District Resources

Hendry 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 (APD) 
(800) 615-8720
Supports persons with developmental disabilities (spina bifida, autism, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome and intellectual disability) in living, learning and working in their communities.

Children’s Medical Services - Florida 
(850) 245-4200
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 (DCF)
Frank Prado, Regional Managing Director
(813) 558-5500
Customer Call Center
Agents available Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(850) 300-4323
Florida Relay 711 or TTY 1-800-955-8771
Provides information and/or services for adoption, child care, family safety, financial assistance, foster care, refugee services and mental health. 

Division of Blind Services
Leigh Ann Bellamy | Leigh.Bellamy@dbs.fldoe.org
(239) 278-7130 or (800) 219-0180
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 (VR) 
Anthony Oakes, VR Area Director | Anthony.Oakes@vr.fldoe.org
(239) 278-7317
Robert Richards, VR Area Supervisor | Robert.Richards@vr.fldoe.org
(239) 278-7317
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers.

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida
(239) 997-7797 I referral@lighthouseswfl.org
35 West Mariana Avenue, North Fort Myers, FL
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida provides comprehensive and customized training to individuals of all ages with blindness and vision impairment. Programs and services for babies, teens, adults, and seniors include training in safe travel (orientation and mobility), computers and technology, safety in the kitchen and management of medications, finances and the home, communication skills and braille, art, music, ballroom dancing, and English as a second language. 

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South Florida - Purple Region - 5