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Note: The groups with a star (*) next to their names sponsored an advocacy training program by Pete and Pam Wright.

ABC Interventions, Inc.
Frans van Haaren, Ph.D., BCBA
8665 Glen Lakes Blvd
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 492-0726; Fax: (727) 217-9750
To assist parents and professionals in producing positive behavior change and language acquisition in children with autism and related disabilities using the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis and verbal behavior.

Academic Center of Tampa
Elizabeth Counts
13018 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 968-8787; Fax: (813) 792-0912
Offering one-on-one tutoring to students K-Adult, Academic Center is the premier private learning center for students. Free diagnostic assessment. Certified teachers.

"ACE" Advocating Children's Education
Ana and Bill Sanders , Founding advocates
Tampa, FL
Providing support to parents of children's with learning disabilities through a variety of advocacy services. This can be provided from the evaluation up to the placement process of the child to ensure appropriate services are provided by the education system, so that truly "No Child Will Be Left Behind".

Advocacy, Consulting, Children's Exceptional Learning (ACCEL)
Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 744-5419

Amelia Audiology, LLC
Patti Shelly-Lohman, Au.D.
1411 S. 14th Street, Suite F
Amelia Island, FL 32034
(904) 491-1515; (904) 491-1513 (fax)

Assistive Technology Educational Network of Florida (ATEN)
1207 Mellonville Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
(800) 558-6500 (Florida only) | (407) 688-2201 Fax (407) 688-4593

Association for Retarded Citizens/Florida
411 E. College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 921-0460

Autism Society of Florida
PO Box 970646
Coconut Creek, FL 33097
(954) 349-2820; Fax: (954) 571-2136

B-FOCASD (Brevard Families of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Cari Wheat, Founder
743 Conestee Dr.
W. Melbourne, FL 32904
B-FOCASD is a support group for families and educators of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorder or similar conditions.

Behavior Management Consultants, Inc. (BMC, Inc.)
Marilin Colon, MS, BCBA
360 Tuscany Way #208
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 752-9871; Fax: (321) 752-5666
BMC, Inc. provides behavior analysis and ongoing behavioral treatment in organizational, educational, health care, human services and special needs settings.

Believing in Exceptional Students of Tampa (B.E.S.T.)
Tampa, FL 33624
B.E.S.T. is a support group for parents of exceptional students. It was created by parents with the support of several organizations such as : FND, FDLRS, ACE, ACT and other community resources. B.E.S.T. offers FREE educational workshops on a variety of special education topics.

Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF)
North Broward Medical Center
201 E. Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
(954) 786-2400; (800) 992-3442 (in FL)

CHASE Advocacy & Consulting
Brenda Musick-Chase
340 Lake Proctor Court
Geneva, Florida 32732
Phone: (407) 349-5232
Educational consultation services include the following: Private meeting & phone consultations, student observations, advocacy support at IEP meetings, IEP reviews, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention strategies, written evaluations & recommendations

CITE, Inc. - Center for Independence, Technology & Education
215 E. New Hampshiire St.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-2482

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Florida State University
625-B North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 644-4367, (800) 769-7926; Fax: (850) 644-3644
Information, education, technical assistance and direct services are provided to eligible individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and professionals who work with them.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Beth Davis-Wellington, Esq. M.P.H.
Principal Attorney/Educational Consultant
Kidslaw: Adoption, Education & Health Care Advocacy
P.O. Box 831325
Miami, FL 33283-1325
(305) 273-0101
E- mail:

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
1137 Edgewater Drive, Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 540-1121; (407) 540-1124 (FAX)

Dyslexia Institutes of America
1463 Oakfield Drive SUite 138
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 689-2087; (813) 689-3007
At the Dyslexia Institute we provide an assessment for adults and children to diagnose Dyslexia by telling the type and level of severity. We also provide Phonological and cognitive therapy in our clinic.

Epilepsy Program
Florida Department of Health, HSFCD
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-18
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1744
(850) 245-4330

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
1900 Main Street, Suite 212
Sarasota, FL 34236-8545
(941) 953-5988

Easter Seals Florida
1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 215
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 896-7881

Education Recovery, Inc.
Deborah L. Kern,BSW, Director and Founder
(850)-651-2671 (home/office) - (850) 496-2677 (cell)
Kent Scebbi, (850) 830-6903

Paul L. Erickson, Atty.
1998 Hendersonville Rd., Blgt 1., Ste. 3
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 684-7884

Extra Special Kids,Inc.
JoAnne Chalom,Ed.S.
2141 North University Drive, Suite 275
Coral Springs, Florida 33071
(954) 261-9226; Fax: (954) 340-4966
Extra Special Kids, Inc. is an independent firm providing educational and advocacy services to South Florida's families and educational community. Our practice focuses on continuous assessment and proactive interventions to help our clients achieve their educationaL and transitional goals.

FND of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.
P.O. Box 10707
Bradenton, FL 34282
Contact: Mary Smith (941) 727-9009
Family Network on Disabilities helps, supports and educates families of children with disabilities. We act as advocates, and provide access to information

Florida Families of Children with Visual Impairment (FFCVI)
Sue Townsend, President
P.O. Box 7086
Lakeland, FL 33807-7086
(386) 677-7760; Fax: (386) 677-0726
FFCVI facilitates interaction among families with blind and visually impaired children so that they may acquire information, support, and confidence to meet their children's unique needs.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
(727) 523-1130; (800) 825-5736 (In Fl only)

Family Resource Center at ARC-Brevard
Family Liaison Program
Family Resource Specialist Program
Parent to Parent of Brevard, Inc
202 West Drive
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 409-2030
Fax: (321) 409-2032

Florida Alliance for Assistive Service and Technology (FAAST, Inc.) (1992)
1020 E. Lafayette St., Suite 110
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4546
Phone: (850) 487-3278 (V/TDD)
TDD: (850) 922-5951
FAX/TDD: (850) 487-2805

Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc.
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4946
(850) 877-4816

Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA)
P.O. Box 150127
Altamonte Springs, FL 32715-0127
(407) 774-7880; (800) 243-3574

Florida Association For Music Therapy (FAMT)
Professional organization of Florida music therapists who provide therapeutic interventions for clients with a variety of special needs. Contact us for a therapist in your area.

Florida Coalition for the Education of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (Florida CEIDD)
P.O. Box 520853
Longwood, FL 32752-0853
(561) 912-1231

Florida Department of Education
Room PL 08, Capitol Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 487-1785
FAX: (850) 413-0378

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

Florida's Rules Addressing Special Education, Accommodations, and Modifications
pmental disabilities.

Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Florida Teacher Resources Accommodations Database

Florida Independent Living Council

For Parents of Florida's Exceptional Students. . .

Florida's Voice on Mental Retardation (FVMR)
Arlene Lakin, Esq., President
5591 N.E. 28th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 975-5159; Fax: (954) 972-4701
Florida's Voice on Mental Retardation (FVMR), an all-volunteer, advocacy and networking organization for family and friends of persons with mental retardation and related develo

Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization
serving Palm Beach County
5300 Broken Sound Boulevard N.W., 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487
561-912-1231; Fax 561-912-1232

Patricia Harrison, MS, CCC
2594 Spreading Oaks Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32223
(904) 288-0138, (904) 612-1925

Milagros Huberman, L.M.H.C., N.C.C.
Child & Family Psychologists
7520 NW 5th Street, Suite 204
Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 587-7520; (954) 587-7527
Individual and family psychotherapy in english and spanish. Specialization in the treatment of anxiety and depression, development of effective coping skills and building of healthy relationships.

International Dyslexia Association
5005 Laurel, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33607
(W) (813) 874-3918

International Fibrodysplaisa Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA)
P.O.Box 196217
Winter Springs, FL 32719-6217
Note: This organization is based in FL but has members around the world.

John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
A school choice program of the Florida Department of Education for students with special needs.
Toll Free Parent Hotline: 1.800.447.1636

Learning Disabilities Association of Florida (LDAF)
331 E. Henry Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-8957

The Learning Standard, Incorporated
Susan Tippins
Post Office Box 162
12331 Sunowa Springs Trail
Bryceville, FL 32009
(905) 635-7252; (904) 879-6224 (fax)
Consultation or visits with schools for parents to ensure adequate and appropriate ESE services are provided for their child. Curriculum monitoring/provision also available.

Maitland Audiology, PA
Barbara Lyn Dixon Crotty, CCC-A, F/AAA
340 N. Maitland Ave, Suite 120
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 644-7960
Assessment, Remediation and interventions strategies for Auditory Processing Disorders (preschool+) and Hearing Impairment. Written evaluations and recommendations; Records review; phone consultations; IEP advocacy support.

Manasota Autism Society
P.O. Box 18934
Sarasota, FL 34276
(941) 426-9059 evening or Spanish contact: (941) 361-3095
Providing support and information to parents of children with autism. Please see our web site or contact us for meeting place, date, and time.

Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)
Stacy Quaid
11518 Water Poppy Terrace
Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 907-7380
Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. Affiliation: National Down Syndrome Society and National Down Syndrome Congress. Meeting information: Check website for meeting information including date, time, and guest speaker/event schedule.

1020 E. Lafayette, Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 671-4445

Office of State Coordinator of Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities
Department of Education, Turlington Building
325 W. Gaines Street, Room 701
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 487-3164

Palm Beach school for Autism, Inc.
1199 West Lantana Road, Cottage #16
Lantana, FL 33462
(561) 582-1645
Preschool for children with a primary diagnosis of autism.

Parents Empowering Parents (PEP)
Deborah L. Kern
(850) 651-2617

Parents of Down syndrome (PODS)
1270 SW 28th Terr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 581-4165

Parent Liaison Program, Sarasota County Schools
North County: Donna Spencer, South County: Susan Magers
1960 Landings Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34231-3331
(941) 927-9000 x 34326
E-mail: or
Free service to help improve communication between home and school. Our goal is for staff and families to work together in a positive way to assist students.

Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc.
Community Parent Resource Center
c/o Sunrise Community
9040 Sunset Drive, Suite G
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 271-9797; (800) 527-9552

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Florida Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
1747 Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando, FL 32809-5757
(407) 855-7604

Parent to Parent of Palm Beach County
Providing Resources, Support, and Training to Families
1201 Australian Ave.
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
(561)795-0144; Fax(561)793-1012

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
(727) 523-1130; (800) 825-5736 (In Fl only)

Parents Offering Wisdom, Enrichment and Resources (POWER)
Mental Health Association of Northeast Florida
(904) 399-5468

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and School-to-Work Transition Programs
2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 488-8380 (V); (850) 413-9629 (TTY)

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
Office of Early Intervention & School Readiness
Division of Public Schools/Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 325
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 488-6830

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
Florida Partnership for School Readiness
600 S. Calhoun Street
Holland Building, Room 251
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 488-0337

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children’s Medical Services
Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1707
(850) 245-4200

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Children's Medical Services
2020 Capital Circle, S.E.
Mail Bin A-06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 487-2690

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Prevention and Interventions Unit
Children's Medical Services
Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1707
(850) 245-4200

Protection and Advocacy Agency
Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities
2671 Executive Center Circle West, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301-5029
(850) 488-9071; (800) 346-4127 (TTY)
(800) 342-0823; (800) 350-4566 (Spanish and Creole Speaking Clients)

The Reading Connection
Fritzi Chowning, Ph.D.
7805 Coral Way, Suite 108
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305-265-2009 FAX: 305-265-1656
Psychoeducational evaluations, one-to-one reading remediation for those with dyslexia, hyperlexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, AD/HD, and/or central auditory processing difficulties. IEP advocacy, school visits, and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Gyla Wise
402 West Main Street
Immokalee, FL 34142-3933
(239) 658-3560,(800) 282-6540; FAX: (239) 658-3571
RCMA serves migrant farmworker and other low income rural families in 19 counties. We are the largest non-profit child care agency in Florida, directly operating over 70 centers- 78% of our centers are NAEYC accredited. Our funding mainly comes from Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and Florida’s School Readiness child care funds. Within the eligibility requirements of each funding source, we put a priority on serving children with the greatest needs, giving high priority to children with moderate to severe disabilities. We strongly believe in the philosophy of inclusion.

Regional ADA Technical Assistance Agency
Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
(SEDBTAC), Region 4
490 10th Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 385-0636 (V/TTY); (800) 949-4232

Maria C. Rodriguez-Dowling, Psy.D., P.A.
The Atrium Medical Office At Kendall Regional Medical Center
11760 Bird Road Suite 703
Miami, FL 33175
P.O. Box 2903
Miami, FL 33283-2903
(305) 385-5585; Fax: (305) 385-5585
Provide psychotherapy and group therapy as well as assessments and evaluations, such as psychological testing and psychoeducational assessments to chidlren, adolescents and theri families.

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
All Children’s Specialty Care of Fort Myers
4550 Colonial Blvd.
Ft. Myers, FL 33912
(941) 931-5700

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital at Baptist Medical Center
807 Nira Street, Third Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 390-3768

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
All Children’s Specialty Care of Lakeland
3310 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805
(863) 802-6600 ext. 6615

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
All Children’s Specialty Care of Pasco
5640 W. Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 846-9900

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
Center for Speech and Language, Inc.
5020 Goddard Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 299-1533

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
Rehabilitation Center for Children & Adults, Inc.
300 Royal Palm Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-7266

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
Speechcare, Inc.
1034 Jenks Ave.
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 769-5971

Scottish Rite Clinic at Baptist Hospital
1717 North E. Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
(850) 434-4957

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
Speech Language Pathology at All Children’s Hospital
33 Sixth Street, South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 892-4141 or: (800) 888-9794

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
All Children’s Specialty Care of Sarasota
5881 Rand Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34238
(941) 927-8805

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders*
All Children’s Specialty Care of Tampa
12220 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 631-5014

Note: *These clinics are operated by the All Children’s Hospital of St.
Petersburg and supported by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, Inc.

Marvin Silverman, Ed.D.
17741 SW 2 Street
Pembroke Pines, FL (Broward County) 33029
(954) 602-5629
Licensed school psychologist in private practice. Co-author of Parent Survival Training. Services include psychoeducational testing, parent advocacy counseling, representation at staffings, and staff providing remedial education services for learning disabilities.

Speech and Hearing
Florida Language, Speech & Hearing Association

Spina Bifida Association of Florida, Inc.
24 Beach Walker Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-6600
(904) 261-6639; (800) 722-6355 (in FL only)

State Agency for Visual Impairments
Division of Blind Services
Department of Education
2551 Executive Center Circle West, Suite 200, Lafayette Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-1330

State Department of Education: Special Education
Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services
Division of Public Schools and Community Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 614
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 488-1570

State Developmental Services
Florida Department of Children and Families
Developmental Disabilities Program Office
1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 3, Room 325
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-4257

State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2981
(850) 488-4180

State Education Agency Rural Representative
Instructional Programs
Division of Public Schools and Community Education
Department of Education
Florida Education Center, Room 514
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-2601

State Mediation System
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 614
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 488-1216

State Mental Health Agency
Mental Health Programs Office
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-8304

State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth
Children's Mental Health Program
Mental Health Programs Office
1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6, Room 290
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-8304

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Department of Education
2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4862
(850) 488-6210

Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities, Inc. (STAND)
P.O. Box 1845
Brandon, Florida 33509
(813) 258-5700

Travis Psycho-Educational Services, Inc.
Mary Ann Travis, PhD
2150 Park Ave. N.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 849-1872, (407) 644-1522, (407) 645-3507 FAX
Psycho-Educational Evaluations for special education eligibility and educational planning. Therapeutic services (coaching and counseling) for adolescents, young adults, adults with Specific Learning Disabilities.

Technology-Related Assistance
Florida Alliance for Assistive Service and Technology
1020 E. Lafayette Street, Suite 110
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4546
(850) 487-3278

Leslie Travis
1510 Georgetowne Lane
Sarasota, FL 34232-2014
(941) 342-0034
Special Education Advocate with 12 Years Experience and Authored portion of current IDEA 97

United Cerebral Palsy of Florida
1830 Buford Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 922-5630

University Affiliated Program
Mailman Center for Child Development /University of Miami School of Medicine

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami School of Medicine
1601 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

VSA arts of Florida
3500 E. Fletcher Avenue, Suite 234
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 975-6962
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