Promising Practices Transition Sites
Lee 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. This is the link to the Lee Transition Resources Padlet.
The Able Trust
(850) 224-4493 (Voice/TDD)
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.
National Office Customer Service | email@example.com
(317) 875-8755 (Indianapolis, IN) | (800) KIWANIS (US & Canada) ext. 390
LaBelle Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) - University of South Florida
Christine Maughan | Christinemaughan@usf.edu
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 Gulf Coast (CILGC)
(239) 260-4575 | (855) 260-4575
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
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center (DHHC)
(239) 461-0334 | (239) 247-5821
Offers community education and outreach, interpreting services, sign language classes, information and referral services, job assistance, advocacy services, equipment sales, telephone equipment loan program and services for families with children who are deaf
Family Care Council Florida, Area 8
Patricia Oglesby, Chairperson
Assists in providing information and services to people with developmental disabilities and their families; also advises the (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) on the needs of self-advocates and their families
Family Network on Disabilities (FND)
Rich La Belle, Executive Director | email@example.com
(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; Some programs include Florida Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) and Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP)
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Southwest Regional Demonstration Center (Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast)
Phone: (954) 320-6860
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) - Island Coast
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide
Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
Joya Bella, FIN Facilitator | firstname.lastname@example.org
(850) 645-7593 (Office)
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
Lee County Parks & Recreation
Nancy Apperson, Special Needs Coordinator | email@example.com
Provides accessible facilities and programming including recreation therapy and adaptive sports
Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
Connie Tucker Reece, SEDNET Region 8B Project Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (863) 946-0323
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Improves the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through awareness, support, education, advocacy and research
No Person Left Behind
Linda Carter, Florida Disaster Planning Assistance | email@example.com
National "one-stop shop" for information on hurricanes and disasters for seniors and persons with disabilities
Take Stock in Children (Scholarship Program)
Alicia Miller, Student Services Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Helps economically disadvantaged and at-risk children graduate from high school, attend college and become productive citizens by providing college scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates, early intervention and long-term support coupled with high standards, parental involvement and community support.