FIU Embrace believes in the value of collaboration and participation of community partners, stakeholders, family members, and individuals affected by developmental disabilities. Working together, we can develop solutions to the challenges faced by many of our families and young adults. As a result, we have reached out to the community – local and national, and our own FIU family. Below are some of the partners who have joined us in this work.

The Dan Marino Foundation at FIU

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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 25 years, 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

Autism Speaks

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ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

To read more about Autism Speaks’ awareness, fundraising, science, and advocacy efforts, or to read about some of their other exciting initiatives, please visit their Website and News Section.


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ABOUT IDENTIFOR: Identifor is the first digital tool that looks beyond standard measures of academic evaluation to systematically uncover an individual’s unique skills, abilities, and interests. The tool can help reveal how a person likes to spend his time and match that with relevant career options, setting students on a personal path to a fulfilling future.

Identifor helps build an understanding by analyzing data of how individuals play their carefully designed battery of free online learning games that provide a systematic understanding of an individual’s abilities, executive function, and career interests. Visit for more information.