District Resources

Escambia 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 - Pensacola
Pamela Ryland, Director, Adult & Community Education |
(850) 453- 7462
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 
(317) 875-8755 | (800) KIWANIS ext. 390

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 
Crystal Grey-Hewett, MSW, Autism Consultant |
(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.

Center for Independent Living (CIL) Disability Resource Center
Frank Cherry, Executive Director |
(850) 595-5566 | (877) 245-2457 | (850) 595-5566 (TDD)
Provides information and referral services, advocacy, independent living skills training, peer counseling and support for persons with significant disabilities who seek independence and self-reliance.

Easter Seals Florida
(407) 629-7881 | (407) 629-7881 (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 Care Council Florida
Danny Parker, Chairperson |
Assists in providing information and services to people with developmental disabilities and their families; also advise the (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) on the needs of self-advocates and their families. 

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida (FNDFL) 
(727) 523-1130 | (800) 825-5736 
Includes Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN); Parent Education Network (PEN); Transition, Independent Living, Employment & Support (TILES); Florida Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC); Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP); and more.

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)
Lyn Harris, Program Coordinator |
(850) 469-5432 |  (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 Gordan  | 
(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, Inc. - Main Facility 
(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
Georganna Gordon, SEDNET Coordinator |
(850) 430-7473 
The 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 leading to their participation as productive and respected members of society and their communities.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Northwest Florida - Pensacola
(850) 432-1596
Provides services tailored to community needs such as housing, therapy, assistive technology training, individual and family support, social and recreation programs, community living, referrals, employment assistance and advocacy.

Volunteers of America (VOA)  
(386) 754-9926 
Fosters life-long learning and inspires people to become contributing members of societyby 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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