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Able Trust

The Able Trust believes that when people with disabilities want to work, they should. The Trust supports individuals non-profit vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Florida with fund-raising, grant making and public awareness of disability issues.

 

ABLE United

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act authorizes states to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. ABLE United, Florida's qualified ABLE program, was established to encourage and assist people with disabilities to save private funds to support health, independence and quality of life. We also have a video, interspersed with testimonials and a full presentation detailing how to enroll. ABLE United video.

 

Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida, formerly the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. Their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.

American Association of Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy

4450 Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite 208
Melbourne, FL 32934
Phone: 321-255-6627
Fax: 321-259-8779

AAIPPT is a non-profit organization devoted to providing a source of information and research for parents of disabled children who are searching for the most innovative pediatric physical therapy treatments.

Assistive Technology Educational Network of Florida (ATEN)

The center allows participants to explore educational solutions and technology options through hands-on us of equipment in an enriched environment. In addition, training on equipment or vendor presentations will be scheduled as new technology becomes available.

The ARC of Florida

The ARC of Florida promotes the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and access leisure activities for all people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

Autism Society of Greater Orlando

The ASGO is a not for profit organization that has been serving the needs of children and adults with autism since 1996.  Our mission is that all individuals within the autism spectrum will be provided a lifetime network of opportunities to become fully accepted, included, and actively participating members of our community, through family support, education, and advocacy, and public awareness.  

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

The are seven CARD sites in Florida that provide information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with austism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. Click here for more information.

Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities

To promote the business interests of businesses run by persons with disabilities and/or their direct caregivers (“Disability Businesses”) and to place businesses run by persons with disabilities on a level playing field with businesses run by others.

Clearinghouse on Disability Information

The Clearinghouse on Disability Information serves as an information and referral source connecting people with disabilities and advocates of people with disabilities to the resources they need that will assist with their issues.

For more information or to speak to a disability specialist please call 1-877-ADA-4YOU or 1-877-232-4968

Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

Welcome to the home page for the State of Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD). We are an independent commission housed administratively within the Florida Department of Transportation. Please check out our various site areas, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Our Mission - To insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons.

Dan Marino Foundation Resource Video Library

The Dan Marino Foundation Resource Video Library is to reach out globally to families, clinicians, and educators through the internet to provide information related to autism and other neurological disorders. Viewers can watch personal stories, therapies, and the latest medical research 24 house a day from home, work, or wherever high-speed internet access is available.

Deliver the Dream

Deliver the Dream provides monthly three-day retreats at no cost for families who are experiencing a serious illness or crisis. Our retreats allow families to reconnect with one another, network with other families going though similar situations and are an
opportunity to have some fun!

The Developmental Disabilities Database (DDD)

The Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, and provides this web site as a resource for parents, families, and consumers. It includes documents, website links, and videos originally developed by the Mailman Center for online training of health care professionals*. The categories offered include: assistive technology, early care & education/child care, early intervention, education-school age, employment, services & supports, health care, and adults with developmental disabilities. We also provide a “Further Assistance Contact Form” where a consumer can ask for help in finding additional information (in English and Spanish).

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is the leading voice for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness so that each may realize their potential as members of our community.

Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee

The Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee is comprised of children and adults with Down syndrome, their families and their friends. DSAT works to educate the community that individuals with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in the community.

Elder Helpline

All Elder Helplines can be accessed through the Florida Telecommunication Relay System (1-800-955-8771 for TDD or 1-800-955-8770 for Voice).

Family Cafe

Provides individuals with disabilities and their families with collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment so they can make the best decision possible for themselves.

Family Care Council

The mission of the FCCF is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida is a statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Our mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

FAAST envisions a seamless supportive partnership between Florida business and government to provide assistive technology products and services which will enable persons with disabilities to participate in independent living, education, work and recreation from birth to death.

Florida Autism Center 
Florida Autism Center offers individualized programs to help your child reach his or her fullest potential. Our Early Intervention Program, for children under the age of 6, is geared towards helping younger children prepare for a mainstream  classroom. The School Room is for older children who need more functional living skills than traditional academic skills. Our After-School    1-1 Therapy is for Children who are doing well academically but need help with social skills and functional life skills.  Please contact us to see what program is right for your child.
 

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC)

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) at the University of South Florida was established in October 2005 through a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service grant award from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Through leadership in research and evaluation, theory, policy, capacity building, and practice, the FCIC is committed to developing a range of supports and services in the areas of Community Supports, Early Childhood, Transition, Education, Employment, Health, Interdisciplinary Training, Public Policy, and Cultural Competence.

Online Graduate Certificate Program - Positive Behavior Support 

Florida Commission on Community Service

The mission of our organization is to strengthen communities through volunteer service. In carrying out our mission we partner with community based organizations, Non profits, businesses, communities of faith, government entities, and colleges and universities.

Florida Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children & Families is committed to working in partnership with local communities to ensure safety, well-being and self-sufficiency for the people we serve.

Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities ad for gifted students. Additionally, the bureau coordinates students services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services

(Central Directory Network) For additional information concerning children with disabilities and special health care needs call: 1-800-654-4440.

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association provides Information for the disabled sportsman on hunting, fishing, boating, and a range of other adapted recreational activities.

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is developing a single self-sufficiency strategy for employment and career options for Floridians with disabilities. The strategy includes an increased use of private providers to add service capacity for this population.

FloridaHATS

FloridaHATS is a collaborative program of the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services Network, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, and other partners throughout the state. FloridaHATS mission is to ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs.

FloridaHealthFinder.gov

Provides information on the Florida Medicaid Program, state-wide programs for low-income and uninsured persons, a list of health care facilities/providers, and quality-of-care comparison tools.

Florida Housing Coalition

The Florida Housing Coalition is a nonprofit, statewide membership organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst to bring together housing advocates and resources so that all Floridians have a safe and affordable home and suitable living environment.

Florida Housing Search

The FloridaHousingSearch.org website was launched in June of 2006, and is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation . The website was developed with support from a number of nonprofit and government organizations in Florida. The housing locator service allows people to locate available housing that best fits their individual and family needs. The service can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center M-F, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EST. Individuals can easily search for housing using a wide variety of search criteria with special mapping features and receive apartment listings that provide a multitude of important information about each unit. In addition, the site connects people to other housing resources through website links and provides helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information.

Florida Independent Living Council

The Florida Independent Living Council is a statewide council established by federal mandate and Florida Statute.

FloridaLawHelp.org

This Web site is a guide to free legal information and legal services in Florida, administered by Florida Legal Services, Inc. It provides access to dozens of organizations offering information about the courts, community resources and free and low-cost legal aid programs.

The Florida Office on Disability and Health

The Florida Office on Disability and Health (FODH) was created in 2007 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The mission of FODH is to maximize the health, well-being, participation, & quality of life, throughout the lifespan of all Floridians & their families living with disability.

Florida Provider Network

Florida Provider Network in Supported Employment is designed to provide technical assistance to community stakeholders to consolidate current initiatives that encourage and assist supported employment efforts and build an infrastructure which will sustain a high level of training and technical assistance on an ongoing basis.

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI)

Provides free specialized telecommunications to Floridians who are deaf or hard of hearing, speech impaired, and blind or visually impaired.

Florida Youth Council

The Florida Youth Council is a group of youth (age 13-17) and emerging leaders offers training, education and networking for individuals with disabilities, special health care needs, self-advocates and their families.

FYITransition

There are lots of things to consider upon graduation. Where will you work? Where will you live? Who will help you?This web site can help you and your family plan for these and more questions about your life.

Health Care Transition

Health care transition is a process that takes time and planning. This site has been developed as a learning resource for people like yourself who are either in the process of transition, or about to be.

Hispanic Office For Local Assistance (H.O.L.A.)

The mission of the Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (H.O.L.A.) is to connect individuals and families new to the Orlando community with the information, resources and tools necessary for a successful transition to their new home.

Mailman Center for Child Development – UCEDD

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

My Florida

Florida Government Services Online

Online Sunshine (Florida's Legislature)

Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature.

Parents Helping Parents of Florida, Inc.

Providing support and information to families of individuals with disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking

A leadership and advocacy training program for self-advocates and family members.

Preparing for a Natural Disaster

Self-Advocacy Groups in Florida

This website has been created to support self-advocates in Florida to: organize local, independent self-advocacy groups; network with other self-advocates throughout the state; and provide resources to give self-advocates a voice in the decisions and issues that affect their lives.

Statewide Florida Quality Assurance Program

The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care is proud to be assisting the State of Florida in improving the quality of care for Florida citizens with developmental disabilities. We offer this website as one part of our Florida Quality Program. In it you will find an explanation of our program, services and resources for consumers, contact information for sending us your questions or concerns, and more.

Statistics on Individuals with Disabilities

Click here to access statistics on individuals with disabilities both nationwide and in Florida.

Stress and What You Can Do About It

MP3 Audio

Students' Website on Employment and Transition

A Florida-specific web portal for youths with disabilities, their families, and service providers, containing information about transition and employment.

SupportCoordinators.com

Support Coordinators.com assist individuals and their families in accessing supports and services.

TEAM Florida Partnership

To provide collaborative leadership that improves policies, programs, and community support for Florida's children, families and their well-being.

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Since 1963, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, there are currently 67 UCEDDs that focus on: interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education, community services, research, and dissemination.

Volunteer Florida

VOLUNTEER FLORIDA believes that "strengthening Florida's communities through volunteerism and service" is not just a mission statement; it's a way of life. Now, more than ever, Floridians of all ages are ready to answer the call and lend a hand in their local communities. Volunteer Florida encourages volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promotes volunteerism for disaster preparedness and response; and helps to strengthen and expand Volunteer Centers in Florida.

VSA arts of Florida

The mission of VSA arts of Florida is to create a society where people with disabilities have the opportunity to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts of Florida meets its mission through a statewide network of program partners that provide services to children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and programs including professional development opportunities, rotating exhibitions, performances, and artists’ residencies.

WaiverProvider.com

WaiverProvider.com is not only a directory of Medicaid providers. It provides detailed information about each medicaid waiver provider listed to include services provided, area covered, etc.

 

 

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