Important Resources for Children with Special Needs

Health and Safety

For information on Emergency Services:
Helpine 305-296-4357
800-282-3171
305-292-8452 (TDD)
Poison Control 800-222-1222
Car seat installation & safety 800-441-1888
Health Department 305-324-2400
Children’s Medical Services
- North Office
305-349-1330
Children Medical Services
- South Office
786-624-2490
American Heart Association 305-856-1449
Dade County Safe Kids Coalition 305-663-6800
Switchboard of Miami 305-358-4357
Water Safety 305-644-1200
 
For Information and Immunizations:
Immunization Hotline 800-232-4636
 
For Information about Economic/Financial Support for Families in Need:
Economic Self-sufficient Services
(Temporary assistance for needy families)
305-377-7526
Florida Kid Care (health insurance) 888-540-5437
Social Security Administration 800-772-1213
Medicaid 305-499-2100
Women & Infant Care Program (WIC) 786-336-1300
Special Transportation Services (STS) 305-263-5406
 
For Information about Breastfeeding:
La Leche League 954-574-6600


Child Care

For Help in Finding and using Childcare:
Headstart and Early Headstart 305-347-4622
Childcare Resource and Referral Hotline 305-373-3521
Early Learning Coalition 305-646-7220 Miami-Dade
305-296-5557 Monroe
Parenting & Child Guidance/Nicklaus
Children's Hospital Preventive Medicine
305-666-6511, ext. 4268


Child Development

For Information on Children's Evaluations or Services Related to a Developmental Delay or Disability (Birth-three years):
Nicklaus Children's Hospital,
Early Steps Southernmost Coast
786-268-2611 or
1-888-624-STEPS
University of Miami Early Steps North Dade 305-243-5600
Dade County Public Schools 305-995-1000
Child Find FDLRS 305-274-3501
Department of Children & Families Office of
Developmental services
305-377-5049
Information on Child Development- Family Health Line 800-451-BABY
 
For Support and Information about Parenting Challenges:
Helpline 800-273-4558
305-296-4357
305-292-8452 (TDD)
CCDH Central Directory 305-596-1160
Community Resource Parent Center
Parent to Parent of Nicklaus Children's Hospital
305-271-9797
Family Counseling Services 305-271-9800
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida 800-825-5736
Parents as Teachers 813-974-7875
Parent to Parent of Miami 305-271-9797
 
For Assistance Translating into Another Language:
Nicklaus Children's Hospital,
Switchboard Operator Will assist you
305-666-6511
AT & T Language Line 800-643-2255
 
For Economic & Family Support:
Legal Aid (provides free legal assistance to people
with disabilities, low income or elderly citizens)
305-579-5733
Miami Dade Transit Information 305-770-3131

Access Florida Southern Region: Department of Children and Families

Contact this agency to apply for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.

Website: www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash

Address
401 NW 2nd Ave
Unit N1007
Miami, FL 33128

Achievement Products for Special Needs

Achievement Products provides an excellent collection of therapy, exercise and special education products for children with special needs. We are proud to offer a wide variety of innovative and affordable products to assist therapists, educators and parents meet each child’s individual needs for learning, enhancing new skills and promoting each child's independence.

Website: www.achievement-products.com

Fax: 800-766-4303
Address
P.O. Box 6013
Carol Stream, IL 60197

Agency for Persons with Disabilities APD

In October 2004, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) became an agency separate from the Department of Children and Families, specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Prior to that time, it existed as the Developmental Disabilities Program. The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services

Website: www.apd.myflorida.com/

Address
4030 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Apps for Children with Special Needs

This is a website designed to help parents find different apps for children with special needs. They provide educational apps, therapy apps, and games for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Prader Willi, Intellectual Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and Spina Bifida.

Website: a4cwsn.com/

Address
N/A

Children's Bereavement Center

Grief Support Groups for the Entire Family Welcoming children, teens, young adults and families seeking support after the loss of a loved one. In partnership with VITAS Healthcare, the free Peer Support Groups run across Miami-Dade and Broward County. Offering a safe and comfortable environment for participants to explore their emotions along with their peers. Complimentary pizza dinner provided before all group meetings. Children's Bereavement Center Every Wednesday of the month.

Website: www.childbereavement.org

Contact name: Kathy Kramer
Address
7600 SW 36 Street
Bldg 100
Davie, FL 33328

Children's Medical Services

Children’s Medical Services provides a broad range of medical, therapeutic and supportive services to children with special health care needs and their families. These services focus on helping children to grow up healthy by providing prevention and early intervention services, primary care, medical and therapeutic specialty care, and long term 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: www.cms-kids.com

Address
401 NW 2nd Avenue
Suite N220
Miami, FL 33157

Dade Legal Aid & Put Something Back Project

Dade Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to qualifying low income residents of Miami-Dade County. Specializes in cases of domestic violence, family law, guardianship, housing, bankruptcy, foreclosure, child advocacy, educating clients about consumer rights, fiscal literacy and responsibility.

Website: www.dadelegalaid.org

Fax: 305-372-7693
Address
123 NW 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33128

Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.

Website: info@elcmdm.org

Fax: 305-447-1608
Address
2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Early Steps

Early Steps, within Children's Medical Services, serves families with infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months of age, who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay.  Each child receives an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) that meets his or her needs. Families and caregivers also receive support to develop the skills and confidence they need to help their children learn and develop.

Website: www.cms-kids.com/families/early_steps/early_steps.html

Fax: (800) 218-0001
Address
N/A

Easter Seals South Florida, Inc.

The mission of Easter Seals South Florida is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Programs include Adult Services (Adult Day Care and Respite Care), Senior Services, Camping & recreation, Medical Rehabilitation, Child Services, Autism Services, Military & Veteran Services, and Employment & Training Services.

Website: www.easterseals.com/southflorida/

Fax: 305-325-0578
Address
1475 NW 14th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

The Epilepsy Foundation® of Florida (EFOF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is the principal agency for epilepsy programs and services sponsored by the State of Florida, servicing the Floridians who suffer from the condition. It is the sole licensee in the state of the National Epilepsy Foundation®. EFOF has offices located in Miami-Dade, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Treasure Coast, Daytona, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach. It serves 35 counties throughout Florida. Visit website to reach your local office.

Website: www.epilepsyfla.org

Address
1200 NW 78 Avenue
Suite 400
Miami, FL 33126

Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Our non-profit therapeutic riding program provides equine assisted therapies and activities for children & adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. This therapy strengthens muscles and increases mobility while building self-confidence, self-awareness and a feeling of freedom and joy for the rider.

Website: www.equineatsf.org

Fax: 954-974-6119
Address
Tradewinds Park North
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Family Resource Center of South Florida

Since 1978, the Family Resource Center of South Florida has been championing the rights of children to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. We were founded by a group of concerned citizens, with the mission to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect through the strengthening of families.

Website: www.frcflorida.org/

Address
1393 SW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33135

Farm Share - Florida City State Farmers’ Market

Farm Share is a large-scale food bank and charitable packinghouse working to end hunger. We specialize in getting donated fresh fruits and vegetables from Florida’s farmers and putting it into the hands of the millions of low-income families in need of nutritious food. Works with 500 community groups every day throughout Florida to help feed the hungry.

Website: farmshare.org

Fax: 305-246-3589
Address
300 North Krome Avenue
Building 12
Florida City, FL 33034

FDLRS/South - Miami-Dade, Monroe

FDLRS (pronounced Fiddlers) provides diagnostic, instructional and technology support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with disabilities statewide. FDLRS supports the State education goals of high student achievement, safe schools, and high performing workforce. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Human Resource Development (HRD), Parent Services, and Technology.

Website: fdlrs-south.dadeschools.net

Fax: 305-598-7752
Contact name: Delsey Yancoskie
Address
5555 SW 93 Avenue
Miami, FL 33165

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST): Miami

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology. FAAST has worked with thousands of people throughout the state to provide: hands on assistive technology demonstrations and trainings, financing for assistive technology purchases, assistive device lending programs, community outreach to rural and underserved groups, assessable, affordable housing, advocacy and education on consumer choice.

Website: www.faast.org/programs/regional-demo/south

Fax: 305-243-4467
Contact name: Ana Nevares
Address
1601 NW 12 Avenue
Room 2018
Miami, FL 33136

Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. - Miami-Dade

The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. is dedicated to strengthening maternal and child health by ensuring that all Florida families have access to a continuum of affordable and quality health and related services and advocating for public policy initiatives to facilitate those services. The state's 33 Coalitions are partnerships made up of local public and private medical professionals, hospitals, schools, charities, social services agencies, the United Way, the March of Dimes and individuals. Coalition members will work together to identify and resolve local health problems that affect pregnant women and their families.

Website: www.hscmd.org/

Fax: 305-541-0213
Contact name: Manuel Fermin
Address
7205 NW 19th Street
Suite 500
Miami, FL 33126

Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys

An association of attorneys who collectively represent thousands of parents of, and students with disabilities.

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Association-of-Special-Education-Attorneys/195577053816539

Contact name: Allison Hertog
Address
P.O. Box 432761
South Miami, FL 33243

Florida Kid Care

Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.
• MEDIKIDS: children ages 1 through 4
• HEALTHY KIDS: children ages 5 through 18
• CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES NETWORK: children birth through 18 who have special health care needs
• MEDICAID: children birth through 18
A child who has other health insurance may still qualify for Medicaid.

Website: www.floridakidcare.org

Address
N/A

Florida Legal Services

Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to provide civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer. A statewide support center, dedicated to ensuring poor people have equal access to justice, FLS fulfills its mission primarily by working with local legal aid and legal service programs to improve their ability to provide legal assistance to those in need.

Website: www.floridalegal.org

Fax: 305-576-9664
Address
3000 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 102
Miami, FL 33137

Food For Life Network

Provides a food bank and home delivered meals and groceries to those that qualify. Clients receive selected items weekly & pantry items monthly at no cost to them.  

Website: www.foodforlifenetwork.org/#!home/mainPage

Fax: 305-576-1833
Address
3510 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 209
Miami, FL 33137

Kendall Campus Pre School Elementary School

The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism specializes in serving children diagnosed with classical Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social and communicative disabilities, including Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning autism, and nonverbal learning disabilities. Individual programs are designed to meet the specific educational, developmental and emotional needs of each child and family.  

Website: www.cbc4autism.org

Fax: 305-271-8789
Address
8790 SW 94 Street
Miami, FL 33176

Legal Offices of Erika Cappiello (Guardianship attorney)

Provides practical and affordable legal services to clients.

Website: cappiellolaw.com

Fax: 786-524-8000
Address
782 NW 42 Avenue
#343
Miami, FL 33126

Legal Offices of Maria Consuegra (Guardianship attorney)

Provides practical and affordable legal services to clients.

Address
155 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

Medicaid Fact Sheets: Basics for Consumers

A good website for understanding the Medicaid Basics. Who is eligible for Medicaid and CHIP? What benefits do the programs provide? How can individuals enroll?

Website: https://www.medicaid.gov/

Address
N/A

Medicaid Waiver Providers

WaiverProvider.Com is more than a directory of Medicaid waiver providers. We also bring you the latest news and information to help People that are Developmentally Disabled and Senior Citizens as well. We also provide detailed information about each Medicaid waiver provider listed including: services provided, areas covered, special skills, and experience. 

Website: WaiverProvider.com

Contact name: Aaron Nangle
Address
PO Box 6842
Spring Hill, FL 34611

MedicaidWaiver.org

Ever wonder about disability services in other states? MedicaidWaiver.org breaks it all down- waiting lists, waivers, available services, who qualifies & contact information. Also find daily news, resources, and productivity tools for providers.

Website: medicaidwaiver.org/

Contact name: Aaron Nangle
Address
PO Box 6842
Spring Hill, FL 34611

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

To provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promotes independence, to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields. Our services include better chance music production program, children's services, adult services, life enrichment classes and Braille lessons.

Website: www.miamilighthouse.com/default.asp

Fax: 305-285-6967
Address
601 SW 8 Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

Miami-Dade Office of ADA Coordination

The Miami-Dade County ADA Office’s mission is to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws. The Office helps County departments understand the importance of the ADA, their obligations under the Act, the options for meeting those obligations, and how different options will impact people with disabilities. The Office provides staff support to the Commission on Disability Issues and interfaces with a network of County departmental ADA coordinators.  

Fax: 305-375-5753
Address
111 NW 1st Street
24th Floor
Miami, FL 33128

Parent to Parent USA

For over 36 years Parent to Parent programs across the country have been providing emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notable by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained "Support Parent." Organizationally, Parent to Parent programs offer parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health issue. Through a one to one "match" experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. Parent to Parent programs are committed to listening and learning from families and developing an array of services and supports in response to family identified needs.

Website: www.p2pusa.org

Address
7990 SW 117 Avenue
Miami, FL 33183

Parenting Special Needs Magazine

We at Parenting Special Needs, LLC, are making it our mission to provide parents of special needs children, of all ages and stages of life, both information and inspiration. Through Parenting Special Needs On Line Magazine, we've created a world that provides practical tips, shares life’s lessons, tackles the challenges and celebrates the joys, of one of life's greatest gifts. Navigating our world together, we explore the changing face of parenting a special needs child. Continually seeking change for the better with new and helpful information that is “simplified” to fit into our already busy schedules. A few of our features will include: “REAL LIFE” with a special needs child, S.O.S: Siblings Offering Support, “Practical Tips”, Do you know or Did you know?, Development, Special Needs Planning, Rights, Caregiver Care, information and resources to help navigate your course.

Website: parentingspecialneeds.org

Contact name: Chantai Snellgrove
Address
518 South Valencia Circle Southwest
Vero Beach, FL 32968

Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc

A national non-profit organization dedicated to Selective Mutism, a Social Anxiety Disorder. Selective Mutism is a condition where individuals, primarily children, are unable to speak or speak in a low voice in social settings despite the ability to speak normally. There are an array of associated behaviors. All contact information can be found at: www.selectivemutismfoundation.org. There are 2 locations: Tamarac, FL and Charleston, WV. Services provided in FL are for Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties and include support, advocacy, and assistance with developing and/or implementing accommodation plans in educational establishments. Online research participation opportunities are available as well as treatment, DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual), and other informative topics relating to Selective Mutism.

Website: www.selectivemutismfoundation.org

Contact name: Sue Newman
Address
N/A Tamarac, FL 33320

Stand Among Friends

Stand Among Friends is a non-profit organization that helps college students and adults with disabilities prepare for, seek and secure active employment. Our comprehensive programs include: Employment services, Assistive technology, Vocational evaluations, Pre-placement training, Disability Diversity Training Self-employment consulting (CBTAC), Social Security benefits planning WIPA/CWIC), PASS Plan consulting, and Community outreach and mentoring. These services reinforce our clients' talents, interest and education so they can enter and succeed in the workforce and live a life with limits.

Website: www.standamongfriends.org

Fax: 561-297-4405
Address
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

The Arc of South Florida

The Arc of South Florida is a local chapter of The Arc, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the U.S. Founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents. Programs include children and youth services and adult services. Services include adult day training, group homes, supported employment, supported living, therapy and early education.

Website: www.arcsofla.org

Fax: 305-754-9223
Contact name: Gabriel Parra
Address
935 SE 14 Street
Hialeah, FL 33010

The Early Child Initiative Foundation

Works to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade County have the community's attention, commitment and resources and, hence, the chance to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Provides information of child care, fatherhood tasks, special needs/disabilities, sexual abuse, adoption, community resources, care giving youth, and Pre-K.

Website: www.teachmorelovemore.org

Fax: 305-646-7232
Contact name: David Lawrence Jr.
Address
3250 SW Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

UM-NSU CARD- UM Campus

UM-NSU CARD is a comprehensive outreach and support program serving people with autism and related disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Services include individual & family support services, program consultation & technical assistance, parent & professional training, and public awareness & community outreach.

Website: www.nsucard.org

Fax: 305-284-6555
Address
5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33124

United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida – Miami

UCP's programs and services are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family served, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential, and achieve rewarding and productive lives as fully participating members of their communities. In addition to Cerebral Palsy, children and adults with conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, prematurity, hearing, intellectual disabilities and speech delay are enrolled in programs at UCP of South Florida.

Website: www.ucpsouthflorida.org/ourprograms/ucp-of-miami/

Fax: 305-325-1044
Address
1411 NW 14 Avenue
Miami, FL 33125

Vocational Rehabilitation Miami Unit 23O

The Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is an employment program assisting individuals with disabilities, including Floridians with most severe disabilities, to pursue meaningful careers commensurate with their abilities and capabilities. Their services include counseling, job coaching, medical services, therapy services, adaptive aids, vocational assessment and training, employment services, supported employment, transition services, referral source and mental health services.

Website: www.rehabworks.org

Fax: 305-256-6396
Address
11285 SW Street
Suite 305
Miami, FL 33189

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym: Doral Miami

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum. We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.

Website: www.werockthespectrumdoralmiami.com

Address
13115 W. Okeechobee Road
Bay 111
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018