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Causes: Autism, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Foster Care, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Programs: Marino campus: marino campus offers ten month programs that can lead to nationally-recognized industry certification(s): computer technology (choose from four different tracks) and hospitality. Both programs require students to complete 270 clock hours of industry courses as well as 585 clock hours in employment preparation courses. Many students who attend do not have a standard diploma making them ineligible to participate in typical programs and/or cannot pass the required tabe testing. Additional program supports offered at the dan marino foundation certification programs include: tutoring, mentoring, board-certified behavioral analyst, core courses, career services, and use of the virtual interactive training agent ("vita"). There are no similar programs in south florida that offer comprehensive certification programs and provide an avenue for individuals with special needs to be successful in the workplace.

marino autism research institute ("mari"): marino autism research institute ("mari"): is a "virtual institute" that was designed to develop and implement cutting-edge research through clinical studies and training to address quality of life issues for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (asd). The dan marino foundation funding supports research, improved clinical service, delivery and clinical education at the university of miami, in miami florida, vanderbilt university in nashville, tennessee, the university of southern california in los angeles, california and nova university in davie, florida. Mari's most recent projects include developing socially-assistive products, advanced technology in signal processing, and virtual reality (vita) using intelligent virtual humans to be utilized by the students to practice job interviewing. Virtual interactive training agents ("vita"): is a program of mari. Vita is a system for building competence and reducing anxiety in young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. It was developed by the usc institute for creative technologies in partnership with the foundation.

jobs development program : program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities that focuses on creating and sustaining employment through person-centered planning, career-based instruction, on-the-job training, certification within career vocational or trade areas and entry level employment. Areas of instruction include hospitality, information technology and entrepreneurship.

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