727-523-1130
Fax: 727-523-8687
Provides support, education, information, resource and advocacy to families of children with disabilities (Ages birth-26).
STAND – State Board
PO Box 172236  
Tampa, FL 33672                    
Phone: 813-258-5700
STAND's purpose it to inform the families of children with disabilities of their rights. We are dedicated to getting a child with a disability the right education that he or she is entitled to under the law.
Statewide Advocacy Council
Florida Local Advocacy Council
2295 Victoria Ave.
Fort Meyers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-338-3301
Fax: 239-338-3320
Statewide Advocacy CounciI is a network of community volunteers advocating for consumers that are unable to advocate for themselves.