Important Resources for Children with Special Needs
Health and Safety Resources
|For information on Emergency Services:
|Car seat installation & safety
|Children’s Medical Services (North Office)
|Children's Medical Services (South Office)
|American Heart Association
|Dade County Safe Kids Coalition
|Switchboard of Miami
|For Information about Economic/Financial Support for Families in Need:
|Economic Self-sufficient Services
(Temporary assistance for needy families)
|Florida Kid Care (Free health insurance)
|Social Security Administration
|Women & Infant Care Program (WIC)
|Special Transportation Services (STS)
|For Information about Breastfeeding:
|La Leche League
|For Help in Finding and using Childcare:
|Headstart and Early Headstart
|Childcare Resource and Referral Hotline
|Early Learning Coalition
|Parenting & Child Guidance/Nicklaus
Children's Hospital Preventive Medicine
|305-666-6511, ext. 4268
|For Information on Children's Evaluations or Services Related to a Developmental Delay or Disability (Birth-three years):
|University of Miami Early Steps North Dade
|Dade County Public Schools
|Child Find FDLRS
|Department of Children & Families Office of
|Information on Child Development- Family Health Line
|For Support and Information about Parenting Challenges:
|CCDH Central Directory
|Community Resource Parent Center
Parent to Parent of Nicklaus Children's Hospital
|Family Counseling Services
|Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
|Parents as Teachers
|Parent to Parent of Miami
|For Assistance Translating into Another Language:
|Nicklaus Children's Hospital Switchboard Operator Will assist you
|AT & T Language Line
|For Economic & Family Support:
|Legal Aid (provides free legal assistance to people
with disabilities, low income or elderly citizens)
|Miami Dade Transit Information
Other Important Resources
Access Florida Southern Region: Department of Children and Families
Contact this agency to apply for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.
401 NW 2nd Ave
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.
P.O. Box 6013
Carol Stream, IL
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
4030 Esplanade Way
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.
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.
Contact name: Kathy Kramer
7600 SW 36 Street
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.
401 NW 2nd Avenue
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.
123 NW 1st Avenue
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.
2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL
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.
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.
1475 NW 14th Avenue
Epilepsy Florida (EFL), 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. EFL has offices located in Miami-Dade, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Naples, Daytona, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach. It serves 35 counties throughout Florida. Visit their website to reach your local office for real local epilepsy help.
7300 N Kendall Drive
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.
Tradewinds Park North
Coconut Creek, FL
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.
1393 SW 1st Street
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.
300 North Krome Avenue
Florida City, FL
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.
Contact name: Delsey Yancoskie
5555 SW 93 Avenue
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.
Contact name: Ana Nevares
1601 NW 12 Avenue
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.
Contact name: Manuel Fermin
7205 NW 19th Street
Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys
An association of attorneys who collectively represent thousands of parents of, and students with disabilities.
Contact name: Allison Hertog
P.O. Box 432761
South Miami, FL
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.
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.
3000 Biscayne Blvd.
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.
3510 Biscayne Blvd.
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.
8790 SW 94 Street
Legal Offices of Erika Cappiello (Guardianship attorney)
Provides practical and affordable legal services to clients.
782 NW 42 Avenue
Legal Offices of Maria Consuegra (Guardianship attorney)
Provides practical and affordable legal services to clients.
155 S Miami Ave
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?
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.
Contact name: Aaron Nangle
PO Box 6842
Spring Hill, FL
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.
601 SW 8 Avenue
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.
111 NW 1st Street
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.
7990 SW 117 Avenue
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.
Contact name: Chantai Snellgrove
518 South Valencia Circle Southwest
Vero Beach, FL
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.
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.
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL
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.
Contact name: Gabriel Parra
935 SE 14 Street
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.
Contact name: David Lawrence Jr.
3250 SW Third Avenue
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.
5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL
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.
1411 NW 14 Avenue
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.
11285 SW Street
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.
13115 W. Okeechobee Road
Hialeah Gardens, FL