Information & Resources for Pinellas 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)



Disability Achievement Center (formerly Caring & Sharing, CASCIL)

Serves Pasco & Pinellas Counties

A disability resource Center serving all persons of all ages in Pasco and Pinellas Counties who have disabilities. Advocacy is one of the core services provided. This service will include assisting persons with understanding the community and state services available and helping individuals determine how to gain access to such services that may be needed to help them gain or maintain community independence. Core services also include information and referral, peer mentoring and independent Living skills programs.

12552 Belcher Rd S., Largo, Fl 33773  Website:

Phone:  (727) 539-7550 Toll-Free: (866) 539-7550  

Fax (727) 539-7588 • Toll Free Fax (866) 533-7558



Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County is a not for profit planning and funding agency focused on early care and education. The goal of the Early Learning Coalition is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Additionally, the Coalition supports school age children in continuing academic achievement. The coalition achieves these goals in collaboration with community partners by providing: Child care scholarships; VPK- Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten program for 4 year olds; Training and technical assistance for child care providers; Developmental, vision and hearing screenings; and Resource and referral information for families looking for child care.


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.


Family Center on Deafness

Provides services to households where either a child or parent is deaf or hard of hearing.  Programs include a playgroup for children, a parent network with monthly meetings where child care is provided, tutoring to assist deaf parents in reading to their children, and many other services.  Website:



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 Gulfcoast

(Covers Hernando, Pasco, & Pinellas Counties)

Pinellas County Schools

2929 Co Rd 193
Clearwater, Fl 33759

(727) 793-2723


Lighthouse of Pinellas

For the Blind and Visually Impaired

Our mission is to advance the independence and quality of life for individuals in Pinellas County who are blind or visually impaired.  Training provided at no cost; No referrals necessary.  Youth Services:  Early Intervention; Teen Transition Program.  Adult Services:  Independent Living Skills; Orientation & Mobility Training; Diabetes Self-Management; Adaptive Computer Training; Individual & Group Counseling; Vocational Rehabilitation.

6925 112th Circle North, Suite 103, Largo, FL 33773

(727) 544-4433;


Look Up 941

Learn what activities are offered for your child when they're not in school?  This site gives you a list of what's offered by search.


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:


Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts

Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that offers dance and performing arts programs to kids and young adults with special needs. Their mission is to provide instruction to improve fitness, focus, muscle strength, coordination, balance, self-confidence and social skills. Program also offers a Tae-Kwon-Do class, and welcomes siblings.  Classes are held at: 

Lighthouse of Pinellas, 6925 - 112th Circle N. Suite 103, Largo, Florida 33773.  For more information see website or call Lisa Fultz at (727) 394-2636.


United Way 211

(941) 366-2686

Helps link families to resource and referrals to various agencies throughout the counties.



Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC)

UPARC offers housing, day programs and other services for individuals with develpmental disabilities. UPARC is dedicated to enabling individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities to choose and realize their goals of where and how to live, learn, work, and play.

1501 N. Belcher Rd., Suite 249

Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 799-3330


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.


        CMS-St. Petersburg

        (Covers Pasco & Pinellas Counties)
3251 3rd Avenue North, STE 130                                
        St. Petersburg, FL  33713
        (727) 893-2775/ 1-800-336-1612
        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:  888-654-4440 



        All Children’s Hospital / West Central Early Steps

        (Covers Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, & Pinellas Counties)

        480 7th Avenue South, Department 7470, St. Petersburg, FL 33701           

        727-767-4403 / 800-374-4334 / Fax: 727-727-4715

        Harry Fogle – Director, e-mail:


Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas County

Assists Pinellas County families with finding child care, helps low/middle income families pay for child care, provides improvement resources for child care providers, and provides other family support and education services.  (727) 547-5700  Website:


Head Start Pinellas County

Pinellas County Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child development program. It serves low income children from birth to mandatory school age, their families and expectant mothers.  The purpose of the program is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of comprehensive services; and to assist their families.  (727) 547-5900  Website:


Prescription Discount Card 

Free to county residents, any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program.  Even if you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover.  For more information, including card pick-up locations, call toll free 1-877-321-2652, or visit -



Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program

Parents/ Guardians may enroll their children in the VPK Program by contacting Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Inc.  Phone:  (727) 547-5700  Website:




Accessibility Group Tours at Ringling
The Ringling Museum of Art offers special group tours for blind and visually impaired visitors and their companions. These interactive tours, led by trained docents, include engaging verbal descriptions of the works of art on view; reproduction enhancements; tactile diagrams to help visitors “feel” the work of art; and touchable props.  For additional information, contact (941) 359-5700 x5702.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Pinellas County agency was founded in 1967 and currently oversees Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties. We serve children in community-based and school-based programs to ensure maximum impact. In short, we pride ourselves on connecting similarly motivated individuals and organizations and creating a foundation for success. The three outcomes we hope to accomplish through our program are: greater confidence, avoidance of risky behavior and educational achievement.

918 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770 Website:

office: 727.518.8860, fax: 727.584.8953 |


Camp Redbird

City of St. Petersburg summer playcamp for youth and adults with disabilities. Every day at Camp Redbird has something different to offer. Our staff to camper ratios are typically much smaller than other summer camps and the program provides campers the enhanced structure that they need to be successful. Activities include a variety of games, arts & crafts, sports, exercise, field trips and swimming. Therapeutic recreation and leisure activities are planned to foster each individual’s motor, cognitive and social skills development. Camp Redbird consists of three separate groups for youth (ages 6-11), teens (ages 12-17) and adults (ages 18 and up).

For more information call (727) 893-7899 or email


Cool Kids Club

Cool Kids Club is a group of teens/young adults with special needs that gets together on a regular basis to enjoy any number of fun activities.  The group is limited to 8 girls and 8 boys, ages 12-22.  Any additional teens that are interested are placed on a waiting list and added as places become available.  The program is open to those in the Tampa Bay and participants should be prepared to travel to the host’s site.  For more information about Cool Kids Club contact Jeanne DeVita at Click here for an article about Cool Kids Club


Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center

Creative Clay’s mission is to make the arts accessible for every interested member of the community regardless of age, gender, ability and/or race.  Since 1995, Creative Clay has been providing local artists with developmental, physical and/or emotional disabilities an opportunity to pursue their passion for art making. Our arts programs consist of studio and community based activities for exploring unique personal realities in an inventive, professional environment. 

Phone: (727) 825-0515  Website:    E-mail:


Little League Challenger Program

Azalea Little League

2950 75th Street, North, St. Petersburg, FL.

Contact:  Lee or Kathie Fulmer (727) 345-7407


Saddle Up Riding Club

Therapeutic Riding Club which provides structured horseback riding sessions to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.  Instructors are nationally certified in therapeutic riding through NARHA and volunteers and horses have been carefully selected and trained for their roles.  Saturdays, from 9am - 12pm. 

For more information see Website:


Seminole Family Aquatic Center

Swim lessons for children with disabilities.  Everyone should learn how to swim regardless of
ability or disability.  Lessons are taught by Dawn Lewellyn, a certified Water Safety Instructor through the American Red Cross and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Dawn has over 10 years experience working with children and adults with disabilities. Pre-Registration is Required!  *Must be a Seminole Recreation Member to participate* Call for details or to register:  (727) 397-6085.


The Gap School

Highly intensive, 3-week camp for children ages 5-11 that is designed to help children better navigate their social world by offering daily opportunities to practice, modify and monitor their nonverbal communication and verbal interaction skills.



Tops Soccer is a soccer program designed specifically for children with special needs.
Volunteer coaches and buddies who help the players are extremely important to the success of this program.  We are always looking for new players and volunteers.  It’s a great service opportunity for kids, ages 9 and up. It’s a fun way for high schoolers to earn community service hours too!  
If you would like to volunteer as a buddy, contact Karen Thompson or Abby Rudderham


YMCA Camp Coast

Camp Coast is a summer day camp specifically for children with autism and developmental disabilities that allow them to feel comfortable in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Camp Coast is designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of 5 and10 that are considered high functioning on the autism spectrum.  Website: 

Camp Coast pdf brochure     Specialized Activities pdf brochure


Support Groups


CHADD Pinellas County

(Children & Adults with Attention Defecit/ Hyperactivity Disorder)

Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at Bay Pines Medical Auditorium, Building 20
10000 Bay Pines Blvd. (Alt. US 19), St. Petersburg, FL
Contact Nancy at
More Info:


CHADD North Pinellas West Pasco

(Children & Adults with Attention Defecit/ Hyperactivity Disorder)

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Station No. 65

250 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL

Contact Beverly at



Down Syndrome Network of Pinellas (Up With Downs)

P.O. Box 523

Largo, FL 33779

(727) 462-2274    Website:



Gulf Coast Chapter - Autism Society of America

P.O. Box 21105

St. Petersburg, FL 33742



Infants & Toddlers Support Group

All Children’s Hospital - Early Steps Support Group Meetings.  This is an all-inclusive Support Group for families who have Infants and Toddlers Ages Birth to Three years old with Developmental Disabilities and Delays.   Please Call to RSVP.  (727) 767-6705.  Contact: Paula Keyser  Email:  Meetings held at:  All Children's Hospital - Early Steps Program, 500 7th Avenue South, 2nd Floor, St. Petersburg FL 33701 US.


Just Us Girls

Therapeutic recreation program for girls ages 10 and up.  It is held in Largo on specific Saturdays from 6pm to 8pm, and each Saturday has a different theme.  Themes range from Etiquette & Dining to Line Dancing to art and crafts.  This program is designed to help girls learn social skills and more.  In order to attend each participant will need to purchase a recreation card.  Prices range from $5 to $85 per year, depending on where you live.  For more information contact Ashley Friend at (727) 518-3016 or


Oppositional Defiant Disorder Support Group

Please attend even if you have everything under control - you may be able to help someone else!  Meetings held at:

Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew Street - Meeting Room B

For more information call:  (727) 736-0002


Pinellas Families for Children’s Mental Wellness (PFCMW)
Strives to encourage and empower parents/families to advocate for and seek mental

wellness for their children.  download pdf flyer

The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
The Gathering Place, Building 100
5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760
For More Information:Debra MacLean, Parent (727) 345-3239



Service Providers


Autism Early Intervention Clinics

ABA Therapy for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities.

8950 Dr. Martin Luther King Street, North, Suite 170, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Phone:  (727) 576-7600   Website:


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:

Largo Office:  1725 East Bay Drive Largo, Florida.  (Please call the main office for scheduling)


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

Coaching for Kids teaches children how to effectively communicate and gain experiences in problem solving.  6727 1st Avenue South  Suite 110, Saint Petersburg, FL 33707

Phone: (727) 686-2934    Email:



Healing the Generations

Privately owned rehabilitation company in Pinellas County, Florida. We are a strictly hands-on therapy services provider for infants, children and adults. We provide out-patient, as well as home health services for physical, occupational, speech and massage therapies. 14141 46th Street North, Suite 1202, Clearwater, FL 33762  Phone: ( 727) 535-6746  Spring/Summer 08 Newsletter


Harold Lampert, MS, OTR/L

Lampert's Home Therapy, Inc.

8254 118th Avenue North, Suite 100

Largo, FL 3377  Phone:  (727) 541-5304   Fax (727) 546-8527


The Kidz Club

The Kidz Club is a very special place for children who are medically fragile.  We are a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) facility.  Our mission is to provide the safest, most up-lifting, and cost effective medical treatment available in a daycare setting.

850 3rd Ave South

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Main (727) 821-5439Fax (727) 821-9459Cell (727) 644-3244

Email:  Website:


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)

Pinellas County Location:  8203 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33771

Phone: 727-521-4248



NurseCore Private Duty Home Care

NurseCore is a national provider of high-quality homecare; offering unskilled to skilled licensed nursing services hourly and visits 24/7 from pediatrics to adults. Other services available are Private Duty sitting and Medical Staffing for all facilities. Nursecore specializes in caring for spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and ventilator dependant patients. NurseCore is your solution for tough-to-staff continuous care cases.  NurseCore is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  In addition, our Registered Nurse is available 24/7 to assist our employees and patients with any clinical concerns that may arise. Customer service and quality of care is our specialty.    Pinellas County Offices:

1919 Tyrone Blvd. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710 / 727-345-7009

Branch Director: Ginger Limardi

28805 U.S. Hwy. 19 North Clearwater, FL 33761 / 727-787-2925

Branch Director: Patti Cranford   


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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