Santa Rosa
District Resources

Santa Rosa County resources related to the transition of students with disabilities are provided in multiple categories in the box to the right. Some resources may be included in more than one category.

Student/Family Resources

The Able Trust 
(850) 224-4493 (Voice/TDD) | (888) 838-2253
Supports non-profit vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Florida with fund-raising, grant making and public awareness of disability issues with the goal of assisting Floridians with disabilities in achieving employment.

Adult and Community Education (ACE) of Florida 
Cheryl Smith, Director, Workforce Education |
(850) 983‐5058
Professional association for adult and/or community education administrators, teachers, volunteers, business supporters, or college students entering the field of adult education.

Aktion Club    
National Office Customer Service   
Indianapolis: (317) 875-8755    
US & Canada: (800) KIWANIS ext. 390   
Tallahassee - LARC: (850) 893-3903   
A community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability that provides opportunities for developing initiative and leadership skills, serving the community, integrating into society and demonstrating the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities

AmeriCorps/ Volunteer Florida - Tallahassee    
(850) 921-5172  
Provides opportunities to meet community needs through one or two-year service commitments to community and national nonprofits. Participants learn collaboration, communication, leadership and other life skills while earning a modest living allowance with health and education benefits

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) - Florida State University
Pensacola City Office
Dr. Sheryl Day, Associate Director |
(850) 494-7324
Provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities as well as instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model

Easter Seals Florida - Winter Park
(407) 629-7881 (Voice & TTY)  
Provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities

Family Network on Disabilities (FNDFL)
Rich La Belle, Executive Director |
(727) 523-1130 | (800) 825-5736
A network of individuals who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals and concerned citizens; programs include Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN); Parent Education Network (PEN); Transition, Independent Living, Employment & Support (TILES); Florida Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC); and Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP).Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (F.A.A.S.T.)

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Lyn Harris, Program Coordinator |
(850) 469-5423 | (888) 445-9662
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
Georganna Gordon |
(850) 430-7520
Provides learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators, families and community members to promote all students learning together in a welcoming environment that incorporates integrated services, supports and curricula that are effective and research-based

Florida Youth Leadership Forum (FYLF)
Innovative, intensive four-day leadership training program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities that explores personal leadership, academic and career planning, etiquette, technology innovations, disability law, networking and more.

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional Disabilities (SEDNET)   
Georganna Gordon, SEDNET Coordinator |
J.E. Hall Center 
30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 
Enhances the system of care for families and students with emotional disabilities through facilitation, collaboration and direct intervention, as well as research and development, with a network of key stakeholders

Special Olympics Florida
Michael Stone |
(850) 291-6234
Provides year round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Northwest Florida - Pensacola
(850) 432-1596
Provides customized job training, employment placement and access to transportation, childcare and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges

Volunteers of America (VOA)
Lake City: (386) 754-9926     
Fosters life-long learning and inspires people to become contributing members of society by providing health, housing, training, education and employment services. 

Volunteer Florida
(850) 921-5172    
Provides numerous links to state and national volunteer organizations including AmeriCorps, the Corporation on National and Community Service, emergency management and disaster relief, disability inclusion and outreach and more

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