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Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (aidd) – nsu law clinic

Contact Name:

Lisa Ungerbuehler

Contact #:

(954) 262-6184

Email:

lu40@nova.edu

Description:

The AIDD Law Clinic provides pro bono legal services to families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Agency for Health Care Administration (Medicaid)

Contact #:

850-412-4000

Description:

The Agency for Health Care Administration is responsible for Medicaid which assists people with disabilities with the costs of medical and long-term care.

Location City:

Many locations in Florida

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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APSE1-Employment First Employment for All

Contact #:

301-279-0075

Email:

flapse@apse.org

Description:

To advance employment equity for people with disabilities.

Location City:

Rockville

Location State:

MD

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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ARC Broward

Contact Name:

Kendra Spangler

Contact #:

954-746-9400

Email:

kspangler@arcbroward.com

Description:

Arc Broward remains committed to helping those with disabilities and other life challenges. We work hand-in-hand with families, guardians, businesses, civic organizations, and funders to provide the encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes so that people with disabilities and other life challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Location City:

Sunrise

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Autism Society

Contact #:

HQ: 800-328-8476 Orlando: 407-207-3388

Email:

info@autismfl.org

Description:

Autism Society provides advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Location City:

Orlando

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Autism Speaks

Contact #:

888-288-4762

Email:

help@autismspeaks.org

Description:

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Broward Behavioral Health Coalition

Contact #:

954-622-8121

Email:

info@bbhcflorida.org

Website:

bbhcflorida.org/

Description:

BBHC provides a comprehensive system of care for substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders for individuals in Broward County.

Location City:

Lauderhill

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Broward County Commissioner

Contact #:

954-357-7000

Description:

This website provides the name of the commissioner and the district they serve.

Location City:

Various areas in Broward County

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Broward County School Board Members

Contact #:

754-321-0000

Description:

This website provides a listing of all Broward County School Board Members and the district they serve.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Contact #:

877- 448-4747

Email:

info@centerforautism.com

Description:

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is a statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Their mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy.

Location City:

Tampa, Miami

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Children’s services council of broward

Contact Name:

Andrew Leone

Contact #:

(954) 377-1119

Email:

aleone@cscbroward.org

Description:

Provides leadership, advocacy and resources for students and families transitioning from high school to post -secondary school.

Location City:

Lauderhill

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Disability Rights Florida

Contact #:

800-342-0823

Description:

Disability Rights Florida is a statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Easter Seals Florida

Contact #:

407-629-7881

Email:

None

Description:

Easter Seals Florida offers the highest quality of care and services to children, youth and adults with special needs so that they can enjoy access, opportunities, and increased life choices. They are committed to remaining a leader in special needs services – an organization to which individuals and their families can turn for resources and support with a continuum of care throughout their lives.

Location City:

Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Elected Officials on the Florida House of Representatives

Contact #:

850-717-5650

Email:

PublicInfo@myfloridahouse.gov

Description:

This website provides a listing of all elected officials on the Florida House of Representatives and the districts they serve.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education & Student Services

Contact #:

850-245-0505

Email:

Commissioner@fldoe.org

Description:

Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education & Student Services ensures the achievement of each and every individual's extraordinary purpose by expanding opportunities through collaboration of families, professionals, and communities who guarantee the highest expectations and individual success.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida Department of Education Exceptional Education Student Services (EESS) Contacts

Contact #:

*See individual counties

Email:

*see individual counties

Description:

Supervisors, Staffing Specialist, Resource Teachers, Curriculum Supervisors-contact information for each county in Florida

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Contact #:

850-414-2381

Email:

OPPGinfo@elderaffairs.org

Description:

Florida Department of Elder Affairs appoints local public guardian offices as directed by statute to provide guardianship services to persons who do not have adequate income or assets to afford a private guardian and there is no willing family or friend to serve. The OPPG, which contracts with 17 local Offices of Public Guardianship throughout Florida, is also responsible for the registration and education of professional guardians.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida Development Disabilities Council, Inc.

Contact #:

800-580-7801

Email:

fddc@fddc.org

Website:

www.fddc.org/

Description:

Florida Development Disabilities Council, Inc. is committed to advocating and promoting programs, practices and innovative initiatives that enhance the independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination of individuals with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System

Contact Name:

Mary Ann Ahearn

Contact #:

386-312-2265

Email:

ahearnm@nefec.org

Website:

www.fdlrs.org

Description:

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System provides instructional and technical support services to school district ESE programs statewide. Four central functions of this organization are: Child Find, Parents Services, Human Resource Development and Technology. FDLRS Network also includes 6 Multi-disciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.

Location City:

South Miami

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Florida’s Assistive Technology Program (FAAST)

Contact #:

850-487-3278

Email:

info@faastinc.org

Website:

faast.org/

Description:

FAAST provides assistive technology including loans for individuals who need specific assistive technology in theri day to day activities.

Location City:

Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Legal Guardianship

Contact #:

954-831-6565

Description:

A legal guardian is a surrogate decision-maker appointed by the court to make either personal and/or financial decisions for a minor or for an adult with mental or physical disabilities. After adjudication, the subject of the guardianship is termed a "ward."

Location City:

Florida Courts in each county

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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National Autism Association

Contact #:

877-622-2884

Email:

naa@nationalautism.org

Description:

National Autism Assoication responds to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.

Location City:

Portsmouth

Location State:

RI

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Social Security

Contact #:

888-436-2637

Email:

postmaster@disabilityapplicationhelp.org

Description:

This website provides a Free disability benefits evaluation service. This online help form is for anyone interested in applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, and for appeals help. Based upon your age, work history, and medical conditions, you may be eligible for either: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Location City:

many locations around the United States

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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South Florida Behavioral Health Network Inc.

Contact #:

305-858-3335

Email:

information@thrivingmind.org

Description:

The South Florida Behavioral Health Network, promotes access to effective, accountable and compassionate care for individuals and families in our community with mental illnesses and substance use disorders

Location City:

Miami Dade County, Monroe County

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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The Dan Marino Foundation

Contact #:

954-368-6000

Email:

info@DanMarinoFoundation.org

Description:

The Dan Marino Founation is a results-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities. Using innovative approaches to problem solving and leveraging the latest technologies, the DMF is creating unprecedented opportunities for the disability community in South Florida and beyond.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

FL

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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Turning 18

Contact #:

none

Description:

Turning 18 is a collaboration between GAPS Legal PLLC and Florida Justice Technology Center. This website does not constitute legal advice and is provided as-is without any warranty or guarantee.

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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US Department of Labor: Disability Resources

Contact #:

866-487-2365

Email:

www.dol.gov

Description:

Disability resources are provided to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Location City:

Washington

Location State:

D.C.

Group:

Advocacy & Policy

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