District Resources

Polk 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

Abilities of Florida
Carlos Battles | cbattles@ourpeoplework.org
(863) 646-9111 | (866) 770-5047 
Helps people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. Clients must be at least 16 years old, work ready, with proof of their disability. The employment services and vocational evaluation services are contracted and usually accept referred customers from Vocational Rehabilitation.

Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Program
David Johnson, Senior Case Manager
(863) 295-5993
This program is administered by the Florida Department of Health. Services may include: case management, acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, transitional living, assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications, nursing home transition facilitation, long-term care supports for survivors and families through contractual agreements with community-based agencies

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Jennifer Monje | jennifer_monje@dcf.state.fl
(863) 413-3360
Supports persons with developmental disabilities (spina bifida, autism, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome and mental retardation) in living, learning and working in their communities

Children’s Medical Services - Florida 
Vivian Mehmert | vmehnert@peace-river.com
(863) 534-7028
Offers programs for children and young adults with special needs including health services, child protection and safety, child and family information, early intervention and child development and newborn screening provided by highly qualified physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers

Department of Children and Families
Ann Berner
(863) 619-4100
Provides information and/or services for adoption, child care, family safety, financial assistance, foster care, refugee services and mental health

Division of Blind Services
Tony Ames | tony.ames@dbs.fldoe.org
(813) 871-7190
Geraldine Kressin | geraldine.kressin@dbs.fldoe.org
(863) 499-2385
Provides services to persons who are blind, have severe visual impairments and have disabling conditions that make it difficult to read regular print including early-intervention education to children from birth to 5 years of age, a school-to-work transition program, independent living services, job opportunities in food service and Braille and talking book library services

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 
Judy Dertod, Area Supervisor, Unit 17 A 
(863) 680-5534 
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers

Social Security Administration - Polk County
(407) 648-6673 | (800) 772-1213
Administers retirement, Medicare, disability benefits and Social Security cards for the federal government

Florida District Map
East Central Florida - Green Region - 3