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Student and Family Services
State Transition and Related Projects Contacts

Descriptions, Web sites, and contact information are provided below for 11 centers, programs, and organizations that provide information, services, and resources to students with disabilities and their families. Contact information is also provided for the program liaison at the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services in the Florida Department of Education. 

Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
The Centers for Autism & Related Disabilities are located at seven state universities and provide community-based information and consultation to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, their families, and school districts.
   Bureau Liaison:  Diana McLendon,

Family Café (Cooperation, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment)
The Family Café exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information.
   Bureau Liaison:  Aimiee Mallini,
   Contact Person:  Lori Fahey,
                          Vanessa Wright,

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
FIN provides learning opportunities, consultation, information, and support to educators, families, and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.
   Bureau Liaison:  Bethany Mathers,

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)
The FDLRS Associate Centers provide diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.
   Bureau Liaison:  April Katine,,

FDLRS Multidisciplinary Educational Service Centers
This network of five regional Multidisciplinary Educational Services Centers provide multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for pre-school and school-aged children with complex academic, medical, emotional and/or behavioral need. The Centers also provide technical assistance and consultation services to families, school and community agencies and pre-service and in-service training.
   Bureau Liaison:  Diana McLendon,
      FDLRS FSU – 
      FDLRS Keiser -
      FDLRS UofM -
      FDLRS UF –
      FDLRS UF @ Jacksonville
      FDLRS USF -

FDLRS Technology State Loan Library (FDLRS TSLL)
Florida Diagnostic and Learning System provides support services to exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.
   Bureau Liaison:  Anne Glass,
   Contact Person:  Phyllis Neal-Wilson,

Learning through Listening Project (LtL)
The purpose of this project is to provide digital audio textbooks and equipment to students who cannot read standard print due to visual, perceptual, physical, or learning disabilities. The project also facilitates support services and training to administrators, teachers, parents, and students on the use of this technology provided by Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).
   Bureau Liaison:  Trevis Killen,
   Contact Person:  Terrie Noland,

Multiagency Network for Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
SEDNET is devoted to facilitating the creation of a comprehensive "system of care" for high-risk students and students with emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.
   Bureau Liaison:  Anne Bozik,

Outreach Services for the Blind/Visually impaired and the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
Outreach Services provides support services to school district personnel, parents and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or visually impaired. Available support services include training, information, referral services, and student assessments.
   Bureau Liaison:  Leanne Grillot,
   Contact Person:  Carmelina Hollingsworth,

Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP)
PEP provides information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities in select isolated, rural areas of Florida.
   Bureau Liaison:  Aimee Mallini,
   Contact Person:  Rich La Belle,

Project 10: Transition Education Network
The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network, hereinafter referred to as "Project 10," is to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.
   Bureau Liaison:  Judith White, 
   Contact Person:  L. Danielle Roberts-Dahm,

Student Support Services Project
Student Support Services staff are charged with facilitating the development of critical support services programs so that observable and measurable indicators of success are achieved. This is accomplished through the provision of technical assistance, training, research, resource development, and policy development and interpretation to local and state educators and parents.
   Bureau Liaison:  Heidi Metcalf,
   Contact Person:  Heather Diamond,



The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).

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