The following websites may be helpful for persons with disabilities and their families.


American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Formerly the American Association of Mental Retardation, the AAIDD is an association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Resource Center

A resource on autism for both families and professionals.

Autism Society of America

A resource on autism for both families and professionals.


A resource on autism for both families and professionals.


A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, Medline provides extensive information with an encyclopedia of medical and disability related topics, drug information, and access to medical journal articles.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Focusing on less common conditions, the NORD website features a dictionary of over 1,000 disabilities and health conditions that affect small numbers of people.

National Down Syndrome Society

The national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)

Learn more about this condition from an organization of families and professionals working together to promote and fund research, provide education, and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those impacted by Prader-Willi syndrome.

Social Security Administration

The Federal government’s site about information on Social Security benefits.Online services include applying for benefits; replacing lost or damaged cards; changing address information; and finding a Social Security office. For information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), visit

Social Security and Disability Resource Center

This page has information about qualifying for disability in the disability questions section.

Spina Bifida Association

Using the tools of education, advocacy, research, and service, the national organization and its affiliate chapters are dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida.

The ARC of the United States

Formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens, a national network of members and affiliated chapters working on behalf of those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

A leading source of information about cerebral palsy, the site also includes information and news about other developmental disabilities and advocacy efforts nationwide.


Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

Florida has an initiative to help link employers to job seekers who have disabilities. The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk is designed to ensure that every Floridian can get a great job. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job.

Able Trust

The trust’s mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

ACCESS Florida: Florida Department of Children and Families

The Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency is the Department of Children and Family’s online public assistance service delivery system enabling Floridians to apply for benefits on line. The site also has helpful links for seeking employment, child care, and emergency food assistance.

Agency for Healthcare Administration

Information about hospitals, nursing homes, extended care, and other licensed facilities in Florida.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

APD is the Florida agency responsible for providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. This is an excellent source of information about all aspects of the program for people receiving services, individuals waiting for services, and professionals. Local contact information:
Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties,

Broward County,


Children’s Medical Services

A program of Florida’s Department of Health, CMS serves children who have serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions that require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children. Eligibility for services is based on both medical and financial criteria. This site also contains information on Early Steps – Florida’s Early Intervention Program. Early Steps offers early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months) who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Local offices coordinate with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed supports and services.

Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida

The Down Syndrome Foundation started by families of individuals with Down Syndrome. The goal of the organization is to promote inclusion, understanding and acceptance by expanding opportunities for individuals, families and communities touched by Down Syndrome.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

The site provides information about epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and services and supports available in the community.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida (FND)

FND is a statewide network of families of children and young adults with disabilities and special needs. Site resources include online tutorials on disability-related topics.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

The primary mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is to promote innovative programs and practices designed to prevent developmental disabilities and improve the quality of life of individuals with such disabilities and their families.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Resources Providers Search

A public reporting resource for individuals with developmental disabilities living in or moving to the State of Florida. The primary purpose of this website is to help individuals with developmental disabilities find a provider that best meets their needs.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)

FDLRS is a special education support system for educators, parents, and professionals who work with children with exceptionalities. Both the website and local offices provide a wealth of information that is available to the public.
Local contact information:

Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

An employment resource for businesses and people with disabilities, its mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

State of Florida

Provides central access to all state agencies and services, including the state legislature.



Provides financial assistance to local families, whose children suffer developmental delays due to a neurological disorder and are in need of additional income to pay or supplement payment for the treatment and care of their child with special needs.

Center for Independent Living of South Florida (CIL)

CIL’s mission is to assist anyone with a disability to achieve and maintain an independent and self-determined lifestyle to the maximum extent possible. The majority of people managing, controlling and working at the Center are people with disabilities.

Community Committee for Developmental Hamdicaps, Inc. (CCDH)

Provides support and services to individuals with physical, sensory, social,emotional, and other disabilities.

Down Syndrome Association of Miami

The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Miami is to educate the Miami-Dade community about Down syndrome and to promote positive acceptance of individuals living with Down Syndrome.

Easter Seals South Florida

Easter Seals provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Mailman Center for Child Development

The Mailman Center for Child Development is an academic center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine that addresses concerns of individuals with developmental disabilities and children with special health care needs through research, clinical service, training for professionals, parental workshops, and advocacy.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Exceptional Student Education

The site provides information and extensive resources for students in special education classes and their families.

Miami Dade County Department of Human Services

Within this website you will find information on the social services and programs provided by Miami-Dade County at over 65 locations.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center (VACC Camp)

Brings ventilation assisted children and their families together in a fun, friendly, happy setting where they have an opportunity to socialize with their peers, experience the acceptance of the greater community, and engage in activities that will help them realize their full potential as families and as individuals.

Parent to Parent of Miami Inc.

Parents working with other parents who have children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs to provide information, training and support.

Shake-a-Leg Miami

Shake-A-Leg is a water sports community center for adults and children with physical, developmental and economic challenges. Contact(305) 858-5550 Ext. 113 for more information.
Soccer Clinic for Children with Autism
Annual Ransom Everglades Soccer Clinic for Children with autism is a free clinic to be held at Ransom Upper School, Main Highway Coconut Grove. For more information please contact Marie Whitehurst at (305) 667-7925

Special Transportation Services

Guide to Miami-Dade’s transportation resources for people with disabilities.

The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future. The Children’s Trust encourages the inclusion of children with disabilities in all programs it funds.

United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida

This is a multi-service agency for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. They offer home and center-based programs, advocacy, referral and information about resources for children with special needs.

United Way of Miami-Dade

United Way of Miami-Dade has a plan to achieve measurable outcomes in four main areas. The community plan, set forth by its volunteers and other community experts, is focused on helping kids and families lead successful lives, improving health and independence, responding to emergency and basic needs and encouraging neighborhood and civic involvement.

University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

One of seven regional resource centers established by the Florida Legislature, services include family support, technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, and public education activities about autism and related disorders.
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