The Autism SourceTM Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism SourceTM Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings. Click the link below to discover how you can search for specific resources in your area.
The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for services.
To apply for services and more information about the MEDICAID WAIVER
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Supports and services offered by their chapters include:
Information and referral services
Individual advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns
Leisure and recreational programs
To contact a local chapter in your area and find out what supports and services are offered near you click HERE
Main Line: (800) 433-5255
There are seven state-funded, university-based outreach and support centers in Florida dedicated to optimizing the potential of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dual sensory impairment, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities.
Some of the services that CARD provides include:
• Individualized Client and Family Support
• Family and Professional Training
• Public Education and Awareness and Community Outreach
• Programmatic Consultation and Technical Assistance
Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.
CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES FLORIDA’S EARLY STEPS PROGRAM
Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977
as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under nine federal grants. Their services are free and confidential.
This program helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program. In addition to the general customer employment program, VR has additional specific programs designed to help eligible people with disabilities become employed.
CONTACT: Find your area office HERE; For a list of Programs click HERE
FIN collaborates with all districts and schools to provide customized services and supports ensuring all students with disabilities have the same educational, social, and future opportunities as their peers.
The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provides Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice.
The leaders in facilitating public private partnerships to provide assistive technology devices and services that will enable persons with disabilities full participation in all aspects of life. AT is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.
This organization offers support and education to families of persons with disabilities ages birth through 26. Education, information, advocacy, respite, disability education and awareness, pediatric developmental screenings project.
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (FACIL)
FACIL is a capacity building advocacy organization that provides support and resource development for 15 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout Florida. CILS are 501(c)(3), community-based, non-profit agencies that empower persons with disabilities to move from dependence to independence.
The Florida Children’s Services Council is a non-profit association which collectively represents the interests of local Children’s Services Councils (CSC) operating in counties across the state.
Children’s Services Councils help families by:
Ensuring the best use of taxpayer dollars and working to serve the greatest number of children
Determining the specific needs of children, youth and families
Coordinating with other agencies, public/private funders and stakeholders
dedicated to the welfare of children
FDLRS - FLORIDA DIAGNOSTIC & LEARNING RESOURCES SYSTEM
FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes 6 Multidisciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.