District Resources

Marion 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.

Local Agency Resources

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)  
Clarence Lewis, Central Region Manager  
(352) 330-2749  
200 N. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801  
Works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.The agency serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the following disabilities: People severely impaired by Autism, Cerebral palsy, Spina bifida, Intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome. 

(352) 840-5700
2703 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL 34470
Provides a full array of employment and training related services for job seekers, workers, youth and businesses. May include Disability Program Navigators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and Veterans Services on-site.

Division of Blind Services  
Gainesville (Satellite Office) 
Madeline Davidson, Supervisor 
(352) 955-2075 | (800) 443-0908 
3620 NW 43rd Street, Suite C, Gainesville, FL 32606 
The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible. 

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
Ocala Units 10A and 10B
Ashley Harper, Supervisor
Peter Shepis, Supervisor
(352) 732-1290
1601 NE 25th Avenue, Suite 702, Ocala, FL 34470
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers. 

Florida Center for the Blind
(352) 873-4700 I
1411 Northeast 22nd Avenue, Ocala, FL
Florida Center for the Blind serves all age groups with individualized training appropriate to each individual’s goals: helping babies develop all their senses, children attain optimal academic success, teens gain independence and prepare for higher education and vocational success, working age adults gain skills that level the playing field for return to work, and older adults acquire essential skills to maximize independence in daily activities.  

New Vision for Independence, Inc.
(352) 435-5040
9501 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, Florida 34788
New Vision for Independence is a 501 (C)(3) nationally accredited, non- profit organization serving adults and children with visual impairments, in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. We are committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education and support services for people with low vision or blindness and their families to promote independence, acceptance and self-confidence. 

Florida District Map
West Central Florida - Blue Region - 4