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State Colleges & Universities

Florida College System

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/colleges

Disability Support Services: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/academic-student-affairs/disability-support-services.stml

Specifically for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, nine of Florida’s State Colleges offer basic transition programs:

  1. College of Central Florida
  2. Daytona State College
  3. Florida State College at Jacksonville
  4. Pensacola State College
  5. Santa Fe College
  6. Seminole State College
  7. South Florida Community College
  8. St. Johns River Community College
  9. Tallahassee Community College

State University System

http://www.flbog.edu

Services for Students with Disabilities: http://www.flbog.edu/forstudents/ati/disabilities.php

Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

http://www.icuf.org/newdevelopment/schools/

State Government Agencies - Part 1

Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS)

325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 614
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400

(850) 245-0475

http://www.fldoe.org/ese/

BEESS Publications: http://www.fldoe.org/ese/pub-home.asp

BEESS Projects

Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities

http://www.fldoe.org/ese/pdf/accomm-educator.pdfl

Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

The Centers for Autism & Related Disabilities are located at seven state universities and provide community-based information and consultation to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, their families, and school districts.

Contacts: http://florida-card.org/

Websites:

Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment Project (CIVI)

This project provides teacher training that addresses the critical shortage of highly qualified personnel; effective practices in braille instruction; and the effective use of residual vision for learning by using low vision devices.

Website: www.careersinblindness.com

Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Support Project (CLASP)

CLASP is a project focused on students with significant cognitive disabilities. CLASP is designed to support access to the general curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities who participate in the Florida Alternate Assessment through appropriate instruction aligned with the Sunshine State Standards Access Points.

Bureau Liaison: Karen Denbroeder, Karen.Denbroeder@fldoe.org

Contact Person: Virginia Horton, virginia.horton@ocps.net

Educational Interpreters Project

Florida's Educational Interpreters Project is a state-funded initiative to improve the skills of K-12 interpreters and transliterators working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Website: http://www.unf.edu/interpreterproject/

Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey Project

The purpose of this project is to provide support to the Florida Department of Education in meeting the requirements of Indicator 8 of the State Performance Plan.

Website: http://www.education.miami.edu/organization/organizations_Detail.asp?Organization_ID=124

Family Café (Cooperation, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment)

The Family Café exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information.

Website: http://www.familycafe.net/

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)

The FDLRS Associate Centers provide diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.

Website: http://www.fdlrs.org

FDLRS Multidisciplinary Educational Service Centers

This network of five regional Multidisciplinary Educational Services Centers provide a range of services for pre-school and school-aged children, including diagnostic and evaluation services, related medical management, consultation services, pre-service and in-service training.

Websites: http://www.fdlrs.org/

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)

FIN provides learning opportunities, consultation, information, and support to educators, families, and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.

Website: http://www.floridainclusionnetwork.com

Institute for Small and Rural Districts (ISRD)

The mission of ISRD is to improve outcomes for students with disabilities in the thirty-four small and rural school districts through staff development, information dissemination, technical assistance, product development, and support for district initiatives.

Website: http://www.nefec.org/isrd/

Learning through Listening Project (LtL)

The purpose of this project is to provide digital audio textbooks and equipment to students who cannot read standard print due to visual, perceptual, physical, or learning disabilities. The project also facilitates support services and training to administrators, teachers, parents, and students on the use of this technology provided by Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

Website: http://www.learningthroughlistening.org

State Government Agencies - Part 2

BEESS Projects (Continued)

Multiagency Network for Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)

SEDNET is devoted to facilitating the creation of a comprehensive "system of care" for high-risk students and students with emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.

Website: http://www.sednetfl.info/

Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP)

PEP provides information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities in select isolated, rural areas of Florida.

Website: http://fndfl.org/programs/pep-parents-educating-parents-in-the-community.aspx

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

PBS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline. PBS methods are research-based and proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance.

Website: http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu

Project 10: Transition Education Network

The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network, hereinafter referred to as "Project 10," is to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

Website: http://www.project10.info

VSA Florida

VSA is a statewide support network responsible for the implementation of arts programs to ensure inclusion, learning and success through the arts for all students.

Website: http://www.vsafl.org

Florida Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4862

(850) 245-3399
(800) 451-4327

Website: http://www.rehabworks.org/

Division of Blind Services

325 West Gaines Street
Room 1114, Turlington Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400

Toll Free: (800) 342-1828
Telephone: (850) 245-0300
Fax: (850) 245-0363

Website: http://dbs.myflorida.com/

Independent Living Program – Centers for Independent Living

http://www.rehabworks.org/indep_living.shtml

Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL)

325 John Knox Rd.
Building C, Suite 132
Tallahassee, Fl 32303

(850) 575-6004 or toll free (866) 575-6004 Voice
(850) 575-6093 Fax

Website: http://www.floridacils.org/

Agency for Workforce Innovation

Disability Program Navigator Initiative: http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforce-programs/disability-program-navigator-initiative

Department of Children and Families

Website: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/

Mental Health Programs Office

Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

(850) 488-8304

Web: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health

Children’s Mental Health Program

Mental Health Programs Office
1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6, Room 290
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

(850) 488-8304

Web: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health/childrens-mental-health-services

Office of Family & Community Service

1317 Winewood Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 488-8762

Web: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

600 South Calhoun Street
Suite 273 B
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Phone: 850-922-7213
Fax: 850-922-7211

Website: http://www.guardianadlitem.org/

State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings

The Desoto Building
1230 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060

(850) 488-9675
SUNCOM 278-9675
Fax Filing (850) 921-6847

Website: http://www.doah.state.fl.us/internet/

Florida Department of Health

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program: http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/brain-and-spinal-cord-injuries/index.html

Statewide Advocacy Organizations

Disability Rights Florida

Florida’s Protection and Advocacy Agency

2728 Centerview Drive, Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-9071; (800) 346-4127 (TTY)
(800) 342-0823; (800) 350-4566

(Spanish and Creole Speaking Clients)

Web: http://www.DisabilityRightsFlorida.org

Florida Legal Services

2425 Torreya Drive
Tallahassee FL 32303

(850) 385-7900

Web: http://www.floridalegal.org/

Florida’s Children First

1801 N. University Dr., 3rd Floor, Suite C
Coral Springs FL 33071

(954) 796-0860

Web: http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org

Florida Independent Living Council, Inc.

1018 Thomasville Road, Suite 100A
Tallahassee, FL 32303

(850) 488-5624 voice/TTY
(877) 822-1993 toll free
(850) 488-5881 fax

Web: http://ilcflorida.org/

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2981

(850) 488-4180
Toll free: 1-800-580-7801
TDD: (850) 488-9056

Web: http://www.fddc.org/

Brain Injury Association of Florida

Web: http://byyourside.org/?id=92

Traumatic Brain Injury Resource and Support Center

Web: http://173.201.23.235/

Assistive Technology

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST), Inc.

325 John Knox Road
Building 400, Suite 402
Tallahassee, Florida 32303

(850) 487-3278
1-888-788-9216

Web: http://www.faast.org