Special Needs Advisory Board

The mission of the Special Needs Advisory Board is to create a model town for inclusion, by identifying specific Miami Lakes families with an interest in matters pertaining to individuals with special needs; connecting them to existing programs, services and events; and, serving the Town Council in an advisory capacity to identify unmet needs and assist with the discovery of possible solutions.

Board Members

John RoggerChair
Vivian LevyVice Chair
Francisco TollincheSecretary
Jesenia OrellanaMember
Clarimar ZeledonMember
Madelin SantanaMember
Paula GonzalezMember

Special Needs Safety Program

The Town of Miami Lakes has implemented the Special Needs Safety Program, a voluntary program open to Miami Lakes residents with special needs. The Special Needs Safety Program is a collaboration between the Town of Miami Lakes, its Special Needs Advisory Board, and the Miami Dade County Police Department’s Miami Lakes Division.

To register for the program, residents will be asked to provide relevant information. Law enforcement will use this information for emergency purposes or during encounters with law enforcement.

Participants will receive window decals to display prominently on their front doors. These decals indicate that someone in the residence has special needs, and law enforcement officers should respond accordingly.

Download Special Needs Safety Program Application.

VIDEO: Miami Lakes introduces Special Needs Safety Program

Events & Initiatives

The Special Needs Advisory Board with the support of the Miami Lakes Town Council sponsors the following programs:

  • Mayor’s Gala to benefit the Special Needs Advisory Board
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • Arts for Autism Dance Class
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Resource Fair
  • Karate DOJO Program
  • Miami Lakes Sensory Friendly Movie
  • Independence Day sensory friendly space

For a complete list of upcoming events visit the Town Calendar. To reserve a spot at an upcoming event visit Eventbrite.


Matthew Palacios Boundless Playground

Staff Liaison

Gabriella Escobar | Committee Liaison to Special Needs and Mental Health

T: (305) 364-6100 | E: escobarg@miamilakes-fl.gov