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The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities.

Website: https://apd.myflorida.com/



The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities.

Website: https://apd.myflorida.com/



On ACCESS Miami’s website, people with disabilities will find reliable information and resources that span across multiple categories, including advocacy, education, employment, finance, health, independent living, parent support, social, and transportation.

Website: www.accessmiami.org


Parent to Parent of Miami

Parent to Parent of Miami is a Community Parent Resource Center serving parents of children with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.



Miami Dade County Public Schools Department of Exceptional Student Education

The Department of Exceptional Student Education serves children and families throughout the district by developing, coordinating, and overseeing programs that support students with disabilities in order to ensure that curriculum, instructional and behavioral practices are tailored to meet their educational needs.

Website: http://ese2.dadeschools.net/#!/rightColumn/480 


University of Miami-NOVA Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSUCARD)

The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, based at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, is one of 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.

Website: https://www.umcard.org/home/ 


Florida Department of Health – Early Steps Program

Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers, age birth to 36 months, who have or are at-risk for developmental disabilities or delays. 

Website: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/childrens-health/early-steps/index.html 


Florida Diagnostic an Learning Resources System (FDLRS) 

The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities.

Website: http://www.fdlrs.org/ 


Easter Seals South Florida

Easterseals South Florida provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with disability can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Website: https://www.easterseals.com/southflorida/ 


Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under nine federal grants.

Website: http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/ 


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

UCP is a leading service provider and advocate for adults and children with disabilities. As one of the largest health nonprofits in the United States, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network

Website: https://ucp.org/ 


American-Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

The mission of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech–language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.

Website: https://www.asha.org/


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Florida Department of Education (VR)

 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.

Website: http://www.rehabworks.org/ 


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a four-part (A-D) piece of American legislation that ensures students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that is tailored to their individual needs.

Website: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/


McKay Scholarship Program

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice.

Website: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/


Gardiner Scholarship Program

The Gardiner Scholarship is designed to provide the option for a parent to better meet the individual educational needs of his or her eligible child. The Gardiner Scholarship provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products.

Website: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/gardiner/


Special Transportation Service (STS)

Special Transportation Service (STS) is a shared-ride public transportation service of Miami-Dade County in compliance with the complementary paratransit service provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Website: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1471890065439510


Voters with Special Needs

Every voting location in Miami-Dade County meets Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. Each one is equipped with a paper-based voting system that uses touchscreen and/or audio technology, which could help voters who have issues with their eyesight, trouble reading or disabilities.

Website: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1513878201782808 


The Arc of South Florida

The Arc of South Florida was founded in 1953 by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of adequate programs and denial of basic dignities to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Family Network on Disabilities (FND)

FND is a family-centered and family-driven grassroots organization for persons with disabilities and their families that is family-centered and family-driven. The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is striving for complete integration and equality of people with disabilities in a society without barriers. FND serves all persons with all disabilities and believes that everyone has intrinsic value and the inherent right to respect, independence, knowledge, freedom of choice, inclusion, quality of life, success, and equality.

Website: https://fndusa.org/


My Money - Financial Literacy for Floridians of All Abilities

The Department of Financial Services created the My Money Program to provide educational lessons for individuals with developmental disabilities and important resources for family members and caregivers. The My Money Program allows individuals to learn and practice financial skills at their own pace, using interactive games, activities and educational videos.

Website: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/mymoney/


Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program

The Ticket to Work (Ticket) program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid.

Website: https://www.ssa.gov/work/ 


Center for Independent Living - South Florida

A non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation registered with the IRS and State of Florida and are a Center for Independent Living (CIL) as identified in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Core services include: Individual and Systems Advocacy, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, Transitions: Community & Youth










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