Advocacy and Policy

Autism Speaks

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

Autism Response Team: (888) 288-4762

The Dan Marino Foundation

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

Dan Marino Foundation

400 North Andrews Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: (954) 368-6000


Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council 

Social Health and Wellness

Equus for Humanity

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

18130 SW 50th CTSouthwest Ranches, FL 33331

Dr. Giselle Faubel: (954) 661-8586

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Family Focused Organizations

Family Cafe

Family Cafe

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Best Buddies

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Various Chapters in different High Schools and Community Centers.

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

Special Olympics

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To help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

1915 Don Wickham Drive,

Clermont, FL 34711

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

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Post Secondary Education Programs

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion

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

1. Supported Employment 20 credits

2. Supported Community Living 20 credits

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

Dr. Michael Brady

Gwen Carey, M.Ed.

Florida Keys Community College‐Main Campus Project ACCESS

Lynn University Project ACCESS

Marino Campus

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

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


McFatter Technical College

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

Roger Barnhart, Director, Office of Student Affairs

6500 Nova Drive

Davie, FL 33317 (google map)

(754) 321-5700

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Miami Dade College Project ACCEPT

Sheridan Technical College

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

5400 Sheridan Street

Hollywood, FL 33021(google map)


West Campus

20251 Stirling Road

Pembroke Pines, FL 33332(google map)


Sheridan Technical High School

3775 SW 16th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312(google map)


Sheridan Technical College

Disability Services/ Vocational Rehabilitation

Johanna Kelly, ESE Specialist:

(754) 321-5447


Joni McClaurine, Guidance Counselor:

(754) 321-5457

St. Pete College Seminole Campus - LiFT University Program

The Learning Academy at USF

UNF The On Campus Transition (OCT) program

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

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


University of North Florida (UNF) -THRIVE

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

and/orvisit for more information about the service provided through the DRC.

Brevard Achievement Center

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

Mandee Marie Jones - School Services Coordinator. 

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Transition Services

College Living Experience

College Living Experience 

National Organization: Ft Lauderdale, FL 

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

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

Academics      Independent Living      Social Skills      Career Development

Jessica R. Rothschild, Student Services Coordinator

6555 Nova Drive

Suite 300

Davie, FL 33317

Phone: (954) 370-5142

Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities

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Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities website!

Next Up Transition Curriculum LLC

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

Corey Fineran- Director of Content 

Think College!

Special Needs Post Secondary Search Site 

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Summit Camp & Travel

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

Summit Camp

Winter Office

322 Route 46 West, Suite 210,

Parsippany, NJ 07054(google map)

Phone: +1‐973‐732‐3230

Fax: +1‐973‐732‐3226


168 Duck Harbor Road

Honesdale, PA 18431(google map)

Phone: +1‐570‐253‐4381

Fax: +1‐570‐253‐2937

Talisman Camps

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

Talisman Programs

64 Gap Creek Road

Zirconia, NC 28790

(google map)

+1 828 697 6313

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