Florida Resources

Listed in alphabetical order

2-1-1

2-1-1 can help you get connected to the services you need.


This is a free, confidential referral and information service that connects you to a specialist who will help you find local services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Find your local 2-1-1 HERE 

OR simply call 2-1-1 on your phone

APD – AGENCY for PERSONS with DISABILITES

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.

 

WEBSITE

APD RESOURCE DIRECTORY

To apply for services and more information about the MEDICAID WAIVER

click HERE 
 

State Office
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950

Phone: (850) 488-4257
Toll-Free: 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
Fax: (850) 922-6456
Email: APD.info@apdcares.org

CDC+ Program Toll-Free Customer Service: 
1-866-761-7043
CDC+ Program Toll-Free Fax: 1-888-329-2731

Florida Relay Service:
Individuals who make calls using the Florida Relay Service should dial 7-1-1, or use the appropriate
toll free numbers:

  • 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)

  • 1-800-955-8770 (Voice)

  • 1-800-955-1339 (ASCII)

  • 1-877-955-8260 (VCO-Direct)

  • 1-877-955-5334 (STS)

  • 1-877-955-8773 (Spanish)

  • 1-877-955-8707 (French Cr)

THE ARC

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

  • Self-advocacy initiatives

  • Residential support

  • Family support

  • Employment programs

  • 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 

The Arc of Florida, Inc.

2898 Mahan Drive, Suite 1

Tallahassee, Florida 32308

1.800.226.1155

CARD – CENTER FOR AUTISM & RELATED DISABILITIES

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

 

CONTACT: Find your CARD center HERE

CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES FLORIDA’S EARLY STEPS PROGRAM

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.

 

CONTACT: HERE

For more information or to make a referral to Early Steps, please call (800) 218-0001.

DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA

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.

 

MORE INFO AND CONTACT: HERE

Phone Numbers

800-342-0823 Toll Free
850-488-9071
850-488-8640 Fax

 

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD)

800-346-4127

Mail

Disability Rights Florida
2473 Care Drive, Suite 200
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

Online

Visit our Requesting Assistance page to use an online form to request information, assistance, publications, and other services.

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: HERE

Programs: HERE

FLORIDA INCLUSION NETWORK (FIN)

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.
CONTACT: 
HERE

MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP

Florida's school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 31,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2018-19 school year. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

WEBSITE: HERE

CONTACT: HERE

1-800-447-1636

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.

 

CONTACT: HERE 

1-844-353-2278 - New number due to Covid-19

FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES (FND)

The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA. FND is a parent organization as defined in section 671(a)(2) of IDEA 2004.

CONTACT: HERE

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.

FIND YOUR LOCAL CIL: HERE 

Main #(850) 575-6004  

(866) 575-6004 toll-free

THE FLORIDA CHILDREN’S COUNCIL

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

 

Website: HERE

850-577-3199

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.

 

Website: HERE

Find your center: HERE

FLORIDA ABILITIES WORK and EMPLOY FLORIDA

Florida Abilities Work and Employ Florida

Assisting employers and job seekers with disabilities in navigating the disability support system as seamlessly as possible.

The “Abilities Work” Help Desk is here to assist employers and job seekers with disabilities in navigating the disability support system as seamlessly as possible and to link employers to a qualified workforce. For assistance, please call the Abilities Work Help Desk toll-free at (844) 245-3405 or email AbilitiesWorkHD@vr.fldoe.org.

WEBSITE: HERE

GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP

The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations.

The Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO) listed below are approved to administer the Gardiner Scholarship Program.  Contact the SFO for instructions and deadlines for applying for a scholarship. 

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation
Phone: 888-707-2465

ihttps://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida/

Step Up for Students
Phone: 877-735-7837

https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/special-needs/how-the-scholarship-works/

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

WEBSITE: HERE

MYMOVE - A Guide to Moving with Children Who Have Autism

Moving becomes a part of our lives at many different stages: Moving can be a stressful process and if you’re moving with a child with autism, it’s especially important to help relieve moving stress for both you and your child. Click link for helpful tips and strategies. 

 

MYMOVE

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys refer to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

This website is packed full of info: HERE

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Autism Society of Florida
PO Box 677055
Orlando, FL 32867

info@autismfl.org

407.207.3388