Monroe
District Resources

Monroe 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
(305) 349-1478
Supports persons with developmental disabilities (spina bifida, autism, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome and intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome) and children age 3-5 who are at risk of a developmental disability in living, learning and working in their communities.

Children’s Medical Services 
CMS_Central_Office@doh.state.fl.us
(850) 245-4200
Miami/Monroe Regional Offices
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  
Circuit 16
Raeann Bacchus, Regional Managing Director
(786) 257-5148
Statewide Customer Call Center
(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 
Pamela Ortiz, District Administrator | Pamela.Ortiz@dbs.fldoe.org
(305) 377-5339 | (888) 529-1830
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 Office Upper Keys
(305) 453-1271
VR Office Marathon
(305) 293-7586
VR Office Key West
(305) 293-7586
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
(305) 856-2288 I csimmons@miamilighthouse.org
601 Southwest 8th Avenue, Miami, FL
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers comprehensive services to all ages, leading to independence and successful living, including: Children’s Services (birth through age 13), Pre-Employment Transition Services (14 – 22), and Adult Services (22+).

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