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    Adult Services

    Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities (CHAC)
    4405 Desoto Road
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 355-8808
    Purpose:
    Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. empowers the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities one person at a time. Programs include the Selby School, transition, community employment and living/occupational training.
    The Duvall Home

    3395 Grand Avenue

    Glenwood, FL 32722
    (386) 734-2874
    Purpose: Provides residential care and adult day training.
    Easter Seals Southwest Florida

    350 Braden Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-7637

    Purpose: Provides residential care and adult day training.

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    Hearing Loss Association of America

    PO Box 48643
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    (941) 320-8825

    Purpose: To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, advocacy and support.

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    Lighthouse of Manasota

    7318 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 359-1404

    Purpose: Provides developmental/transition vision rehabilitation training for eligible infants and toddlers ages birth to five and high school students ages 14 to 21. Lighthouse of Manasota also provides advocacy services for children with visual disabilities.

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    Suncoast Autism Social Group for Young Adults

    300 S. Nokomis Ave S.
    Venice, FL 34285

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    Meets: The first Monday of the Month (Exception on holidays)

    Time: 5 pm. To 7:30 p.m.

    Purpose: The Suncoast Autism Social Group for Young Adults is a support group of the Autism Society of Florida for independently functioning young adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome who have completed school and are over the age of 18.

    Suncoast Center for Independent Living

    3281 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 351-9545

    Purpose: Computer loan, medical equipment loans, advocacy, independent living skills training, and home modifications for people with disabilities.

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    Positive Behavior Supports Corporation

    1-855-832-6727

    Purpose: PBS Corp serves children and adults with behavioral challenges. Typically, we support individuals who require assistance in

    • Developing or enhancing language skills to more effectively communicate their needs and functional skills (e.g., daily living, self-regulation) that will lead to greater independence
    • Diminishing problem behaviors such as noncompliance, aggression, self-injury, elopement, and property destruction that limit their ability to develop skills and participate fully in integrated settings

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Sarasota

    3660 North Washington Boulevard, Rm. 216
    Sarasota, FL 34234
    (941) 359-5670

    Purpose: Program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Manatee

    600 8th Avenue West, Suite 201
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 721-8250

    Purpose: Program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Advocacy Services

    Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities

    2671 Executive Center Circle w., Suite 100
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    (800) 342-0823

    Purpose: Provides legal advice and representation; negotiation and mediation support; meaningful and fair dispute resolution support; investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations in facilities and public programs.

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    Beacon Health

    8606 Brittany Way
    Tampa, FL 33619
    (888) 204-5581

    Purpose: Mental health peer recovery model providing education, outreach, and advocacy through Florida Health Partners. Pre-paid Medical carve-out for mental health.

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    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF)

    13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (800) 333-4530

    Purpose: A community-based project that provides free information, consultation, training, and resources to schools and families with disabilities.

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    Central Florida Parent Center (CFPC)

    1021 Delaware Ave.
    Palm Harbor, FL 34683
    (888) 612-9273
    Local: (727) 789-2400
    Fax: (727) 789-2454

    Purpose: CFPC is the Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for 30 counties in central and northeast Florida. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We serve families of all ages (birth to 26) and all disabilities completely free of charge, and we are staffed by parents and other family-members of children and adults with disabilities. We provide one-on-one individual assistance and training as well as free webinars on a variety of topics related to special education. We also have several Spanish speaking staff and a Spanish website.

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    Community Liaison for Achieving Student Success (CLASS)

    (941) 927-9000 x31113
    Sharon Troupe, Program Coordinator

    Purpose: CLASS is an advocacy program designed to assist Sarasota County families attempting to negotiate, mediate, or reconcile their child’s school-related problems. It is a free service to all parents/guardians/students.

    Disability Rights Florida

    2473 Care Drive, Suite 200
    Tallahassee, FL 32308
    (800) 342-0823

    Purpose: To provide services to individuals in Florida with disabilities, including: information and referrals, self-advocacy support, technical assistance, investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations, dispute resolution support, negotiation and mediation support, and advocacy support. They also educate policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities and advocate on their behalf.

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    Families and Advocates Partnerships for Education (FAPE)

    (952) 838-9000

    Purpose: This project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcome of children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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    Family Cafe

    519 North Gadesden Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    (888) 309-2233 or (850) 224-4670

    Purpose: Provides 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.

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    Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota, Inc.

    P.O. Box 110025
    Bradenton, FL 34211
    (941) 928-0682

    Purpose: Education, information, advocacy, respite, disability education and awareness, pediatric developmental screenings project. This organization offers support and education to families of children with special needs.

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    Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

    124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    (800) 580-7801

    Purpose: To advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

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    Hearing Loss Association of America

    PO Box 48643
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    (941) 320-8825

    Purpose: To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, advocacy and support.

    Website

    Lighthouse of Manasota

    7318 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 359-1404

    Purpose: Provides developmental/transition vision rehabilitation training for eligible infants and toddlers ages birth to five and high school students ages 14 to 21. Lighthouse of Manasota also provides advocacy services for children with visual disabilities.

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    The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

    8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 312-0400

    Purpose: Information, advocacy, education and awareness, and to fund research on the life-threatening cause of genetic obesity in children.

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    Suncoast Center for Independent Living

    3281 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 351-9545

    Purpose: Computer loan, medical equipment loans, advocacy, independent living skills training, and home modifications for people with disabilities.

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    The Florida Youth Council (The FYC)

    (888) 309-2233

    Purpose: The FYC is all about getting youth and emerging leaders involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring, and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth with disabilities throughout the state.

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    The IEP Advocate

    (407) 342-9836

    Purpose: The IEP advocate provides multiple advocacy services. They can attend IEP meetings, help with the McKay Scholarship process, provide parent coaching, and attend manifestation meetings. They also have free parent workshops about IEP’s and special education parenting.

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    Whole Child Manatee

    (941) 749-3059

    Purpose: The Whole Child Manatee uses strategic planning, web-based technology, performance measurement and broad-based community engagement to build communities where everyone works together to make sure children thrive. Whole Child families can visit the website to complete their profile and connect to resources and information in Manatee County.

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    Wrights Law

    Purpose: Parents, educators, advocates and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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    Education Services

    ABA Academy

    7555 Claxstrass Dr.
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 341-9992

    Purpose: The ABA Academy, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting quality education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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    Ave Maria Preparatory School

    6289 Verna Rd
    Myakka City, FL 34251
    (941) 322-1601

    Purpose: Serve students ages 6-22 with learning-challenges(including autism, ADD, PDD, and dyslexia) and their families while maintaining a safe and caring atmosphere where students and staff are valued for their gifts and dignity.

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    Beyond The Spectrum

    7333 International Place
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 907-3443

    Purpose: Beyond the Spectrum is a non-profit organization offering ABA Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Practical Preschool program and an elementary school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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    The Broach School

    2615 26th Street West
    Bradenton, FL 34205
    (941) 751-2525
    Toll Free: (866) 344-5431

    Purpose: The Broach School is a Nonprofit Special Education School that is designed to accommodate low-income families.

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    Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities (CHAC)

    4405 Desoto Road
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 355-8808

    Purpose: Programs include Selby preschool, transition, community employment and living/occupational training. Programs are designed to empower individuals with disabilities to be independent.

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    Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Sunset Chapter #296

    1960 Landings Blvd.
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 927-9000

    Purpose: The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Locally, support is provided for teachers and ESE students.

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    Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

    600 8th Avenue West, #100
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 757-2900

    Purpose: The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County provides and coordinates the services of school readiness programs, in an efficient manner, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational success, to support the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher, and to continue to improve the quality of services available in the community.

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    Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County: Child Care Connection

    2886C Ringling Blvd.
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 556-1600

    Purpose: Provides high-quality early educational programs by providing education and assistance to families in Sarasota County.

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    The Florida Center for Early Childhood

    4620 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (941) 371-8820

    Purpose: Provides prevention and early intervention services to young children and their families at risk for academic, social, and economic failure.

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    Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource System (FLDRS) - Sarasota

    1960 Landings Boulevard
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 927-9000

    Purpose: Provides support in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD) and Technology.

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    Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource System (FLDRS) - Manatee

    School Board of Manatee County
    1400 1st Avenue East
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 721-2300

    Purpose: Provides support in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD) and Technology.

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    Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)

    1960 Landings Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 927-2593 x15

    Purpose: Provide learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators, families and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.

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    Florida Mentor

    2055 Wood Street, Suite 118
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 255-2721

    Purpose: Provides children, young people, adults and their families innovative, quality services and supports that lead to growth and independence, regardless of the physical, intellectual or behavioral challenges they face.

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    The GAP School

    5581 Broadcast Ct.
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    (941) 522-9090

    Purpose: The GAP School is built upon a singular foundation of individualized education and social skills development. They support a curriculum without bias in a bully-free environment.

    Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.

    2705 51st Ave East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 355-2721

    Purpose: Provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities and barriers. JobsPlus helps individuals with disabilities learn traditional workplace behaviors and skills while earning a paycheck through a variety of job opportunities at Goodwill.

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    The Lily School for Child Development

    365 Braden Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-5040

    Purpose: The Lily School offers children who are both typically developing and differently abled an equal opportunity to learn in a creative atmosphere by providing high-quality education and care that children need in their early developmental years; ages birth to five.

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    Pinnacle Academy

    6215 Lorraine Road
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    (941) 755-1400

    Purpose: Pinnacle Academy provides a private education for children with autism and related disabilities.

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    Project 10 Transition Education Network

    USF-St. Petersburg Campus
    140 7th Avenue South-SVP108
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    (727) 873-4653

    Purpose: Project 10 assists Florida school districts in building capacity to achieve the secondary transition indicators to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

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    The Reading Station

    7313 International Place, Suite 90
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    (941) 361-1173

    Purpose: Provides one-to-one reading instruction for children.

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    School District of Manatee County

    Wylene Herring-Cayasso – Director of Exceptional Student Director
    2501 63rd Avenue East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    cayassow@manateeschools.net
    (941) 751-6550 ext. 2280

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    School District of Sarasota County

    Tammy Cassels, Supervisor of Exceptional Student Education
    1960 Landings Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    Tammy.cassels@sarasotacountyschools.net
    (941) 927-9000 x34226

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    Sea of Strengths Academy

    7313 International Place, Suite 90
    Sarasota, FL 34240

    Purpose: A private school for students with learning disabilities, speech-language disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, or those students struggling in reading and math.

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    SEDNET

    2501 63rd Ave. East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 741-6550 ext. 2221

    Purpose: SEDNET is The Multiagency Network for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. It creates and facilitates a network of key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

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    Starfish Academy

    4620 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 371-8820 ext. 1900

    Purpose: A nationally accredited inclusion preschool program serving children 6 weeks to five years old, including VPK. Classrooms are designed to meet the needs of both typically developing children and children needing additional supports.

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    St. Mary Academy

    4830 Fruitville Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (941) 366-4010

    Purpose: A close-knit, positive learning environment dedicated to assisting children with special needs and giving them the opportunity to succeed.

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    Woodland Early Childhood Center

    The Brad Dunn Preparatory School
    9607 State Road 70 E.
    Bradenton, FL 34202
    (941) 753-8858
    Contact: Jennifer Passmore

    Purpose: WECC has joined with Brad Dunn Foundation to create a private elementary Christian school for children with disabilities.

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    Post-Secondary Education Resources

    Manatee Technical Institute (MTI)

    5603 34th Street West
    Bradenton, FL 34210
    (941) 751-7900

    Purpose: Offering career preparation programs, continuing education, personal enrichment, and adult education.

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    Project 10 Transition Education Network

    USF-St. Petersburg Campus
    140 7th Avenue South-SVP108
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    (727) 873-4653

    Purpose: Project 10 assists Florida school districts in building capacity to achieve the secondary transition indicators to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

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    Suncoast Technical

    4748 Beneva Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    (941) 924-1365

    Purpose: Career Technical Education classes for high school diploma or GED, and vocational classes.

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    Think College

    Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college.

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    Employment/Vocational Services

    AmeriCorps

    Seeks to encourage volunteerism by “full and proactive inclusion of individuals with disabilities” (typically 18 to 25 years old) in their communities. “In exchange for a year of full-service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,350 that can be used to pay for college or graduate school, or pay back student loans. In addition, some members also receive a living allowance and health care.”

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    The Arc Tampa Bay

    1501 N. Belcher Rd, Suite 249
    Clearwater, FL 33765
    (727) 799-3330

    Purpose: The Arc Tampa Bay offers a variety of adult training programs and supported employment opportunities. They focus on helping individuals acquire and sustain paid employment in a community environment through a variety of partnerships with local businesses.

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    Artistas Café

    4400 North Dale Mabry Hwy
    Tampa, FL 33641
    (813) 251-2787

    Purpose: Artistas Café provides employment for high functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Proceeds from the Café support Art for Autism, our (501)(c)(3) organization that provides training and transition programs, art programs and resources to improve the lives of those touched by autism.

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    Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities (CHAC)

    4405 Desoto Road
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 355-8808

    Purpose: Programs include Selby preschool, transition, community employment and living/occupational training. Programs are designed to empower individuals with disabilities to be independent.

    Website

    Easter Seals Southwest Florida

    350 Braden Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-7637

    Purpose: Provides exceptional services for persons with disabilities and their families across a lifetime by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest extent.

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    Manatee Technical Institute (MTI)

    5603 34th Street West
    Bradenton, FL 34210
    (941) 751-7900

    Purpose: Offering career preparation programs, continuing education, personal enrichment, and adult education.

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    Suncoast Technical

    4748 Beneva Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    (941) 924-1365

    Purpose: SCTI offers an excellent program that provides quality instructional opportunities for individuals who seek assistance in the acquisition and maintenance of basic life skills (for young adults 22 years of age or older). Teachers guide the students so they may attain their highest level of independent functioning skills.

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    Suncoast Center for Independent Living

    3281 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 351-9545

    Purpose: Computer loan, medical equipment loans, advocacy, independent living skills training, and home modifications for people with disabilities.

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    United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida

    6915 15th Street East
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 251-4956

    Purpose: Residential habilitation, Adult day training, supported living, supported employment, companion services, and respite care.

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    USA Jobs

    Purpose: Individuals with disabilities have access to jobs for which they are qualified, and may also qualify for a special hiring authority. Applicants can find information and search for jobs on website.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Manatee

    600 8th Avenue West Suite 201
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 721-2850

    Purpose: Program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Sarasota

    3660 North Washington Boulevard, Rm. 216
    Sarasota, FL 34234
    (941) 359-5670

    Purpose: Program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Government Agencies/Financial Assistance

    Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation, Inc. (AAFI)

    PO Box 61005
    Fort Myers, FL 33906
    (239) 410-7356

    Purpose: Established to help families pay for autism related expenses (therapy, school, and/or medical expenses) and increase awareness for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

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    Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

    1201 102nd Ave. North
    St. Petersburg, FL 33716
    (727) 217-7016

    Purpose: Medical waiver, supported employment, respite, and consumable medical supplies.

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    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF)

    13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (800) 333-4530

    Purpose: A community-based project that provides free information, consultation, training, and resources to schools and families with disabilities.

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    Florida Autism License Plate

    Purpose: Florida motorists have the opportunity to help generate funds for autism related services throughout Florida by purchasing a plate!

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    Manatee Community Action Partnership

    302 Manatee Ave East
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    (941) 827-2887

    Purpose: Provides a variety of programs to families, including Bheavior Intervential Plan, CATCH- Speech screening, evaluation, and therapy, Head Start, and Healthy Families Manatee.

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    Manatee County Area Transit

    2411 Tallevast Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 749-7116

    Purpose: Provides reliable and cost-efficient public transportation in Manatee County. MCAT also operates the Handy Bus which serves the transportation disadvantaged and disabled residents in Manatee County.

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    Manatee County Housing Authority

    5631 11th Street East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 756-3974

    Purpose: To provide safe, decent, and sanitary rental housing or rental assistance conditions for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities. To manage resources efficiently and promote personal, economic, and social upward mobility in order to provide families the opportunity to make the transition from subsidized to non-subsidized housing, or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age-in-place.

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    Sarasota County Area Transit

    5303 Pinkney Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    (941) 861-1234

    Purpose: Provides public transportation services.

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    Sarasota County Housing Authority

    269 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 100
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 361-6210

    Purpose: To provide quality, affordable housing that enhances the lives of residents and promotes their independence.

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    Social Security Administration –Bradenton Office

    5540 SR 64 East, Suite 100
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    (800) 772-1213

    Purpose: Provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to workers and their families. SSI benefits are payable to people age 65 or older, blind, or people with disabilities that have little or no income and resources.

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    Social Security Administration –Sarasota Office

    2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 301
    Sarasota, FL 34221
    (941) 772-1213

    Purpose: Provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to workers and their families. SSI benefits are payable to people age 65or older, or blind, or people with disabilities who have little or no income and resources.

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    Suncoast East Family Care Council

    1313 North Tampa St, Suite 515
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (800) 470-8101

    Purpose: The mission of the Family Care Council is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Manatee

    600 8th Avenue West Suite 201
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 721-2850

    Purpose: Program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation Sarasota

    3660 North Washington Boulevard, Rm. 216
    Sarasota, FL 34234
    (941) 359-5670

    Purpose: program that works with eligible people who have physical or cognitive disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

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    Healthcare Services

    All Children’s Specialty Care of Sarasota

    5881 Rand Boulevard
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 927-8805

    Purpose: Outpatient facility providing medical and therapeutic services – pediatric medical services, pediatric diagnostic services, pediatric surgical services, pediatric development and rehabilitation services and patient/family support services.

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    Allison O'Brien, DMD

    6975 Professional Pkwy E
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 210-5657

    Purpose: Comprehensive general practice dental care of Lakewood Ranch, including full-mouth rehabilitation, TMD/TMJ, implant dentistry and working with special needs patients.

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    All About Kids Pediatric Dentistry

    1882 59th St West
    Bradenton, FL 34209
    (941) 792-9392

    Purpose: All About Kids is a pediatric dental practice specializing in infants, children, teens, and person’s with special needs. They are committed to making yoru child’s visit a pleasant and comfortable one.

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    Beacon Health Options

    8906 Brittany Way
    Tampa, FL 33619
    (941) 545-8098

    Purpose: Mental health peer recovery model providing education, outreach, and advocacy through Florida health partners, pre-paid medical carve-out for mental health.

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    Centerstone

    391 6th Ave. West
    Bradenton, FL 34205
    Outpatient: (941) 782-4150
    Inpatient: (941) 782-4617

    Purpose: A private behavioral health hospital specializing in adult and pediatric mental health and addiction disorders.

    Children's Medical Services

    6055 Rand Boulevard
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 361-6250

    Purpose: Offers health services and other programs for children with special needs.

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    Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

    1451 10th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 552-1950

    Purpose: Mental health and substance abuse prevention, intervention, group and individual therapy services.

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    Children's Dentistry of Manatee County

    5714 21st Avenue West
    Bradenton, FL 34209
    (941) 792-6272

    Purpose: A comprehensive pediatric dentistry, including orthodontic care and various forms of sedation dentistry. Dr. Morgan is experienced working with children with a variety of disabilities.

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    Dentistry for Children and Adolescents

    7315 Merchant Court
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 907-7762

    Purpose: Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero is a board certified pediatric dentist dedicated to the oral health of children, adolescents and children with special healthcare needs.

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    Epilepsy Services of SW Florida

    4910 14th St West, Suite 302
    Bradenton, FL 34207
    (941) 752-6226

    Purpose: To provide medical attention to uninsured individuals over the age of 18, case management, referrals to community services, and education programs to the community.

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    Enroll SWFL Navigators (Health Planning Council of SWF)

    (866) 547-2793

    Purpose: Enroll SWFL Navigators provide free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with enrolling with the federal and state health insurance programs.

     

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    Florida KidCare

    PO Box 31105
    Tampa, FL 33631
    1-888-540-5437

    Purpose: Health insurance for children, from birth through age 18, who do not have insurance. Eligibility for Florida KidCare is based on income and family size.

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    Hearing Loss Association of America

    PO Box 48643
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    (941) 320-8825

    Purpose: To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, advocacy and support.

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    Dr. Helene Hubbard

    408 Manatee Ave East
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    (941) 922-5366

    Purpose: Dr. Hubbard is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who practices in Bradenton, Florida. She monitors the care of children with special needs.

    Lifetime Smiles

    2727 Tamiami Trail South
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    (941) 955-8588

    Purpose: Lifetime Smiles is dedicated to serving patients with special needs. The staff of Lifetime Smiles is trained to care for patients who may have difficulty receiving dental treatment in a traditional environment. They are listed with the APD as a registered dentist for the Developmental Disability waiver.

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    Meadows Family Dentistry

    9912 SR 64 East
    Bradenton, FL 34212
    (941) 799-6690

    Purpose: Family dentist that provides dental care to the entire family, including special needs patients.

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    Meridian Research

    8043 Cooper Creek Blvd., #107
    University Parkway, FL 34201
    (941) 747-7900

    Purpose: Specializes in conducting high-quality pharmaceutical research and psychopharmacology for mental illnesses and other medical disorders.

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    Narcotics Anonymous

    1255 N. Gulfstream Ave., # 604
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 928-8862

    Purpose: Provides drug addiction recovery services.

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    Rehab After Work/Life Counseling Services

    2050 Proctor Road
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 921-3018

    Purpose: Provides mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

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    SmileWorks

    3103 Fruitville Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 953-2111

    Purpose: Pediatric dentistry office dedicated to improving and maintaining the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs, ages 1 to 18.

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    Special Day Foundation

    P.O. Box 1271
    Sarasota, FL 34230-1271
    (941) 225-3103

    Purpose: Special Day Foundation provides opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to experience the physical, therapeutic, and social value of nature-based recreational activities. The programs include boating and fishing opportunities. They also work with the University of Florida College of Dentistry to provide dental services to special needs children and adults.

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    Suncoast Behavioral Health Center

    4480 51st Street West
    Sarasota, FL 34210
    (941) 251-5000

    Purpose: Providing the highest quality mental health treatment services in a safe, therapeutic environment with compassion and respect for all patients and families: Child and Adolescent Inpatient Stabilization and Adult and Mature Adult Inpatient Stabilization. Suncoast Behavioral Health Center is a Baker Act receiving facility for children, adolescents and adults.

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    The Tridas Center for Child Development

    4144 North Armenia Avenue, Suite 375
    Tampa, FL 33607
    (813) 876-8316

    Purpose: A developmental pediatric practice with over 30 years of experience. They offer comprehensive, developmental and behavioral services to infants, children, and young adults in the Tampa Bay area. They specialize in diagnosis and management of developmental and behavioral disorders, and help your child achieve their best potential.

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    Recreation & Leisure Programs

    Adaptive Golf Foundation Of America (AGFA)

    1878 University Parkway
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 228-8298

    Purpose: Golf instruction and club maker for children and adults with disabilities.

    Boy Scouts of America: Southwest Florida Council

    1801 Boy Scout Dr.
    Fort Myers, FL 33907
    (239) 936-8072

    Purpose: Youth with physical disabilities, developmental or cognitive challenges are welcome in the Boy Scouts of America. Accommodations exist to facilitate their advancement in Boy Scouts. Boys Scouts of America’s objectives for scouts are developing characters, citizenship, and physical fitness.

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    BUDS Tennis

    Lakewood Ranch High School
    8374 Market Street Box 113
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    (941) 907-0499

    Purpose: BUDS Tennis is a clinic for individuals with Down syndrome ages 7 to 17. Through the medium of tennis, we aim to not only improve coordination, social, and listening skills, but also encourage the students to celebrate every little achievement.

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    Camp Able

    1101 N. Collier
    Marco Island, FL 34145
    (239) 394-7242

    Purpose: Camp Able is specifically designed for persons with special needs. They focus on the abilities of each camper, rather than disabilities. Campers ages 12 and up participate in traditional camp activities while forming new friendships and making lasting memories.

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    Care 2 Tri

    309 39th Street NE
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    (941) 799-1680

    Purpose: Provides recreational services to disabled individuals through participation in races and triathlons.

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    Dynasty Dance Clubs

    2272 Main Street
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 955-8558

    Purpose: Dynasty Dance Clubs offers group classes and private lessons for special needs kids. On a purely physical level, dancing helps with coordination and muscle tone. Most importantly, kids will have fun! Ballroom dancing promotes manners, good posture, social skills, and a sense of pride.

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    Face Autism

    5333 Rio Vista St.
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (813) 240-3044

    Purpose: Face Autism, Inc. provides screenings, sensory-friendly events, sensory-friendly classes, support groups, and funding for therapy services so that all treatments and educational resources are made available to every qualifying family with a child diagnosed with autism. They host sensory-friendly Holiday events for children with autism and their families, including Octoberfest, an Easter Egg Hunt, and Sensory Santa.

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    Forever Friends Special Needs Ministry, Inc.

    4430 South Lockwood Ridge Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34232

    Purpose: Provides non-denominational, faith-based services designed for people (children through adults) with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Activities are designed to allow those attending to make new friends, be inspired, lifted up, encouraged, and feel a renewed sense of self-esteem.

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    Foundation For Dreams, Inc./Dream Oaks Camp

    16110 Dream Oaks Place
    Bradenton, FL 34212
    (941) 746-5659

    Purpose: Provides therapeutic camping programs throughout the year to children ages 7-17 with varying special needs. These are day camps, weekend camps and residential camps. Youth have the opportunity to engage in arts & crafts, horseback riding, boating, music and dancing, swimming, nature programs, sports, and many more!

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    Girl Scouts of America, Gulfcoast Florida

    4780 Cattlemen Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    (941) 921-5358

    Purpose: Scouting opportunities, for each girl of all abilities, to discover and connect with their peers and community.

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    Gulf Coast Music Therapy

    7333 International Place
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 527-8477

    Purpose: Gulf Coast Music Therapy uses music and all its facets to teach, implement and reinforce individual client goals. They serve clients with autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and more.

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    Happy Hearts Ministry

    2374 Sonoma Dr. West
    Nokomis, FL 34275
    (941) 228-7880

    Purpose: Provides a fun day for people with developmental and/or physical disabilities at Nokomis Community Center on the second Saturday of each month.

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    In-Stride

    P.O. Box 365
    1629 Ranch Road
    Nokomis, FL 34274
    (941) 412-9333

    Purpose: Partnering with our horses, we challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential.

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    Miracle League of Manasota

    8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Road #312
    Sarasota, FL 34243

    Purpose: Provides the opportunity for every person to play baseball regardless of their abilities. There are two seasons, an adult and a youth league (ages 5 to 21). Miracle League is a fun, safe place for children to play baseball.

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    Pediatric Aquatic Therapy of the Suncoast

    5002 Lena Road #103
    Bradenton, FL 34211
    (941) 773-4154

    Purpose: Provides aquatic opportunities for children with disabilities. Adapted, sensory supported swim instruction as well as aquatic therapy is offered in a heated, salt-chlorinated pool. All private sessions are with an Occupational Therapist who is also Aquatic Therapy certified.

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    Reflex Arts & Dance

    6260 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-3600

    Purpose: Reflex has worked with students with down syndrome, MS, autism, and other disabilities. Students reap great benefits from dance in the areas of health, coordination, and personal satisfaction. Reflex believes dance is for everyone! They have a class for teens and adults with special needs.

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    Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

    4800 CR 675
    Bradenton, FL 34211
    (941) 322-2000

    Purpose: SMART is dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program.

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    Sensory Solutions, LLC

    22 Sarasota Center Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 377-9361

    Purpose: Sensory camps, handwriting clinic, camp for children with autism, occupational, physical, and speech therapy needs.

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    Special Day Foundation

    P.O. Box 1271
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    (941) 225-3103

    Purpose: Special Day Foundation provides opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to experience the physical, therapeutic, and social value of nature-based recreational activities. The programs include boating and fishing opportunities. They also work with the University of Florida College of Dentistry to provide dental services to special needs children and adults.

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    Strider Sports International

    1820 Samco Road
    Rapid City, MD 57702
    (605) 342-0266

    Purpose: We manufacture bikes for 18 months to 5 years old and for 6 years old to 10 year olds. These bikes are being used at special needs facilities.

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    Special Olympics of Manatee County

    3657 Cortez Road W. #120
    Bradenton, FL 34210
    (941) 751-0049

    Purpose: Year-round sports training and competition programs for persons with intellectual disabilities, ages 8 and older.

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    Special Olympics of Sarasota County

    P.O. Box 2112
    Venice, FL 34284
    (941) 412-0402

    Purpose: Year-round sports training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities, ages eight and older.

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    T-REC Coalition of Sarasota County

    Twin Lakes Park
    6700 Clark Road
    Sarasota, FL 34241
    (941) 486-2781

    Purpose: Recreational opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities.

    TOPSoccer

    Braden River Soccer Club
    11523 Palmbrush Trail #212
    Bradenton, FL 34202
    (941) 358-0497

    Purpose: US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4-19, who has a mental or physical disability.

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    Trailways Camp

     8771 College Parkway, Bldg 2, Suite 201
    Ft Myers, FL 33919

    Purpose: To serve the needs of adults with disabilities, develop social connections and recreational skills, build relationships, and create life experiences though a camp experience.

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    Venice Challenger Baseball

    Chuck Reiter Field
    250 Fort Street
    Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 412-8762

    Purpose: An opportunity for individuals with disabilities to be a meaningful part of a baseball team. Parents, friends and siblings can become involved in the game as well.

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    Resources

    All About Sarasota Kids

    Purpose: Online compilation of resources for children in the Sarasota area. The goal is for all children to be happy and find something they enjoy.

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    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF)

    13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (800) 333-4530

    Purpose: A community-based project that provides free information, consultation, training, and resources to schools and families with disabilities.

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    Center for Parent Information and Resources

    Purpose: Offers a wealth of information on disabilities.

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    Central Florida Parent Center (CFPC)

    1021 Delaware Ave.
    Palm Harbor, FL 34683
    (888) 612-9273
    Local: (727) 789-2400
    Fax: (727) 789-2454

    Purpose: CFPC is the Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for 30 counties in central and northeast Florida. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We serve families of all ages (birth to 26) and all disabilities completely free of charge, and we are staffed by parents and other family-members of children and adults with disabilities. We provide one-on-one individual assistance and training as well as free webinars on a variety of topics related to special education. We also have several Spanish speaking staff and a Spanish website.

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    Child Protection Center

    720 South Orange Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 365-1277

    Purpose: Child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.

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    Children with Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

    Purpose: To provide resources for children with apraxia, including speech therapy grants, iPads to use as communication devices, and webinars.

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    Christopher A. Likens, P.A.

    1800 2nd Street, #971
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 365-7838

    Purpose: Elder law, guardianship, special needs planning, wills, and trusts.

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    Division of Blind Services

    5117 26th Street West, Suite A
    Bradenton, FL 34207
    (813) 240-3044

    Purpose: Providing supports and transition programs for babies, children, and youth who are bilaterally visually impaired to become independent and productive contributors in society.

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    Face Autism

    5333 Rio Vista Street
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (813) 240-3044

    Purpose: Face Autism, Inc. provides screenings, sensory friendly events and funding for therapy services, so that all treatments and educational resources are made available to every qualifying family with a child diagnosed with autism. They host sensory-friendly Holiday events for children with autism and their families, including Octoberfest, an Easter Egg Hunt, and Sensory Santa.

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    Ferrari & Butler, PLLC

    Attorneys & Counselors For All Generations
    Offices in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice
    (941) 960- 1676

    Purpose: Elder Law, estate planning, probate & trust administration, guardianship, Medicaid planning, and veteran benefits.

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    Florida County Emergency Management Division – Special Needs Registry

    2555 Shumard Oak Blvd
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    (850) 413-9969

    Purpose: Registration identifies those persons in need of assistance and sheltering during an emergency evacuation because of physical, mental or sensory disabilities.

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    Gulf Central Early Steps

    4630 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    (941) 487-5400

    Purpose: Early Steps is a statewide system of early intervention services focused on parent education. Early Steps connects families with professionals who teach them how to improve the development of their children through everyday activities. Evaluations to determine eligibility are provided at no cost to families, regardless of income.

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    Jeffrey A. Rapkin, Esq.

    PO Box 510727
    Punta Gorda, FL 33951
    (941) 916-4096

    Purpose: Attorney in Charlotte County representing parents who are seeking to establish Guardianships over their adult Disabled Children. Representations costs a flat fee of $500 all consultations are free of charge.

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    Joseph W. Lasota, III

    Transparent Wealth Management
    Financial Advisory
    5959 Cattlemen Ln
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (941) 778-1916

    Purpose: Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs Children

    JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation

    (800) 706-2740

    Purpose: Provide an Epilepsy Support Group for the greater Sarasota/Manatee County area for the benefit of those living with epilepsy and their families. Contact them to learn more about seizure detection devices and how to apply for assistance.

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    Law Office of Emma Hemness

    309 North Parsons Ave.
    Bradenton, FL 33510
    (813) 661-5297, Ask to speak with Marcy

    Purpose: Elder law attorneys that specialize in guardianships, special needs trusts, Social Security Disability qualification, and Medicaid qualification.

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    Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.

    1900 Main Street, Suite 302
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 366-0038

    Purpose: Provides special education legal advocacy services related to special education and school.

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    Manning & Nurse

    303 N. Rocky Point Drive West, Suite 700
    Tampa, FL 33607
    (813) 658-5000

    Purpose: Personal financial advisors to families with special needs.

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    Manasota BUDS, Bringing Up Down Syndrome

    8374 Market Street #113
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    (941) 907-0499

    Purpose: Manasota BUDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides programs, services, and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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    Parenting Special Needs Magazine

    Purpose: Provides a FREE online bimonthly publication on parenting special needs children.

    Website

    Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

    8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 312-0400

    Purpose: Connects families and professionals to facilitate education, information, and support for families living with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

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    Project Lifesaver Sarasota Police Department

    2050 Ringling Boulevard
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 954-7056

    Purpose: Project Lifesaver provides rapid response to find children and adults diagnosed with diseases or disorders that might make them prone to wander away from their home and caregivers.

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    Project Lifesaver Manatee County Search & Rescue (MCSAR)

    (941) 254-6490

    Purpose: MSCAR is proud to introduce Project Lifesafer to Manatee County. This program is specifically designed for those individuals that have cognitive disorders such as Autism, Down Syndrome or Alzheimer’s that bolt or hide when they are scared, stressed, or fixated on an idea or object as well as individuals that just tend to wander with no real goal in mind. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies 911 and MCSAR is deployed to the individual’s area with specialized tracking equipment. This is a proven international program with very positive results. Most who are lost are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.

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    SEDNET

    2501 63rd Ave. East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 741-6550 x 2221

    Purpose: SEDNET is the Multiagency Network for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. It creates and facilitates a network of key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

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    Sharing the Weight

    Purpose: A non-profit organization that makes and distributes weighted blankets for special needs children at no cost. Blankets are weighted 3, 5, 7, or 10 pounds. After requesting a blanket, applicants are placed on a waiting list.

     

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    Suncoast Behavioral Health Center

    4480 51st Street West
    Sarasota, FL 34210
    (941) 251-5000

    Purpose: Providing the highest quality mental health treatment services in a safe, therapeutic environment with compassion and respect for all patients and families: Child and Adolescent Inpatient Stabilization and Adult and Mature Adult Inpatient Stabilization. Suncoast Behavioral Health Center is a Baker Act receiving facility for children, adolescents, and adults.

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    Suncoast Center for Independent Living

    3281 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 351-9545

    Purpose: Computer loan, medical equipment loans, advocacy, independent living skills training, and home modifications for people with disabilities.

    Website

    The Family Cafe

    1332 North Duval St.
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    (888) 309-2233

    Purpose: A statewide conference for the disability community.

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    The Florida Youth Council (The FYC)

    (888) 309-2233

    Purpose: The FYC is all about getting youth and emerging leaders involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring, and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth with disabilities throughout the state.

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    The Reading Station

    7313 International Place, Suite 90
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    (941) 361-1173

    Purpose: Provides one-to-one reading instruction for children.

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    Tidewell Hospice

    1751 Mound Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 894-5104

    Purpose: Provides hospice care, grief support, caregiver respite/companion services and volunteer opportunities.

    Website

    United Way 211 of Manasota, Inc.

    1445 2nd Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 308-4357

    Purpose: Information and referral, helping resources for residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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    Wiesner Law Offices

    328 N. Rhodes Ave
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 365-4479

    Purpose: Elder & Social Security law, trusts & estate planning law, and special needs trusts.

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    Whole Child Manatee

    (941) 749-3059

    Purpose: Whole Child Manatee uses strategic planning, web-based technology, and broad-based community engagement to build communities where everyone works to make children thrive. Families complete their profile and connect to resources and information in Manatee County.

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    Wrights Law

    Purpose: Parents, educators, advocates and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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    Respite Services

    Deliver the Dream

    3223 NW 10th Terrace, Suite 602
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    (888) 687-3732)

    Purpose: Deliver the Dream provides monthly three-day retreats at no cost for families who have a child or parent experiencing a serious illness or crisis.

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    Easter Seals Southwest Florida

    350 Braden Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-7637

    Purpose: To provides exceptional services for persons with disabilities and their families across a lifetime by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest extent.

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    Foundation For Dreams, Inc./Dream Oaks Camp

    16110 Dream Oaks Place
    Bradenton, FL 34212
    (941) 746-5659

    Purpose: Provides therapeutic camping programs throughout the year to children ages 7-17 with varying special needs. These are day camps, weekend camps and residential camps. Youth have the opportunity to engage in arts & crafts, horseback riding, boating, music and dancing, swimming, nature programs, sports, and many more!

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    Nathaniel's Hope

    (407) 857-8224

    Purpose: Nathaniel’s Hope offers a program called Buddy Break that provides free respite care. Kids with special needs make new friends and enjoy all kinds of activities, while caregivers get a break! This program is provided through partnerships with local churches.

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    Sarasota Manatee Respite Services

    Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota, Inc.
    P.O. Box 110025
    Bradenton, FL 34211
    (941) 928-0682

    Purpose: Allows parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs to take a break, rest, or engage in other relaxing alternatives to their everyday situation, thus reducing the physical, emotional, and psychological stress they may experiencing.

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    Venice Buddy Break

    111 Firenze Avenue
    Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 488-2258

    Purpose: Free respite program, child-directed activities for children with special needs, one Saturday per month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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    Therapy Services

    Advanced ABA

    6215 Lorraine Rd.
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    (941) 758-4707

    Purpose: Advanced ABA offers Comprehensive Assessments, Functional Behavior Assessments, Family Support Planning, Autism Treatment, Individual Treatment, Group Therapy and Social Skills Training, Professional Consultation and Professional Development. This program specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Feeding/Toileting, Aspergers Syndrome, Communication Delays, Anxiety, Social Skills Development, Sibling Rivalry, Inclusion Planning/Support, Vocational Training/Planning, and many other areas.

    Autism Early Intervention Clinics

    8950 Dr. ML King Street N Suite 170
    St Petersburg, FL 33702
    (727) 576-7600

    Purpose: Providing an individualized therapeutic program for every child based on a very thorough assessment of language and learning skills. They are experts in toilet training and feeding therapy.

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    Behavioral Evolution, Inc.

    PO Box 56546
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    (727) 954-5401

    Purpose: Behavioral Evolution, Inc. is a behavioral firm located throughout the state of Florida. Our primary focus is to provide the best behavioral services to families caring for individuals with developmental needs along with consultation to local organizations in need of systemic improvement.

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    Beyond The Spectrum

    7333 International Place
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 907-3443

    Purpose: Beyond the Spectrum is a non-profit organization offering ABA Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Practical Preschool program and an elementary school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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    Blake Pediatric Therapy

    2020 59th Street West
    Bradenton, FL 3209
    (941) 798-6557

    Purpose: Pediatric therapy provided to children and families in a multidisciplinary approach. Occupational, physical, and speech therapists perform evaluations, feeding/oral motor assessments, and developmental assessments. Treatment approaches include sensory integration techniques, neurodevelopmental treatments, speech-language therapy, oral-motor exercise programs, therapeutic listening, splinting, and serial casting.  Physician prescription required.

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    Center for Growth & Development

    3277 D Fruitville Rd, Suite #1
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 953-9559

    Purpose: The Center for Growth and Development is a private pediatric speech and occupational therapy center. They incorporate a play-based, child-centered approach to treatment that provides children with the “just right challenge” to enhance motivation while improving foundational skills.

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    Children's Therapy Solutions, Inc.

    3823 East State Road 64
    Bradenton, FL 34208
    (941) 745-5111

    Purpose: This organization offers Mental Health services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Therapy to children from birth – 21 years of age. Mental Health Services are also available for the adult population. In addition to providing professional evaluations and treatments for these therapies they provide Case Management, Vocational/Career Counseling and Mental Health Counseling for families. Summer camps are also available.

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    Children's Therapy Works

    63 Sarasota Center Boulevard #101
    Sarasota, Florida 34240
    (941) 379-3725

    Purpose: Children’s Therapy Works offers a family-oriented and loving environment, where parents and therapists form a partnership in order to best meet the needs of their child. We specialize in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy for children birth to 18 years old.

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    Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

    1451 10th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    (941) 552-1950

    Purpose: Provides an integrated system of care in mental health, substance abuse, prevention and intervention, and criminal justice services for our most vulnerable citizens. We provide services for people where it’s needed; in schools, in homes, in groups, in hospitals, and jails.

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    Easter Seals Southwest Florida

    350 Braden Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 355-7637

    Purpose: Provides exceptional services for persons with disabilities and their families across a lifetime by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest extent.

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    Engage Behavioral Therapy

    Brittany C. Wierzba, PhD, BCBA-D
    Clinical Director- Sarasota
    (813) 374-2070 ext. 266

    Purpose:

    Engage Behavioral Health is a private ABA company that focuses on providing individualized         behavior services to families of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Through assessments, observations, and family input, we tailor a treatment plan that targets increasing adaptive (e.g., communication, daily living, social, self-management) behaviors and decreasing maladaptive (e.g., self-injurious, aggressive, tantrum) behaviors.  We also provide support for caregivers in order to ensure behavior change occurs across settings and people.

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    Gulf Central Early Steps

    4630 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    (941) 487-5400

    Purpose: Early Steps is a statewide system of early intervention services focused on parent education. Early Steps connects families with professionals who teach them how to improve the development of their children through everyday activities. Evaluations to determine eligibility are provided at no cost to families, regardless of income.

    Website

    In-Stride

    P.O. Box 365
    1629 Ranch Road
    Nokomis, FL 34274
    (941) 412-9333

    Purpose: Partnering with horses, they challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential.

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    John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital Outpatient Clinic

    5881 Rand Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34238
    (941) 927-8805

    Purpose: Outpatient facility providing medical and therapeutic services- pediatric medical services, pediatric diagnostic services, pediatric surgical services, pediatric development and rehabilitation services, and patient/family support services.

    The Kidspot

    410 10th Avenue West
    Palmetto, FL 34221
    (941) 722-3581

    Purpose: Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapies are provided to children in our outpatient clinics, area preschools/daycares, and in the public school system. We also provide parent education, case management, and in the natural environment services.

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    Pediatric Therapy Solutions

    5899 Whitfield Ave. #203
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    (941) 360-0200

    Purpose: Pediatric Therapy Solutions, Inc. is a pediatric therapy company offering occupational, physical, and speech-language therapy services to meet the needs of your child in a loving and comforting environment. Parent involvement is the number one key to success in this arena.

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    Play on Words

    (813) 720-7529

    Purpose: To provide customized ABA programs to meet the specific needs of each child. They teach language, imitation, self-help skills, play and social skills, help with academics, and community outings.

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    Positive Behavior Supports Corporation

    (855) 832-6727

    Purpose: PBS Corp serves children and adults with behavioral challenges. Typically, we support individuals who require assistance in

    • Developing or enhancing language skills to more effectively communicate their needs and functional skills (e.g., daily living, self-regulation) that will lead to greater independence
    • Diminishing problem behaviors such as noncompliance, aggression, self-injury, elopement, and property destruction that limit their ability to develop skills and participate fully in integrated settings

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    Rehab After Work/Life Counseling Services

    2050 Proctor Road
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 921-3018

    Purpose: Provides mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

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    Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

    4040 CR 675
    Bradenton, FL 34211
    (941) 322-2000

    Purpose: SMART is dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program.

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    Sarasota YMCA – Youth & Family Services

    1084 South Briggs Ave
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 952-1644

    Purpose: Provides counseling to youth and families, anger management, parenting classes, youth shelter, alternative school, tutoring, counseling, homeless literacy, foster care, preschool, Operation Graduation.

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    SEDNET

    2501 63rd Ave. East
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 751-6550 ext. 2221

    Purpose: SEDNET is The Multiagency Network for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. It creates and facilitates a network of key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

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    Sensory Solutions, LLC

    22 Sarasota Center Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    (941) 377-9361

    Purpose: Sensory camps, handwriting clinic, camp for children with autism, occupational, physical, and speech therapy needs.

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    Sertoma Kids Speech

    Located at the YMCA
    1075 S. Euclid Ave.
    Sarasota, FL 34237
    (941) 404-4676

    Purpose: Provides speech/language therapy for children in the Sarasota area with communication challenges.

    Suncoast Behavioral Health Center

    4480 51st St. West
    Sarasota, FL 34210
    (941) 251-5000

    Purpose: Providing the highest quality mental health treatment services in a safe, therapeutic environment with compassion and respect for all patients and families: Child and Adolescent Inpatient Stabilization and Adult and Mature Adult Inpatient Stabilization. Suncoast Behavioral Health Center is a Baker Act receiving facility for children, adolescents and adults.

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    Suncoast Therapy

    411 Commercial Court, Suite F
    Venice, FL 34292
    (941) 485-1199

    Purpose: Provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy in South Sarasota County. They also have social skills summer camps for youth ages 9 to 17 years old.

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    The Florida Center for Early Childhood

    4620 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34232
    (941) 371-8820

    Purpose: Provides prevention and early intervention services to young children and their families at risk for academic, social, and economic failure.

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    Therapeutic Potentials (TPI-Kids)

    6977 Professional Parkway East
    Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    (941) 758-3140

    Purpose: TPI Kids is a pediatric speech-language, occupational, and behavioral therapy center offering a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. They are PROMPT and Beckman Oral motor trained, and utilize multiple approaches to therapy, including AAC devices, PECs, and verbal behavior therapy.

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    Turning Point Camp

    Purpose: Turning Point Camp takes place twice per year (spring/fall). These week-long family camps are designed to help families connect and help challenging children redirect their paths. This program is designed for children ages 3-13. The focus of camp is to renew, recharge, and empower each parent and child with effective techniques to increase love and laughter in their homes. Skill building interventions are taught and practiced to build trust, honesty, self-control and conscience development for each child.

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    Venice Sertoma

    800 Gulf Coast Blvd
    Venice, FL 34292
    (941) 882-0170

    Purpose: Sertoma Speech Clinic of Venice is a not-for-profit center established to provide exceptional care to children who are challenged with communication impairment. Services are offered at a minimal cost to clients based on a sliding scale.

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    Transition Services

    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF)

    13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (800) 333-4530

    Purpose: A community-based project that provides free information, consultation, training, and resources to schools and families with disabilities.

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    Division of Blind Services

    5117 26th Street West, Suite A
    Bradenton, FL 34207
    (813) 240-3044

    Purpose: Providing supports and transition programs for babies, children, and youth who are bilaterally visually impaired to become independent and productive contributors in society.

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    Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

    (800) 410-5700
    (800) 983-2435

    Purpose: Those who cannot obtain their own transportation due to a disability, age, or income, and for those who qualify, are provided the necessary transportation to medical, life-sustaining treatment, employment, and educational locations.

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    The Learning Academy at USF

    13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 2113A
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (813) 974-2996

    Purpose: The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida is a 30-week program designed to provide a structured employment-focused curriculum for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, between the ages of 18-25 after they have graduated from high school.

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    Lighthouse of Manasota

    7318 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34243

    Purpose: Provides developmental/transition vision rehabilitation training for eligible infants and toddlers ages birth to five and high school students ages 14 to 21. Lighthouse of Manasota also provides advocacy services for children with visual disabilities.

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    Project 10 Transition Education Network

    USF-St. Petersburg Campus
    140 7th Avenue South-SVP108
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    (727) 873-4653

    Purpose: Project 10 assists Florida school districts in building capacity to achieve the secondary transition indicators to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

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    Rehab After Work/Life Counseling Services

    2050 Proctor Road
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 921-3018

    Purpose: Provides mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

    Sarasota County Transition Team

    1970 Landings Blvd.
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 408-9084

    Purpose: Provides non-paid experiences, job coaching, employability skills training.

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    Suncoast Center for Independent Living
    3281 17th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34235
    (941) 351-9545

    Purpose: Computer loan, medical equipment loans, advocacy, independent living skills training, and home modifications for people with disabilities.

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