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FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Announces New Director

BOCA RATON, FL (October 28, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) has named Maryellen Quinn-Lunny as its new director. Quinn-Lunny comes to FAU after a long tenure as the executive director of exceptional student education with the Martin County School District.  

“Maryellen brings to CARD a superb understanding of district, as well as state level decision making for students with special needs,” said Jack Scott, Ph.D., executive director of FAU’s CARD.

During her time with the Martin County School District, Quinn-Lunny also served as the director of exceptional student education, overseeing a dramatic enhancement in programs for students with autism spectrum disorders. She also was a member of the State of Florida Transition Advisory Committee and Florida Department of Education Bureau Partnership Advisory Board.  Quinn-Lunny received a master’s degree in education with a focus in moderate special needs from Suffolk University in Boston, and a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from North Adams State College in Massachusetts.  She also was certified as an educational specialist in learning disabilities at Nova University and received certification in administration and supervision from FAU.

“I look forward to working with CARD and being a part of the beneficial services the Center offers,” said Quinn-Lunny.  “Many communities are affected by autism and related disabilities, and CARD is here to be proactive and useful to those in need.”  

Housed in the College of Education, FAU CARD provides free supports and services for people with autism and similar disabilities, their families, schools and community agencies. Serving Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties, FAU CARD has offices in Boca Raton and Port St. Lucie, and a staff of seven clinicians serving more than 2,500 families. In addition to direct support for families and schools, FAU CARD provides workshops and training, hosts support groups, and helps foster community understanding of and better services for persons with autism and related disabilities. CARD also provides free developmental screenings in its new mobile screening clinic throughout its service region.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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