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.

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

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.

ARC Osceola
Sherry Cain
(407) 847-6016
Empowers individuals by providing person-centered vocational training, educational and social opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities

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

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

Canine Companions for Independence 
Margaret S. Ager | mager@cci.org 
(407) 522-3300 
Provides assistance dogs for persons with disabilities

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) University of Central Florida 
Chad Nye, Ph.D. | cnye@mail.ucf.edu 
(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 
Sheretha Brown | sbrown@cilorlando.org 
(407) 623-1070 
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 | chuck.carmen@epilepsy-cf.org 
(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 | richlabelle@fndfl.org   
(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) 
Stacy Christophel | stacey.christophel@ocps.net 
(407) 317-3661 
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
Toby King | tjking@mail.ucf.edu
(386) 274-0360
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 | lrimmer@goodwillcfl.org 
(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 | glancaster@lcf-fl.org 
(407) 898-2483 ext. 39 
Provides services for the visually impaired

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)  
JoDee Buis | jodee.buis@ocps.net
(407) 317-3200 ext. 2002844
Lisa Diamond | lisa.diamond@ocps.net  
(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

Special Olympics
Bankole Adebanjo | badebanjo@specialolympicsosceola.org
(407) 913-9728
Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities

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