The Dan Marino Foundation

Our Mission

Inspired by the experiences of raising their son with autism, Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, founded the Dan Marino Foundation in 1992. The vision was bold and clear. The Dan Marino Foundation mission is to “open doors” toward independence for children with special needs, teenagers transitioning from foster care, and young adults with disabilities.

The Foundation fulfills this mission by supporting comprehensive integrated treatment programs, providing outreach services, advancing scientific research, and building independence through employment and daily living transition programs.

Our Programs Include:

MCH Dan Marino Center: All-inclusive facility offering comprehensive medical services, therapies, sensory gym, adaptive aquatics center, orthotics division, and urgent care center.

DMF Campus One: An inclusive campus serving teens and young adults with disabilities where members can acquire vocational skills, learn vital life skills, stay fit, socialize, and most importantly, gain independence.

Childnett.tv: Web channel featuring films on neuro-developmental issues and personal stories

Marino Autism Research Institute : A “virtual institute” comprised of the University of Miami, Vanderbilt University, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Southern California designed to develop and implement cutting-edge research.

Marino Swim Central Adaptive Aquatics : A required certification for swim instructors working with special needs students mandated by the Florida Legislature.

Life Launch and Summer Steps : Programming developed to foster self reliance in adolescents and young adults with disabilities by providing social, life, and job skill training in partnership with Children’s Services Council of Broward County.

Dan Marino, Sr. Resource Library : The first stop a parent makes for guidance after hearing their child’s diagnosis— providing state-of-the-art technology and media delivery to give families the resources needed for their child with special needs.

Foster Care Services: Independent living program providing wrap-around services which assist youth aging out of the foster care system to ensure a smooth transition to self-sufficiency.

Activity

  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Unlike most people with autism, individuals with Asperger syndrome experience no delay in the onset of speech. In fact, their speech tends to be formal, pedantic and long-winded. Persons with AS often have monotonous vocal intonation and limited use of gestures. They may have difficulty comprehending other...Read More
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    Current estimates are that 3-4 per 1000 individuals may have PDD-NOS. PDD-NOS often occurs with some degree of cognitive impairment.

    Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) Read More
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    Asperger syndrome is an uncommon disorder and information on prevalence is limited. The disorder appears to be more common in males than females. As diagnosticians become more familiar with the syndrome, its use as a diagnostic category is likely to increase and prevalence figures are likely to rise....Read More
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    Physical therapy can improve quality of life in people with autism. Physical therapy specializes in developing strength, coordination and movement. Therapists work on improving gross motor skills, such as running, reaching, and lifting. This therapy is concerned with improving function of the body’s...Read More
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    Nobody knows what causes autism. Some scientists believe there is a biological cause that affects the
    working of the brain, but this has not been proven. It is possible there are many factors that could interact
    with one another which could cause different characteristics in each individual with...Read More
  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Functional Behavior Assessment refers to a process for identifying the relationship between the behavior and the events that occur before, during and after a behavior. Behaviors are examined in terms of the purposes and functions that the behavior serves for the individual.

    Source: Center for Autism...Read More
  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Just as professionals ask many questions, so should you. Remember, no questions you have regarding your child are trivial or unimportant. You may want to ask some of the following questions of the physicians and therapists:
     
    • What are my child’s strengths? How can they be maximized?
    • What s
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  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Treatment and educational needs for individuals with PDDNOS include but are not limited to:
    1. An early and accurate diagnosis, which improves a child’s chances of reaching his or her full potential.
    2. Specialized and intensive interventions, which may include educational, behavioral, occupational
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  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Many individuals with AS want to develop friendships and interact with their peers, but lack the ability to understand and use rules governing social behavior. They have difficulty using and interpreting gestures, judging proximity to others, and maintaining eye contact, all of which may impede the...Read More
  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    People with autism usually have delays in communication. The most obvious is when they are nonverbal. Yet people who are verbal may also have serious difficulties.

    Some individuals can repeat words but can’t use language in a meaningful way which is called echolalia. A speech pathologist who s...Read More
  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    A number of medical specialists can be helpful in treating various aspects of autism, including:
     
    • Developmental Pediatrician: A physician specializing in diagnosing and treating children developmental disabilities from birth to adolescence.
    • Psychiatrist: A physician who focuses on d
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  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Information about a child’s emotional, social, communication, and cognitive abilities is gathered through child-directed interactions, observations of the child in various situations, and interviews of parents and care givers. Parents and family members should be actively involved throughout these...Read More
  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Although autism is considered a neurological disability, no specific medical test or procedure can confirm a diagnosis of autism. To gather more information that will accurately profile an individual’s strengths and needs, a variety of tests, assessments, and evaluations should be administered.
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  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    No two people with Asperger syndrome are identical. Treatment and educational interventions should be individualized to suit the needs of the person. Supports and interventions may include:
    • Teaching skills and concepts in naturally occurring situations and across settings to maximize generali
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  • The Dan Marino Foundation
    Autism occurs by itself, with mental retardation, or with other health problems, such as epilepsy, viral infections, or changes in a person’s growth rate or metabolism.

    Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) Read More