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Best Buddies

Contact #:

954-449-6522

Email:

broward@bestbuddies.org

Description:

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Location City:

locations around United States

Location State:

FL

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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Broward County Parks and Recreation-Special Population Section (Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network)

Contact Name:

Dori Horowitz-Remillet

Contact #:

954-357-8170

Email:

dhorowitz@broward.org

Description:

Broward County Parks and Recreation Special Populations Section plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of year-round recreation and leisure programs, special events, and services to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Programs are designed to develop, enhance, and/or maintain leisure skills, motor skills, socialization, and overall well-being as well as to promote fun and enjoyment.

Location City:

Weston

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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camp wings of friendship

Contact Name:

Samantha Novick

Email:

hello@thefriendshipjourney.org

Description:

The Friendship Journey’s inclusive programs provide opportunities for children, teens and young adults of all physical and cognitive abilities to enjoy extracurricular activities while forming authentic connections. To unite individuals of all abilities through equitable opportunities and lasting friendships. The Friendship Journey provides inclusive programs that foster relationships, enrich lives and create a community that is home to everyone.

Location Address:

6574 N. State Road 7 #236

Location City:

Coconut Creek

Location State:

FL

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness, Summer Programs

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Child Provider Specialists

Contact Name:

Dr. Mike Rizzo

Contact #:

954-577-3396

Description:

For more than 25 years, Dr. Rizzo (A.K.A. Coach Mike) has worked with children, and their families, who struggle with social, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic difficulties. Beyond his doctoral training, Dr. Rizzo has earned his Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. Dr. Rizzo is no stranger to learning challenges, as he himself struggled as a child with what was later diagnosed as ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia. Unaware of the depth and range of his challenges, he and those who loved him were perplexed by his lack of success in many venues of life. His challenges led to academic failures, incredible frustration, and family conflict. Despite these difficulties, Dr. Rizzo never gave up! On his journey toward completing his education, he took many detours, which later served as a rich experiential base from which to understand the world outside of academia. Eventually, at the age of 30, he finished college and entered graduate training. Against all odds, while working full-time as a school psychologist in the public school system, a 37-year-old Mike Rizzo completed his Ph.D. After 10 years of working as a school psychologist in public education, Dr. Rizzo was recruited to develop the Psychology Department at Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, Florida. While he and his practice, Child Provider Specialists, still have a presence at the Dan Marino Center, as well as at Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Palm Beach Gardens, and the newest Nicklaus Center pending in Naples this summer, his group has expanded far beyond the walls of these centers. Over 30 psychologists have been trained by Dr. Rizzo to understand the neurobiology of learning and behavior and to assist families in maximizing the potential of their children three years of age and up. The main office in Weston, Florida is an APA approved doctoral internship site and hosts and trains psychologists of the future.

Location Address:

2771 Executive Park Drive, Suite 6

Location City:

Weston

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Family Focused Organizations, Social, Health & Wellness, Summer Programs

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Garrett’s Fight Foundation/Garrett’s Fight for Fitness

Contact Name:

Mitchell Holeve, Executive Director

Contact #:

954-270-9746

Email:

garrettsfight@gmail.com

Description:

Our Foundations mission is to promote and facilitate a healthy fit lifestyle for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities by providing individualized coaching and adaptive training. Especially designed for Teens and Adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Location City:

Cooper City

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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Giborim U at David Posnack JCC

Contact Name:

Debra Lombard, Giborim U Director

Contact #:

954-434-0599 Ext-208

Email:

dlombard@dpjcc.org

Description:

Giborim U is a program for children, teens and adults with special needs. Its catalog includes courses in fitness, the arts, sports, recreation, life skills and health and wellness.

Location City:

Davie

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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Illuminate Heart, Inc.

Contact Name:

Zulma Lochard, Program Director

Contact #:

754-234-5516

Email:

illuminateheartinc@gmail.com

Description:

Illuminate Heart exists to EMPOWER young adults with special needs through education and training to discover happiness, success, stability, and independence in their lives.

Location City:

Pembroke Pines

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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Special Olympics

Contact #:

800-700-8585

Email:

jteitler@specialolympics.org

Description:

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transformative power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face. Our work goes far beyond sports events, driving social change that enables full social participation for people with ID.

Location City:

locations around United States

Location State:

DC

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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The Dan Marino Foundation

Contact #:

954-368-6000

Email:

info@DanMarinoFoundation.org

Description:

The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) 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:

Social, Health & Wellness

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tHE fRIENDSHIP JOURNEY

Contact Name:

Samantha Novick

Email:

hello@thefriendshipjourney.org

Description:

The Friendship Journey’s inclusive programs provide opportunities for children, teens and young adults of all physical and cognitive abilities to enjoy extracurricular activities while forming authentic connections. To unite individuals of all abilities through equitable opportunities and lasting friendships. The Friendship Journey provides inclusive programs that foster relationships, enrich lives and create a community that is home to everyone.

Location Address:

6574 N. State Road 7 #236

Location City:

Coconut Creek

Location State:

FL

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

Contact #:

800.9. AUTISM

Email:

card@miami.edu

Description:

CARD serves all children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairment (deaf blindness), a vision or hearing loss in addition to other disabling conditions, or genetic disorders that may co-exist with autism symptoms.

Location City:

Coral Gables, Miami-Lakes, Homestead, Davie, Miramar

Location State:

FL

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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Weston Miracle League

Contact Name:

Herbert Corona

Contact #:

954-278-5619

Email:

wmlfl@aol.com

Description:

Provides opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities in South Florida to play Miracle League Baseball, regardless of their abilities at no cost.

Location City:

Weston

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness

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