District Resources

Orange 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 (Voice/TDD) |  (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

(407) 423-8747 | (TTD) (407) 423-0787
Provides door-to-door transportation for individuals who meet eligibility criteria

Adaptive Mobility Services
(407) 426-8020
Provides driving training, assistance and evaluation

Aktion Club  
(800) KIWANIS (5492647) ext. 390  
A community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability that provides opportunities for developing initiative and leadership skills, serving the community, integrating into society and demonstrating the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities

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.

Best Buddies
Kim Wehagen, Area Director |
(407) 898-0787
Enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment

Brevard Achievement Center Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
Sarah Jones |
(321) 632-8610 ext. 217
Providing information to Social Security recipients regarding Work Incentives

Camp Challenge
(352) 383-4711
Provides camping and social interaction events for children and adults with disabilities

Camp Thunderbird-Quest
Katie Porta |
(407) 218-4300
Provides camping and social interaction events for children and adults with disabilities

Canine Companions
Carol Kallina, President
(407) 522-3300
Provides assistance dogs for persons with disabilities

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) University of Central Florida
Teresa Daly, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director | 
(407) 737-2586
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 I
(407) 623-1070 ext. 5526
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

Devereux Florida Treatment Center
(800) 338-3738
Provides services to children, adults and families with special needs that derive from behavioral, psychological, intellectual or neurological impairments

Epilepsy Foundation of Central Florida
Chuck Carmen |
(407) 422-1416
Focuses on improving the quality of life of persons with epilepsy and reducing the incidence of onset

Family Network on Disabilities  
Rich La Belle, Executive Director |  
(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 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

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)  
Sandra Chambers-Collins | 
(407) 317-3660 
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
Rosemarie “Ro” Bedesem I
(407) 317-3660 ext. 6283682
Allison Kanji I
(407) 317-3660 ext. 6283663
Kimberly Riley I
(407) 317-3660 ext. 6283667 
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 of Central Florida
L. Rimmer |
(407) 235-1500
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

Lighthouse Central Florida
Ginger Lancaster |
(407) 898-2483 ext. 39
Provides services for the visually impaired

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET) 
JoDee Buis |
(407) 317-3200 ext. 2002844
Lisa Diamond |  
(407) 897-6440 ext. 200243
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

Pathways Drop-In Center
(407) 843-5530 I
Provides a drop-in social center for individuals with mental illnesses

Primrose Center
Leslie North
(407) 898-7201
Provides vocational and employment services, supported living, residential homes and community supports for people with developmental disabilities

Quest, Inc.
Barbara Moses |
(407) 299-4050
Providing career placement, supported living and vocational training for people with disabilities

Special Olympics - Orange County
Cathy Tagliareni I
(407) 617-9200
Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities

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East Central Florida - Green Region - 3