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211 Broward

Contact Name:

Elma Pierre

Contact #:

(954) 390-0493

Website:

www.211.org/

Description:

The 2-1-1 Hotline for Children with Special Needs is Broward’s single source for information and referrals for children birth to 22 years of age with a developmental and/or physical disability. This specialized hotline focuses on helping parents, grandparents, caregivers, agencies, teachers, coaches, therapists, nurses and doctors who serve the needs of children with disabilities find support, answers and hope.

Location City:

Locations can be found in all states and counties

Group:

Community Services

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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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Agency for Persons with Disabilities Cares (APD)

Contact #:

866-273-2273

Email:

APD.info@apdcares.org

Description:

The Agency Supports Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Living, Learning, and Working in their Communities.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Vocational

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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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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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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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Atlantic Technical College

Contact Name:

Meryl Eisenberg

Contact #:

754-321-5100

Email:

meryl.eisenberg@browardschools.com

Program Name:

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Description:

Atlantic Technical School provides cooperative training opportunities in many programs and coordinates the largest apprenticeship training program in the state.

Location Address:

4700 Coconut Creek Parkway

Location City:

Coconut Creek

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Public Schools

Accreditation:

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, National Healthcareer Association, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)

Certification:

Industry Certifications for each Study

Area of Skill/Study:

Informational Technology, Construction, Hospitality, Health Services, Transportation

Eligibility:

Students who have completed their secondary school education. Students who are past the minimum compulsory education age, High School Students who are eligible to be Career Dual enrolled.

Requirements:

Attend a Program Orientation, Contact Disability Services advisor PRIOR to taking the Tests of Adult Basic Education(TABE), Meet with Counselor

Program Length:

1 year

Employment Support:

Internships, Paid employment

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefits(VA), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Individual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Atlantic Technical School

Contact Name:

Debbie Evangelista

Contact #:

754-321-2150

Email:

debbie.evangelista@browardschools.com

Program Name:

ACCESS

Description:

The ACCESS Programs a structured work study program with a focus on building the independent skills needed for employment, community living, and adult independent living for 18-22 year old students with disabilities, who have met their graduation requirements and elect to defer their standard diploma. Under the supervision of qualified teachers, job coaches and communication specialists, students learn a variety of work and community living skills. Program staff and families work together to design an individualized transition plan based on student needs and interests. This program provides students with a variety of job training opportunities that will allow them to determine their strengths, interests, and needs.

Location Address:

4700 Coconut Creek Parkway

Location City:

Coconut Creek

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Public Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education

Certification:

Work Study Program

Area of Skill/Study:

Job Search Skills, Money Skills, Social Communication, Household Management, Transportation Training

Eligibility:

Student who met their graduation requirements, Students who elect to defer their standard diploma, 18-22 years of age with mild to moderate disabilities, Enrolled in the Broward Couty School System

Requirements:

Able to navigate a large campus facility with little or no assistance, Can communicate verbally or with a communication system wih minimal assistance, Willing to work in a variety of on and off campus job replacements, Can physically work up to 3-hour shifts, Able to work productively under supervisors, teachers or potential employers, Demonstate independence in personl hygiene routines, Must be completed by the time the student reaches age 22

Program Length:

1-2 years

Employment Support:

Communication Support, Job Coaches

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefits(VA)

Resources Available:

Scholarships, Individual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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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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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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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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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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Brewster Technical College

Contact Name:

Vangie Goldwire

Contact #:

(813) 276-5448

Email:

Vangie.Goldwire@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Program Name:

Job Skills Training Programs

Description:

Brewster Technical College provides job training programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Location Address:

Caminiti Exception Center 2600 W. Humphrey Street, Gary Adult High School, 5101 N. 40th Street, La Voy Exceptional Center 4410 W. Main Street

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Accreditation:

Commission of the Council on Occupational Education

Certification:

Training Program

Area of Skill/Study:

Literacy, Employability, Work Related Skills

Eligibility:

18 years or older, Students must self-identify their needs and provide current documentation and educational recommendations from professionals as to their disability and expected reasonable accommodations.

Requirements:

Documentation of an Intellectual Disability, Graduated or exited from high school

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Scholarships, Federal Work Study, Florida Work Study, FAFSA

Resources Available:

Best Buddies, Social Activities

Housing:

None

Resource Page:

brewster.edu/

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Brewster Technical College

Contact Name:

Vangie Goldwire

Contact #:

(813) 276-5449

Email:

Vangie.Goldwire@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Program Name:

Career Exploration Training Programs(REACH)

Description:

This program provides experiences in a hospital setting that will enable each student to explore career options.

Location Address:

2222 N Tampa St

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Accreditation:

Commission of the Council on Occupational Education

Certification:

Training Program

Area of Skill/Study:

Job Skills, Career Exploration, Specialized Training

Eligibility:

18-22 years old, Students must self-identify their needs and provide current documentation and educational recommendations from professionals as to their disability and expected reasonable accommodations.

Requirements:

May attend up to 2 years or until age 22, Documentation of an Intellectual Disability, Dr. Evaluation/Assessment or IEP, Successful screening score, Graduated or exited from high school

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Scholarships, Federal Work Study, Florida Work Study, FAFSA

Resources Available:

Best Buddies, Social Activities

Housing:

None

Resource Page:

brewster.edu/

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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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 paratransit

Contact Name:

Customer Service & Eligibility Staff

Contact #:

(954) 357-8405

Description:

Broward County Transit (BCT)'s paratransit service is a shared-ride for persons with physical, cognitive, emotional, visual, or other disabilities which functionally prevent them from using the BCT fixed route bus system permanently, temporarily or under certain conditions.

Location City:

Plantation

Location State:

FL

Group:

Community Services

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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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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 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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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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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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College Intern Program Worldwide (CIP)

Contact #:

877-566-9247

Email:

admissions@cipworldwide.org

Description:

The College Internship Program (CIP) is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences.The College Internship Program (CIP) is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences.

Location City:

Melbourne

Location State:

FL

Group:

Summer Programs

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College Living Experience

Contact #:

800-486-5058

Email:

info@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.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

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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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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Empire beauty school

Contact Name:

Jamie Quinones, Admissions Manager-CPS

Contact #:

954-742-4111

Email:

jquinones@empire.edu

Website:

www.empire.edu/

Description:

Cosmetology program - teaches hair, skin, nails, makeup, and business.

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Family Care Council Florida

Contact #:

800-470-8101

Email:

fccf@fccflorida.org

Description:

The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals with dignity and choice

Location City:

Fern Park

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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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 Atlantic University

Contact Name:

Michael Brady

Contact #:

Boca Raton: (754)321-5100, Jupiter Campus: 561-799-8348

Email:

mbrady@fau.edu

Program Name:

Academy for Community Inclusion

Description:

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion is a college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The certificates students earn, are built on courses that lead to community based employment, independent living and mastery of self -advocacy skills.

Location Address:

Boca Raton Campus-777 Glades Road, Jupiter Campus-5353 Parkside Drive

Location City:

Boca Raton, Jupiter

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Federal Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP), Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP)

Certification:

Certificate of Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Supported Community Employment, Supported Community Access, Supported Community Living

Eligibility:

Have a documented significant & intellectual disability, At least 18 years of age

Requirements:

High school diploma or certificate of completion, Be capable of meeting personal needs without assistance, Be able to self-administer any necessary medication, Have no behavior difficulties, Have the capability to participate in 50-90 minute classes, Navigate the campus independently

Program Length:

Average of 2 years for each certificate or 6 consectutive semesters for 1 certificate

Employment Support:

internships, Work Study

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Federal Student Aid, PELL Grants, Work Study Grants

Resources Available:

Shuttles available to events, Student social clubs, Peer mentors

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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 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 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 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 International University

Contact Name:

Krystal Sutherland

Contact #:

305-348-5377

Email:

krsuther@fiu.edu

Program Name:

EMBRACE

Description:

FIU Embrace Education is a postsecondary comprehensive transition program for students with an intellectual disability. The program is a non-degree certificate program that allows students to earn digital credentials/badges and industry certifications in one to four areas.

Location Address:

11200 SW 8th Street

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Miami-Dade County Schools

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Certification:

Certificate of Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Career and Employment Development, Campus & Community Engagement, Self-Determination, Independent Living, Academic Enrichment

Eligibility:

18-25 years old, Intellectual disability

Requirements:

Documented intellectual disability, High school/special diploma, Must have legal authority to make his/her own decisions, Complete psychological/adaptive testing, through FIU Embrace, No history of arrest or severe behavioral, sexual and emotional problems, Have a 3rd grade reading level or demonstrate practical reading skills at the time of the interview, Demonstrate the ability to function independently for a sustained perod of time, Requires minimal supervision, Appropriately administer prescribed medication, without requiring promting, A completed application with all required documentation included. Potential to be successful incompetitive employment

Program Length:

3 years

Employment Support:

Employment Liason, Job Shadowing

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Grant funding, Local School District funds

Resources Available:

Student organizations, Social mentors

Housing:

After successfully completing the first year of the program

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Florida Panhandle Technical College

Contact Name:

Martha Compton

Contact #:

850-638-1180

Email:

martha.compton@fptc.edu

Program Name:

Project Independence

Description:

The Florida Panhandle Program offers several Industry certificates through the use of academically inclusive courses for audit with supplemental work. 

Location Address:

757 Hoyt Street

Location City:

Chipley

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Council Occupational Education, Florida Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP)

Certification:

Industry Certification

Area of Skill/Study:

Informational Technology, Digital Video Technology, Cosmetology, Cabinetmaking, Digital Media, Commerical Vehicle Driving

Eligibility:

18-22 years old, Intellecual disability

Requirements:

IEP diploma, Certificate of Attendance, Campus independence, Intellecual disability

Program Length:

Varies from student to student

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Scholarships, Federal Financial Aid

Resources Available:

Student organization

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Florida State College Jacksonville & Duval County Schools

Contact #:

904-633-8456

Email:

VERTICAL@fscj.edu.

Program Name:

Project Achieve/V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L. (Vocational & Employment Readiness Training in Comprehensive Adult)

Description:

This program offers individualized, person-centered, postsecondary opportunities to eligible students. Adults with intellectual, developmental and/or other disabilities often experience more challenges related to attending college, finding a job, becoming integrated into the community, and/or living independently.

Location Address:

501 West State Street

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Duval County Public Schools

Accreditation:

Commission Council Occupational Education

Certification:

Vocational Worforce Certificates

Area of Skill/Study:

Automotive Collision, Diesel Technology, Child Care, Welding, Massage Therapy, Electrical Technology, Facials Specialty

Eligibility:

18 -22 years old, Students interested in vocational training. Students with a disability who have earned or are on track to earn a special diploma.

Requirements:

Documentation of an Intellectual Disability, Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located, Students must self identify their disbility to receive academic accommodations.

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

On the job training, Individual supported services that develop academic, career and technical, and employement skills.

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation, Tuition waivers, Local School District funds

Resources Available:

Mentors

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian River College

Contact #:

772-462-4772

Email:

mpartee@irsc.edu

Program Name:

Project Stage

Description:

Project Stage supports students with intellectual disabilities and their families. Eligible students have the opportunity to engage in a full, college experience and with the goal of becoming competitively employed at the conclusion of the two-year program.

Location Address:

3209 Virginia Avenue

Location City:

Fort Pierce

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

A variety of certificates, based on the path chosen by the student, Information Technology Assistant Certificate, Basic Healthcare Worker Certification, 40 Hour Statewide Child Care Certification, OCPA: Air Conditiong, Refrigeration and Heating Helper Certification, Automobile Service Assistor Certification

Area of Skill/Study:

Work skills, Career Education Basics, Typical College Courses for Credits

Eligibility:

Have satisfactory attendance from previous schools. Have a desire to receive transition services in a college setting including an academic curriculum of college courses, meetings, group study sessions, mentorship, work experiences, student life activities, etc. Have exhibited a need and a desire for greater independence, and have parent/guardian support in the pursuit of independence. 18 + years old

Requirements:

Must possess or be willing to learn time management skills and be able to follow a schedule with/without accommodations. Have a documented intellectual disability, as defined by an IQ of 70 or below, and/or demonstrated by other psychological evaluations. Have completed four (4) years of high school coursework with special diploma/standard diploma/standard diploma with access points. Be able to travel/navigate independently while on the college campus.

Program Length:

2 years

Employment Support:

Opportunities and employment internships, Job shadowing

Financial Assistance:

IRSC Foundation awards more than $3 million in scholarships, Vocational Rehab, Grants

Resources Available:

Peer Mentors, Student organizations

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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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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Keiser University

Contact #:

888-534-7379

Program Name:

Academic Programs

Description:

Keiser University provides a hands on approach to career focused education. It is a private non-profit university that provides traditional and online delivery formats.

Location Address:

19 Campuses located in FL

Location City:

Miami, Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Study Program, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Specialist, Doctoral

Area of Skill/Study:

Art & Design, Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Education, Health Care

Requirements:

Verification of high school graduation ( transcript, diploma, etc. ), Verification of GED completion ( GED scores or GED diploma ), Proof of graduation from a foreign institution comparable to a United States secondary school. The documentation should state, as determined by an appropriate licensed professional, what reasonable adjustments/accommodations are needed by the student.

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Resume Writing, Job Interview Preparation

Financial Assistance:

PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Accomodations, Student organizations

Housing:

Suite style residence halls(only at Flagship Residential Campus)

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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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Lynn University

Contact #:

561-237-7000

Email:

admission@lynn.edu

Website:

www.lynn.edu/

Program Name:

Certificate Programs

Description:

Lynn University is a private college located in Boca Raton that offers a broad range of degrees for certifications, undergraduate and graduate students.

Location Address:

3601 N. Military Trail

Location City:

Boca Raton

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Career Certifications

Area of Skill/Study:

Flight Academy and Aviation Operations, Computer Animation, Digital Design, Early Childhood Education, Film & TV Production

Eligibility:

Students who are currently in high school and have no college credits. Students who are in high school and have dual enrollment credits. Graduated from high school and have no college credits. Graduated from high school and have fewer than 12 college credits.

Requirements:

GPA, Completed Application, Official Transcripts, Official SAT/ACT scores, Letter of recommendation, Resume, Documentation consists of official written communications from a relevant qualified treating health professional (such as a physician, surgeon, psychiatrist, physical therapist, etc.). This communication must be current and must describe the diagnosis and nature of the disability, the major life function(s) effected, the functional limitations of the disability, and the recommendations of accommodations, and the health professional's medical license number.

Program Length:

3-4 years

Financial Assistance:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Accomodations, Academic Coaching, Peer Learning, Transportation, Clubs & Organizations, Health & Wellness, Spiritual & Religious Life, Athletics

Housing:

Residence Hall, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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McFatter Technical College

Contact Name:

Christy Bradford

Contact #:

(754) 321-8416

Email:

christy.bradford@browardschools.com

Program Name:

Grow Your Future

Description:

This program provides students with Intellectual Disabilities an inclusive post-secondary education.

Location Address:

6500 Nova Drive

Location City:

Davie

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Schools

Accreditation:

Council Occupational Education, Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP), Federal Compehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP)

Certification:

Industry Certifications & Technical

Area of Skill/Study:

Agriscience, Hospitality, Education, Culinary Arts, Commercial Foods

Eligibility:

Intellectional Disability, Able to meet personal needs without assistance, Able to self-administer any necessary medications, 18+ years old

Requirements:

Graduated from high school-GED, Complete application, Commit to the CTE program, Able to navigate the campus

Program Length:

Must be competed by the time the student reaches age 22

Employment Support:

Job coaches

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilition, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefits(VA), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Individual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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McFatter Technical School

Contact Name:

Edwidge Ryan

Contact #:

754-321-5400

Email:

edwidge.ryan@browardschools.com

Program Name:

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Description:

McFatter Technical College and Technical High School provides a quality education for all students. The college encourages academic and technical curiosity, innovation and creativity by providing rigorous academics and state of the art technical programs.

Location Address:

6500 Nova Drive

Location City:

Davie

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education, Automotive Service Technology ASE Education Foundation (NATEF), Comission of Allied Health Education Programs, Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Graphic Communications and Printing Technology

Certification:

Industry Certifications & Technical

Area of Skill/Study:

Automative, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Information Technology, Communication Arts

Eligibility:

Students are accepted on a non-discrimintory basis from anyone having the interest, ability and desire to benefit from an occupational training program.

Requirements:

Schedule the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Schedule an appointment with your program couselor, Register for classes

Program Length:

1 year

Employment Support:

Career service advisors

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilition, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefits(VA), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Indvidual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8743

Email:

clockamy@mdc.edu

Program Name:

College Credit Program

Description:

These College Credit programs are certified by the Florida Department of Education and require fewer credits than an Associate in Science degree. College credits granted in these programs will apply toward the related Associate in Science degree. Students receive an institutional College Credit Certificate upon completion and the program’s title is added to the student’s transcript.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

Area of Skill/Study:

Airline Maintenance Procedures & Records management, Automation, Chef Apprentice, Crime Scene Technician, Early Childood Education-Preschool, Television Studio Production, Information Technology Support, Graphic Design Support, Food and Beverage Specialist ,Digital Forensics, Audio Technology

Eligibility:

Students Graduated with Standard Diploma OR Standard Diploma w/ACCESS with documented Diagnoses no older than 3 years old. If initial diagnoses was before three years prior, updated documentation must be provided

Requirements:

Documented ID Diagnosis. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must take the PERT for placement. Upon meeting with advisor and designation of accomodations (note tackers, test timing, etc) students may take PERT in separate sections with unlimited time.

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge/FAFSA

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8744

Email:

clockamy@mdc.edu

Program Name:

Advanced Technical Program

Description:

The Advanced Technical Certificate is available to students who have already been awarded an Associate in Science degree and wish to upgrade their skills. Students must successfully complete a prescribed set of courses at the advanced level in order to be awarded the certificate.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.)

Area of Skill/Study:

Biotechnology, Biotechnology - Bioinformatics, Biotechnology - Chemical Technology, Certified Flight Instructor

Eligibility:

Students Graduated with Standard Diploma OR Standard Diploma w/ACCESS with documented Diagnoses no older than 3 years old. If initial diagnoses was before three years prior, updated documentation must be provided

Requirements:

Documented ID Diagnosis. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must take the PERT for placement. Upon meeting with advisor and designation of accomodations (note tackers, test timing, etc) students may take PERT in separate sections with unlimited time.

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge/FAFSA

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8745

Email:

clockamy@mdc.edu

Program Name:

Career Technical Program

Description:

These programs are comprised of vocational credit courses. Program length varies depending upon the complexity of the individual course of study. Training is focused on preparation for immediate job entry and specific job titles. Competencies gained upon successful completion of these programs may result in advanced placement or specific credits towards an Associate in Science degree. Students interested in these programs should contact the appropriate campus department for additional information.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Career Technical Certificate (C.T.E./V.C.C.)

Area of Skill/Study:

Advanced Automotive Service Technology-Tesla Technician, Commercial Art Technology, Electricity Apprenticeship, Plumbing Apprenticeship, Televison Production, Private Security Officer, Medical Assisting, Electronic Technology, Business Computer Programming ,Correctional Officer-County, Air Conditioning , Refrigeration, & heating Technologies Apprenticeship

Eligibility:

Students Graduated with Standard Diploma OR Standard Diploma w/ACCESS with documented Diagnoses no older than 3 years old. If initial diagnoses was before three years prior, updated documentation must be provided

Requirements:

Documented ID Diagnosis. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must take the PERT for placement. Upon meeting with advisor and designation of accomodations (note tackers, test timing, etc) students may take PERT in separate sections with unlimited time.

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge/FAFSA

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8746

Email:

clockamy@mdc.edu

Program Name:

Professional Preparation Program

Description:

The Certificate of Professional Preparation (CPP) is design to prepare baccalaureate degree holders for licensure, certification, credentialing, examinations, or other demonstrations of competency necessary for entry into professional occupations.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of Professional Preparation (C.P.P.)

Area of Skill/Study:

Educator Preparation Institute, Instructional Design and Technology, Reading Endorsement

Eligibility:

Students Graduated with Standard Diploma OR Standard Diploma w/ACCESS with documented Diagnoses no older than 3 years old. If initial diagnoses was before three years prior, updated documentation must be provided

Requirements:

Documented ID Diagnosis. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must take the PERT for placement. Upon meeting with advisor and designation of accomodations (note tackers, test timing, etc) students may take PERT in separate sections with unlimited time.

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge/FAFSA

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8888

Email:

mdcinfo@mdc.edu

Program Name:

Associate in Arts

Description:

The AA degree pathway is designed to transfer to 4 year colleges and universities. It is protected by the Articulation Agreement among all Florida public institutions of higher education.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Associates of Arts

Area of Skill/Study:

Computer Arts Animation, Computer Information Systems, Landscape Architecture, Teaching(Pre-Elementary/Early Childhood), Physical Education Teaching & Coaching, Graphic Arts, Computer Arts, Travel & Tourism, Interior Design ,Music, Music Education

Eligibility:

Standard Diploma with minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must have a diagnosis with documentation within 3 years of application or updated documentation from a providor or educational institution. Students who have not taken the SAT/ACT may take the PERT test, with options for extended time or to take it in separate sections, upon approval after meeting with ACCESS advisor. ACCESS resources and accomodations upon application with the ACCESS Department.

Requirements:

Standard Diploma with minimum 2.0 Cum. GPA, SAT/ACT OR PERT exam for placement. Additional modifications or assistance through ACCESS program given dependant on meeting with ACCESS advisor and diagnoses

Program Length:

2 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade College

Contact #:

305-237-8889

Email:

mdcinfo@mdc.edu

Program Name:

Associate in Science

Description:

The AS degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the technical or occupational programs designed for immediate employment preparation.

Location City:

Kendall, Homestead, Hialeah, North- Westview, Eduardo Padron- Little Havana, West-Doral, Wolfson- Downtown Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Associates of Science

Area of Skill/Study:

Animation, Game Art, Construction Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education-Preschool, Early Childhood Education, Film Production Technology ,Game Development & Design, Veterinary Technology

Eligibility:

Standard Diploma with minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must have a diagnosis with documentation within 3 years of application or updated documentation from a providor or educational institution. Students who have not taken the SAT/ACT may take the PERT test, with options for extended time or to take it in separate sections, upon approval after meeting with ACCESS advisor. ACCESS resources and accomodations upon application with the ACCESS Department.

Requirements:

Standard Diploma with minimum 2.0 Cum. GPA, SAT/ACT OR PERT exam for placement. Additional modifications or assistance through ACCESS program given dependant on meeting with ACCESS advisor and diagnoses

Program Length:

3 years

Employment Support:

ACCESS resources through the MEED program

Financial Assistance:

ACCESS accomodations are of no charge

Resources Available:

MEED program, Note takers, Assistive/adaptive technology, Course substition/waiver (all dependant on diagnoses and meeting with ACCESS advisor)

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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Miami Dade Technical College

Contact Name:

Danielle Taylor

Contact #:

305-557-1100

Email:

dtaylor2394@dadeschools.net

Program Name:

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Description:

This post-secondary level career preparation/vocational training is designed to help support the local workforce. The goal of our CTE programs is to offer a quality education at an affordable price while allowing the student an opportunity to complete a certificate or license to enter the workforce.

Location Address:

5780 NW 158 Street

Location City:

Miami Lakes

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Miami-Dade County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education, Flight Standards Disctric Offices, National Automotive Technician Education foundation, Inc. (NATEF), National Center for Construction Education & Research, Commission on Dental Accrediitations (CODA)

Certification:

Industry Certifications, Industry Licenses

Area of Skill/Study:

Informational Technology, Construction, Transportation, Licensed childcare, Culinary, Baking

Eligibility:

16 years of age(with parent consent) or older, Withdrawn or graduated from high school

Requirements:

if you dont have an AA or Bachelors or higher, you will be required to be tested in math, language and reading, Florida ID or Driver's license, Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Some programs require an interview with the department chairperson prior to registration.

Program Length:

1 year

Employment Support:

Job Placement Specialist

Financial Assistance:

Federal Financial Aid, PELL Grants

Housing:

None

Resource Page:

miamilakes.edu/

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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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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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Access Plus Program

Contact Name:

Donnett Golaub, Access Plus Program Coordinator

Contact #:

954-262-7168

Program Name:

Access Plus

Description:

Access Plus is NSU's supported college program for undergraduate students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program provides services to academically capable students to support academic achievement, independent living skills, and campus life engagement opportunities. Students in this program must meet the NSU's admission requirements as determined by the program of application. The fee for Access Plus is $9,000 per semester. This is in addition to Nova Southeastern University’s tuition schedule for undergraduate programs.

Location Address:

3301 College Avenue

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Affiliation:

Nova Southeastern University

Eligibility:

*Applicants must meet NSU’s admission requirements as determined by the program of application.

Requirements:

Submit the following with your application: *Current(within the past 12 months) evaluations in the areas of cognition including intelligence(ex.Wechsler Scales of Intelligence (WISC or WAIS), Stanford Binet etc.) *Evidence of academic achievement in the form of grades and standardized achievement tests; (ex. Woodcock-Johnson Achievement) *Adaptive behavior measures completed by school personnel and family members (ex. Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Vineland etc.) *Phone interviews with high school or college personnel *School behavior intervention plans letters of support from current teachers *Letters of support from current teachers *Complete an in-person, on-campus interview. To schedule an interview, please contact Susan Kabot at (954) 262-7168.

Employment Support:

Career Planning, Job Coaching, Job Training, Experience and Mentoring in job interview techniques, appropriate dress and demeanor, Social Skill building, Coaching regarding building a resume and developing professional relationships will also be provided.

Resources Available:

*A 2-hour, daily study hall, staffed by peer mentors under the supervision of the program administrator that meets Monday through Friday. *Assistance in supporting and maintaining appropriate structure to the student's day and the supervision of assignments through completion. *Residential supports through the training of Residential Advisors assigned to the on campus living spaces of Access Plus students. *A 24-hour phone line staffed by the Access Plus program administrator to handle questions and concerns that may arise at any time. *Support in keeping dormitory rooms organized and clean, developing and maintaining schedules to ensure attendance at classes, and prompting to ensure appropriate personal hygiene. *Support to participate in and enjoy extracurricular activities thereby being involved in the overall college experience including campus clubs, organizations and social events. *Assistance in planning weekend activities on campus and in the community to ensure that these students have as typical a college experience as possible. *Weekly psycho-educational groups will be offered to students to focus on information exchange, skill building, and reflection and discussion regarding individual progress.

Housing:

yes

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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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Parent to Parent of Miami

Contact #:

305-271-9797

Email:

info@ptopmiami.org

Description:

Parent to Parent of Miami is a community parent resource center for families of children and adults with all disabilities.

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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Pensacola State College

Contact Name:

Dondie Roper

Contact #:

(850)484-1185

Email:

droper@arc-gateway.org

Program Name:

ARC Gateway

Description:

The Arc Gateway Program for Adult Learning and Support (PALS) is a career certification program located on the main campus of Pensacola State College.

Location Address:

1000 College Pkway

Location City:

Pensacola

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Career Certification, Increased Independence and prepartion to enter workforce (formerly Pensacola Junior College)

Area of Skill/Study:

Administrative Services, Auto detailing, Carpentry Helper, Cleaning and Maintenance, Food Service, Horticulture, Lawn Care & Maintenance, Retail Service

Eligibility:

Satisfactory attendance at school or other training programs, Desire to obtain and keep job, 18 + years old, Functional math and reading skills

Requirements:

Ability to manage medication if necessary, Exited HS, Provide documentation of disability, Prior vocational experience that guided him/her to chosen career path

Program Length:

1 year/ 1 semister certification track

Employment Support:

Internship

Financial Assistance:

Scholarships, Student Loans, Our Tuition Installment Plan, Veterans Benefits, Work Study Program, Grants

Resources Available:

Classroom & testing accommodations, Learning aids, assistance with course selection, Indvidual instrucation services, Assistance in gaining admission to the college

Housing:

Off campus group home

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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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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Robert Morgan Education & Technical College

Contact Name:

Vivian Vieta

Contact #:

305-253-9920

Email:

vvieta@dadeschool.net

Program Name:

Project TOPS

Description:

Project TOPS supports the unique abilities of students with developmental and intellectual disabilities enrolled in a postsecondary Career Technical Education (CTE) program.

Location Address:

18180 SW 122nd Ave.

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Miami-Dade County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education, Flight Standards Disctric Offices, National Automotive Technician Education foundation, Inc. (NATEF), National Center for Construction Education & Research, Commission on Dental Accrediitations (CODA)

Certification:

Industry Certification

Area of Skill/Study:

Baking, Pastry Arts, Commercial Foods, Culinary Arts, 3D Animation Technology, Commerical Art Technology

Eligibility:

Students who self-disclose a disability/disabilities, Students with developmental or intellectual disability, Ages 18-26, Students with an identified interest or connection to a CTE Program

Requirements:

Ability to independently perform classroom tasks, Ability to access transportation, Ability to provide self-care, Interviews with TOPS program coordinators, High School Graduate

Program Length:

1-4 years

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program(FPCTP) Scholarships

Resources Available:

Individual Accommodations

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College

Contact Name:

Alnerys Ferro

Contact #:

305-253-9920

Email:

afero@dadeschools.net

Program Name:

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Description:

The Robert Morgan Technical College offers an array of job preparatory programs in the fields that are relevant to today’s job market. The Career Technical Education classes impart both theory and practicial application and are taught by certified instructors with industry experience in their respective trades.

Location Address:

18180 SW 122nd Ave.

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Miami-Dade County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education, Flight Standards Disctric Offices, National Automotive Technician Education foundation, Inc. (NATEF), National Center for Construction Education & Research, Commission on Dental Accrediitations (CODA)

Certification:

Industry Certifications, Industry Licenses

Area of Skill/Study:

Baking, Culinary Arts, Construction, Transportation, Licensed Childcare, Informational Technology

Eligibility:

16 years of age(with parent consent) or older, Withdrawn or graduated from high school

Requirements:

if you dont have an AA or Bachelors or higher, you will be required to be tested in math, language and reading, Florida ID or Driver's license, Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Some programs require an interview with the department chairperson prior to registration.

Program Length:

1 year

Employment Support:

Job Placement Specialist

Financial Assistance:

Federal Financial Aid, PELL grants

Housing:

None

Resource Page:

www.robertmorgantech.net/

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Santa Fe College

Contact Name:

Linda Mussillo

Contact #:

352-381-3818

Email:

linda.mussillo@sfcollege.edu

Program Name:

Project SAINT

Description:

Project SAINT is an official Florida Post-Secondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP), recognized by the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities.

Location Address:

NW Campus Building S Suite 220 3000 NW 83rd Street

Location City:

Gainsville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Federal CTP, Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transiiton Program (FPCTP)

Certification:

A modified and supported college experience that is fully integrated with other SF students in all areas: academic, social and community.

Eligibility:

Intellectual disabilities

Requirements:

Communicate effectively, Navigate around campus independently, Students 25 or younger who want a modified inclusive non credit and non degree college expierence and also build independence.

Program Length:

1-2 years

Employment Support:

Internships, Job placement Assistance

Financial Assistance:

Scholarshiips by Project SAINT, FAFSA

Resources Available:

Peer Mentors, Social Activiites

Housing:

Apartment complex not affiliated with school across the street

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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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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Sheridan Technical School

Contact Name:

Paul Askin

Contact #:

754-321-5429

Email:

paul.askin@browardschools.com

Program Name:

ACCESS

Description:

Sheridan Technical School ACCESS is a community based program for students based on their needs and interests. Students who complete the program are often ready for supported employment positions and have skills needed to participate in community activities.

Location Address:

5400 Sheridan Street

Location City:

Hollywood

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education

Certification:

N/A

Area of Skill/Study:

Social Skills, Life skills, Community-based instruction, Work experience, Supportive employment, Transition skills

Eligibility:

18-22 years old, Current Individualized Education Plan(IEP), Enrolled in the Broward County Public School System

Requirements:

Already has acquired a diploma, Able to navigate a large campus facility with little or no assistance, Can communicate verbally or with a communication system with munimal assistance, Willing to work in a arietry of on-and off- campus job placementsAble to work productively under a variety of supervisors, teachers, or potential employers, Demonstrate independence in personal hygiene

Program Length:

Must be completed by the time the student reaches age 22

Employment Support:

Job Coaches

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefits(VA), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Individual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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Sheridan Technical School

Contact Name:

Ervean Shannon-Goff

Contact #:

754-216-6735

Email:

Ervean.Shannon-Goff@browardschools.com

Program Name:

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Description:

Sheridan Technical School promotes excellence in academic, career and technical studies in order to prepare students to enter and remain competitive in a global workforce.

Location Address:

5400 Sheridan Street

Location City:

Hollywood

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Broward County Schools

Accreditation:

Council on Occupational Education, Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Florida State Board of Cosmetolgy, National Automotive Techicians Education Foudation(NATEF), Partnership for Air Conditoning Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)

Certification:

Industry Certifications, Technical Certification

Area of Skill/Study:

Barbering Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Automotive Technology, Construction, Medical Science

Eligibility:

Students are accepted on a non-discrimintory basis from anyone having the interest, ability and desire to benefit from an occupational training program.

Requirements:

Attend Orientation, Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Meet with program counselor, Register for Class

Program Length:

1 year

Employment Support:

Career service advisors

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilition(VR), Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA), Federal Pell Grant, Veterans Benefit (VA), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Indvidual Accommodations, Social Clubs

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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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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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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South Florida Autism Center-Summer Adventure Camp

Contact #:

305-823-2700

Email:

assistant@sfa-center.org

Description:

Summer Adventure Camp is for students residing in Broward & Miami-Dade County, ages 3-21.

Location City:

Miami Lakes

Location State:

FL

Group:

Summer Programs

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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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Southeastern University

Contact #:

863-667-5283

Email:

ADAservices@seu.edu

Program Name:

LINK

Description:

Program access is provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual and to the maximum extent feasible. Southeastern University prohibits disability discrimination and assures equal access, including participation in all educational activities, academic programs and services.

Location Address:

1000 Longfellow Boulevard

Location City:

Lakeland

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Schools Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of Program Accomplishment

Area of Skill/Study:

Education, Employment, Life Skills, Spiritual Growth

Eligibility:

18-26 years old, Intellecual disability and/or other learning difficulties

Requirements:

Student has graduated/exited high school, Communicate effectively without prompting, Functions independently without 24/7 supervision, Personal hygiene without assistance, A strong desire to successfully complete on the job training experiences in a variety of workplace environments, Behaves responsibly across variety of settings and environments without supervision or supports, Follows directions and instructions with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Comprehend and process information with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Actively engage in traditional college and SEU Link courses with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Able to use coping strategies and resilience as needed, Independent mobility

Program Length:

2 year

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program(FPCTP) Scholarships, Grants, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)

Resources Available:

Student organizations, Peer mentors

Housing:

On campus

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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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St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus

Contact #:

727-341-4772

Email:

admissions@spcollege.edu

Program Name:

Academic Programs

Description:

St. Petersburg College offers more than 110 degree and certificate programs of study, and many high-demand, high-skill industry-recognized workforce certifications. We offer a career-focused curriculum created in conjunction with industry experts to ensure our students are able to meet the needs of today’s employers.

Location Address:

9200 113th St. N

Location City:

Seminole

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Industry Certification, Bachelors, Associates, Short Term Training

Area of Skill/Study:

Education, Veterinary Technology, Health Information Technology, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assistant

Eligibility:

High School Diploma or equivalent

Requirements:

Degree-Seeking Student at SPC, Official High School Transcript or GED Transcript, Official Transcripts must show a graduation date

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Career Counseling

Financial Assistance:

FAFSA, Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Counseling Services, Resources for Life/Personal, Free Bus Rides, Athletics

Housing:

Apartment Complex near each college site

Resource Page:

www.spcollege.edu/

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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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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Summit Camp & Travel

Contact #:

570-253-4381

Email:

info@summitcamp.com

Description:

Summit Camp & Travel is a therapeutically designed sleepaway summer Camp and Travel program organized to meet the social and emotional needs of our special population and their families. Our programs serve children of average to above average intelligence who have a variety of developmental, social, emotional, and learning issues. We serve children ages 8-19 who have diagnoses that often include Asperger syndrome, ADD/ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), HFA (including PDD-NOS), speech and language issues, and sensory integration issues. Some of our youngsters may also have issues related to gaps in executive function, Tourette’s syndrome and/or Bi-Polar disorder.

Location City:

Honesdale

Location State:

PA

Group:

Summer Programs

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Talisman Summer Camps

Contact #:

828-697-6313

Email:

info@talismancamps.com

Description:

Talisman Summer Camps provide specialized camp experiences for young people ages 6 to 22 with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and/or other learning differences. Since 1980, our ACA-accredited ADHD, autism and Asperger’s summer camp programs have been delivering unique alternatives to ordinary summer camps.

Location City:

North Carolina

Location State:

NC

Group:

Summer Programs

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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 Autism Notebook

Contact #:

954-559-5872

Description:

The Autism Notebook Magazine serves the community with a free publication about education, inspiration and empowerment.

Location City:

Pembroke Pines

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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The College of the Florida Keys

Contact Name:

Katie Norland

Contact #:

(305)809-3181

Email:

Katie.norland@fkcc.edu

Program Name:

Project Access

Description:

Project ACCESS prepares students to complete an individualized vocational and technical-based curriculum that results in Certificate of Completion and Industry Certification and gainful employment

Location Address:

5901 College Road

Location City:

Key West

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

National Retail Federation

Certification:

College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.), Industry Certifications

Area of Skill/Study:

College Experience, Effective Living, Preparing for College Success, Increasing Personal Effectiveness, Career Exploration, Learning with Technology, Intro to Computer Applications, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, Professional Welder, Marine Technology

Eligibility:

Documentation of Intellectual disability. 18 years or older VR client with individualized plan for employment

Requirements:

Regular High School diploma, Recent psychological evaluation, Other diploma(IEP, certificate of attendance)

Program Length:

1-3 years

Employment Support:

On -campus Internship, Job coaching, Local employers internship programs

Financial Assistance:

Project Access Scholarships, FAFSA, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Grants, Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds, Tuition Waivers

Resources Available:

Office of Students in Disbilities, Mentors, Project Access Staff

Housing:

None

Group:

Colleges, Post Secondary Education

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The Dan Marino Campus

Contact #:

Broward Campus: 954-530-5511, Miami Campus: 786-817-2323

Email:

info@marinocampus.org

Description:

The Marino Campus mission is to prepare young adults with autism and differing abilities for gainful employment, social competence, and independent living by building the necessary skills through a unique post-secondary opportunity.

Location Address:

Broward Campus: 400 North Andrews Avenue, Miami Dade Campus: 11200 SW 8th Street, PG6, Suite 150

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale, Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

N/A

Certification:

Industry Certification

Area of Skill/Study:

Independent Living and Life Skills, Hospitality, Computer Technology

Eligibility:

Must be 18 years of age, Verification of high school completion, Verifying date of completion

Requirements:

Proof of age, Eligible to work in the United States, Graduation, Evaluation conducted within the last 3 years, Individual education plan, Provide and submit personal written statement, Attend personal interview

Program Length:

10 months

Employment Support:

Job Coaching, Internships, Career Counseling, Employment Skill Training, Soft Skill Development

Financial Assistance:

FAFSA, Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Behavior Specialist, Peer and Academic Mentoring, Student Life Activities, Accomodations for Learning Styles

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Technical Schools

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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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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

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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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 de Moya Foundation

Contact #:

305-667-9112

Email:

info@demoyafoundation.com

Description:

The de Moya Foundation is committed to creating employment opportunities for young adults with unique abilities by building long term partnerships with the employers and providing support for the employees. We foster hope, confidence and independence to ensure successful employment outcomes and community inclusion.

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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The Family Café

Contact #:

888-309-CAFÉ

Email:

info@familycafe.net

Website:

familycafe.net/

Description:

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.

Location City:

Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Family Focused Organizations

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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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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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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 Central Florida (UCF)

Contact Name:

Adam Meyer

Contact #:

407-823-2371

Email:

adam.meyer@ucf.edu

Program Name:

Inclusion Education Service

Description:

This is an inclusive non-degree college experience.

Location Address:

4000 Central Florida Blvd. Ferrell Commons 185

Location City:

Orlando

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Professional Services Credential

Area of Skill/Study:

Hospitality, Social Services, Education

Eligibility:

18 years or older, Students with a clearly documented intellectual disability who cannot otherwise traditionally access post-secondary opportunities

Requirements:

Must have exited K-12 with a standard diploma, special diploma or certificate of completion, Personal desire to attend UCF in order to grow professionally and to secure employment after graduation. The student cannot be under full guardianship or any social guardianship

Program Length:

2.5 years

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation, PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Student, The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA), Federal Financial Aid

Resources Available:

Volunteer work, Student organizations, Accommodations, Peer Mentor, Support

Housing:

Inclusive on campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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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University of North Florida

Contact Name:

Bernadette M.Gismonde

Contact #:

904-620-3890

Email:

bernadette.m.gismonde@unf.edu

Program Name:

The Arc Jacksonville on Campus Transition

Description:

A college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities or differences, that provides transformational learning experiences to university students, college educators, and community leaders.

Location Address:

1 UNF Drive -Building 57, Room 2800

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of Program Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Creative Writing, Math, Culinary, Daily life skills, Socioemotional Development

Eligibility:

At least 18 years old, Have an intellectual disability, Have completed high school coursework, Students who received a standard diploma must provide additional documentation that they received ESE services due to having an intellectual disability

Requirements:

Have a desire to receive transition services in a college setting, Have exhibited a need and a desire for greater independence, Be able to travel independently while on the college campus, Have had two paid or unpaid community work experiences, Have exhibited socially adaptive and responsible behavior when left unsupervised, Be able to communicate with others Have satisfactory school attendance from previous schools, Have a health insurance plan, Must consent to being photographed, filmed, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications, Have own cell phone before entering the program (this is not provided by OCT), Consent to participate in OCT longitudinal studies

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Career Development & Exploration, Job Coaches, Job retention training and support, Internships

Financial Assistance:

McKay Scholarship, Gardiner Scholarship, Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Grants

Resources Available:

Social mentoring, Peer & small group tutoring, Academic mentors, Personal fitness training, Voice lessons

Housing:

On campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of North Florida

Contact Name:

Bernadette M.Gismonde

Contact #:

904-620--2769

Email:

bernadette.m.gismonde@unf.edu

Program Name:

THRIVE

Description:

The THRIVE program is unique to UNF and provides supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with ASD at the UNF.

Location Address:

Tom and Betty Petway Hall(Building 57), Room 1500 1 UNF Drive

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

N/A

Area of Skill/Study:

Creative Writing, Math, culinary, Sports, Daily Life Skills, Socioemotional Development

Eligibility:

At least 18 years old, Have an intellectual disability, Have completed high school coursework, Students who received a standard diploma must provide additional documentation that they received ESE services due to having an intellectual disability

Requirements:

Have a desire to receive transition services in a college setting, Have exhibited a need and a desire for greater independence, Be able to travel independently while on the college campus, Have had two paid or unpaid community work experiences, Have exhibited socially adaptive and responsible behavior when left unsupervised, Be able to communicate with others Have satisfactory school attendance from previous schools, Have a health insurance plan, Must consent to being photographed, filmed, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications, Have own cell phone before entering the program (this is not provided by OCT), Consent to participate in OCT longitudinal studies

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Career Development & Exploration, Job Coaches, Job retention training and support, Internships

Financial Assistance:

McKay Scholarship, Gardiner Scholarship, Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Grants

Resources Available:

Social mentoring, Peer & small group tutoring, Academic mentors, Personal fitness training, Voice lessons

Housing:

On campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of South Florida (USF)

Contact Name:

Megan Fitzpatrick

Contact #:

813-974-2996

Email:

mmfitzpa@usf.edu

Program Name:

The Learning Academy Services at USF

Description:

The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida is a 30 - week customized transition program that assists in preparing young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for employment

Location Address:

13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Employability Skills

Eligibility:

Graduated from High School

Requirements:

Has transportation to and from the college campus, Has a functional communication system, Has a clear desire to workor attend college and can commit to completing a 30 week program, Has demonstrated the ability to regulate his/her behavior with minimal directions within public settings

Program Length:

30 weeks

Employment Support:

Interviewing Skills, Resume Development, Finding Employment

Financial Assistance:

FAFSA, Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Peer Mentoring, Social Activities, Complimentary Shuttle Buses

Housing:

Residence Hall, Campus Apartment Housing, Off Campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of south Florida (USF)

Contact Name:

Tchecoy Blount, Sr.

Contact #:

813-974-3632

Program Name:

Successful Transition After Graduation for Exceptional Students (STAGES)

Description:

This program provides experiences on a college campus that will enable each student to explore career options, learn job skills, utilize public transportation and ultimately obtain employment as a self-advocating independent community member.

Location Address:

4202 E. Fowler Avenue

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Study Program

Area of Skill/Study:

Employability skills, Life Skills, Self-Advocacy Skills

Eligibility:

18-21 years old

Requirements:

Graduated from hig school through access points, Be able to safely navigate around the campus independently

Program Length:

2 years

Employment Support:

Internships, Job training

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Resources Available:

Volunteer work, Student organizations, Best Buddies

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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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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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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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Contact #:

800-451-4327

Description:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) 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.

Location City:

Several Areas - HQ: Tallahassee

Location State:

FL

Group:

Vocational

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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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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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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 of South Florida-Summer Camp (Ages 4-22)

Contact #:

954-623-5555

Email:

tspitler@ymcasouthflorida.org

Description:

The YMCA has been the leader serving those with disabilities, special needs, and developmental challenges. Discover your summer at the Y. Camp for children with special needs.

Location City:

Many locations in Florida

Location State:

FL

Group:

Summer Programs

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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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