Community Autism Network







 The mission of The Community Autism Network at FGCU is to integrate curated, evidence-based information from research into educational and clinical content, which informs the delivery of health and human services to individuals in our community with autism and/or other neurodiverse conditions, including intellectual disability, across the lifespan. The intent is to organize an interprofessional framework of disciplines representing faculty and team science focused on the application of psychoeducational strategies and community assets to improve the delivery of health and human services within this focal area. For more information please contact Dr. Annemarie Connor at

Dr. ConnorDr. Annemarie Connor, CAN Director


Putting Along the Spectrum Event Featured on WINK News 

FGCU’s Occupational Therapy program, the Community Autism Network and the PGA Golf Management Program partner together  for a Short-Game Golf Research Study. Its goal is to provide adults with autism education and skills to help them feel more comfortable and confident while golfing. Future Putting Along the Spectrum event  dates include April 3rd,10th, 24th and May 1st, 2021. See flier below for more information.

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Putting on the spectrum Demo

              Summer Events    

workwell flier

Workwell Employment-Readiness Training

The Community Autism Network at Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting WorkWell, a hollistic work-readiness program for young adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

For more information, contact faculty researcher: Dr. Annemarie Connor E:  P: 239-590-7552      

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can special olympics flier

Special Olympics Young Athletes Summer Program

4-week program designed for children with develepmental differences including autism, either with or without intellectual challenges between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.

For more information contact Dr. Sarah Fabrizi via  or Dr. Ellen Donald via 


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play group flyer

See Me Playgroup

Playgroups provide all children with the oppurtunity to learn, experience, investigate and interact together while having fun! Parents will learn about developmental topics such as sharing communication and get new ideas for play. 

To sign up or for more information contact Dr. Sarah Fabrizi or (239)590-1854

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         Past Events   

autism appreciation day

CAN grow at Southern Fresh Farms

Alico Golf Family Flier

Putting Along the Spectrum! 



Everbaldes vs. South Carolina Sting Rays 

National Autism Conference Flyer

Promising Pathways 14th Annual Virtual Conference on Autism 



 Meet the Team
Dr. Annemarie Connor
Director of CAN @ FGCU | Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences  
Phone:  239- 745-4444
Dr. Noelle Balsamo
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Phone: 239-590-7811
Dr. Ellen Donald
Assistant Professor | Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
Phone: 239-590-7531
Dr. Sarah Fabrizi
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy program
Phone:  239-590 1854


Parent and Family Advocate
Dr Joanna
Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology
Phone: 239-590-7358
Ann Tilman
Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling 
Phone: 239-745-4444