District Resources

Jefferson 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) or (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.

Adult and Community Education (ACE) of Florida - Panama City   
Dr. Artis Johnson, Director, Vocational, Adult, & Community Education |
(850) 342‐0141
Professional association for adult and/or community education administrators, teachers, volunteers, business supporters, or college students entering the field of adult education.

Aktion Club 
National Office Customer Service
Indianapolis: (317) 875-8755 
US & Canada: (800) KIWANIS ext. 390
Tallahassee - LARC: (850) 893-3903
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/Madison - Jefferson Personnel Development Services   
Tim Ressler, Executive Director
(850) 973-4614 ext 101
Assists persons with disabilities to live and work within their communities consistent with their interests, dignity and self-respect.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) - Florida State University
Janice Overstreet, Associate Director |
(850) 644-4387 or (800) 769-7926
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.

Ability 1st (Center for Independent Living) 
Judith Barrett, Executive Director
(850) 575-9621 or (850) 576-4245 (TDD)
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.

Easter Seals Florida - Winter Park
(407) 629-7881 (Voice & TTY)
Provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Family Care Council Florida - Area 2 
Tracy Stewart, Chairperson |
(850) 284-3815
Assists in providing information and services to people with developmental disabilities and their families; also advise the (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) on the needs of self-advocates and their families. 

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida (FNDFL) 
Rich La Belle, Executive Director |   
(727) 523-1130 or (800) 825-5736 
Includes Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN); Parent Education Network (PEN); Transition, Independent Living, Employment & Support (TILES); Florida Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC); Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP); and more.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST) 
(850) 487-3278 or (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 Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Heidi Granthum |
(850) 638-6131 or (877) 873-7232  
Provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) 
Sallie Payne |
(850) 921-0747 
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-Big Bend 
(850) 576-7145 | (800) 955-8770 | (TDD) (850) 576-5235
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

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional Disabilities (SEDNET)     
TBD, SEDNET Coordinator 
(850) 933-8091
325 West Gaines Street, Suite #614
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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 Florida
(352) 243-9536 
Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities leading to their participation as productive and respected members of society and their communities

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of North Florida - Panama City 
Kimberly McManus |  
(850) 769-7960 
Advocates and provides services for adults and children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities

Volunteers of America (VOA)
Lake City - (386) 754-9926  
Fosters life-long learning and inspires people to become contributing members of society by providing health, housing, training, education and employment services

Volunteer Florida
(850) 921-5172 
Provides numerous links to state and national volunteer organizations including AmeriCorps, the Corporation on National and Community Service, emergency management and disaster relief, disability inclusion and outreach and more

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