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Check & Connect
Check & Connect is an intervention designed to enhance student and family engagement at school through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building. One goal of Check & Connect is to help increase academic achievement and school completion.
For more information, please visit their website :http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
325 West Gaines Street
614 Turlington Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-0475
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities and for gifted students. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.
The Clearinghouse Information Center
The Clearinghouse operates a resource center that provides parents, educators, and other Floridians with access to materials about exceptional student education, student services, juvenile justice education, early intervention, parent and professional partnerships, and many other topics.
This resource center contains more than 6,000 books, videotapes, multimedia kits, assessment tools, staff development materials, and other materials that Floridians may borrow on short-term loan.
It also contains copies of about 400 items produced by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, that are available free or at-cost to requesters. These include parent information materials, annual reports, statistical reports, technical assistance papers and notes, resource manuals for particular special programs, annual program plans, prekindergarten resources, and more.
Disability Rights Florida
2728 Center View Drive #102
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Disability Rights Florida is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. With offices throughout the state, their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
2727 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
AHCA is responsible for the FL Medicaid Summary of Services and the DCF DDP
Developmental Services, Waiver Services Coverage and Limitations Handbook.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950
850-488-4257 or 888-633-2301
This is the state program that assists people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It also provides assistance to identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities and funding to purchase supports and services.
Arc of Florida
2898 Mahan Drive, Suite 1
Tallahassee, FL 32308
The Arc of Florida is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Florida works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. We also work to reduce the incidence of and eliminate the consequences of developmental disabilities through education, awareness, research, advocacy and support of families, friends and the community.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
CARD provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. They have an excellent web site with a wealth of information.
Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)
Information regarding elder services and activities is available through the Elder Helpline Information and Assistance service within each Florida County.
Department of Education / Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2002 Old St. Augustine Rd, Bldg A
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4862
800-451-4327 or 800-955-8770 (TTD)
Vocational Rehabilitation provides services for eligible persons with physical or mental impairments. These services are designed to enable the consumer to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.
Department of Health / Children’s Medical Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A06
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-1707
Ph: (850) 245-4444, ext. 2246
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 or developmental conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children.
325 John Knox Rd. Bldg B
Tallahassee, FL 32303
FAAST is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities by promoting awareness for access to and advocacy for Affordable Accessible Housing and Assistive Technology.
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)
124 Marriott Dr. #203
Tallahassee, FL 32301
The Council was established to help plan individual and family-centered supports for those with disabilities in Florida. They also guide the development and administration of innovations, and programs .services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research.
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