Information & Resources for Hillsborough County


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Local Advocacy & Resource Organizations


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

(serves Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties.)
University of South Florida
Department of Child & Family Studies

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113-A
Tampa, Fl 33612-3899
(813) 974-2532; In Florida (800) 333-4530; (813) 974-6115 (fax)


Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough

a not-for-profit organization that specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.  Available programs include: Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), School Readiness, Five Stars For Kids, and Early Learning Parent Resources. 

1002 E. Palm Avenue,Tampa, Florida 33605.

(813) 229-2884  Website:


FAAST Regional Demo Center

Located at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology Demonstration Center provides device specific trainings to children and young adults with disabilities. Participants learn how to use communication devices, switch adapted toys, voice recognition software, Ipad applications, and a variety of computer software applications.  Contact: Nancy Mashberg
Tampa General Rehabilitation Center
6 Tampa General Circle Room 214, Tampa, FL 33606
PH: (813) 844-7591, TDD: (813) 844-7767


Family Care Council SunCoast Area

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:   Click on "SC" on map for local contact information.


Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC)

The FCIC is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service or UCEDD FCIC focuses on research and evaluation, theory, policy, capacity building, and practice in the areas of: Community Supports, Early Childhood, Transition, Education, Employment, Health, Interdisciplinary Training, Public Policy, and Cultural Competence. 

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-3126 Toll Free: (866) 818-4797 


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:


Florida Peer Network

An independent organization of and for persons with psychiatric disabilities and co-occuring disorders. Their mission is to promote recovery, quality of life, advocacy, education, mutual support, peer directed services, and participation in mental health policy design for consumers throughout the state of Florida.

13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MHC 2505,  Tampa, Florida 33612 

877-FLA PEER (877-352-7337)  813-974-2851


Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project

This project is designed to support teachers, administrators, related services personnel, family members, and outside agency personnel in building district-wide capacity to address challenging behavior exhibited by students in regular and special education programs.

Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612-3899

Phone:  (813) 974-6440  email:   Website:


FDLRS Hillsborough

4210 W. Bay Villa Ave.

Tampa, FL 33611

(813) 837-7777  Website:



FRANC (Fathers Resource and Networking Center) serves as a community-wide hub for fatherhood initiatives, activities and services. The mission of FRANC is to make available resources, support, information and education to enable dads to address the challenges and celebrate the joys of positive fathering and involvement with their children. FRANC services are for all dads... married, single, divorced, foster, surrogate, expectant and mentors. To learn more about FRANC, call (813) 356-1293.  FRANC is a program of the Child Abuse Council:


Hillsborough Achievement & Resource Centers (HARC)

Since 1953, The Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens, a community based non-profit organization, has been providing youths and adults with developmental disabilities with opportunities, resources, and advocacy through all facets of their lives. Provides residential, employment, and transportation services and life-skills training.  Website:

HARC Information Center

P.O. Box 9537, Tampa, FL 33574  Phone (813) 931-9100


K.I.D.D.s. (Keys for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities)

Our group was created for those involved with the developmental disabilities community.  The goal of this group is to access resources in areas such as advocacy and education.  We feel strongly that to educate not only ourselves but also those around us will be of great benefit to our children.  K.I.D.D.s. is a project of FDLRS Hillsborough and sponsors informational workshops.  For more information please contact Debbie Valdes at (813)837-7740 or


Positive Family Intervention Project

Collaborative effort between the University of South Florida (USF) and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) housed at USF's St. Petersburg campus.  The project is a research study that has been designed to evaluate two approaches to parent education, both of which have been proven to be effective in improving children's behavior.  Parents participating in this study will receive training and assistance in positive behavior support for their young child with a developmental disability.  For more information contact Meme Hieneman, PH.D. at 727-873-4814 or go to:


Self-Reliance Center for Independent Living

Our mission is to promote independence through empowering persons with disabilities and improving the communities in which they live. We are a cross disability agency providing services to both children and adults with disabilities ( regardless of age and type of disability ) to identify and overcome barriers to independence in their lives. Services are provided free of charge.

8901 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33604  Phone: 813-375-3965  Website: 

For Videophone owners call direct at 813-375-3966. To reach the VP Relay operator call 1-866-327-8877 and give the operator our direct number.

United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay/ Achieve Tampa Bay

The mission of Achieve Tampa Bay is to guide and assist families and individuals with any disability or other barriers to achieve their full potential, resulting in community inclusion and independence.   Services are provided for UCP of Tampa Bay through Achieve Tampa Bay. Our comprehensive approach is characterized by a focus on the entire family, based on the goals of the client, with measurable outcomes and results.

2215 E. Henry Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610.  Website:

(813) 239-1179 / (800) 749-5155


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:  The website provides contact information by Region of the State.


 13101 N. Bruce B. Downs Blvd.                                             
 Tampa, FL  33612
 (813) 396-9696
 Regional Medical Director: John Curran, M.D.
 Regional Nursing Director: Joanne Angel, R.N.
 Regional Program Administrator: Patty Kopp


    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:


University of South Florida - Early Steps

13101 North Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33612


Fax: 813-558-1343

Annalise Camplisi – Early Steps Coordinator



Infants & Young Children West Central FL., Inc.

(Covers Hillsborough & Polk Counties)

1308 W. Sligh Avenue

Tampa, FL 33604                                        

813-375-3980/ Fax: 813-375-3984

Pat Grosz – Director/ e-mail:




EPIC! Summer Day Camp

Offered by Tampa Day School, this seven-week (7) summer camp, for 1st-8th grade, is designed to focus on the strengths of children with ADHD and other Learning Differences. A highly structured,  positive approach employs goal setting, recreation activities, arts and crafts, academic remediation/maintenance, hands-on Science labs, use of the computer lab and weekly field-trips. Our We have weekly field trips that go along with our weekly themes. CAMP COST:  Kindergarten through 5th graders--> $225 per week; 6th through 8th graders-->$250 per week.  $75 Non-refundable Registration Fee that is applied towards your balance.



Hillsborough County Parks Department

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department offers a 9 week summer day camp for children ages 6 - 22 with most types of disabilites. Beginning June 9th, the camp provides various types of recreational activities such as games, arts & crafts, music, field trips, guest speakers, and lots of fun for all. Campers must be able to function in a 1 to 6 staff to client ratio and must not have high medical needs. Registration is limited to Hillsborough County residents unless the camp is not at capacity by June 9th. The cost is $300.00 for the whole summer, payable in two installments, plus the cost of field trips and snacks.  There are 7 locations throughout the county.  Similar after school programs are offered throughout the school year as well. Please call 813-744--5978 for more information.


Little League Challenger Programs for Special Needs Children

Skyway Little League

4840 Independence Parkway, Tampa, FL

Contact:  Bobby Anderson (813) 300-5407


Northside Little League

2640 North Lakeview Drive, Tampa, FL

Contact:  Frank Reyes (813) 974-7415


Support Groups


Buddy Break Free Respite

Buddy Break is a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours on Friday nights or Saturday mornings (depending on the location). Each VIP kid at Buddy Break is paired up with a Buddy for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children's stories, videos, music and more...and the caregivers get a break!  Locations in Longwood, Orlando, Tampa, and Winter Park. See website for details:



Parents of High-Functioning Autism & Asperger's Syndrome

(PASS) Support Group
Meets at the YMCA Campo Family in Valrico

Liisa Neumann: 813-684-2813

Caryn Reddy:  813-657-1895  or  Petra Taylor:  813-643-8537



A family support program, provides support and guidance to young people who have a sibling with a disability. Through participation in SibShops, they can develop a better understanding of their sibling’s disability, spend time with peers who have a sibling with a disability, share their feelings in a safe and understanding environment and participate in enjoyable activities with peers. For additional information about Sibshops email Chrisie Petersen at or call her at 813-239-1179, ext. 209. 

National Sibling Support Project Website:


Tampa Bay Parent Support Group

For parents raising children with ADHD, strong-willed personalities, difficult temperaments, and other challenges.  Meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7pm - 8:15pm at the Jan Platt library.  (No meeting in December.) Check for monthly topics. For more information, please contact Norrine at or (813) 508-2367.


Service Providers


Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay

Develops and implements skill acquisition and/or behavior reduction programs for children with autism or similar disorders as well as children who engage in disruptive behavior.

6916 W Linebaugh Avenue, Suite 102, Tampa, Florida 33625. 
Phone: (813) 265-0210 Fax: (813) 265-0218     Email:   


Pasco County location: Redfern Professional Office Complex, 3717 Turman Loop, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544.  Phone:  (813) 265-0210


Beth Ingram Therapy Services

Community-based private physical, occupational and speech language therapy practice committed to professional assessment and treatment of a wide variety of functional limitations.  We not only serve pediatric patients birth-21 years of age but also the adult population.  We have six locations in the Tampa Bay region in order to best suit the patient’s needs. 

602 Vonderburg Dr. Suite 200, Brandon, FL 33511 (main office) 

Phone: (813) 653-1149 Website:


Brain Balance Achievement Center

The Brain Balance Program® is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges. We are brain-based, not drug based.  We subscribe to the theory that the brain can be changed—something once thought impossible. To gain a full understanding of your child’s difficulties we first conduct a comprehensive assessment of all areas of their brain and body function. Then, by integrating physical and cognitive exercises with dietary change, we are able to correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. 

Website:  Phone: (813) 475-6977

Oldsmar Office:  4022 Tampa Rd., Suite 6, Oldsmar, FL 34677


Focus Academy

Focus Academy is a charter high school that will be opening August 2013.  It is a tuition free school that will serve ESE students ages 14-22 pursuing a special diploma.  Focus Academy will educate the whole child with a research-based approach emphasizing social, emotional, intellectual and academic growth.  “Academics with real-life application”.  For more information you can visit our website at or call us at 813.922.1919.  Our beautiful campus is conveniently located in Temple Terrace at 304 Druid Hills Road.



Home Safe

Making life accessible. We cover all of Florida. Whether you are looking for an addition to a pre-existing home, cabinet installation, putting in a new floor or making a home handicap accessible, Home Safe is her for all of your construction needs.   Specializing in: Barrier-free bathrooms, accessible kitchens, wheelchair lifts, shower chairs, ceiling lifts, grab bars, and ramps.  We accept the Home & Community Based Services Waiver (Big Waiver) and the FL Supported Living Waiver (Little Waiver.)  Owners:  Ward Farley & Glenn Gullo

5914 Jet Port Industrial Blvd., Tampa, FL 33634. 

Office:  813-890-8809 or Toll Free: 877-854-8897

Website:  E-mail:

Licensed contractor:  QB20996 / CGC057678


Oasis Counseling

Their mission is to enrich and empower the families that they serve and to inspire youths to make positive decisions that will help them develop into productive citizens.

Maggie Dulcio, M.S., L.M.H.C.
713 West Lumsden Road, Brandon, FL 33511.  Phone: 813-418-2682



Phoenix House/ Tampa

Provider of Substance Abuse Treatment, serving the state of Florida with high quality long term residential treatment services.

5620 East Fowler Ave., Ste. 8, Tampa, FL 33617  Phone:  (813) 989-9170 



Rehab Ideas

Rehab Ideas was founded by a group of rehabilitation engineers, specialists, and experts in the health care industry, with a mission to apply the latest in technology and engineering to increase the independence of people with disabilities.  For more information contact John Trivento:  (813)600-3058 ext 113,  Website:  See Rehab Ideas' YouTube channel for demonstrations of the Backpack Retriever and the Trayaway wheelchair accessories:


Susan Sorensen, MSW, Counseling & Coaching

Groups available for children and teens:  Social Skills; Defiance to Family Harmony; Building Positive Relationships; Emotional Intelligence; Self-Esteem Building.  These groups are facilitated by Susan Sorensen, MSW, a therapist in private practice with 12 years previous experience as a school social worker working with children of all ages and ability levels. She has an office at 13801 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa and also offers group counseling at locations in Palm Harbor and Clearwater. 

For more information you may call her at (269) 277-3498 or email her at

View her profile on Psychology Today.




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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