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The Advocacy Center
2671 Executive Center Circle West #100
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. With offices throughout the state, their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
2727 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

This site describes the Florida Medicaid program. It includes policies, procedures, updates and access to the Developmental Services, Waiver Services Coverage and Limitations Handbook.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg 3, Rm 325
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
850-488-4257 or 888-633-2301

Headed by Shelly Brantley, APD state program that assists people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It also provides assistance to identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities and funding to purchase supports and services. Its main goal is to eliminate state care institutions.

American with Disabilities Act
ADA Hotline

Clearing House on Disability Information. Statewide toll-free information and referral system to improve the delivery of services to consumers and build community capacity for assisting people with disabilities.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

With headquarters at the University of South Florida, CARD provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. They have an excellent web site with a wealth of information.

Coalition for the Education of Exceptional Students (CEES)
949 Briarcliff Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

9240 Centreville Road
Easton, Maryland 21601

Florida outsourced its Statewide Quality Assurance Program to Delmarva, a nonprofit organization. Delmarva sets fees care providers may charge.

Disability Resources, Inc.

Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

FAAST Housing Facts
Jane Johnson, Director
325 John Knox Rd. Bldg B
Tallahassee, FL 32303

FAAST is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities by promoting awareness of, access to and advocacy for Affordable Accessible Housing and Assistive Technology.

The Family CAFE
P.O. Box 15649
Tallahassee, FL 32317

Collaboration, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment (C.A.F.E.) is an annual conference, sponsored by the state, to provide information, resources and support to individuals with special needs or disabilities and their families.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida (FND)
2735 Whitney Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
727-523-1130 or 800-825-5736

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide alliance, with offices throughout the state, of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Their mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy.

Florida ARC
411 East College Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Florida ARC is a commitment to promoting, for all people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and access leisure activities. John Hall is the executive director. Florida ARC belongs to a national organization.

National ARC
Advocates for people with developmental disabilities


Florida Association of Support Coordinators

FASC is devoted to the enhancement of support coordination through education, training, and information networking ? on a statewide basis. Additional web sites and state resources are available.

Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2002 Old St. Augustine Rd, Bldg A
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4862
800-451-4327 or 800-955-8770 (Voice or TTD)

Vocational Rehabilitation provides services for eligible persons with physical or mental impairments. These services are designed to enable the consumer to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.

Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A06
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-1707
Ph: (850) 245-4444, ext. 2246

The Children’s Medical Services (CMS) program provides children with special health care needs with a family centered, managed system of care. Children with special health care needs are those children under age 21 whose serious or chronic physical or developmental conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)
124 Marriott Dr. #203
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Council was established to help plan individual and family-centered supports for those with disabilities in Florida. They also guide the development and administration of services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research, innovations, and programs.

Florida Inclusion Network

The Florida Inclusion Network provides learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators, families and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.

Florida Respite Coalition
2304 Aloma Ave., Suite 100
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 740-8909
Toll free: 866-FL-RELIEF

Florida Respite Coalition promotes respite care to enhance the quality of life for families.

Florida Statewide Advocacy Council
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg 1, Rm 401
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-6173

The Statewide and Local Advocacy Councils (SAC and LAC) system is a consumer protection mechanism for people receiving services from state agencies in Florida.

Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)

OPPAGA provides objective, independent, professional analyses of state policies and services to assist the Florida Legislature in decision-making, to ensure government accountability, and to recommend the best use of public resources

Florida Supported Employment

This Web site is devoted to supported employment in Florida. It has lots of information including training opportunities, federal information sites and state resources related to supported employment.

Florida’s Voice on Mental Retardation, Inc.
5591 N. E. 28th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

FVMR is a not-for-profit organization providing advocacy and resources for families to identify and connect with each other.

Maximus, Inc. (NYSE: MMS)
Mr. Lynn Davenport, Chief Executive Officer
11419 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA 20190

Florida outsourced decisions about which individuals receive a Medicaid Waiver and how much funding they receive to Maximus, a publicly held corporation. Maximus does not meet the people applying for help. Florida citizens who disagree with Maximus? decisions must hire a lawyer and appeal at what is called a ?fair hearing.?

Southern Movement for Independence
Debbie Courtney
PO Box 38550, Tallahassee, FL 32315
850/386-2022, FAX 850/386-2812

An organization dedicated to promoting the self-determination of individuals with developmental disabilities. Funded by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. Staff Support provided by Wilson Resource, Inc.

Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities (STAND)

STAND is a non-profit organization based in Florida. Its vision is that individuals with disabilities will progress unimpeded toward their full potential, realizing their educational and life goals. Securing rights and responsibilities under the law guarantees opportunity and freedom to maximize abilities, thereby promoting lifelong achievers.

Social Security Administration, Ticket to Work program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program is employment support available to people with disabilities under the SSI and SSDI programs.

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