Community Service Agencies

Community Agencies that support postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities can provide resources and services needed for college and career success. The agencies listed below all focused on student success. Partnering with these agencies can create a strong support team to meet students’ needs as they transition from school to career technical, college, and university programs.

Agency Website Mission
Florida Department of Education Florida Department of Education The Department of Education is here to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress.
Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing The Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is mandated to serve as an advisory and coordinating body which recommends policies that address the needs of Florida’s deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind community.
Florida Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Florida Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Florida Department of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs section is responsible for developing and maintaining educational programs that prepare individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development.
Florida Developmental Disability Council Florida Developmental Disability Council The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.
Florida Centers for Independent Living Florida Centers for Independent Living Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) facilitates collaboration among member Centers for Independent Living and other stakeholders, resulting in a unified statewide voice advocating for equal rights for people with disabilities.
Florida Centers for Independent Living Florida Centers for Independent Living Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) facilitates collaboration among member Centers for Independent Living and other stakeholders, resulting in a unified statewide voice advocating for equal rights for people with disabilities.
Bright Expectations Bright Expectations Bright Expectations is the Department of Health’s website to provide resources and information on developmental disabilities for pregnant women, health care providers, parents and families. This website is a portal to provide information on evaluation and intervention services, support programs for families, resources for health care providers, and service a clearinghouse of information on developmental disabilities.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.
Dan Marino Foundation Dan Marino Foundation The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) is a results-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities
The National Down Syndrome Congress The National Down Syndrome Congress Member-sustained nonprofit world for individuals with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida The DSFF provides people with Down Syndrome and families opportunities to enhance their lives and experience meaningful community involvement.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities Agency for Persons with Disabilities Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Florida The Arc of Florida Nonprofit organization that works with local, state, and national partners and advocates for people with disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community.
Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Mission is to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence.
Family Café Family Café The Family Café exists to provide 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.
Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is a not-for-profit association founded in 1991 by parents of children with Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 1,200 individuals with DS and their families. We serve families in an area of over 10 counties with help from more than 17,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters
Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce The mission of the Central Florida Disability Chamber is to provide information and education on business creation and growth, specifically designed for the needs of people with disabilities.