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ARC Broward (Culinary)

Contact #:

954-746-9400

Email:

ddeleon@arcbroward.com

Description:

The Arc Educates Entry Level Culinary Arts Certificate program provides you with a variety of essential skills in order to succeed in a professional kitchen. With hands-on learning, you will gain the necessary experience to enter the food service industry in just 15 weeks.

Location City:

Sunrise

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Art with soul

Contact Name:

Jill Morrow

Contact #:

904.724.8323

Email:

jmorrow@northfloridaschool.org

Description:

Art with Soul is the art-enterprise program at the North Florida School of Special Education. Artists with intellectual and developmental differences develop their artistic perspectives and create work that is celebrated and made available for purchase. The joy of Art with Soul is working together to discover each other’s strengths and our commonalities. Every artist has a purpose, a story to tell. The results are breath-taking pieces of art as unique as the artists who create them.

Location Address:

223 Mill Creek Road

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness, Transitional Resources, Vocational

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Artists with autism

Contact Name:

Cynthia Drucker

Contact #:

(954) 895-2786

Email:

flagal1106@gmail.com

Description:

Provides opportunities for aspiring artists to promote and sell their artwork, learning self-employment skills.

Location City:

Pompano

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit

Contact #:

888-288-4762

Email:

help@autismspeaks.org

Description:

The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit will help guide you on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out to find your child's own unique path to adulthood. Topics covered include self-advocacy skills, legal issues, housing and employment options.

Location City:

Many areas around the US

Location State:

various states

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Berry Good Farms at North Florida School of Special Education

Contact #:

904-724-8323

Email:

info@berrygoodfarms.org

Description:

The Berry Good Farms On The Go is a “farm-to-truck” vocational training program for young adults with intellectual and developmental differences in the transition and post-graduate programs of North Florida School of Special Education. Berry Good Farms On The Go showcases a healthy and fresh-from-the-farm menu created by our Food Truck Manager, chef Hillary Lake, in conjunction with students in the Culinary Arts Program.

Location Address:

223 Mill Creek Road

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness, Transitional Resources, Vocational

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Brevard Achievement Center

Contact #:

321-632-8610

Email:

info@bacbrevard.com

Website:

bacbrevard.com/

Description:

Brevard Achievement Center trains and provides work experience, innovative services and opportunities to achieve personal success for adults with disabilities.

Location City:

Rockledge

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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broward county public schools exceptional student learning support (esls) transition specialist

Contact Name:

Mindy Sherman

Contact #:

(754) 321-3400

Email:

mindy.sherman@browardschools.com

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Broward county schools-career, technical, adult, community education (CTACE)

Contact Name:

Gloria Bailey

Contact #:

954-646-5476

Email:

gloria.bailey@browardschools.com

Description:

An overview of career, technical, adult and community programs in Broward County High Schools.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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CIL Jacksonville:Empowering people with Disabilities

Contact Name:

Angie Miller

Contact #:

904-399-8484

Email:

info@abletrust.org

Description:

The Able Trust does its work in three primary strategic areas: a comprehensive grant award effort that helps community organizations with programs that provide employment training, coaching, and placement; an extensive and successful youth program, which addresses the need to encourage high school youth with disabilities to plan for their education and employment future; and programs directed at providing workforce experiences for people with disabilities – internships, mentoring, job shadowing, part and full time jobs. The Able Trust also devotes resources to addressing barriers to employment through targeted communication efforts, and conducts research to identify issues that affect the employment of Floridians with disabilities.

Location Address:

2709 Art Museum Drive

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Community Services, Summer Programs, Transitional Resources, Vocational

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College Living Experience

Contact Name:

Sandra Soriana

Contact #:

786-753-1912

Email:

ssoriana@experienceCLE.com

Description:

College Living Experience (CLE) is the industry’s leading provider of post-secondary supports for young adults with learning differences. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of services, we strive to propel young adults toward success as they journey through their transition to independence. CLE students pursue their academic program or career of interest while also receiving services across the domains of independent living and social skill development. We provide post-secondary program providing wrap around supports in the areas of academics, career development, social development, independent living skills, and financial management for young adults with learning differences.

Location Address:

6555 Nova Dr

Location City:

Davie

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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different brains, inc.

Contact Name:

Debbie Siegel, Director of Community Outreach

Contact #:

954-816-8225

Email:

siegel9999@aol.com

Description:

Different Brains runs a mentorship program where individuals over the age of 18 are trained in new media production, while offering them opportunities to develop job experience and social skills.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Driving Improvements Through Virtual Reality Experience: Drive Program

Contact Name:

Dr. Christina Potter

Contact #:

1-800-432-6837

Email:

DriveProgram@nicklaushealth.org

Description:

Driving can be an anxiety-inducing event for many people. Neurodiverse individuals, particularly those with autism, tend to experience heightened levels of anxiety when driving, especially when it’s time to take their driving exam. As a result, many capable adults with autism avoid pursuing their driver’s license due to overriding anxiety. The DRIVE Program – a blend of virtual and hands-on driving experience -- helps prepare atypical learners for a successful driving exam.

Location Address:

Main Hospital Campus 3100 S.W. 62nd Ave

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

Fl

Group:

Transitional Resources

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equine Assisted Programs and Therapeutic riding

Contact Name:

Rina Park

Contact #:

904.724.8323

Email:

rpark@northfloridaschool.org.

Description:

Equine therapy helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental differences (IDD) reach their full potential by improving confidence, flexibility, balance, posture and muscle strength as well as psychological, cognitive, behavioral, social, and communication skills. NFSSE offers therapeutic riding lessons and groundwork activities for children and adults with IDD after school and on weekends. A percentage of riding opportunities is reserved for neurotypical children to learn alongside riders with IDD. This Reverse Inclusion activity has been shown to benefit both parties and is a lot of fun.

Location Address:

223 Mill Creek Road

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

Fl

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness, Transitional Resources, Vocational

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Federal Student Aid

Contact #:

800-433-3243

Website:

studentaid.gov/

Description:

Federal Student Aid Information

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities

Contact #:

407-823-5225

Email:

fcusa@ucf.edu

Description:

The purpose of the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities is to provide support to students, families, and institutions of higher education so that students with intellectual disabilities have opportunities for on-campus college experiences that lead to employment opportunities

Location City:

Jupiter, Boca Raton, Chipley, Ft. Myers, Ft. Pierce, Ft. Lauderdale, Winter Garden, Miami, Gainesville, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Key West, Orlando

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Florida College System Foundation

Contact #:

850-245-9494

Description:

Florida College System Foundation provides student scholarships to Florida's 28 colleges

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education

Contact #:

407-823-1098

Email:

FCIHE@ucf.edu

Description:

Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education provides an evolving list of Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43. Programs, colleges, and universities listed here are those the Consortium was able to contact and met the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education.

Location City:

Orlando

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Florida Department of Education Independent Education

Contact #:

850-245-0505

Email:

Commissioner@fldoe.org

Description:

The Commission for Independent Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Programs

Contact #:

888-827-2004

Email:

osfa@fldoe.org

Description:

Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Programs provide a listing of state scholarships and grant programs

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Friendship Café

Contact Name:

Elizabeth Camp, Program Coordinator

Contact #:

954-655-0892

Email:

elizabethc@friendshipcafefl.org

Description:

Friendship Cafe offers employment training and education to adults and young adults with developmental disabilities who want to work in the food service, hospitality or customer service industry.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Goodwill Industries of South Florida, Inc

Contact Name:

Belkis J. Torrealba

Contact #:

305-326-4220

Email:

btorrealba@goodwillmiami.org

Description:

Goodwill Industries South Florida creates jobs for people with disabilities, help people improve their lives and strengthen their families and communities.

Location City:

Miami & Broward

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Helping Adults with Autism Perform and Excel (HAAPE)

Contact Name:

Lawrence J. Rothman, PhD, President

Contact #:

732-586-7367

Email:

l.rothman@happe.org

Website:

www.haape.org/

Description:

HAAPE envisions improved support for finding meaningful employment opportunities that provide self-esteem and independence for adults with ASD.

Location City:

Weston

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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JAFCO Children’s Ability Center

Contact Name:

Linda Sachs, LCSW Community Outreach Coordinator

Contact #:

954-315-8664

Email:

linda@jafco.org

Description:

Provides life and social skills, transitional services and parent support groups to assist with the transitional planning. The program Caring with a Heart enables teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities to learn employable skills for catering, special events and similar fields.

Location City:

Sunrise

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Contact #:

877-781-9403

Email:

none listed

Website:

askjan.org/

Description:

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Location City:

Morgantown

Location State:

WV

Group:

Transitional Resources

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One-Stop Centers

Contact #:

866-602-3275

Email:

CommunityHealthPromotion@flhealth.gov

Description:

One Stop Career Centersis sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. One Stop Career Centers provide job seekers with a full range of assistance under one roof.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Project 10

Contact #:

727-873-4654

Email:

usfsp-project10@usf.edu

Description:

Project 10 provides a listing of scholarships, grants and financial resources for students with disabilities.

Location City:

St. Petersburg

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Project 10-Transition Education Network

Contact #:

727-873-4654

Email:

project10@stpete.usf.edu

Website:

project10.info/

Description:

The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network, hereinafter referred to as "Project 10," is to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. Project 10 serves as the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and relevant school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.

Location City:

St. Petersburg

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Project SEARCH

Contact #:

not listed

Email:

ProjectSEARCH@cchmc.org

Description:

Project SEARCH is a one-year program designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment, have met graduation requirements and are between the ages of 18-21 years of age (preferably nearing the end of their FAPE eligibility). This national model for high school transition and workforce development provides career exploration and training opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Participants learn complex employability and job skills while completing three, ten-week internships within a host business. Individualized job development and placement in competitive employment occurs based on each person's experiences, interests, strengths and skills. Workplace accommodations and on-the-job coaching are provided during and after the program as needed.

Location City:

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Naples, Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Largo, Lakeland, Kissimmee, Orlando, Port Orange, Daytona, Palm Coast, Ocala, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Fernandina, Miramar, Lake City

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Scentsability

Contact Name:

Bonnie Schmidt

Contact #:

954-464-5114

Email:

bonnie@scentsability.org

Description:

Provides job training, employment and supported housing to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Location City:

Coral Springs

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Social Security Administration

Contact #:

866-968-7842

Email:

support@choosework.ssa.gov.

Description:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program is employment support available to people with disabilities under the SSI and SSDI programs.

Group:

Transitional Resources

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State University System of Florida

Contact #:

850-245-0466

Website:

www.flbog.edu/

Description:

A listing of state universities in Florida/planning for college

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Tennessee Transition

Contact Name:

Justine Hrvatin, MS.,Ed., M.A.T.

Email:

info@transitiontn.org

Description:

Transition Tennessee is the online “blueprint” for professional development and resources on preparing students with disabilities for life after high school. No matter your role, if you are preparing students for adulthood, Transition Tennessee is for you. The site is organized into three sections to provide knowledge, resources, and best practices based on your role. The focus of the Educator and Provider section equips professionals serving youth with disabilities with effective practices in the areas of secondary transition and Pre-Employment Transition Services. Each features courses with free video modules, downloadable resources, webcasts, and information about upcoming conferences and trainings. The upcoming Student section will guide students through Pre-ETS lessons which students can complete on their own or with guidance.

Location State:

Tennessee

Group:

Transitional Resources

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The Able Trust

Contact #:

850-224-4493

Email:

info@abletrust.org

Description:

The Able Trust is to be a key leader in providing opportunities for successful employment for Floridians with disabilities.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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The Able Trust

Contact Name:

Collen Agner

Contact #:

850.224.4493

Email:

info@abletrust.org

Description:

The Able Trust does its work in three primary strategic areas: a comprehensive grant award effort that helps community organizations with programs that provide employment training, coaching, and placement; an extensive and successful youth program, which addresses the need to encourage high school youth with disabilities to plan for their education and employment future; and programs directed at providing workforce experiences for people with disabilities – internships, mentoring, job shadowing, part and full time jobs. The Able Trust also devotes resources to addressing barriers to employment through targeted communication efforts, and conducts research to identify issues that affect the employment of Floridians with disabilities.

Location Address:

1709 Hermitage Blvd.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Transitional Resources, Vocational

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The Barkin’ Biscuits tale

Contact #:

904.724.8323

Description:

Barkin’ Biscuits is a culinary micro-enterprise and vocational training program for young adults with intellectual and developmental differences in the North Florida School of Special Education Transition and Postgraduate programs. It is also a nationwide supplier of all-natural tasty dog treats that your canine will love!

Location Address:

223 Mill Creek Road

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Social, Health & Wellness, Transitional Resources, Vocational

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The Family Cafe (YouTube)

Description:

Raising the Bar on Transitioning to Adulthood and Employment video

Group:

Transitional Resources

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The Family Cafe (YouTube)

Description:

The ABCs of IEPs video

Group:

Transitional Resources

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The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD)

Contact #:

877-871-0744

Email:

none listed

Description:

NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.

Location City:

Washington

Location State:

DC

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Think College

Contact #:

HQ: 617-287-4300, Orlando: 407-823-1098

Email:

thinkcollege@umb.edu

Description:

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Location City:

Orlando

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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U.S. Department of Labor

Contact #:

866-633-7365

Email:

odep@dol.gov

Description:

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

Location City:

Washington

Location State:

DC

Group:

Transitional Resources

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University of Florida: Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment (CAN)

Contact Name:

Ursula Crews, R.N., M.S.N.

Contact #:

352.733.1030

Description:

The mission of UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN) is: *to provide centralized and state of the art transdisciplinary diagnostic and clinical treatment services for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders *to use basic, clinical, and translational science approaches to answer key questions and accelerate research about autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders *to inform, expand, and facilitate innovative university training programs in assessment, treatment, and education of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders among medical, nursing, psychology, education, and other professionals *to empower families to partner with clinicians and researchers to expand community outreach, increase advocacy efforts, and extend the care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the lifespan *to create an inclusive local community by providing support during the transition to adulthood for individuals autism and neurodevelopmental disorders

Location Address:

4101 NW 89th Blvd

Location City:

Gainesville

Location State:

Fl

Group:

Advocacy & Policy, Transitional Resources

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Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

Contact #:

804-828-1851

Email:

RRTC@vcu.edu

Description:

The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. Our team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.

Location City:

Richmond

Location State:

VA

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Volunteer Florida/Florida Commission on Community Service

Contact #:

850-414-7400

Email:

info@volunteerflorida.org

Description:

Volunteer Florida strengthens Florida's communities through volunteer service.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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Workforce Innovation Agency

Contact #:

850-245-7105

Description:

Workforce Innovation Agency is responsible for implementing policy in the areas of workforce development, welfare transition, unemployment compensation, labor market information, early learning and school readiness. Whether you are an employer, job seeker or parent, you will find important and useful information.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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YMCA S.T.E.P Program

Contact #:

954-623-5555

Email:

sjones@ymcasouthflorida.org

Description:

Y STEP (Supported Training Employment Program) is designed to help teens and young adults with special needs ages 16-22 transition to independence. During the school year, Y STEP students identify and explore post-secondary career and educational interests to develop the skills needed to become successful adults and over the summer placed in a supported work environment.

Location City:

Pembroke Pines

Location State:

FL

Group:

Transitional Resources

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