Welcome Letter

Dr. Michael Alessandri Dr. Alessandri Welcome Letter

Welcome to the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities’ (UM-NSU CARD) Tropical Nights!

Each spring, our community gathers to celebrate the transformative impact UM-NSU CARD has had on the autism and related disabilities community.  Serving just 88 families in our first year of operation in 1993, UM-NSU CARD now is the “first choice for autism support” for over 12,000 South Florida families who often rely on us for lifelong guidance and support along their journey living autism and related disabilities.

The lives we have touched, the relationships we have built, and the impact we have had on creating a more inclusive community for those living with not just autism but all disabilities, keeps us motivated as we move into our next generation of high quality service provision. We hope you will join us on this journey by supporting this annual event that raises much needed funds to support our innovative services and programs.

Tropical Nights is a night to remember.  You will be inspired and moved when you experience first-hand the emotional connection we have with our community.  It is a deeply personal connection filled with love and respect.  Please join us as we continue to grow this remarkable organization, expand our reach into traditionally underserved communities, and continue our tireless efforts to support all the families in our community who need us.

Your support of UM-NSU CARD and Tropical Nights will transform lives and leave a lasting legacy.


Michael Alessandri
Executive Director, UM-NSU CARD