FDLRS provides information, training, and support to school districts and families in order to promote effective parent participation in the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special or unique needs. If you have any questions, please email Beth Williams or call (850) 561-6547. The primary goal of FDLRS Miccosukee Parent Services is to help you and your child that is receiving ESE services be successful. Parent Services assists families to develop effective partnerships with their school districts. This allows for shared responsibility for improving the education of your child. Our services are varied because we know the needs and concerns of every family are different. Some of our services include:
Telephone and email support
Support Group Assistance
Individualized personal support
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Special Ed Connection Flyer for Parents: a web-based resource that parents can use to gain an understanding of special education and how it works, as their child enters, progresses through, and exits the world of special education. Please contact Beth Williams at (850)487-7313 or firstname.lastname@example.org for access to this exciting resource!
FDLRS Family Resource Guide: This guide provides specific parent resources (free and sliding scale fees) for students with special needs and their families with an explanation of each resource.
A Parent’s Guide to ESE in Florida:This book is for the parents of children in Florida who have special learning needs because of a disability. If you have major responsibility for a child—as a parent, grandparent, surrogate parent, or foster parent—and you think your child has a disability and needs specially designed instruction or support, this book should be very helpful to you.
BBTC Spectrum Guide: This document describes transition services for students with disabilities ages 11-22 where the planning process has a specific focus on postsecondary options. Some services may be available to students under the age of 11, and a column has been added for Beyond Age 22. You can find specific age requirements for services in the guide. MTSS Parent Resource Guide: The Parent Resource Guide Digital Version is for downloading and works great for parents and teachers who want to view and access a variety of specific resources to increase family engagement within a multi-tiered system of supports.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for Families and Community Members Introductory Video for Parents:This video for parents introduces parents to the use of problem-solving and how it may affect their child in the context of school-wide implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports, often still referred to as RtI. Florida MTSS Parent Resource Page: National Tools, Florida Tools, Videos, and Myths & Truths related to all things MTSS. Florida's Parent Brochure:This informational brochure on using student RtI data in a multi-tiered system of supports. A multi-tiered system, often referred to as the RtI framework, provides parents with an overview along with some ideas for how parents can get engaged with the school team. Recommendations are provided for parents if they believe their child is struggling, including a list of key questions to guide conversations with educators. MTSS Overview for Families & Community Members:This MTSS Powerpoint represents the integration of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior of Supports (PBS). The purpose of this overview is to increase the mutual understanding between families, community members, and schools because we have one thing in common: we all want the students to be successful in school and in life.
School Tips IEP Meeting: A helpful brochure in getting ready for your child’s IEP meeting. Facilitated IEP Video for Parents: This exciting new video (available with English and Spanish subtitles) introduces the facilitated IEP process to parents in order to encourage IEP team resolution. Watch the video to learn more about this process and how you and your child’s IEP team can work together, in the best interest of your child, to resolve concerns or disagreements and move forward. Facilitated IEP Meetings: An Emerging Practice Section 504 : A parent and teacher guide to Section 504: Frequently Asked Questions. Selecting Accommodations: Guidance for Individual Educational Plan Teams Parent Guide Access Points : A parent’s guide to Access Points, Access Courses, and Resources.
Other Resources What is ESE?: What Is Exceptional Student Education for Children with Disabilities? A Parent’s Guide to ESE in Florida: This book is for the parents of children in Florida who have special learning needs because of a disability. If you have major responsibility for a child—as a parent, grandparent, surrogate parent, or foster parent—and you think your child has a disability and needs specially designed instruction or support, this book should be very helpful to you. BBTC Legal Rights at age 18 fact sheet:Your legal rights at age 18 facts sheet. Exceptional Student Education Acronym Cheat Sheet: Common Acronyms used in Exceptional Student Education Disability Facts Sheet: This webpage connects you quickly with brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability.
Evaluations for Special Education Services Babies and Toddlers: Early intervention is an effective way to help very young children (birth to the third birthday) catch up or address specific developmental concerns as soon as possible in their lives. Developmental Milestones: Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). Early Steps: Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay.
Miracle Sports Athletic Calendar 2015-2016 Florida Disabled Outdoors Association offers a variety of sporting opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Check out their flyer for more information: Miracle Sports Calendar
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Workgroup Circuit 2 The TIC workgroup meets on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00AM-12:00PM. The meetings are held at the Corporate Office of DISC Village, Inc. located at 3333 W Pensacola St., Bldg 200, Suite 230 (CZ conference room). The group is open to anyone in the community.
There are a number of parent support groups in your area that can help you and your family with your specific family dynamic.
Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee Contact Person: Executive Director - Dana Rainey Office Phone: 850-298-8187 ext.74370 Cell: (850) 276-9859 Office Location: 201 S. Monroe Street Suite 300 Tallahassee, FL 32301 Mailing Address: 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway D4-212 Tallahassee, FL 32309 Services: • Support new parents with an informational packet, telephone contact, and personal visits. Assist new parents in meeting other parents who live near them. • Host social gatherings throughout the year to provide support and share experiences and information. • Host the annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. • Provide financial support to community groups and organizations that are a resource to individuals with Down Syndrome. • Provide scholarships to families for educational, recreational and medical purposes. • Maintain our web site to provide information to a wide audience.
Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend Contact Person: email@example.com Phone: 850-222-1777 Toll-Free: 1-866-778-4583 Office Location: 1302 E. Sixth Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32303 Services: • Sponsoring medical treatment, neurological visits, diagnostic testing and annual assessments with each client to provide a custom plan of action • Assisting with patient prescription assistance applications • Connecting clients to other service agencies in the community • Advocating for persons with epilepsy • Helping to provide our clients with a better quality of life • Educating the community about epilepsy, prevention and seizure first aid • Offering monthly support group meetings in two locations in the Panhandle
Family Care Council- District 2 Contact Person: Louise Ogburn, Chairperson Phone: 850-921-0772 Toll-Free: 1-800-470-8101 Office Location: Children’s Home Society - Conference Room 1801 Miccosukee Commons Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308 Purpose: The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.
The Family Café Contact Person: Lori Fahey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-224-4670 Toll-Free: 1-888-309-CAFE Office Location: 519 North Gadsden Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 Purpose: The Family Café exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information.
First Words Project Contact Person: Amy Wetherby, Ph.D. Director Phone: 850-224-4670 Office Location: First Words Project 1940 North Monroe Suite 72 Tallahassee, FL 32302 Services: • Parent Educational Workshops, Classes, and Seminars • Infant-Toddler Play Groups • Individualized, Family-Guided Intervention Programs • Referral for Educational Services in the Community • Monitoring Communication and Language Development
Family Network on Disabilities Contact Person: Rich La Belle - Executive Director Email: email@example.com Phone: 727-523-1130 Toll-Free: 1-800-825-5736 Office Location: 2196 Main Street Suite K Dunedin, FL 34698 * Visit http://fndusa.org/who-we-are/staff/ for direct contact information of specialty project personnel* Purpose: Family Network on Disabilities is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.
FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Contact Person: Jennifer Morgan - CARD Constituency Board Chair Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-644-4367 Toll-Free:1-800-769-7926 Office Location: 1940 N. Monroe St. Suite 72 Tallahassee, FL 32303 Purpose: FSU CARD is dedicated to providing individuals with autism or related disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them, free consultation, resources, and educational support to build knowledge, confidence, infrastructure, and sustainability within the community.
Gadsden/Leon PACT Contact Person: Frank Platt, L.C.S.W Gadsden/Leon PACT Coordinator Phone: 850-329-9887 Services: • Increase parental awareness on what early childhood well-being means and how to ensure that children are healthy at age one, school ready. by age 5, connected to services when needed and have a positive early childhood experience. • Provide training and support to become parent advocates, family mentors and certified peer specialists so that parents can assist other parents in understanding and navigating the system of care. • Establish family and youth support groups
Grandparents as Parents Contact Person: Karen Boebinger Phone: 850-891-4027 Purpose: GaP serves grandparents and other relatives who are raising children by providing support groups, family outings, advocacy, educational programs, legal services, health screenings, information and referral and access to community resources.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tallahassee Contact Person: Matthew Liebenhaut – President Email: email@example.com Phone: 850.841.3386 (voice mail) Helpline: (850) 841.3386 (Voice mail-box) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 14842 Tallahassee, FL 32317 Purpose: To provide hope for people with brain disorders and their loved ones. Hope for a better tomorrow is hope stemming from the knowledge that you are not alone and that by working together, we can bring about change. * NAMI Tallahassee sponsors a monthly support group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 8 PM at the St. John's Episcopal Church - 211 North Monroe Street - Cobb Library, off the courtyard. *
Tallahassee Gifted Network Contact Person: Andrea Goddard Phone: 850-487-7871 Purpose: The Tallahassee Gifted Network (TGN) is a group of parents, teachers, and others in Leon County and the Big Bend area who are especially interested in the education of children who are recognized as being gifted and talented. We are a subsidiary of the Foundation for Leon County Schools.
Parent to Parent Support Group for Parents with School Age Children with Disabilities for Leon County Contact Person: Chris Heron Phone: 850-487-1735 Meeting: Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Children's Medical Services, 2390 Phillips Road, 1st floor conference room. Bring your lunch.
Tourette Syndrome Association of the Big Bend Contact Person: Amy Wilson
Meeting: Meets the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10-12 noon at Tom Brown Park Pavilion #9.
Wakulla Autism Support Group Contact Person: Connie Worrill Phone: 850-962-4881 Meeting: The Wakulla County Autism Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Wakulla County Library at 6:00 pm, running from September through May.
Workshop for Adult Vocational Enrichment (WAVE, Inc.) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-412-9279 Purpose: The workshop for adult vocational enrichment provides opportunities for life skills/vocational training, social activities and a performing musical chorus for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Activities are designed to serve a broad range of interests and abilities. Social activities include bowling, swimming, dances, eating at restaurants, hayrides, holiday celebrations, etc. Our goal is to provide services that enhance the ability of each individual to be a valued member of the community and to develop friendships and relationships that allow individuals to participate in a rich and varied social life that many of us take for granted. Through our programs, teens and adult with developmental disabilities are provided with opportunity to grow and develop, learn skills that improve functioning at home and community and express themselves through music.
The Federation of Families of Florida Contact Person: Jill Conley Phone: 850-570-0413 Theresa Parsons Sharon Farris Purpose: The Federation of Families of Florida provides support to children and families for social, emotional and physical wellbeing. The Federation of Families provides families with connections to resources in the community and parent support group meetings. The Parent Support Group Meetings are held monthly on Mondays from 6:30 – 8pm. The parent support group is a focus group that provides education and support to parents or guardians of children for social, emotional, physical or mental health support. The group is run by parents for parents. The support group meetings are intended to help parents connect to resources in the community that can help support the family.