DISABILITY INFO

 

Disability Info

UCP National (800) 872-5827 United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities.
Therapy Resources for Parents

Autism Resources

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
(407)823-6011
CARD serves both children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism, pervasive developmental disorders, autistic-like disabilities, dual sensory impairments, or sensory impairments with other disabling conditions. Services include technical assistance and consultation, professional training programs and public education activities.

Autism Society of Greater Orlando
(407) 855-0235
ASGO provides individuals and families affected by autism a network of opportunities to become fully accepted by the community through family support, education, advocacy and public awareness.

National Autism Association
(877) 622-2884
The National Autism Association educates and empowers families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights.

First Signs
(978) 346-4380
First Signs, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to
educating parents and professionals about the early warning signs of
autism and related disorders.

Autism License Plate
Purchase your autism license plate today and help support services and awareness of autism in Florida.

Cerebral Palsy Resources

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 
(414)-918-3014
The AACPDM is the global leader in the multidisciplinary scientific education of health professionals and researchers dedicated to the well-being of people with cerebral palsy and childhood-onset disabilities

Developmental Delays and Disabilities Resources

My Child Without Limits
MyChildWithoutLimits.org is an authoritative early intervention resource for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single, trusted, aggregate source of information that relates to their needs and interests.

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
(800)-497-0944
DDR is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with developmental delays in sensory, motor, language, social, and emotion  professionals who support children with special needs.

Down Syndrome Resources

National Down Syndrome Society
(800)-221-4602
The National Down Syndrome Society benefits people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
(407) 478-5621
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is a voice for individuals with Down syndrome in Central Florida, and their families. We offer hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness so that each may realize their potential as members of our community

Epilepsy Resources

Epilepsy Association of Central Florida
407-422-1416
1-866-864-1416
Dedicated to serving persons with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (EACF) is a 100% local not-for-profit community based organization helping those affected by the nation’s number one neurological disorder, epilepsy. This site provides you with valuable information on epilepsy, our services, and current events.

Spina Bifida Resources

Spina Bifida Association
(800)-621-3141
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida. SBA has a presence in more than 125 communities nationwide and touches thousands of people each year.

Family Resources

Florida Abuse Hotline 
800-962-2873
To report, child, adult or elder abuse or exploitation

Wellness Resources

Florida Special Olympics
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

Government Services

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
(877) 696-6775
HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

U.S. Social Security Administration
(800)-772-1213
The Social Security Administration website provides information on Social Security’s services and explains eligibility and coverage.

Center for Medicaid Services
CMS’ website provides information on Medicaid and explains enrollment, eligibility and coverage.

Department of Children and Families 
Food stamps, Medicaid, temporary financial assistance, developmental disabilities services
407-317-7000 Orlando  
407-330-6900 Sanford
407-245-1709 Kissimmee
321-690-3710 Cocoa

Legal Aid

Orange County – 407-841-8310
Seminole County – 407-834-1660

Florida Kid Care
888-540-5437
Low cost health insurance for children of Florida based on income

Needy Meds
NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card to save on prescription costs and the Patient Assistance Programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies which provides free or discounted medication to low-to-moderate income, uninsured and under- insured people who meet the guidelines

Local Community-based Services: Medical, Living, & Miscellaneous:

Bright Feats of Central Florida
(407) 461-4847
Bright Feats provides information about local community services offers support to families and helps local businesses convey what they have to offer to the special needs community.

Children Home Society
321-397-3000
Counseling, emergency shelter, crisis nursery, parenting programs

Division of Vocational Rehab
407-846-5260
Range of services for disabled adults 16+

Shepherds Hope Inc
(407) 909-0603
Offers free health care services to individuals who are currently employed with no health insurance or government assistance.

Healing the Children
407-877-9311
Pediatric medical/surgical care for children in uninsured families

Catholic Charities of Central Florida
Catholic Charities USA provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.

CBC of Seminole County
Devereux Florida
Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities.

Easter Seals Florida & Easter Seals Camp Challenge
407-629-7881
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals Camp Challenge’s mission is to provide safe, fun
and fair recreational activities for children and adults with cognitive
and physical disabilities in an outdoor environment.

  Nathaniel’s Hope & Buddy Breaks
407-857-8224
Nathaniel’s Hope is dedicated to sharing hope with kids with special needs and their families. Buddy Break is a FREE kids/respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Each VIP kid at Buddy Break is paired up with a Buddy friend for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children’s stories, videos, music and more while giving the caregivers a much needed break! Siblings have fun too!

Children’s Medical Services
Is a collection of programs for children with special needs. Each one of our programs and services are family-centered and designed to help children with a variety of conditions and needs.

Howard Phillips Center
407-317-7430
The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families provides dignity and healing for children, families and individuals who face overwhelming challenges like child abuse, sexual trauma, developmental disabilities, and lack of access to medical care

Preschool Diagnostic Intervention Services
(407) 317-3503
Preschool Diagnostic Intervention Services (PDIS) assists families of children ages 3-5 in the identification of learning delays and disabilities through screening and evaluation, development of an Individualized Educational Plan, and referral to programs and services. Support to families and school staff is provided through training, professional development and consultation.

Special Olympics Florida
(352) 243-9536
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. The organization who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Florida Respite Coalition
The Florida Respite Coalition (FRC) is a statewide system of Lifespan Respite Care Networks that provides families and caregivers with a single point of entry within their communities to access support and information for respite care services.

Center for Independent Living
(407) 623-1070
The Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc. (CIL) helps people with disabilities achieve their self-determined goals for independent living. CIL’s philosophy is based on peer role models: people with disabilities empowering people with disabilities and their families on the road to independence.

Quest, Inc.
407-218-4300
Quest inspires and empowers Central Floridians with disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to learn, live, work and play. Through Quest’s comprehensive family of services, children and adults imagine and achieve their full capabilities

United Way Information & Referral

(352) 331-2800
211 provides residents in Central Florida information and resources on health and human services issues such as food, housing assistance, clothing, youth programs, substance abuse treatment, volunteering, and hundreds of other resources. The service is free, confidential, multi-lingual, and available 24 hours a day.

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resource System
(407) 317-3660
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide

Intervention Services
(407) 331-8002
Intervention Services provides quality and professional treatment for individuals with mental health and behavior issues. Programs and services are designed to treat both individuals and families helping them achieve an improved quality of life.

Seminole County Family Assistance Services
Lists opportunities for Family Services and Assistance in Seminole County.

Hospitals:

Shriners Hospital for Children
800-255-1916
Tampa Florida
Specializing in orthopedics up to 18 yrs.

Florida Hospital Orlando
601 East Rollins St., Orlando, FL
407-303-2800

Orlando Regional Medical Center
24 Sturteveant St., Orlando, FL
321-841-5111

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
1414 Kuhl Ave., Orlando, FL
407-650-3800

Dr. P Phillips Hospital
9400 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL
407-351-8500

Winter Park Memorial Hospital
N Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, FL
407-646-7000

UCP of Central Florida neither supports or endoreses any of the organizations listed on this page. The listing is just intended to offer families options and resources.