District Resources

Taylor 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 | (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 - Perry
Judy Johnson, Director, Vocational Education | judy.johnson@taylor.k12.fl.us
(850) 838‐2545
Professional association for adult and/or community education administrators, teachers, volunteers, business supporters, or college students entering the field of adult education

Aktion Club
(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 
Tallahassee Office
Dr. Amy Wetherby, Executive Director | amy.wetherby@med.fsu.edu
Dr. Lindee Morgan, Director | lindee.morgan@med.fsu.edu
(850) 644-4387 | (800) 769-7926  
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 
Provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, play and meet their individual goals in their communities.

Family Network on Disabilities
Rich La Belle, Executive Director | richlabelle@fndfl.org
(727) 523-1130 | (800) 825-5736
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.)  
(850) 487-3278 | (888) 788-9216 
Provides advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology including a loan program to try out assistive technology (AT), assistance with purchasing AT, an emergency AT fund and information on affordable housing.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Heidi Granthum, Program Coordinator | Granthumh@leonschools.net
(850) 561-6552
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)  
Sallie Payne | spayne@lsi.fsu.edu
(850) 921-0747
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.

Goodwill Industries-Big Bend
(850) 576-7145 | (800) 955-8770 | TTD (850) 576-5235
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

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional Disabilities (SEDNET)
Dana Huggins, SEDNET Coordinator | hugginsd@columbiak12.com
(386) 755-8191
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
Leslee Sunderland | lsunderland@specialolympicstaylor.org
(850) 672-9921
Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Tallahassee
(850) 922-5630
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)
(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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