FIU - DMF Ribbon Cutting

Dan Marino Foundation and FIU launch center to provide educational opportunities to young adults with autism

WHAT: The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) and FIU EMBRACE are teaming up to provide educational opportunities to young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. DMF and FIU will officially launch The Dan Marino Foundation in Miami, located on FIU’s MMC campus, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


For more than 25 years, DMF has worked to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. FIU EMBRACE is a university-wide initiative aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of adults with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders. DMF programs will operate under the auspices of FIU EMBRACE.


The partnership will maximize post-secondary education opportunities for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. DMF programs will focus on education, technology, career advancement and independence. FIU EMBRACE’s cross-disciplinary approach, which includes the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, College of Law, College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts, and the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, will provide hands-on learning opportunities for FIU students while providing new and unprecedented opportunities to students with special needs.




    • Recent graduates of Marino Campus, which offers similar post-secondary education for young adults with autism in Broward, will be available for interviews, along with their families.
  • Dan Marino, Chairman of The Dan Marino Foundation
  • Claire Marino, Co-Founder of The Dan Marino Foundation


  • Mary Partin, CEO of The Dan Marino Foundation
  • FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg
  • FIU Provost Kenneth G. Furton

WHEN:         Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

6 p.m.



Parking Garage 6 (PG 6)-Suite 150, at FIU-MMC, 11200 SW 8th St., 33199. PG 6 is on the north side of campus. For a map click here.




About The Dan Marino Foundation: 

The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established by Dan and Claire Marino, motivated by their experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism. For over 25years, the Foundation has been a leader in innovation and change, “empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.” The Foundation has raised more than $53 million to create unique and impactful initiatives in the community. Among these first-of-their-kind initiatives are the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, Summer STEPS Employment Programs, Virtual Interactive Training Agent Program (ViTA DMF), and now post-secondary programs at both Marino Campus in Broward and at FIU. For more information, please visit or or



About FIU:

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility, FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute.  FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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