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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

A 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:   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:


FDLRS Action

(Covers Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, & Sumter Counties)

1200 W. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32804

(407) 317-3660 or (800) 262-1596  Website:


Lake County Schools


Sunrise ARC

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:

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.


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.



(Covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion & Sumter Counties)
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

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:


North Beaches

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:


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

Administrative & Counseling Center: 2600 South Street, Leesburg, Fl 34748  (352) 787-5889 




Bridge to Ability Day Program

Bridge 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.

Website:  download 2013 Registration Form


Triple Diamond Ranch

Therapeutic Horseback Riding. 32100 Root Rd., Eustis, Florida 32736. Call (352) 589-6661,

(321) 303-2274, or (407)855-0235.


Support Groups


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:


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


Connection Helpline

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:  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, Florida, 32778
Phone: 352-343-1341 • Toll free: 888-728-6234


Little People of America Central Florida

Contact Person:  Lois Search, (321) 750-3140  or



Summit Sibshops

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:


South Lake County Sibshops

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:


Service Providers


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:


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


Mobility Freedom

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

5 locations in Florida - Mobility Freedom brochure (pdf)

Lake County Location:  20354 US Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34715

Phone: 407-674-8769







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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