Cognitive and Physical Disparities   

Where Disability becomes Ability




CARD * Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF is a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD-USF offers instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model.  http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/

The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System is funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Division of Public Schools and Community Education, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B; IDEA Part B Preschool, and State General Revenue funds. FDLRS is a statewide network serving children with special needs.   http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/FDLRS/

The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) collaborates with all districts and schools to provide customized services and supports ensuring all students with disabilities have the same educational, social, and future opportunities as their peers.  http://www.floridainclusionnetwork.com/

Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota (FND) is a non-profit organization that assists families of children with disabilities and special needs to become strong families through education, advocacy and support.  http://www.fndmanasota.org/our-mission/

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. http://fchr.state.fl.us/fchr/outreach/community_resource_map/district_3/hillsborough_county__5/advocacy_groups/advocacy_center_for_persons_with_disabilities_tampa_office

The Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Florida's Central Directory) provides statewide information and referral services for families of children who have disabilities and special health care needs or who are at risk for developmental delays.


Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) was organized in 1975 to provide support for individuals, families, professionals and organizations and to be a resource for education and information about Prader-Willi syndrome.  http://www.pwsausa.org/

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.  https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/

Agency for Persons with Disabilities works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. http://www.apd.myflorida.com/about/

Manatee County School District The Resource Connection which includes the descriptions and contact information for ESE, Student Services, and Alternative Education; as well as agency providers and resources for students and families in Manatee County.  http://www.manateeschools.net/pages/SDMC/Departments/Teaching___Learning/ACT/TRANSITIONS/Transitions

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.  http://www.efof.org/

Lighthouse of Manasota was officially established as a not for profit agency in 1985 by a group of people who themselves, were visually impaired. http://www.lighthouseofmanasota.org/

Manasota BUDS provides families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.  http://www.manasotabuds.org/

Sertoma communities share the common belief that attention paid to hearing health adds quality to lives and communities.  http://bradentonsertoma.org/

Hearing Loss Association of America Sarasota and Manatee Chapter has been instrumental in advocating for hearing rights and access across the country. http://hlas.org/hlaa/

Division of Blind Services are here to help blind and visually impaired Floridians achieve their goals and live productive and independent lives. http://dbs.myflorida.com/

Foundation for Dreams celebrates the abilities and develop the strengths of children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17 by collaborating with families to provide individualized result-based goals, family support, and recreation in a camp environment.  http://www.foundationfordreams.org/

Easter Seals Southwest Florida offers the highest quality of care and services to children, youth and adults with special needs so that they can enjoy access, opportunities and increased life choices.  http://easterseals-swfl.org/

SMART provides an all encompassing horsemanship program---where participants learn to groom and tack up their horses, ride to the utmost of their ability, and care for their horses afterwards.  http://www.smartriders.org/

Prospect Riding Center is a member of PATH International, which is the governing body for therapeutic riding programs.  http://prospectridingcenter.com/

Soul To Soul Yoga,LLC provides yoga classes for adults, children and adapted 1:1 yoga.  To learn more about Soul To Soul contact Cheryl Albright, OTR/L,RYT-200 @ cheryl@soultosoulyogasrq.com or 941-702-2035.  http://www.soultosoulyogasrq.com 

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc. is an affiliate of the national organization, United Cerebral Palsy Associations (UCP), which was founded in 1949, by a group of concerned parents whose children had cerebral palsy.  http://ucpswfl.org/

Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County provides and supports high quality school readiness opportunities for all children and their families, understanding that it is in the first years of life that a child's future educational success is determined.  http://www.elc-manatee.org/

Family Partnership Center's vision is to ensure all families in our community have access to the skills and support needed to effectively parent their children.  http://familypartnership.org/

Whole Child Manatee is a community-wide effort to get our children off to the best start in life by ensuring they have everything they need to thrive. http://www.wholechildmanatee.com/About-Us.html 

Manatee Memorial Hospital provides support groups for Moms as well as services for Mom and Baby.  https://www.manateememorial.com/services/women-services

All Children's Specialty Care  Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides expert pediatric care for infants, children and teens with some of the most challenging medical problems in our community and around the world. https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/Home

Blake Medical Center Pediatric Therapy is provided by a team of Occupational, Physical and Speech therapists. http://blakemedicalcenter.com/service/therapies 

Therapeutic Potentials, Inc. provides Speech-Language, Occupational, Feeding/Swallowing, and specialized Reading/Learning Therapies to children with a wide variety of developmental delays, disorders, and learning differences.  http://www.tpikids.com/

Children's Therapy Solutions,Inc. is a “One Stop” holistic facility providing Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Therapy for children ages 0 – 21 and Mental Health Services for children, adolescents and adults. http://childrenstherapysol.com/

Wendy Blumenthal, Ph.D., P.C. is a licensed psychologist at Children's Therapy Solutions, Inc.  She takes a problem-oriented approach to a child's or family's unique concerns or stresses.   http://childrenstherapysol.com/

“Special Moms Special Kids” is a time for moms and female caregivers to share the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at a local restaurant. For more information call Kim Barger at 708-7682.

funSRQkids: Family events, kids activities, group therapy/support groups and parenting resources in the Sarasota and Bradenton area!  https://fun4srqkids.com/

Gulf Central Early Steps is a statewide system of early intervention services focused on parent education. Early Steps connects families with professionals who teach them how to improve the development of their children through everyday activities.   http://www.hpcswf.com/early-steps-program/gulf-central/

Project 10: Transition Education Network strives to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.  http://project10.info/

Special Olympics Florida transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities with 4.7 million athletes in 170 countries. http://specialolympicsflorida.org/