District Resources

Osceola 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   
Merari Perez | merari_perez@apd.state.fl.us 
(407) 245-0440 
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 
Darlene Stewart | dstewart@childrensadvocacy.org 
(386) 238-3830 
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  
Vern Melvin, Circuit 19  
(772) 467-4178  
Provides information and/or services for adoption, child care, family safety, financial assistance, foster care, refugee services and mental health

Division of Blind Services 
Marie Simpson | marie.simpson@dbs.fldoe.org 
(407) 245-0700 
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   
Rose Rucker | rose.rucker@vr.fldoe.org   
Emma Heim | emma.heim@vr.fldoe.org   
(407) 897-2740   
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers

Social Security Administration - Orange/Osceola Counties 
(407) 648-6673 | (800) 772-1213 
Administers retirement, Medicare, Social Security cards and disability benefits programs of the federal government

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