Advocacy

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks -  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

 

Dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Autism Response Team: (888) 288-4762

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 — Provide instructional and technical support services to school district ESE programs statewide. Four central functions: Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology. www.fdlrs.org 

Sallie Payne - Coordinator, ESE Special Projects, FDLRS Administration Project

Sandi Hoenigman - Parent Services/Technology Specialist

Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc

Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc.— Mission Statement: Provides funding to the Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Department of Elder Affair which serves disabled individuals declared incapacitated and placed under the protection of a court-appointed public guardian. 

Vicki B. Simmons - Executive Director

For more information, please call SPGO at

Phone: 850-414-2381 or 414-2000 

 

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Community

2‐1‐1 Special Needs Connections

Website -  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

24‐hour Helpline Counselors: 211 or (954) 537‐0211

Autism Society Broward County

Website - Awareness, Education, Advocacy bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Autism Society fundraisers provide us with monies that enable us to assist families with support groups as well as social, recreational and educational opportunities. All of the funds we raise go right into our community-based programs.

10250 Northwest 53rd Street 

Sunrise, FL 33351

Call us 24/7: (954) 577-4141

Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center

Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center   bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96  Mission: to heal, enrich, and empower the lives of special needs children and disabled veterans through medical therapy and the help of the horse. They are a non-profit organization with facilities in Davie and Pompano Beach, Florida.

Susan March - RPT, Executive Director.

Phone: 954-246-9171

www.bitbybittherapy.org 

Brevard Achievement Center

Brevard Achievement Center  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 — Vision: To create a society in which all persons with disabilities and contributors are valued contributors in the workforce and community.

Mandee Marie Jones - School Services Coordinator.

www.bacbrevard.com 

Equus for Humanity

Website - Horses Transforming Lives  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Maintaining integrity, compassion and commitment to service in the treatment of individuals. The person-centered approach at the core of the Equulibrium® facility programs has been developed to address different population needs. Therapy goals are achieved through the use of equine movement, environmental elements, guided play and specialized equipment.

18130 SW 50th CT Southwest Ranches, FL 33331

Dr. Giselle Faubel: (954) 661-8586

drfaubel@bellsouth.net

www.drfaubel.com

The Children's Trust

Website - The Children's Trust bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

The Children's Trust emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide the programs and services needed by children and families, and to effect community-wide change.

The Dan Marino Foundation

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Marino Campus is an exciting post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Although new, Marino Campus offers students all of the academic and social opportunities that make college a unique, life-changing experience.

Dan Marino Foundation

400 North Andrews Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: (954) 368-6000

The Family Café

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Resource Groups - 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.

Toll Free: (888) 309-2233

Phone: (850) 224-4670

Fax: (850) 224-4674

info@familycafe.net

Florida Network on Disabilities (FND)

Family Network on Disabilities (FND) bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 - FND is a national network of individuals who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers.

Tosha Littles - Interim Director  

Misti Pollaro - Parent Training Coordinator.  

www.fndusa.org

tosha@fndfl.org

Phone: (727)-523-1130 ext 210 

Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)

Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 — Sandra Chambers Collins (Membership Chair). CASE provides its members with organizations, meetings, workshops, and legislature training's for parents of students with disabilities, as well as a scholarship for students with disabilities. Contact info: Membership Chairperson 

Sandra Chambers-Collins, Senior Administrator for Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource System (FDLRS) Serving Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole & Sumter School Districts.

Phone: (407) 317-3661

sandra.chambers-collins@ocps.net  

www.flocase.org 

National Autism Association

Website - Program Assistance, Support, Awareness bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.

National Autism Association

One Park Avenue, Suite 1

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Toll Free: 877.622.2884

Local: 401.293.5551

Fax: 401.293.5342

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Education Specialists

Dr. Sandy Rizzo Weiner’s Customized Interventions

Website - Customized Interventions bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

 

Phone: 954 805 0306

Address: PO Box 267757 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326

Office located in Weston, FL

Website: www.sandyrizzoweiner.com and www.customizedinterventions.com

Dr. Sandy Rizzo Weiner’s practice, Customized Interventions, specializes in working with children and teens with special needs (ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Gifted, Learning Difficulties & Disabilities, Organizational and Study Strategies).

This high quality academic learning center is based on best practices and proven educational research.  Services provided: consultations, educational advocacy, IEP and curriculum writing; academic therapy and interventions; organizational and study skills; technology-based intervention programs; educational coaching; expert testimony

drsandy@customizedinterventions.com

Jayme Joslyn - High School Transitions

Pinellas County Schools bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Jayme Joslyn, Ed.D. ESE High School Transition Staff Developer www.pcsb.org 

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Entrepreneurship

Picasso Einstein

Website - Picasso Einstein bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Advocate, consult and provide training services  to organizations, schools, and employers, all for the purpose of encouraging independence & improving the quality of life for our loved ones with disabilities.

2114 North Flamingo Rd #105 Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028 (google map)

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Mentoring

Best Buddies

Website - Best Buddies Florida bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Various Chapters in different High Schools and Community Centers.

A National Organization providing friendship, mentoring and job opportunities for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Special Olympics

 Website - Special Olympics bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

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.

1915 Don Wickham Drive,

Clermont, FL 34711

Phone: (352)243-9536 | Fax: (352)243-9568

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Post Secondary Education

College Living Experience

College Living Experience bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 

National Organization: Ft Lauderdale, FL bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

For students with unique learning needs, life after high school is full of possibilities, including college. With help of CLE’s staff and environmental supports, young adults are experiencing independence.

CLE provides a comprehensive support system that allows for students to pursue their own goals. Staff works closely with students on campus, in the community and their apartments to provide individualized instruction in:

Academics bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96     Independent Living bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96     Social Skills bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96     Career Development bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Jessica R. Rothschild, Student Services Coordinator

6555 Nova Drive

Suite 300

Davie, FL 33317

Phone: (954) 370-5142

ExprienceCLE.com

ESE Transition School

ESE Transition School bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96—Vision: To be the top producer of successful students in the nation. Mission: to lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community.

Cannon Cameron, Ph.D. Program Specialist, ESE Transition Services, Orange County Public Schools.

www.ocps.net

FAU Transitioning Owls Program

FAU Transitioning Owls Program - bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Eligible students must have documented significant cognitive disabilities noted in most current psycho‐educational evaluation.

Program eligibility may include: InD, ASD, OHI, TBI, EBD, SLD

Accepts special diploma, or other non‐standard diploma: Yes

Accommodations available: Yes

Jo Ann Bamdas jbamdas@fau.edu

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion

 Florida Atlantic University Academy for Community Inclusion bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Students must have a diagnosis of a developmental disability. There are three certificate options available to students:

1. Supported Employment 20 credits

2. Supported Community Living 20 credits

3. Supported Community Access 20 credits Students may select any or all certificate tracks.

Dr. Michael Brady mbrady@fau.edu

Gwen Carey, M.Ed. gcarey@fau.edu

FIU Project Panther Life

Florida International University - Project Panther Life bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Jill Brookner, Transition Supervisor Division of Special Education, M‐DCPS

jbrookner@dadeschools.net

Diana Valle‐Riestra, Assistant Professor of Special

Education & Principal Investigator

riestrad@fiu.edu

Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities

Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities -  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities website!

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

Florida Keys Community College‐Main Campus Project ACCESS

Lynn University Project ACCESS

Marino Campus

Marino Campus bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Marino Campus is uniquely designed to offer training, services, and support for individuals with varied cognitive and social abilities. Students at the Campus will engage in a person-centered planning process to assist them in identifying their unique talents, interests, and employment goals.

The development of self-determination skills will be embedded in all facets of their educational experience within the Campus

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Think College

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Susan Morantes Director of Campus and Community Relations (Admissions).

400 n. Andrews Avenue

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301 (google map)

(954) 368-6002

McFatter Technical College

McFatter Technical College bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

We the faculty and staff of McFatter Technical College and Technical High School, commit ourselves to providing a quality education for all students. As a technical college with a technical high school, we seek to meet the needs of students of all ages and to promote positive relationships among parents, students, teachers, business leaders and all community stakeholders.

Roger Barnhart, Director, Office of Student Affairs

6500 Nova Drive

Davie, FL 33317 (google map)

(754) 321-5700

Program Descriptions bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Certificate Programs Matrix foundation_page-export-pdf_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Miami Dade College Project ACCEPT

Miami Dade College InterAmerican Project ACCEPT

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Transition program from high school to Post secondary Education that helps students who are 18‐22 years of age socially among their peers.

Jill Brookner, Instructional Supervisor:

(305) 995‐7580 or jbrookner@dadeschools.net

Evelys Ubiera, Classroom Teacher:

(305) 237‐6649 or ubieraE@dadeschools.net

Next Up Transition Curriculum LLC

Next Up Transition Curriculum LLC bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96Goal: Equip an unlimited number of students with the transition training they need to achieve employment success and accomplish independent living goals and provide teachers with resources to seamlessly integrate innovative transition curriculum into each IEP. Provide Education, Interactive Media, and VR.

Corey Fineran- Director of Content

transitioncurriculum.com 

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Sheridan Technical College

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ACCESS PROGRAMbfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Program Descriptions ACCESS is a community-based program for 18-22 year old students with current Individualized Education Plans. Under the supervision of qualified teachers, job coaches and a speech language pathologist, students learn a variety of work and community skills. Program staff and families work together to design an individualized transition plan based on student needs and interests. Students who complete the program are often ready for supported employment positions and have skills needed to participate in community activities.http://www.sheridantechnical.com/ProgramDescriptions/tabid/5373/language/en-US/Default.aspx

5400 Sheridan Street

Hollywood, FL 33021(google map)

754.321.5400

West Campus

20251 Stirling Road

Pembroke Pines, FL 33332(google map)

754.321.3900

Sheridan Technical High School

3775 SW 16th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312(google map)

754.321.7450

Sheridan Technical College

Disability Services/ Vocational Rehabilitation

Johanna Kelly, ESE Specialist:

(754) 321-5447

JOHANNA.KELLY@BROWARDSCHOOLS.COM

Joni McClaurine, Guidance Counselor:

(754) 321-5457

St. Pete College Seminole Campus - LiFT University Program

South Florida Education Center Transportation Resource

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 We are your South Florida Education Center (SFEC) transportation connection for free shuttle service, discount Tri-Rail and BCT passes, as well as alternative transportation solutions for the students, staff and faculty who work and/or attend one of the five major educational institutions, located within the one square mile campus

The Arc Jacksonville Academy On Campus Transition at UNF

The Learning Academy at USF

UNF The On Campus Transition (OCT) program

University of North Florida - The On Campus Transition (OCT) program

The On Campus Transition (OCT) program is a partnership of The Arc Jacksonville and the University of North Florida (UNF). This innovative program provides young adults with developmental disabilities the unique opportunity of having an authentic college experience while receiving transition services in an inclusive and integrated environment. The OCT is a private school (funding may be provided via McKay Scholarship) that serves students ages 18 and up who have completed high school course work. Students participate in all aspects of college life by auditing UNF courses, joining campus organizations and clubs, and participating in recreational/leisure activities enjoyed by all UNF students. Students also have the opportunity to live in off-campus student housing or in UNF's dormitories through the IDYLLIC (Including Disabled youth Living and Learning In College) residential program.

Brianna Frazier, HEOA Consortium Consultant

UNF THRIVE

University of North Florida (UNF) -THRIVE

Theme Housing is a program established to promote a direct link between residential and extracurricular life for students at the University of North Florida. It is designed to provide students who have common extracurricular interests the opportunity to live together in campus housing while fulfilling a common goal. A Theme Housing program increases students' opportunities to connect and learn from each other. Up to 50 students to live together on campus centered around a common theme for the academic year. THRIVE community contact the DRC at drc@unf.edu

and/or visit http://www.unf.edu/drc/ for more information about the service provided through the DRC.

USF Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

University of South Florida ‐ Florida Center for Inclusive Communities bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

To promote access to and participation in inclusive education for students with developmental disabilities.

USF Project 10 STING RAY

University of South Florida Project 10 STING RAY-  BROCHURE.PDF foundation_page-export-pdf_simple-green-gradient_96x96

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, and Project 10. It offers young adults with significant cognitive disabilities, ages 18-22, an opportunity to experience life on a college campus while developing independent living and employability skills. The program focuses on independent living in the community; preparation for employment; community-based work experience; on-the-job training; placement in competitive, integrated employment; preparation for continuing higher education; development of self-determination skills; and establishment and maintenance of positive social and work relationships

L. Danielle Roberts, Dahm Project Coordinator lroberts@usfsp.edu

USF Successful Transition After Graduation For Exceptional Students (STAGES)

University of SouthFlorida (USF)SuccessfulTransition AfterGraduation ForExceptionalStudents(STAGES)

STAGES is a partnership between the SchoolDistrict of Hillsborough County and Universityof South Florida College of EducationDepartment of Special Education. Training andsupport is provided to young adults withdisabilities including opportunities toexperience college life, explore career options,utilize public transportation, learn self advocacyskills, interact with age‐appropriate peers, and reach their potential asindependent members of the community.

Georgie Collins, Transition Facilitator (813) 974‐3632 or Georgie.Collins@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Unicorn Village Academy

Unicorn Village Academybfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 

A community based, 5 year Life Skills and Academic Program, from ages 13-22 for students with neurodiversity and hidden abilities

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*Life Skills Institutebfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

*The Center for Academic Achievementbfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

21100 Ruth & Baron Coleman Blvd.

Suite 200 Boca Raton, FL 33428 (google map)

(561) 826-9156

Headmaster: Dr. Herm Fishbein

dr.herm@unicornvillageacademy.com

Administrative Assistant: Kathy Villeneuve

kathy@unicornvillageacademy.com

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State Non-Profit
Summer

Summer Campus Living Program at Nova Southeastern University

Summer Campus Living Program at Nova Southeastern Universitybfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

400 North Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (google map)

954-530-5511 (Main)

954-530-4325 (Fax)

info@marinocampus.org

Tammy Bresnahan, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Programs

Susan Morantes

Director of Campus and Community Relations (Admissions)

Summit Camp & Travel

Website - Camp, Travel, Weekender bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Camp provides a summer sleep away camp experience for boys and girls, ages 8‐19, who have issues of attention. These may include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and/or ADHD), ASD, Asperger’s syndrome, awkward social skills, High Functioning Autism, verbal or non‐verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), and/or mild social or emotional concerns.

Summit Camp Email: info@summitcamp.com

Winter Office

322 Route 46 West, Suite 210,

Parsippany, NJ 07054 (google map)

Phone: +1‐973‐732‐3230

Fax: +1‐973‐732‐3226

Summer

168 Duck Harbor Road

Honesdale, PA 18431 (google map)

Phone: +1‐570‐253‐4381

Fax: +1‐570‐253‐2937

Talisman Camps

Website - Camp, Travel bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

Talisman provides exceptional ADHD, Autism and Asperger's camp opportunities for young people, ages 6 to 22, with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other learning differences.

Talisman Programs

64 Gap Creek Road

Zirconia, NC 28790

(google map)

+1 828 697 6313

info@talismancamps.com

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Vocational

Agency for Person with Disabilities (APD)

Website - apd.myfloridabfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 Gerry Driscoll, MSW Regional Operations Manager Southeast Region 111 South Sapodilla Avenue, Suite 207 West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401 (561) 822-4593

Brevard Achievement Center

Brevard Achievement Center  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 — Vision: To create a society in which all persons with disabilities and contributors are valued contributors in the workforce and community.

Mandee Marie Jones - School Services Coordinator.

www.bacbrevard.com 

Next Up Transition Curriculum LLC

Next Up Transition Curriculum LLC bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96Goal: Equip an unlimited number of students with the transition training they need to achieve employment success and accomplish independent living goals and provide teachers with resources to seamlessly integrate innovative transition curriculum into each IEP. Provide Education, Interactive Media, and VR.   Corey Fineran- Director of Content transitioncurriculum.com 

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

 Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96 — Provide instructional and technical support services to school district ESE programs statewide. Four central functions: Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology. www.fdlrs.org  Sallie Payne - Coordinator, ESE Special Projects, FDLRS Administration Project Sandi Hoenigman - Parent Services/Technology Specialist

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation  bfa_external-link_simple-green-gradient_96x96

This is a federal‐state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Headquarters Office

4070 Esplanade Way Tallahassee, FL 32399-7016 (800) 451‐4327

Aleisa McKinlay , Director

(850) 245‐3399 Gigi Clinton, Sr. VR Counselor 1400 W Commercial Blvd., Ste. 115 Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33309 (954) 202-3859 Rehabworks.org

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