Community Autism Network



Community Autism Network (CAN) harnesses interdisciplinary university and community partnerships to promote: (1) world-class training and educational opportunities for members of the autism community, service providers, family members, faculty and students; (2) interprofessional research focused on the holistic health and inclusion of individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan; (3) supporting accessible, evidence-based services, activities, and information with and for the community.

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Dear Students, Families, Community Partners and Colleagues,

All of us at CAN@FGCU would like to share that our thoughts are with you as we collectively recover from the impacts of the storm. We hope you, your families, and homes fared as well as possible and that power and communication services are restoring quickly. Please know that at this time, FGCU is closed through October 9th and that many of us our currently displaced or have limited access to email and/or cell communication during this time. We understand that this is likely true of many of you as well. However, we recognize the needs in our shared communities are great and would like to keep you all updated on the services and supports that are available to you as this information becomes available to us. If you are actively providing services to the autism community following the storm or if you need referrals to available support services, please reach out to the CAN team through this email ( and we will do our best to connect those who need updates on available services with those who currently have the capacity to provide them. As we are able, we will also update this website as resources reopen and are shared with us. We look forward to working with and for you as our shared capacity to do so increases.


FGCU students - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  is available for crisis functions with same-day brief, check-in meetings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 7. Given CAPS extremely limited staffing, regular standing appointments will not begin at this time. They will be rescheduled after campus returns to full operations Oct. 10. More information will be provided about CAPS operations when available.


•  CAPS hotline at 239-745-EARS (3277)

•  Uwill free teletherapy:

•  Togetherall free peer-to-peer mental health and wellbeing support: 

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF support services are open. Services can be accessed at Register with CARD - Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF Or by emailing to request to speak with a consultant to discuss needs. A CARD team member will meet with you virtually, or speak by phone (usually within a few business days). For more information on eligibility for free CARD services visit

CAN Supports the Children of Ukraine


Game Night

Join us for our recurring game night.

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

Time: 6pm to 8pm  Location: Marieb Hall 203

RSVP using the QR Code located on the flyer.

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Story Time

Presented by FGCU Library, CAN and Early Steps.

Who: Parents & Toddler When: Dec 5, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:00am Where: FGCU Library

RSVP via the QR code on the flyer. 

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CAN at FGCU in the Media

  • FGCU in Focus: Special Olympics Young Athletes Program

  • Florida Weekly 

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430 Marieb Hall
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965