Websites and Organizations
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- Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Assists people who have developmental disabilities and their families.
- Location: 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380, Tallahassee, FL 32399
- Phone: 407-245-0440
- Email: Carol.Solomon@APDState.FL.US
- Website: http://apd.myflorida.com
- The Agency for Persons with Disabilities assists people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It also provides assistance to identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities and funding to purchase supports and services. Although the Central Office is in Tallahassee, the supports and services for people with developmental disabilities are provided through district offices throughout the state.
- American Association of the Deaf-Blind
Information and advocacy projects
- Location: 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Phone: 301-495-4403
- Email: AADB-Info@aadb.org
- Website: http://www.aadb.org
- AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. Deaf-blind includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss. Our membership consists of deaf-blind people from diverse backgrounds, as well as family members, professionals, interpreters, and other interested supporters
- Our Mission is to ensure that all deaf-blind persons achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community.
- Angel Flight
Free air transportation for children and adults with medical or compelling humanitarian needs
- Location: Leesburg, FL
- Phone: 1-800-352-4526
- Website: http://www.angelflightse.org
- Removing the lack of transportation as an obstacle to receiving medical and humanitarian care
- AUT 2B Home Resources
Family resources on Autism
- Website: http://www.weirdkids.com/autism/aut2bhome.htm
- This site contains many resources of particular interest to autism, but most apply to other special needs as well. Many of the mailing lists are applicable to all homeschoolers.
- Autism Smiles
A LOOK, LISTEN, AND COLLABORATE NONPROFIT
where children with autism get help needed to excel in life
- Website: http://www.autismsmilesllc.org/
- Autism Society of America
Information and advocacy
- Location: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
- Phone: 800-328-8476
- Website: http://www.autism-society.org/
- ASA promotes lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of the community. Education, advocacy, public awareness efforts and the promotion of research are all goals of ASA. The society is the leading source of information and referral on autism to parents, professionals, and members of the general public. They publish a bi-monthly newsletter, Advocate, and a parent packet, “Getting Started”.
- Autism Society of Greater Orlando
Founded by a group of volunteer parents to assist families affected by autism.
- Location: 4743 Hearthside Drive, Orlando, FL 32837
- Phone: 407-855-0235
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.asgo.org/
- The mission of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando 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.
- Bambino Babe Ruth Baseball
Children w/disabilities can now play baseball!
- Location: Eastmont Park – Altamonte Springs, FL
- Phone: 407-463-2504
- Email: Sarah.email@example.com
- Contacts: Sara Reece @ 404-463-2504 or Sharon Sheridan @ 407-970-2865
- Youth baseball/softball clubs from throughout Central Florida have joined together to create the Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball League for physically and/or mentally challenged children. What makes this program unique is that each player has a “buddy” to help them hit, throw & move around the bases. A very special field will be built to make the field easy for participants and “Buddies” to move freely. The park will be located in Eastmonte Park in Altamonte Springs, FL.
- Beach Center on Disability
The University of Kansas
- Location: Haworth Hall, Room 3136, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
- Phone: 785-864-7600
- Website: http://www.beachcenter.org/
- This is a clearinghouse with materials written for families of children with various disabilities.
- Beckman & Associates, Inc.
Oral motor therapy
- Bethany Christian Services Orlando
A help for children and parents in crisis.
- Boy Scouts of America
- Website: http://www.scouting.org/
- The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
- Brave Kids
Our mission is to help children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities.
- Location: 151 Sawgrass Corners Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
- Phone: 904-280-1895
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.bravekids.org/
- Brave Kids Provides…
- 1. Bravekids.org – the online community for children with special needs and their caretakers.
- 2. Message Boards to give emotional support to children with special needs and parents by connecting them to others in similar situations around the world.
- 3. Directory of Healthcare Resources based on zip codes for children with special needs. This enables caretakers to easily locate healthcare resources & support for ill children in their community.
- 4. The Most Recent and Accurate Medical Information for family members, as well as providing illness-related information to the children in a fun, interactive way so they can understand what’s happening to them.
- 5. Brave Kids Resource Centers to pediatric wards of hospitals, which enables parents to locate medical information and local resources while they are in the hospital with their child.
- 6. Community Outreach – Providing education and training on locating resources in the community for children with special needs.
- Carol’s Web Corner
Strategies from homeschooling Mom of an ADHD child.
- Website: http://www.westfieldacademy.org/adhd/
- A few tricks and strategies from the homeschooling mom of an ADHD child. Great for kids who are easily distracted.
- Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior
Information, brochure and tips
- Location: University of South Florida, 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612-3807
- Phone: 813-974-6100
- Website: http://challengingbehavior.org/
- The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior (CEBP) has a brochure titled “Positive Solutions for Families” available online, along with many other resources. This brochure provides parents with eight practical tips they can use when their young children exhibit challenging behavior. Each tip includes a brief explanation and an example to show parents how they might use the specific approach with their own family in everyday life. Download this FREE brochure, by clicking here: http://challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/positive_solutions_for_families.pdf.
- Children’s Home Society
Services to children and families
- Location: CBC of Seminole, 2921 South Orlando Drive, Sanford, FL 32773
- Phone: 407-268-9321
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://chsfl.org
- Children’s Home Society provides social services and referrals for the community and children in state care. Some of the mental health services are play therapy, Individual Therapy, Behavior Analysts, Medication Management, Psychologicials, and Tutoring.
- Christian Parents-Special Kids
Support Group for Families
- Website: http://www.cp-sk.org
- Category: Counseling/Advise
- Council for Exceptional Children
Teachers, administrators, students, parents, paraprofessionals, related support service providers
- Website: http://www.cec.sped.org
- The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- CPKids, (Chat Pals) for Kids
- CPKids, (Chat Pals) for Kids is the “Just for Kids” part of KidPower. Here you will find an email list just for children with special needs so they can talk back and forth a little easier. You will also find links to all those fun kid’s places, a chat room, and a message board.
- Autism Speaks
Autism Science and Advocacy Organization
- Cerebral Palsy Awareness
By Allison Jennings
- Website: www.ataxiccerebralpalsyhelp.com
- My name is Allison Jennings and I am trying to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and how we can fight it. I have seen first hand just how big of a problem this is and it has become my passion to lay out in-depth information of the causes and diagnosis. That is why I have created the website.
- Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope
Hope in the Midst of Adversity
- Website: http://www.davedraveckystory.com
- The mission of Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope is to serve suffering people, especially those with cancer and amputation, by offering resources for encouragement, comfort and hope through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Disabilities Consulting
Serving Central Florida and Families Everywhere
- Getting Results for the One You Love
- Together We CAN Make a Difference
- Hundreds of disabled individuals fall through the cracks of the system, do not qualify or are denied the services they need. Caregivers have no where to turn to help them achieve results.
- Disabilities Consulting specializes in assisting families who have dependents with special needs. We take a personal hands-on approach to your challenges. We provide Consulting Services, Advocating Services, Coaching Services and Public Speaking. We are not funded by or work for any government, state or local agencies. We are hired by you and work for you and your family.
- Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
The leading voice for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in Central Florida.
- Location: 204 N Wymore Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789-3455
- Phone: 407-540-1121
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Webmail: http://www.dsacf.org
- The leading voice for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. They offer hope and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness so that each may realize their potential as members of our community. They have applications for scholarships for families with children with disabilities online. Scholarships are up to $5000 and can be used for speech, occupational, physical, behavioral, therapeutic horsebackriding or other therapies. There are no income requirements, and they can be applied for on an annual basis.
- Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida
- Website: http://www.dsfflorida.org
- The Foundation provides people with Down syndrome and families opportunities to enhance their lives through strategic partnerships, unique programs that create ‘inclusion’ settings naturally, family support and meaningful community involvement.
- Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City –
Provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families
- Location: 10200 West 75th Street, Suite 281, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
- Phone: 913-384-4848
- Email: email@example.com
- Contact: Laura Cline
- Website: http://www.kcdsg.org
- The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
The Care Network
- Website: http://www.eleos.org
- Elevating Life In The Disability Family
- Our Purpose – who we are: “We are a family of individuals extending Christ’s love to the disability family through faith and friendship.”
- Our Mission – what we do: “It is our mission to lead in connecting the disability family through a network of interactive media initiatives, innovative family support programs, and instructive learning modules.”
- For more information and for a schedule of events please call the Eleos office at 407-228-8343.
- Enabled Online
Connecting People with Disabilities
- Family Care Council
Family Services and Advocacy
- Website: http://www.fccflorida.org/
- The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (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 Care Statewide Council
Family services and advocacy
- Website: http://www.fccflorida.org
- Where families working together help families meet challenges today and tomorrow.
- Family Network on Disabilities
A national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens.
- Website: http://www.fndfl.org
- Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Our mission is to provide family-driven support, training, information, and advocacy.
- Family Voices
- Website: http://www.familyvoices.org
- Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.
- Florida Children’s Hospital
Expert and comprehensive care at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children
- Location: 601 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803
- Phone: 407-303-1603
- Website: http://www.floridachildrenshospital.com/
- Florida Department of Children and Families
Helping individuals and families through integrated services
- Website: www.dcf.state.fl.us
- Florida Department of Education
Information available on Education
- Website: http://www.fldoe.org
- Families have unique needs for their children in the education arena. The Department has compiled information from various areas to assist you in learning more about our services. Areas such as safety, school choice, testing are just a few of the many things available to you.
- Florida Department of Education
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Website: http://www.rehabworks.org
- Florida Department of Health
Information on Health issues
- Website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us
- Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc
Advocacy and promotion for meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities
- Website: http://www.fddc.org/
- The purpose of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered, consumer and family directed, comprehensive system of community services and individualized supports that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.
- Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services
Advocacy, education, training and resources
- Website: http://www.centraldirectory.org/
- Florida Family Policy Council
Strengthen Florida’s Families through public policy education, issue research and grassroots advocacy
- Location: 4853 South Orange Avenue, Suite C, Orlando, FL 32806
- Phone: 407-251-5130
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.floridafamilyaction.org/
- Florida Family Policy Council invites you to join and support an organization committed to educating and informing Florida’s citizens on a range of public policy issues. All public policy solutions and commentary originating from FFPC is rooted in the following framework of values and beliefs: Florida Family Policy Council believes God is the author of life, liberty and family. Our aim is to promote a Christian worldview as the basis for sound public policy and a just, free and stable society. We believe God is sovereign, creating man in His own image. Therefore, the right to life is a sacred principle, and fundamental to all political and Constitutional rights. We affirm that life and love are inextricable, finding their natural expression in the institutions of marriage and family, the foundation of civilization. Government has a duty to promote and protect these essential cultural ingredients in law and public policy. Finally, FFPC believes that humility and integrity are the cornerstones of Christian character, influencing all we do.
- Floridians for School Choice
A Guide for helping families to choose their children’s schools
- Location: PO Box 530568 Miami Shores, FL 33153
- Phone: 800-805-4485
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.floridians.org
- Information about scholarships available for school choice. Our mission is to give all families in Florida the opportunity to choose their children’s schools. We treat the public funds already set aside for the education of every child in the State as a scholarship that follows the child to the school chosen by the family whether public, private, parochial, home or virtual. Floridians for School Choice is a web-based, statewide, nonpartisan, citizen organization dedicated to advancing public awareness of the benefits of school choice for children, families, schools, and the taxpayers.
- Freedom Ride
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- Location: 1905 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810
- Phone: 407-293-0411
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.freedomride.com/
- Freedom Ride, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer based organization built on the conviction that we are not bound by our physical limitations. With a team of loyal horses, NARHA Certified Instructors, Therapist and Trained Volunteers, Freedom Ride provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with many types of disabilities….cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, autism, mental retardation, attention deficit disorder, deafness, blindness and many emotional and learning disabilities. Centrally located in the heart of Orlando, Freedom Ride reaches out to the more than 54,000 residents with disabilities in Central Florida and makes a dramatic impact on their lives and their families. Freedom Ride is Horsepower for the Spirit.
- Girl Scouts of Citrus Council
A safe all-girl environment where girls make friends, have fun, and develop to their full potential through girl-led programming
- Habitat for Hope
Respite, hospice and long-term lodging
- Location: 2041 Locke Cuba Rd, Millington, TN
- Phone: 886-443-HOPE
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.habitatforhope.org
- Habitat for Hope exists to support, serve, and care for families enduring childhood cancer or life-threatening illness by sharing God’s love through filling practical, financial, emotional, and spiritual needs and supporting families through the toughest hardships of their lives
- Part of their ministry is “The Hope House,” which is available for family and extended family of children being treated for a life threatening illness in the Memphis area.
- Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County
- Location: 600 Courtland Street Suite 565 Orlando, Fl 32804
- Phone: 407-741-5240
- Website: http://www.healthystartorange.org/?p=h
- The Coalition is a non-profit organization, working as a public-private partnership, to better serve resident Orange County pregnant women, infants, and their families.
- Heavenly Hoofs Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Established in 2002 for the sole purpose of serving children with special needs
- Location: Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL
- Phone: 407-933-7433
- Email: Info@HeavenlyHoofs.com
- Website: http://www.heavenlyhoofs.com/
- Heavenly Hoofs’ mission is to provide equine assisted activities to enhance the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of individuals with life-threatening illnesses, disabilities, & at risk youth.
- KidPower Special Needs Links
Personal Safety Skills for People With Disabilities and Other Difficult Life Challenges
A Keyword Map for the Whole Internet
- Website: http://www.KwMap.net/.
- This search engine is a great source for looking up resources by categories.
- Lighthouse Central Florida
A range of services for people with people with sight impairment
- Location: 215 E. New Hampshire Orlando, FL 32804
- Website: http://www.lighthousecentralflorida.org
- Our Vision: To create a community in which persons with blindness and low vision have the resources and tools they need to reach their full potential. Our Mission: To promote the independence of adults and children with blindness, low vision and other disabilities through technology, education, support and advocacy. Our Purpose: To serve the needs of adults and children with blindness and visual impairments throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter counties.
Safe products for children with Autism
- Phone: 302-698-5352
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.lucasworks.org
- LucasWorks was founded in 2004 to solve some of the problems that parents and caregivers face when raising a child with autism, PDD, or other developmental disabilities. Their Independent Living products teach basic living skills, like how to dress for the temperature. They have a variety of safety products to help you keep your child safe while at home, at Grandma’s house, etc. They also have ID products that include places to list your child’s meds and conditions. In addition to providing products that help the families of children with autism and developmental disabilities, the goal at LucasWorks is to employ these students as they finish school. LucasWorks provides a training ground through the local school district for students with autism and developmental disabilities to learn job skills as they assemble and ship the products. The goal is to employ them when they finish school. The LucasWorks website hosts valuable information. In addition to offering products to help children with autism and developmental disabilities, they share their story to help others trying to plan for their child’s future. There are articles about parenting a child with autism, links to products and services for families, and a feedback page for customers to tell them what they need, or to ask a question.
- Lynx Transportation
Public Transportation in Orlando
- Location: 455 N. Garland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
- Phone: 407-841-LYNX
- Website: http://www.golynx.com/
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida
- Location: 1053 N Orlando Ave, Suite 1, Maitland, FL 32751
- Phone: 407-622-4673; Toll Free Phone (in Florida only): 888-874-9474
- Website: http://www.WishCentral.org
- The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
- National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
- Location: 141 Middle Neck Road Sands Point, NY 11050
- Phone: 800-255-0411
- Email: NFADB@aol.com
- Website: http://www.nfadb.org/
- NFADB is a national network of families who focus on issues surrounding deaf-blindness. This organization advocates for all person who are deaf-blind, supports national policy to benefit people who are deaf-blind, and encourage the founding and strengthening of family organizations in each state.
- National Information Center
For Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
- Location: PO Box 1492 Washington, D.C. 20013
- Phone: 800-695-0285
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.nichcy.org
- NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research based information on effective educational practices.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Family Advocacy and Information
- Location: 733 Third Avenue, New York, NY
- Phone: 800-FIGHT-MS
- Website: http://www.faceofms.org/
- There is no one face to multiple sclerosis (MS). Every person who has MS and every person it touches experiences MS in a different way. Visit the National MS Society website (FaceofMS.org) to connect with an online community featuring the stories of people with MS and those in the fight against it — families, friends, researchers, healthcare professionals, volunteers, anyone impacted by the disease.
- Nemours Children’s Clinic
- Location: P.O. Box 568908, Orlando, FL 32856
- Phone: 407-650-7000
- The Nemours Children’s Clinic – Jacksonville (NCC-J) is housed in a modern, 11-story building conveniently located in the downtown area of Jacksonville on the south bank of the St. Johns River. It is connected to Wolfson Children’s Hospital by a pedestrian walkway over Interstate 95. Since opening in 1987, the clinic has provided outstanding health care to thousands of infants, children, and adolescents from the area, across the country, and around the world. Today, the NCC-J staff draws on the Nemours legacy of experience, knowledge, and compassion to provide the highest level of care in a unique child- and family-centered environment. In addition to the downtown location, satellite clinics are available at Orange Park and Jacksonville Beach.
- New Hope for Kids: Center for Grieving Children
A support program for grieving children and their families.
- Location: 900 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
- Phone: 407-599-0909
- Website: http://www.newhopeforkids.org/grieving-childrens-services.php4
- The Center for Grieving Children is a support program for grieving children and for those who are part of their lives. This program is for children 3-18 years of age and adult family members. Approximately 300 children and 225 adults go through the program yearly. There is no charge to families enrolling in the program, but donations are accepted.
- New Hope for Kids: Children’s Wish
Granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 19th birthday
- Location: 205 East SR 436, Fern Park, FL 32730
- Phone: 407-331-3059
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.newhopeforkids.org/childrens-wish.php4
- In 1985 the Wish Program was founded as a not-for-profit charity to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 18th birthday nor had a wish granted previously. A life-threatening illness is defined by New Hope for Kids as any illness which will in all likelihood shorten the child’s full life expectancy. Since its beginning, more than 1200 wishes have been granted. Although the New Hope for Kids Wish Program is not able to cure the life-threatening illnesses of their wish children, it is proud to grant wishes and provide follow-up support in order to lighten the burden for the children and their families and improve the quality of time remaining in the child’s life.
- Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)
Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
- Website: http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/
- As parents of children who are diagnosed with AS, we understand how essential is it that families of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and related disorders, educators who teach children with AS, professionals working with individuals diagnosed with AS, and individuals with AS who are seeking support, have access to information. Although recently reminded that there is no oasis or paradise for those with Asperger Syndrome, we sincerely hope that they, along with parents and professionals, will find a bit of shade and support via the information presented and links available at this site.
- Office of Special Education Programs
Improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts
- Location: 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7100
- Phone: 202-245-7459
- Website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep
- The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parenttraining and information centers.
Website for Family Support
- Website: http://www.our-kids.org
- A “Family” of parents, caregivers and others who are working with children with physical and/or mental disabilities and delays. The list consists of over 800 people representing children of varying diagnosis; everything from indefinite developmental delays and sensory integration problems, to cerebral palsy, to rare genetic disorders.
- Parent to Parent of Miami
Providing Help, Hope and Support to Children With Disabilities and their Families
- Website: http://www.ptopmiami.org/
- A federally funded Community Parent Resource Center serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Our program is a community wide, tax exempt, non-profit organization that provides information, educational training, support, and emergency assistance, to families who have children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs. The services are provided in English, Spanish and Creole.
- Parents Helping Parents
Founded by parents of children with special needs in 1976
- Website: http://www.php.com
- Mission: PHP’s mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.
- Who PHP Serves: PHP serves children of all ages and backgrounds who have a need for special services due to illness, accidents, birth defects, allergies, premature birth, learning disorders, family stress, hyperactivity, or any other reason. They may be affected physically, emotionally, developmentally, and/or socially.
- PHP Services: PHP serves children by providing information, training, and support to their families, the professionals who serve them, and the communities in which they live.
- Pediatrics Potential Rehab, Inc
Home, Community & Clinic Based Therapy Services
- Location: 2009 Longwood Lake Mary Rd. Suite 1001 Longwood, FL 32750
- Phone: 407-322-3962
- Website: http://pediatricrehabcenter.com/
- Pediatric Potentials Rehab, Inc. is an innovative home, community and clinic based rehabilitation company that strives to provide the highest quality of care to children and families in need of specialized services. We work to promote skill development, self-esteem and quality of life within each child’s natural environment.
- QuestKids Academy – Orlando, FL
Schools for children with autism, pervasive development disorder and other learning and behavior concerns
- Location: PO Box 1300, Apopka, FL 32704
- Phone: 407-889-4530
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.questinc.org
- Children diagnosed with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, related disabilities, and other behavior concerns are faced with severe educational and social challenges. The earlier they are equipped with the skills to meet those challenges, the better their chance of achieving independence. Founded on the belief that all children can learn, Quest Kids has been recognized as a Model of Excellence in Education by Exceptional Parent magazine.
- Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
The nation’s educational library for those with print disabilities
- Website: http://www.rfbd.org
- “Education is a right, not a privilege.”
- For 54 years, RFB&D has been an invaluable educational resource, enabling those with print disabilities to complete their educations, advance their careers, and gain self-esteem.
- RFB&D now has a volunteer force of more than 5,200 volunteers who added 4,011 titles to our library in the year 2002. RFB&D has also undertaken an innovative Educational Outreach initiative – bringing our services directly into the schools to train teachers and students how to most effectively use our recorded textbooks.
- Special Friends Club
Fun Activities for Children with disabilities
- Location: 717 N Palm Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741
- Phone: 407-343-1554
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Special Friends Club will: Give us a place to meet our friends, Let us play board games, Play in a game room, Watch movies, Relax with our friends, Meet new friends, Take planned trips, And come up with other suggestions on things we would like to do with our friends.
- Special Needs Bridge
Because we all have Special Needs
- E-mail: SpecialNeedsBridge@gmail.com
- Website: http://specialneedsbridge.com/
- If you are wanting to join a community of families to share and encourage one another, you’ve come to the right place. FREE MEMBERSHIP! PLEASE JOIN US TODAY!!
- You will be able to share your thoughts, needs, experiences about yourself and or anybody you know that has impacted your life and find others with similar situations.
- Special Olympics Florida
Training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports
- Location: 1105 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont, FL 34711
- Phone: 352- 243-9536
- Website: www.specialolympicsflorida.org
- Special Olympics Florida (SOFL) provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
- Specials Olympics International
An international program for training and athletic competition
- Location: 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 770 Washington, DC 20036
- Phone: 202-628-3630
- Website: http://www.specialolympics.org
- An international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with mental retardation.
- Special Olympics Seminole County
Training and competition for intellectually challenged individuals.
- Location: 126 Tarrytown Trail, Longwood, FL, 32750
- Phone: 407-257-7730
- Email: Info@specialolympicsseminolecounty.org
- Website: http://www.specialolympicsseminolecounty.org
- Special Olympics Seminole County is a free program that offers year-round training and competition for intellectually challenged individuals. Over 200 Seminole County athletes ranging in age from 8 to 55 are currently participating in Special Olympics programs. Each athlete participates in eight weeks of training conducted by talented volunteers and coaches prior to competition dates. Sports training and competition programs currently provided are: Bowling, Bocce, Golf, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Gymnastics, Swimming, Softball, Track and Field, Power Lifting, and Cheerleading.
- Spina Bifida Association of Florida Space Coast
- Location: 3744 Grand Meadows Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32934
- Phone: 321-757-6977
- Website: http://ese.brevard.k12.fl.us/icb/SpinaBifida.html
- Phone number is for Leslie Krysinel, President. This is a grass-roots, parent/child support group that informs, advocates, and promotes social events for individuals, and their families meeting the daily challenges of the birth defect spina bifida.
- Statewide Advocacy of Network on Disabilities (STAND)
Information for the families of children with disabilities about their rights
- Website: http://www.standadvocates.org/
- STAND’s purpose it to inform the families of children with disabilities of their rights. We are dedicated to getting a child with a disability the right education that he or she is entitled to under the law. What STAND Does:
– Increase community awareness of the issues that affect individuals with disabilities.
– Provide access to information related to the rights of persons with disabilities, special education law, and legal and administrative procedures to secure such rights.
– Equip trained resource members to assist individuals with disabilities and their families in the administrative procedures related to assuring a “free and appropriate public education” to individuals with disabilities.
– Develop, coordinate and maintain a referral panel of attorneys who are concerned and interested in the rights of persons with disabilities.
– Provide resources or referrals for selected legal cases where the principal or issue involved may have a significant impact upon the rights of individuals with disabilities.
- The Dream Society
A non-profit assisting people of all ages with special needs
- Location: 2659 East Gulf to Lake Highway, PMB# 108, Inverness, FL 34453
- Phone: 352-400-4967
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.thedreamsociety.org
- The Dream Society’s Mission: It is the goal of “The Dream Society” to assist people with moderate to severe physical challenges in becoming independent, productive citizens. By enhancing their lives with the tools to assist them, they will be able to give back to themselves and their community.
- We hope to give people with physical challenges the strength, courage, and financial opportunity to accomplish their dreams of a more fulfilled and independent life.
- In our “Dream Society” we’re all equal, and deserve every opportunity!
- The Family Village
Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Location: 1500 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-2280
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/
- The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with cognitive and other disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnoses. Visitors can also learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and much more.
- Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web
- Website: http://phdinspecialeducation.com/special-needs/
- This website lists 100 special needs resources on the web, including resources on the topics of special education, down syndrome, autism spectrum, and batten disease. There are also links to helpful articles.
- UCP of Central Florida
Support, education and therapy for Children with special needs
- Location: 7 Locations throughout Central Florida (East Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Pine Hills, Downtown Orlando
- Phone: 407-852-3333
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.ucpcdc.org/
- UCP provides support (counseling/support groups), education (inclusive charter schools, before/after care and summer programs) and therapy (physical, speech, and occupational therapy) programs for children with all types of developmental disabilities and delays – birth to age 21. At its inclusive Charter schools- students with and without disabilities learn together using art and technology integration.
Health insurance & HMO
- Location: 3191 Maguire Blvd., Orlando, FL, 32803
- Phone: 754-367-2203
- Website: http://www.wellcare.com/
- WellCare remains focused on providing access to quality health care to some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations and on the many opportunities to provide health care coverage to the growing number of low income. At WellCare, we understand that different people have different healthcare needs, and we are committed to helping you find a health plan that works for you.