Information & Resources for Brevard County

 

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Local Advocacy & Resource Organizations

 

The ARC of Brevard

The ARC of Brevard is a well respected community organization that has been privileged to support children and adults with developmental and other disabilities for more than 50 years in Brevard County, Florida.  Our goal is to provide you with information about our services, share our experiences with you, and together build a flexible, individualized program.

1694 Cedar Street, Rockledge, FL, 3295  Phone:  321-690-3464
Website:  www.arcofbrevard.org

 

Early Learning Coalition of Brevard

Providing children in Brevard County quality programs, resources and services necessary to succeed in school.  Available programs include: School Readiness Child Care, Florida First Start, Early Education Training & Support, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK).

P.O. Box 560692, Rockledge, FL 32956-0692  Phone: 321-637-7241 

Website:  www.elcbrevard.org

 

Family Care Council Area 7

Established in 1993 by Florida Statute, the Family Care Council (FCC) advises the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) on the needs of self-advocates and their families.  The 14 local Family Care Councils work with APD in educating, advocating, and empowering families of persons with developmental disabilities (DD).  They also assist APD with the delivery of services to persons receiving Med-Waiver funds.  Statewide Website:  www.fccflorida.org   Click on "7" on map for local contact information.

 

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)

FDLRS (pronounced Fiddlers) provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide. FDLRS supports the State education goals of high student achievement, safe schools, and high performing workforce. FDLRS activities reflect these goals and demonstrate outcomes toward accomplishing them. Statewide Website:  www.paec.org/fdlrsweb/index.htm

 

FDLRS East

(Covers Brevard & Volusia Counties)

Brevard Location:

Educational Services Facility, Brevard District School Board

2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, FL 32940

Phone: (321) 633-1000, ext. 540  Website:  www.fdlrs.brevard.k12.fl.us/fdlrs/

 

Parents Planning Programs (PPP) for the Developmentally Disabled of Florida

356 Las Olas Drive
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Phone (321) 724-8899   www.pppflorida.org

A non-profit organization formed by parents seeking to prepare for the future of their loved ones who have developmental disabilities.  Offers residential and recreational programs in Brevard County.  

 

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

400 N. Miramar Ave., Indialantic, FL 32903

(321) 952-4404  Website:  http://www.rfbd.org

Contact: Claudia L. Kickery, Assistant Educational Outreach Director.  As the Assistant Educational Outreach Director in this area, I am available to: Assist schools with registration; help with application, book & equipment ordering processes; conduct orientation for staff members; provide training for teachers, students and parents; make follow-up site visits to address any concerns.  Client Eligibility: Must have a 504 or an IEP (Individual Education Plan). At the college level, must have print disability as certified by appropriate personnel.

 

Space Coast Center for Independent Living

Serves Brevard & Indian River Counties

Centers for Independent Living are 501(c)(3), consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private, nonprofit federally mandated agencies.  CILs work to empower persons with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide their own destinies.

Contact:  Donna Taylor

803 North Fiske Blvd., Suite B
Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 633-6011 TTY: (321) 633-6011 FAX: (321) 633-6472  sccil@bellsouth.net

 

Recreation

 

Brevard County Parks & Recreation

Main Website:  http://www.brevardparks.com/disabilities/index.php

 

        North Area (Titusville)

The North Area Persons with Disabilities Program offers a variety of social activities to mentally and physically challenged individuals. Regular activities provide socialization and offer opportunities for new friendships. To receive a monthly calendar or for more information call 321-264-5058 or 321-264-5105.  Email: northarea@brevardparks.com  Schedule includes bowling, dances, games, crafts & activities, Special Olympics events, special field trips and other events.  See main website above & click on North Area for times & locations.

 

        Central Area (Merritt Island)

Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services:  Programs in Central Brevard reflect the use of Therapeutic Recreation for children and adults at all ability levels. Weekdays include School visits with students in Exceptional Education classes and Adult Day-Care Centers providing services to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, independence and well-being. Evening activities are more social and create opportunities for transition into our community of inclusion.  Some activities require an admission and-or transportation fee. Monthly calendar is available by calling 455-1380.  Email: mibeaches@brevardparks.com.

 

            South Area (Melbourne)

The South Area provides a variety of social activities for children and adults with intellectual and-or physical disabilities. Activities offer opportunities to socialize, practice new skills, participate in field trips, learn life skills, establish new friendships and serve the community. Various activities throughout the year range from weekly Friday dances, to monthly field trips, to movie nights, and Special Olympic practices. Each month a calendar of events is distributed to participants through either their day program or at Friday Night Dances. Call 321-255-4436 for more information. Email: southharea@brevardparks.com.

         

Interventions Unlimited Social Skills Summer Camp

Our programs are designed to provide a consistent structure focusing on the social and academic needs of the children. Our goal is to provide a motivating, positive, therapeutic, and most importantly fun environment for your child. The social skills program will focus on developing, strengthening, and maintaining social relationships with peers in a fun and interactive environment. The program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach children specific skills required for successful social interaction. Click here to download 2013 Application

2013 Reading Camp Flyer     2013 Social Skills Camp Flyer

Call (407) 678-8889 or e-mail info@interventionsunlimited.com

 

 

Social Services

 

Children's Medical Services (CMS)

The Children's Medical Services (CMS) program provides children with special health care needs with a family centered, managed system of care. Children with special health care needs are those children under age 21 whose serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children.  Website:  http://www.cms-kids.com/default.htm  The website provides contact information by Region of the State.

 

        CMS - Rockledge
       
1133 Seminole Drive                                                                 
        Rockledge, FL  32955

       
(321) 690-3850
        Asst. Regional Medical Director: William Knappenberger, M.D.
        Nursing Director: Julie Byczek, R.N.

 

Early Steps

Early Steps is administered by Children's Medical Services (CMS) in accordance with IDEA, Part C.  Early Steps offers early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay.  Sixteen contracted local Early Steps across the state coordinate with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed supports and services. Toll Free Phone:  888-654-440  Website:  http://www.cms-kids.com/Earlystepshome.htm

 

        Space Coast/ Catch of Brevard, Inc.  Early Steps Program

        2565 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

        Viera, FL 32940                                           

        321-634-3688

        Fax: 321-504-0955

        Althea Puzio – Program Manager

        e-mail: althea_puzio@doh.state.fl.us

 

Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT)

Public transport system for Brevard County.  There isn't any eligibility requirement for most services. Some may be determined by a funding agency.

401 South Varr Avenue, Cocoa, Florida 32922.

321) 635-7815 

Carmen Baez, Customer Service Supervisor:  carmen@ridescat.com

Website:  http://www.ridescat.com/

 

Support Groups

 

Brevard Melbourne Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group

Contact:  Brenda Buchweitz  (HealthSouth Sea Pines at 321-728-0258)

Brevard Rockledge Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group

Contact:  Vikki Weinberg 321- 268-5103 Co-chair John Dillon

 

Brevard Asperger Support Group

Contact: Irene Mazloom at (407)823-2176

 

CHADD – South Brevard Satellite

Support group for Children & Adults with Attention Defecit/ Hyperactivity Disorder.  Working TOGETHER with our Experience, Education, & Support we will become better Advocates for our children!  Please join us and share your thoughts and experiences.  Support groups are a great way to learn more about the skills that will make a difference in your child's life!

 

Families Exploring Down Syndrome (FEDS) - Brevard
FEDS (Families Exploring Down Syndrome) We are a group of parents who support each other as we travel down this road together. This website was created to help new parents and old to find information about Down syndrome in our county.
Come to a breakfast to gain information about therapies, schools or just enjoy being with other moms who have beautiful children that happen to have that little extra chromosome.  Come meet the sweet new babies!

When:  First Tuesday of the month,  Time:  9:30 a.m. – Noon

For Location and additional information Contact Kim at 321-720-6017

Website:  www.fedsofbrevard.org

 

F.E.L.L.

Friendship, Expression of Laughter, and Life. A support group that meets weekly to share information with one another. Through the dynamics of self awareness, one can learn about living ones dreams and getting off grudge island.  For more information, contact Terry Tomaka at (321) 722-4150, ext. 5119 or ttomaka.flp@gmail.com.  Or Sandy Reid, Early Steps Family Resource Specialist at Sandra_Reid@doh.state.fl.us or (321) 409-2136, ext. 209 or (321) 292-1370.

 

 

 

 

Parent Training & Information Center:

Central Florida Parent Center / AWARE Project

Milagros Pou, Diane Joslin, or Eileen Gilley

Home Office - (888) 612-9273

or (727) 789-2400



 

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