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~The Hawke Collection


Here you will find the answers to most questions commonly asked regarding the special education process.

~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.


~CADRE Dispute 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 disturbance.       

~Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

The 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 capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining  effective school-wide disciplinary practices.


~Center on Technology & Disability (CTD)

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 career-ready standards.


~Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing

Letters provide both you and the school with a record of ideas, concerns, and suggestions. Putting your thoughts on paper gives you the opportunity to take as long as you need to:


* State Your Concerns

* Think Over What You've Written

* Make Changes

~Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

~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 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 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 research.

~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 239-377-0108.

~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.

~Family Cafe

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 special needs.

~Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System - Local - FDLRS

Island Coast Serving Lee & Collier Counties

~Florida 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.


~Florida Response to Instruction/Intervention


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 behavioral pursuits.

~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 independently.”

~HEATH Resource Center

Since 2000, the HEATH Resource Center has served as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for  individuals with disabilities,

~"ICE" 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

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.

~IRIS Center

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 progress monitoring.

~Learning Disabilities 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 mentoring,

 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 Florida

~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 and opportunities.

~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.

~National Public 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.

~NEC - 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 disabilities.

~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).

~Office for Civil Rights

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 discrimination.

~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 with disabilities.

~Pacer 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 States.

~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 disability. For 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…”


~Positive Parenting Support Group & Training

~Questions & Answers on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of the IDEA

U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)


The least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities 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 "inclusion."

~Related Services

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 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

~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 families

~Transition Tactics

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 focused on 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.

~Waiver Provider

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.

~Zot Artz

Zot 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, FL  34109. 

The equipment is “Free on Loan”. The agency must replace consumable art supplies that are used. 





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