Parent Resources

The links listed below are a compilation of important organizations, services, websites and other valuable resources you can access for ESSS related information. Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD is the state agency that administers the Developmental Disabilities and Family and Supported Living Waivers, and the Consumer Directed Care. APD maintains this Resource Directory as an informational service to help individuals with disabilities learn about available resources and organizations in their community.

The Bright Feats directory is a list of medical providers and commercial businesses that are helpful to families with children of ranging abilities. Research and referrals ensure this listing continues to be a useful source of information for those interested in the well-being of children with disabilities. This website will provide monthly updates and new information between issues. Please contact us if you would like us to include a resource that is important to you or your family in dealing with special needs. It is our personal mission to connect families with resources to help theirchildren achieve.

CARD’s primary service is to provide individualized, direct consultative assistance to individuals with autism and related disabilities in Central Florida and their families. Other services include technical assistance and consultation, professional training programs, and public education activities. CARD services are designed to build on the capacities of state and local resources, not to duplicate or replace them. The Center is funded by the Florida Legislature through the Florida Department of Education and all services are provided free of charge.

Central Florida Parent Center, Inc. (CFPC) Non-profit organization which provides parents of children and young adults with all disabilities and special needs (ages 0-26) in central and northeast Florida with accurate information, interactive training, quality assistance, and empathetic support.

The Children's Medical Services (CMS) program provides children with special health care needs with a family centered, managed system of care. Children with special health care needs are those children under age 21 whose serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children. The website provides contact information by Region of the State.

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Resources Website has been designed as a public reporting resource for individuals with developmental disabilities living in or moving to the State of Florida. The primary function of this Website is to make available performance and demographic information specific to providers serving individuals with developmental disabilities through the Developmental Disabilities and the Family and Supported Living Waivers.

Florida’s protection and advocacy system is a not-for-profit organization. Disability Rights Florida is authorized by federally mandated programs to help protect the legal, human and civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Disability Rights Florida provides information on Tier Notices and what to do if you disagree with your Tier Assignment. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a state agency that provides job training and employment services for eligible persons with disabilities. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your disability, you are presumed eligible for VR services if you intend to secure employment. See Florida's DVR website below for a variety of information and handbooks related to VR services.

The Family Network on Disabilities (FND) is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is to ensure through collaboration that individuals have full access to family-driven support, education, information,resources, and advocacy and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources Parent Services.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provide support services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities and community agencies through Florida. Centers are part of the public school systems and serve from one to nine counties. Each center provides services in the four areas of Child Find, Human Resources Development, Parent Services and Technology.

The Florida Inclusion Network provides learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators, families, and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.

Florida’s Multi-Tiered System parent resource to help understand MTSS process.

Introduction to Exceptional Student Education

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) The center provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

Office of Special Education (OSEP) - US Department of Education This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.

U.S. Department of Education Empowering Parents School Box

The PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET) creates and facilitates a network of key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of quality system of care for students with or at risk of emotional and/or behavioralchallenges.

Very Special Camps List of camps and programs for people with special needs.

Special Olympics in Seminole County

Parent Guide & Resources

Programs

Voluntary Pre-K
KidZone
Great Start
The Foundation
FIN
ePathways