Information & Resources for Hillsborough County
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
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: www.elchc.org
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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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: www.fccflorida.org 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.
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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 Website: http://flfcic.fmhi.usf.edu/
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
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. www.floridapeernetwork.org
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MHC 2505, Tampa, Florida 33612
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
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612-3899
4210 W. Bay Villa Ave.
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 837-7777 Website: http://www1.sdhc.k12.fl.us/~fdlrs/index.htm
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: http://www.childabusecouncil.com/programs.html
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: www.hillsarc.com
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 email@example.com.
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: http://www.stpt.usf.edu/coas/pfi/index.htm
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: www.self-reliance.org
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: www.achievetampabay.org
(813) 239-1179 / (800) 749-5155
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.
13101 N. Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Regional Medical Director: John Curran, M.D.
Regional Nursing Director: Joanne Angel, R.N.
Regional Program Administrator: Patty Kopp
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
University of South Florida - Early Steps
13101 North Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. http://www.tampadayschool.com/
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
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 email@example.com
Caryn Reddy: 813-657-1895 or Petra Taylor: 813-643-8537 www.ideasaboutautism.com/pass
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 813-239-1179, ext. 209.
National Sibling Support Project Website: http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops
Tampa Bay Parent Support GroupFor 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 www.norrinerussell.com for monthly topics. For more information, please contact Norrine at Norrine@norrinerussell.com or (813) 508-2367.
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: email@example.com
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: www.bethingram.com
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: www.brainbalancecenters.com Phone: (813) 475-6977
Oldsmar Office: 4022 Tampa Rd., Suite 6, Oldsmar, FL 34677
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 www.focusacademytampa.org or call us at 813.922.1919. Our beautiful campus is conveniently located in Temple Terrace at 304 Druid Hills Road.
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
Licensed contractor: QB20996 / CGC057678
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.
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.rehabideas.com See Rehab Ideas' YouTube channel for demonstrations of the Backpack Retriever and the Trayaway wheelchair accessories: http://www.youtube.com/user/RehabIdeas#p/u
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 email@example.com
View her profile on Psychology Today. http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/118365
Parent Training & Information Center:
Home Office - (888) 612-9273
or (727) 789-2400