Michael Alessandri Wins Champion for Children Award

Dr. Michael Alessandri is the 2012 recipient of the Children's Trust, David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award for a lifetime of achievement and dedication to children.  Dr. Alessandri has worked with individuals with autism and their families for nearly 30 years.  In addition to his role as executive director of the University of Miami - Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), he leads the Division of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Miami's Department of Psychology, where he is a clinical professor of Psychology.  Under his direction, CARD was named National Autism Program of the Year in 1999 by the Autism Society of America.