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~Able Trust

Vocational rehabilitation is the focus of the Able Trust's programs and grants.

~APD - Agency for Persons with Disabilities

In October 2004, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) became an agency separate

 from the Department of Children and Families, specifically tasked with serving the

 needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Prior to that time, it existed

 as the Developmental Disabilities Program.


The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have

developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of

people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.

~Center for Independent Living Directory

Find your CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING‑ The term `center for independent living means a

consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit

agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities

 and provides an array of independent living services.

~Centers for Independent Living - U.S. Dept. of Education

This program supports centers for independent living that are designed and operated within a local community

 by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services, including the core services of

information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, and individual and systems advocacy.

~Department of Children & Families

We protect children, the elderly and the disabled from abuse and neglect. We are responsible for nearly

 19,000 children in foster care, and we find permanent homes for children who cannot safety be

reunited with their families. We also offer services that help families on a day-to-day basis.

We provide food stamps and temporary cash assistance and determine eligibility for Medicaid.

We provide access to substance abuse and mental health treatment and we work with community partners

who provide services to families threatened by homelessness and domestic violence.

~Disability Info.Gov

Disability.gov is an award-winning federal government website that provides an interactive,

community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits.

 Through the site, Americans with disabilities, their families, Veterans, educators, employers and

 many others are connected to thousands of resources from federal, state and local

 government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

~Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida is the official, Governor-designated protection and advocacy system

 for the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida has authority and responsibility under eight federal programs.

 We are a statewide, not-for-profit corporation, whose goals are established each year by our Board of Directors.


~District School Board of Collier County - Exceptional Student Education Department

We hope this information is helpful and informative and will familiarize you with the services and procedures of

 Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the Collier County Public Schools. Collier County has 5,980 students with

disabilities. If you do not find the information that you are looking for, please contact us at 239-377-0130.

~ Family Advocacy and Support Training (FAST) Training Materials

PACER’s National FAST (Family Advocacy and Support Training) Project

will provide family support leadership training to families of children with disabilities

 in fifty states and territories. A primary emphasis will be reaching underserved

 families from all geographic regions.

~Family Care Council Florida

In 1993 the Florida State Legislature established the Family Care Council (Section 393.502).  The Family care

Council (FCC) advises the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) on the needs of self-advocates and their families.

~FDDC - Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

The purpose of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is to engage in advocacy, capacity

building, and systemic change activities that contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered,

consumer and family directed, comprehensive system of community services and individualized supports

that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent,

be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.

~Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or

mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people

 with disabilities find meaningful careers.

~Foundation For the Developmentally Disabled

The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled strives to provide a better quality of

life for individuals with developmental disabilities in Collier and Lee counties.

~FYI Transition

There are lots of things to consider upon graduation.

Where will you work? Where will you live? Who will help you?

This web site can help you and your family plan for these and more questions about your life.

~Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida serves residents in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades

 counties with the mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their

barriers to employment and independence.

~Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions - MCST

The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) provides support to individuals with disabilities as they

transition through life. We also offer support to those who have recently become disabled. MCST works to improve the

employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering professional connections within the community.

~NCSET - National Center on Secondary Education & Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources,

 offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition

 for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. 

~Opening Doors to Self-Determination

A Project Transition Interagency Council Initiative

~Partners in Employment

This course has been created to give you the practical skills you need to find real, competitive

employment in your community. Throughout the site, you'll learn how other people with

disabilities have overcome common obstacles to find jobs and succeed in the workplace.

~PIT - Partners in Transition

The Partners in Transition initiative was spearheaded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

 to create a strategic plan that will guide policymakers and practitioners in systematically addressing the major

challenges and critical issues regarding transition services in the State of Florida.

~Project 10

Project 10: Transition Education Network is Florida’s statewide discretionary project supporting the s

econdary transition of youth with disabilities.  It is funded by the Bureau of Exceptional

Education and Student Services (BEESS), within the Florida Department of Education.

Project 10’s primary charge is to assist school districts in providing appropriate

 planning and timely transition services and programs to assist youth with disabilities

 in their transition to adulthood. Project 10 also serves as a collaborative resource for other

state agencies, discretionary projects, non-profit organizations, and families in the provision of

transition services for students served in exceptional student education.

~Social Security Administration

Official Website of the US Social Security Administration

~SOP - Summary of Performance

The Summary of Performance (SOP) For a child whose eligibility under special education terminates

 due to graduation with a regular diploma, or due to exceeding the age of eligibility, the local education agency

"shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance,

which shall include recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child's postsecondary goals".

~TATRA - Technical Assistance on Transition & the Rehabilitation Act - Pacer Center

PACER's Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project and other

 Parent Information and Training programs funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services

 Administration (RSA) focus on helping families prepare youth with disabilities for employment and

independent living. Projects provide information and training on transition planning, the adult service

system, and strategies that prepare youth for successful employment, postsecondary

education, and independent living outcomes.

~Tech/Sunrise Opportunities of Collier County

Since 1972 - providing people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary

 to live valued lives in the community.Now offering seniors and others with or without

disabilities the chance to receive Supported Living Services.


~Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project


Self-Determination is all about youth taking control of their lives! Part of taking control is taking responsibility

 for your education, your goals and your future.



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