Florida Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

In addition there are web resources for the state of Florida. See Florida Web Resources 

There local state resources that can help you with Autism. Here are the links to more information:

 
 
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Bambi J. Lockman, Chief
Exceptional Education and Student Services
K-12 Public Schools
Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 614
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 245-0475

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Marilyn Hibbard, Program Specialist
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
K-12 Public Schools
Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 601
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 245-0478

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Janice M. Kane, Chief Early Steps Program
Children’s Medical Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A06
1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 6, Room 130
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1707
(850) 245-4200

STATE DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Tamara Bibb Allen, Director
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Labor & Employment Security
2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0696
(850) 488-6210

 

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

John Bryant, Assistant Secretary
Mental Health Programs Office
Department of Children & Families
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-8304

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

David Fairbanks, Chief
Children’s Mental Health Program
Mental Health Programs Office
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 487-2920

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES

Charles Kimber, Assistant Secretary
Department of Children and Families
Developmental Services Program Office
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 3, Rm. 325
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-4257
E-mail: Charles_Kimber@dcf.state.fl.us

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Joseph Krieger, Director
Florida DD Council
124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2981
(850) 488-4180

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

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

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Ann Robinson, CAP Program Director
Contact Protection and Advocacy Agency
(see above)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Eric Handler
Children’s Medical Services Programs
Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services
1309 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 6, Room 130
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 487-2690 

STATE AGENCY FOR VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

Susan Cartwright Babcock, Children & Family Program Specialist
Division of Blind Services
Department of Labor & Employment Security
2551 Executive Center Circle West, Suite 200
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-1330 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Cecil Bradley, State Coordinator
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Program
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0696
(850) 488-2867 (V/TTY) 

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

David Ashburn, Deputy Director
Instructional Programs
Division of Public Schools & Community Education
Department of Education
Florida Education Center, Room 514
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-2601 

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

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

REGIONAL ADA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AGENCY

Southeast Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center
(SEDBTAC), Region 4
1776 Peachtree Road, Suite 208 N
Atlanta, GA 30309-2351
(404) 888-0022 (V/TTY)
E-mail: sedbtac@ucpa.org
URL: http://www.sedbtac.org

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either: 

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 587-3700
(800) 233-4050 (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
(216) 350-9595
(800) 487-2282 (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org 

Autism
Jerry Bulloch, President
Autism Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 1037
Monticello, FL 32345
(850) 997-7233 

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

Cerebral Palsy
Carol J. DeJarnette, Director of Operations
United Cerebral Palsy of Florida
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4946
(850) 878-2141 

Epilepsy
Susan Ladd
Epilepsy Services Program
FL Department of Health, HSFHG
1317 Winewood Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
(850) 488-2901
E-mail: Susan_Ladd@doh.state.fl.us
URL: http://www.state.fl.us/health 

Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities Association of Florida (LDAF)
331 East Henry Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-8957
E-mail: lda00@sunline.net 

Mental Health
FL Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI Florida)
1020 E. Lafayette, Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 671-4445
E-mail: fami@unr.net 

Mental Retardation
Chris Schuh
Association for Retarded Citizens/FL
411 East College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 921-0460 

Speech and Hearing
FL Language, Speech & Hearing Association
335 Beard Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 222-6000 

Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida Coalition of FL, Inc.
P. O. Box 510522
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
(904) 390-3686; (800) 722-6355 (in FL only) 

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Sue Ventura , President
Easter Seals Florida, Inc.
2010 Mizell Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-629-7881
Email: sventura@fl.easterseals.com

Terry R. Farmer
Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc.
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4946
(850) 877-4816
E-mail: terry.farmer@iarf.org

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Mary Theresa Urbano, Acting Director
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami School of Medicine
P.O. Box 016820 – D-820
Miami, FL 33101

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECTS

Jan LaBelle, Executive Dirctor
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760
(813) 523-1130; (800) 825-5736
E-mail: fnd@gate.net
URL: http://www.gate.net/~fnd

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Cathy Henson, President
Florida Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
1747 Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando, FL 32809-5757
(407) 855-7604 

Florida Autism Web Resources

Civil Liberties and Human Right
ACLU of FloridaDisability Information
ARC 
ARC of Charlotte County
CCAR Services
Center for Aquatic Heritage, Inc.
Center for Independent Living of North Florida, Inc.
FAAST
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Goodwill Industries – Manasota, Inc.
Martin County ARC
Respect of FloridaChildren and Youth
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami\Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Central Florida
Boy Souts of America – Miccosukee District
Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Exchange Club C.A.S.T.L.E.
Girl Scouts in Indian River County
Guardian Ad Litem-Palm Beach County
Infants In Need
Miccosukee District Boy Scouts of America
Safe Harbor Boys Home
Peace and Conflict Resolution 
Neighborhood Justice Center, TallahasseeHealth 
Seminole Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Angel Flight of Florida
Body Positive Resource Center
CH.A.D.D. of Bay County, FL.
Florida Spinal Cord Injury
Gainesville March of Dimes
Gilda’s Club of South Florida
Health Foundation of South Florida
Hospice of North Central Florida
March of Dimes
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Inc.
United Ostomy Association-TallahasseeJob Training and Workplace
Naples SCORE
Pride of FloridaFamily and Parenting 
Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami
Lifelink
Parents Without Partners, Inc.

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