District Resources

Sarasota 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 School District Resources

Sarasota County Schools - Exceptional Student Education

Executive Director Exceptional Student Education
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 31109

Transition Contact
Elizabeth Lewis |

Program Specialist, Transition, Postsecondary and Autism Spectrum
Dr. Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34233

Program Specialist for Transition
Elizabeth Lewis |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34312

Director of Exceptional Student Education
Dr. Heather Wasserman |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34226

Executive Director of Student Services
Debra Giacolone |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34754

Alternative Education, Discipline and Dropout Prevention Supervisor
Dr. Dawn Clayton |
(941) 927-9000

Department of Juvenile Justice
Dr. Dawn Clayton |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 31113
Supports youth returning from DJJ programs to re-enter school, assists with transferring and receiving educational records and provides information to districts on local school options for returning DJJ students.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Meltrice Boglin, FDLRS Suncoast Project Manager |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34350
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.

Project 10 CONNECT
Elizabeth Lewis, Site Coordinator |
(941) 927-9000 ext. 34312
Focuses on improving interagency collaboration and transition planning through local community transition teams (Developmental Disability Council).

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional Disabilities (SEDNET)
David McCarron  |
(941) 751-6550 ext. 43126
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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West Central Florida - Blue Region - 4