Privacy Policy

Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

  • How we protect your data
  • What data breach procedures we have in place
  • What third parties we receive data from
  • What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
  • Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Here For You, Always.

FND understands the challenges affecting families that have children with disabilities. That’s because we were founded in 1985 by those same families – the ones seeking more and better options for the care and education of their kids. The active, caring parents that were among FND’s original members have helped it grow into the state and national organization it is today.

Before our founding, kids with disabilities were generally met with low expectations by those entrusted with teaching them. But as FND has grown and evolved, we have worked to deliver information and training to families and provide one-on-one assistance to help them understand their rights and receive better education outcomes for their children.

A Seat at the Table

We strive to ensure that families are active in the process of helping their children find the best care and educational opportunities.

“Families have a seat at the table” is the motto that shapes and guides our work. The families that work with us are committed to helping their children receive the best options for their education.

From its beginnings among a small group of parents, FND has grown into a national organization that advocates for kids with disabilities so that they receive free appropriate public education and achieve high-level outcomes.

When a child is born with a disability, parents may not know where to turn. FND actively seeks those families so we can be their lifeline to a better tomorrow.
One of the original children of FND expresses his gratitude this way: “I was born with disabilities and had learning disabilities my entire life. FND found us.”

OUR MESSAGE TO FAMILIES: We are here for you, always. You may not know what to ask or where to turn. But in your darkest moments, we will find you.

Our Dedicated Staff

Richard La Belle

Family Network on Disabilities

Joseph La Belle

Director of Programs Impact, Family Network on Disabilities

Laura Mattson

Trust and Operations Director,
Family Network on Disabilities

Heidi Flatt, CPA, CGMA

Director of Finance,
Family Network on Disabilities

Eliana Tardío

Director of Digital Communications,
Family Network on Disabilities

Kathy Powell

Project Director, POPIN
Parents of the Panhandle Information Network

Tosha Littles

Project Director, PSN
Parents Support Network

Allicia Walford

Project Director, PEN
Parent Education Network

Lisa Math

Family S.T.A.R. & UFCMH

Employment Opportunities

26750 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 410
Clearwater, FL 33761

(727) 523-1130
(800) 825-5736

Family Network of Disabilities