Sharing The Commitment Resource Page
~CFPC Resources Portal
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~2014 LEA Profile
~Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Resource Directory
The APD Resource Directory is a tool for
individuals to learn about the available resources & organizations available in
their local, programs offered throughout the state, and nationwide resources.
The goal is that by providing a collection of resources, including a direct link
to that specific site, people will be able to easily and efficiently locate any
type of service they need.
~Building the Legacy
The Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado training
curriculum was produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs
(OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum is intended to help all those involved with
children with disabilities to understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation's special education law.
Resolution in Special Education ~ Parent Resource Collection
"Resources & guidance that help family members understand &
prepare for their dispute resolution options."
~Center for Effective
Collaboration and Practice
It is the mission of the Center for Effective
Collaboration and Practice to support and promote a reoriented
national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment
of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional
~Center on Positive Behavioral
Interventions & Supports
TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established
by the Office of
Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools
and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective
school-wide disciplinary practices.
~Center on Technology &
The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by
the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to
advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional
technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based
technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants,
toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily
routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve
their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and
~Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing
Letters provide both you and the school with a record of ideas, concerns, and
Putting your thoughts on paper gives you the opportunity to take as long as you
* State Your Concerns
* Think Over What You've Written
* Make Changes
~Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional
dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities
and/or gifts and
talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional
provides professional development, advocates for individuals with
helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective
~CPIR - Center for
Parent Information & Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of
Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource
Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of
children with disabilities.
Disability.gov is an award-winning federal government website that provides an
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
agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations
~Disability Policy Center
The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP)
provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and
information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues
affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
~District School Board of Collier County
Collier County Public Schools
Everglades City, Immokalee, Marco Island, and Naples Florida
~ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online
digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of
Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to
education literature to support the use of educational research and information to
improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and
~Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
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
~Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Parent Involvement
The site is designed specifically to assist
parents as they navigate the ESE process, from Pre-K through transition to
college and/or career.
~Expanding Opportunities for Inclusion Children Birth to Five
Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and
practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her
family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of
activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society.
The Family Cafe Annual
Conference began with a simple idea. Why not bring together individuals with
disabilities and their families with state agencies, non-profit organizations
and other service providers, so families could network with each other, learn
what services are available to them, and find out the best way to go about
accessing those services?
~Florida Center for Reading Research
The Florida Center for Reading Research was established in
January, 2002. It is jointly administered at Florida State University by the Learning Systems Institute and
the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Center’s Four Part Mission:
•To conduct basic research on reading, reading growth, reading
assessment, and reading instruction that will contribute to the scientific knowledge of reading
and benefit students in Florida and throughout the nation.
•To disseminate information about research-based practices
related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade.
•To conduct applied research that will have an immediate impact
on policy and practices related to literacy instruction in Florida.
•To provide technical assistance to Florida’s schools and to the
State Department of Education for the improvement of literacy outcomes in
students from pre-K through 12th grade.
~Florida Department of Education Clearinghouse Information Center
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
administers programs for students with disabilities and for gifted students. Additionally, the
bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency
efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with
Diagnostic & Learning Resources System - Local -
Island Coast Serving Lee & Collier Counties
Diagnostic & Learning Resources System - State - FDLRS
FDLRS, pronounced fiddlers, is a statewide network of nineteen
state and federally funded associate centers and 4 specialized centers which provide support
services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities and/or,
professionals, and community agencies through-out Florida. FDLRS State Website
~Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services
The Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Central
Directory) has provided services to thousands of families and providers seeking advocacy, education,
training, resource and referral, and information on disability services
available in their communities.
~Florida Inclusion Network
The mission of the Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) is to provide
learning opportunities, consultation, information and support to educators,
parents, and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.
The Florida Response to Intervention (RTI) website provides a
central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote
school wide practices to ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and
~Florida School Choice
School choice strengthens the availability, accessibility, and
equity of educational options for parents to secure a high quality education for their children. Positive outcomes take
place when families have educational options for their children. Parents have a right to
make a choice for their child. Florida leads the nation in providing its families with options.
~Florida's Family Care Councils
In 1993 the Florida State Legislature established the Family Care
Council The Family care Council (FCC) advises the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) on the
needs of self-advocates and their families.
~Florida's Voice on Developmental Disabilities (FVDD)
Florida’s Voice on Developmental Disabilities (FVDD) is a
statewide independent advocacy and networking non-profit organization comprised
of individuals, families, and friends of persons with developmental
disabilities. Our united front provides a voice and support for the needs of
families and individuals with persons with developmental disabilities.
Arlene Lakin, President of FVDD, shares, “Although the
original vision of FVDD was to ensure that persons with profound disabilities
would always have the option of a large residential setting, our vision has
broadened over the years to be the statewide ‘voice’ for all families, whether
their loved ones are self-advocates, living independently and working, or
anywhere along the continuum of life – including those like my son who are on
the profound level of disabilities and are not able to work or live
~HEATH Resource Center
Since 2000, the HEATH Resource Center has served as a national
clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities,
Intractable Childhood Epilepsy Alliance
ICE Epilepsy Alliance is a member of the American
Epilepsy Society’s Vision 20/20 Task Force, a group of advocacy groups committed to improve
the lives of patients with epilepsy.
IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw includes information about IDEA topics
such as child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations, high stakes testing, IEPs, IEP teams, IEP
meetings. accommodations, alternate assessments, placements, transition, parental rights, and more.
Visit the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements for free online
interactive resources that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.
Our materials cover a wide variety of evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and
Association of Hawaii
Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of
Hawaii. It is our mission to enhance education, work and life opportunities for children
and youth with disabilities by empowering them and their families through information, training
and by public outreach and advocacy.
~Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. - Center for Blindness & Vision Loss
As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier
County, Lighthouse of Collier needs to help the estimated 14,000 local children and
adults be independent.
Official information Portal for the State of
~NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and
individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective
learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights
~National Center on
Response to Intervention
Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention
within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems.
~NCD - National
Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent
federal agency that provides advice and recommendations to the President,
Congress, and executive branch agencies.
Website on Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology (AT) is "devices and aids
which can help a person with a disability perform activities that might
otherwise be difficult or not be possible." Our mission is to provide access to
information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for
people with disabilities and the general public.
Naples Equestrian Challenge
Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) is a non-profit 501(c)3
organization offering therapeutic riding for Collier County, Florida adults and children with
~National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and
treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention,
recovery, and cure.
~No Child Left Behind
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act
(also known as the No Child Left Behind Act).
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal
access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of
civil rights.We serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions
promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of
~OSERS - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with
disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with
disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults
Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children
and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER
Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities
and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with
18 disability organizations.
~Parent Center Network
Parent Centers, comprised of Parent Training and Information
Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), provide training and assistance to the
families of the nation’s 7 million children with disabilities. These are funded through the U.S. Department
of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Every state has at least one PTI, and those with larger
populations may have more. The CPRCs provide services to underserved families in smaller geographic areas. There are currently 106 Parent Centers in the United
~People First Language
People first language is used to speak appropriately and respectfully about an
individual with a
disability. People first language emphasizes the person first not the
example, when referring to a person with a disability, refer to the person first by
using phrases such as: “a person who …”, “a person with …” or, “person who has…”
Parenting Support Group & Training
~Questions & Answers on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of the
S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements of Part B of the Individuals
Education Act (IDEA) have been included in the law in their present form since
1975. However, these
requirements continue to generate complex and interesting questions from the
field. In particular,
questions have been raised about the relationship of IDEA's LRE requirements to
The IEP must contain a statement of the special education and
related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of
the child. We've split up the discussion of each of these important elements, because there is so much to say about
each. This article focuses on related services.
The Multiagency Network for Students with
~South Florida Parent Center
Our goal is to improve the quality of life & individual outcomes
for persons with disabilities from cradle to grave. This includes the following: Parents of Children with
disabilities – birth through age 26; Self-Advocates; Adults; Elders; People at risk & their
TACTICS - Transition Action Communication Team Interagency
Council Support Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a child with
a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is
improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a
disability, and to
facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.
WaiverProvider.Com is a directory of medicaid waiver providers.
We provide detailed information about each provider including: services provided, areas covered,
special skills, and experience.
Artz adaptive art tools for children with disabilities equipment was purchased
in 2003 &
has been used at various events including our own “Arts for All”, at the
Special Olympics, and
at numerous other school events and conferences. Community agencies can request
the use of the
equipment with a three week notice. Requests should be sent to:
CCPS, Department of Exceptional Student Education, 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples,
equipment is “Free on Loan”. The agency must replace consumable art supplies
that are used.