Transition Action Communication Team Interagency Council Support
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.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.
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 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: 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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