District Resources

Hardee 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

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) 
University of South Florida
Susan Richmond | srichmond@fmhi.usf.edu
(813) 974-2996
Karen Berkman | kberkman@fmhi.usf.edu
Mindy Stevens | mstevens@fmhi.usf.edu
(800) 333-4530
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) of Central Florida    
Elizabeth Howe, Executive Director | ehowe@cilorlando.org
(407) 623-1070 | (TTY) (407) 623-1185 | (877) 891-6448
Bobbi Allan, Interpreter | lrosencrans@cilorlando.org
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

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.

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional Disabilities (SEDNET)
Vacant - TBD
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

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