Community Autism Network

autism awareness poster 






 The mission of The Community Autism Network at FGCU is to integrate curated, evidence-based information from research into educational and clinical content, which informs the delivery of health and human services to individuals in our community with autism and/or other neurodiverse conditions, including intellectual disability, across the lifespan. The intent is to organize an interprofessional framework of disciplines representing faculty and team science focused on the application of psychoeducational strategies and community assets to improve the delivery of health and human services within this focal area. For more information please contact Dr. Annemarie Connor at

Dr. ConnorDr. Annemarie Connor, CAN Director


A big thank you to the Everblades staff and team for welcoming over 150 guests of the Community Autism Network at FGCU to the March 12, 2021 Everblades vs. Stingrays game! Together FGCU and the Everblades “CAN” make SWFL a premiere autism-friendly community!


Everblades Logo 

Putting Along the Spectrum Event Featured on WINK News 

FGCU’s Occupational Therapy program, the Community Autism Network and the PGA Golf Management Program partner together  for a Short-Game Golf Research Study. Its goal is to provide adults with autism education and skills to help them feel more comfortable and confident while golfing. Future Putting Along the Spectrum event  dates include April 3rd,10th, 24th and May 1st, 2021. See flier below for more information.

View News Segment 

Putting on the spectrum Demo

    Upcoming Events  


Everblades vs. Stingrays

Friday, March 12th , 2021

Due to the immense support from the community we have unfortunately ran out of are still welcome to buy tickets at the box office at Hertz Arena and join us for a fun night!    

For inquires email Dr. Annemarie Connor at

 View Full Flier

Alico Golf Family Flier

Putting Along the Spectrum! 

Main Day: Saturday, March 27th, 2021

FGCU  Occupational Therapy, PGA Golf Management & The Community Autism Network invite you to a Short-Game Golf Research Study at Alico Family Golf!

For further information please contact 

View Full Flier


Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

CARE-a-Van to keep everyone safe in their cars, visiting multiple stations for fun give-aways. 

Register at:

 View Full Flier

Conferencia Nacional Sobre Autismo

Conferencia Nacional Sobre Autismo

Dia: 10 De April 2021

La conferencia Promising Pathways es un evento colaborativo que brinda información actualizada sobre las mejores prácticas en el trastorno del espectro autista a educadores, profesionales de la salud, estudiantes, miembros de la familia y miembros de la comunidad interesados en aprender sobre el trastorno del espectro autista. 

Registro Gratus:…

Ver folleto completo


National Autism Conference Flyer

Promising Pathways 14th Annual Virtual Conference on Autism 

April 10th,2021

The Promising Pathways Conference is a collaborative event that provides current information on best practice in autism spectrum disorder to educators, health care professionals, students, family members, and community members interested in learning about autism spectrum disorder.


View Full Flier

 Meet the Team
Dr. Annemarie Connor
Director of CAN @ FGCU | Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences  
Phone:  239- 745-4444
Dr. Noelle Balsamo
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Phone: 239-590-7811
Dr. Ellen Donald
Assistant Professor | Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
Phone: 239-590-7531
Dr. Sarah Fabrizi
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy program
Phone:  239-590 1854


Parent and Family Advocate
Dr Joanna
Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology
Phone: 239-590-7358
Ann Tilman
Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling 
Phone: 239-745-4444