PURPOSE: 2-1-1 can help you get connected to the services you need.
This is a free, confidential referral and information service that connects you to a specialist who will help you find local services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CONTACT: Find your local 2-1-1 HERE OR simply call 2-1-1
APD – AGENCY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
PURPOSE: The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for services. To apply for services and more information about the MEDICAID WAIVER click HERE
CONTACT: Find your area office HERE
To apply for services and more information about MEDICAID WAIVER click HERE
State Office: 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273)
PURPOSE: The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Supports and services offered by our chapters include:
• Information and referral services
• Individual advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other
• Self-advocacy initiatives
• Residential support
• Family support
• Employment programs
• Leisure and recreational programs
CONTACT: To contact a local chapter in your area and find out what supports and services are offered near you click HERE or Main Line: (800) 433-5255
PURPOSE: There are seven state-funded, university-based outreach and support centers in Florida dedicated to optimizing the potential of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dual sensory impairment, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities.
Some of the services that CARD provides include:
• Individualized Client and Family Support
• Family and Professional Training
• Public Education and Awareness and Community Outreach
• Programmatic Consultation and Technical Assistance
CONTACT: Find your CARD center HERE
PURPOSE: Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services
to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.
PURPOSE: Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under eight federal grants to protect your civil rights. Services are free and confidential. Any Floridian with a disability is eligible to receive Disability Rights Florida services.
PURPOSE: The leaders in facilitating public private partnerships to provide assistive technology devices and services that will enable persons with disabilities full
participation in all aspects of life. AT is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.
CONTACT: HERE or Toll-Free 1-844-FL-FAAST (353-2278)
PURPOSE: The Florida Children’s Services Council is a non-profit association which collectively represents the interests of local Children’s Services Councils (CSC), which operate in counties across the state.
Children’s Services Councils help families by:
• Ensuring the best use of taxpayer dollars and working to serve the greatest number of children
• Determining the specific needs of children, youth and families
• Coordinating with other agencies, public/private funders and stakeholders
dedicated to the welfare of children
CONTACT: Find a Florida CSC Location near you: HERE
Main Line: (850) 921-4494
PURPOSE: FACIL is a capacity building advocacy organization that provides support and resource development for 15 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout Florida. CILS are 501(c)(3), community-based, non-profit agencies that empower persons with disabilities to move from dependence to independence.
CONTACT: HERE (850) 575-6004 | (866) 575-6004 toll-free
PURPOSE: FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with
disabilities. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes 6 Multidisciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.
PURPOSE: This program helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program. In addition to the general customer employment program, VR has additional specific programs designed to help eligible people with disabilities become employed.