Training for Families

CARD Albany offers many educational opportunities for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Seminar topics focus on improving quality of life for families affected by autism and include, but are not limited to: education issues, transitioning, adolescence, adaptive and coping skill development, intervention strategies, resources/supports.

Ongoing Seminars

Parent Education Program for Parents of Children Recently Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is a no cost program for parents developed and implemented by staff from CARD Albany and Developmental Behavior Pediatrics. The goal of the program is to provide parents with timely information and resources on topics specific to autism. Session topics include: Autism 101, How to Choose Treatment, Medical/Developmental Issues, Accessing Resources, and Living with ASD. For more information on the program and meeting dates/times, please contact Jane Ann Worlock, M.S.Ed. at 518-442-4822 or

Annual Distinguished Guest Lecture on Autism are lectures delivered by distinguished autism experts on the latest cutting-edge research in the field, in areas such as genetics and brain imaging. Two lectures are offered: one for physicians and other medical professionals and a complimentary session for parents and non-medical professionals. The Distinguished Guest Lectures on Autism are free of charge.

Professional Development and Parent Seminars (PDPS) are regional seminars throughout New York for school professionals and parents that disseminate information on effective programs, including, but not limited to, individualized supports and services and specialized curricula designed to address the skill deficits of students with autism spectrum disorders (i.e., social relationships and communication).

Topics in Autism are seminars on specific topics related to autism that schools, agencies, and parent groups can request. Seminars are offered at no cost to school districts, community agencies, and parent groups in the following New York counties: Schenectady, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Hamilton, Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene. Each topic lasts approximately 2 hours and follows a lecture format. Requests must be received at least 30 days prior to the requested seminar date.

CARD Statewide and Local Conferences aim to disseminate information on evidence-based interventions and practices that have been shown to improve educational outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders. The format of each conference is a morning 3-hour keynote address and eight 75-minute breakout sessions. Parents, school personnel, and community professionals are welcome.