Information & Resources for Lake County
Local Advocacy & Resource Organizations
Brass Basket After School Program
Help with homework and developing personal and academic skills. 1st to 5th grades. Fees: Donation of $20 per week requested.
17200 Hwy. 440A, Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-6975 OR (352) 636-6581
Camp Boggy Creek
Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year-round facility where children between the ages of 7-16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses can come at no charge to them or their families. Camp Boggy Creek provides a safe and exciting camp experience for children with: Asthma, Cancer and blood-related disorders, Craniofacial disorders, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart disease, Hemophilia, Immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Kidney disease, Rheumatic disease, Sickle cell anemia, Spina Bifida, Transplants, Disorders requiring ventilator assistance.
30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis, FL 32736.
Toll Free: 866-Go-Boggy or Main Number: 352-483-4200
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
The CILNCF serves 16 counties in the North Central Florida region from (4) four locations. Our organization provides services to individuals on a cross-disability basis and is consumer-controlled, having at least 51% people with disabilities comprising both governing board of directors as well as staff. Our center delivers the four-core services of the Independent Living Program which includes Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Support, and Independent Living Skills Education.
Hernando County Office: Career Central Hernando, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34606 1 (877) ADA-VAN1
Citrus County Office: 3774 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 527-8399 Toll Free (877) 232-8261
Marion County Office: 3445 NE 24th St., Ocala, FL 34470
Voice (352) 368-3788 TTY (352) 368-2969
Headquarters: 222 SW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607
Voice (352) 378-7474 TTY (352) 372-3443 Toll Free (800) 265-5724
Sign Language Interpreting Services Toll Free (877) 629-8840
Easter Seals Camp Challenge
residential camp for children and adults with physical and cognitive
disabilities serving the entire state of Florida. Camp Challenge also
offers a once a month respite camp throughout the year. Approximately
$1,300 for 6 day program, although financial assistance is available.
31600 Camp Challenge Rd., Sorrento, FL 32776
(352) 383-4711; (352) 383-0744 (fax)
Family Care Council Area 13
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 "13" 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
(Covers Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, & Sumter Counties)
1200 W. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 317-3660 or (800) 262-1596 Website: www.fdlrs.ocps.net/
Lake County Schools
During its four decades of service, SunriseArc has provided support to the community through innovative programs and services aimed at educating, employing and empowering people with developmental disabilities. Services include: Education, Residential Services, Supported Employment, and Community Inclusion. Website: www.sunrisearc.org
35201 Radio Road, Leesburg, FL 34788. Tel: (352) 787-3079
UCP of Central Florida
(Covers Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties)
We serve kids with all types of special needs, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, speech delays, developmental delays, and vision and hearing impairments. Our unique programs provide an exceptional environment for children and families to learn, and more importantly, grow. Our holistic approach to support, education, and therapy provides “one stop shopping” to more than 2,400 children who receive all the services they need in one place. www.ucpcfl.org
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.
(Covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion & Sumter
1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd., STE 215, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 369-2100 or 1-888-326-7485
Regional Medical Director: Rick Buciarelli, M.D.
Regional Nursing Director: Sharon Surrency, R.N.
Regional Program Administrator: Cathy Keathley
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
Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia And Flagler Counties, Inc.
(Covers Flagler, Lake, Putnam & Volusia Counties)
421 South Keech Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-4623
386-258-2283 / 800-439-6417/ Fax: 386-258-2283
Gayla Clark – Early Steps Coordinator/ e-mail: email@example.com
Green Isle Children's Ranch
Faith-based Residential Program for "at risk" boys ages 7-17.
PO BOX 121400
Clermont, FL 34712 Phone: 352-429-4341
Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties
Certified Domestic Violence Program in Lake and Sumter Counties. Transitional living. Confidential counseling for males who have been victims, as well as women. Women's Domestic Violence Outreach Groups: Weds. 9-11 AM; 6-8 PM. Also have Legal Advocacy and a support group for children. Domestic Violence HOTLINE (352) 753-5800
Bridge to Ability Day ProgramBridge to Ability is a private school that offers a Summer Day Camp for children with physical disabilities. Students age 3-16yrs old can come and enjoy summer activities at our school such as arts and crafts, music, computers, outside activities including water play, story time, and many more themed activities. Specialized care is available for students that need seizure monitoring, G-Tube feeding, personal care, and close supervision. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy are available to eligible students and are billed through their insurance.
Triple Diamond Ranch
Therapeutic Horseback Riding. 32100 Root Rd., Eustis, Florida 32736. Call (352) 589-6661,
(321) 303-2274, or (407)855-0235.
Empowered Parents of Lake County
We have been working with and helping families for over 16 years. We know that it is a challenge to raise kids today. Parents need a plan and someone to coach them to change the unwanted behaviors in their children. You need to become an Empowered Parent. Contacts: Jesse & Hope Kegg, (904) 669-7722 Website: http://empoweredparentscfl.blogspot.com/
Friends & Disabilities Support Group for Lake County
Come and celebrate your lives & share information you have collected Learn from each other's expertise and share the knowledge you have gained in your unique day to day struggles that have turned into successes. Contact: Anna Brynild, (352) 394-3506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Helpline's mission as stated on their website: "We strive to provide assistance by being available to share others' burdens by providing emotional support, referring to appropriate resources, if needed, and connecting them with Jesus, who is the source of all healing."
Website: www.connectionhelpline.org 1-800-351-8082 or 352-483-2800 in Lake County.
Hospice Children's Program
Helps youngsters and teens understand and deal with feelings of anger, pain, guilt and isolation.
12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares,
Phone: 352-343-1341 • Toll free: 888-728-6234
Little People of America Central Florida
Contact Person: Lois Search, (321) 750-3140 or email@example.com
Offering Sibshops to the Lake County community in a variety of formats to meet the needs of attendees of various ages and schedules. Primary Contact: Ashlea Johnson, LCSW
Summit Mental Health Services, 244 East Highland Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711 map
Phone: 407-222-0528 Website: http://www.summitmentalhealthservices.com
A program for siblings of children with disabilities ages 6 - 12 held monthly on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Primary Contact: Nancy Allison Phone: 352-255-4325
First United Methodist Church, 950 7th Street, Clermont, FL 34711 map
National Sibling Support Project Website: http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops
Colonial Medical Supplies
Since 1957, Colonial Medical Supplies has been a family owned, family operated business. Some of our Family and staff are also some of our most valued customers. We have certified health care professionals in Rehab, Respiratory, mastectomy, Orthopaedics, and Service & Repair. On staff today, Colonial Medical Supplies employs an ATS, RTS, RT & PT. Locations in Orlando, Kissimmee, and Lady Lake. Website: www.colonialmed.com
Life Stream Behavioral Center
Comprehensive behavioral health care agency serving the mental & substance abuse needs of Lake and Sumter Counties.
515 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34749
Phone: (352) 315-7500 Fax: (352) 360-6595
Vehicle lifts, seating and hand controls enable people with scooters and wheelchairs the ability to transport and drive with their mobility equipment. 1.800.303.4545 www.mobilityfreedom.com
5 locations in Florida - Mobility Freedom brochure (pdf)
Lake County Location: 20354 US Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34715Phone: 407-674-8769
Parent Training & Information Center:
Home Office - (888) 612-9273
or (727) 789-2400