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Neurodevelopmental disorders represent some of the greatest challenges in the arena of childhood well-being in the 21st century. This group of disorders includes any impairment that arises due to a disruption in the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system. The neurodevelopmental disorders most recognized by the public at present are autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, other impairments that can be categorized as neurodevelopmental disorders include dyslexia, language impairments, Fragile X syndrome and other genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, sensory impairments, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
The mission of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment at the University of Florida (UF) is to explore the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, design more effective intervention strategies, and to implement policies and model facilities to ensure that affected children and their families have access to the integrated services they require.
Together we CAN
The mission of UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN) is:
- to provide centralized and state of the art transdisciplinary diagnostic and clinical treatment services for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders
- to use basic, clinical, and translational science approaches to answer key questions and accelerate research about autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
- to inform, expand, and facilitate innovative university training programs in assessment, treatment, and education of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders among medical, nursing, psychology, education, and other professionals
- to empower families to partner with clinicians and researchers to expand community outreach, increase advocacy efforts, and extend the care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the lifespan
- to create an inclusive local community by providing support during the transition to adulthood for individuals living with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders