Community Partners and Resources

Project 10

Project 10 helps provide support for post-school and secondary transition services for students with disabilities, beginning at age 12. Project 10 serves Glades County.  Lisa Friedman-Chavez is our Region 5 Transition Representative and can be reached via email: Lfchavez@usf.edu

Project 10 Transition Education Network's Website

FDLRS Heartland

FDLRS Heartland serves Glades County and provides services for Child Find, Family Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology. FDLRS Heartland offers free developmental screenings for 3-5 year olds not enrolled in public school by appointment only (no walkups allowed). Vision, hearing, motor skills, concepts, speech, language, and social-personal skills are screened. English and Spanish speaking staff are available to take the referrals and will be able to schedule appointments when the referral is made. You can call 863-531-0444, ext, 228 or 1-800-316-7057 to schedule an appointment.

FDLRS Heartland Website

FDLRS Heartland Family Services

Child Find Schedule for Glades County

CARD-Heartland Satellite Office

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities-University of South Florida, CARD-Heartland Satellite Office serves Glades County.  All services are free and are for all ages and agencies. To learn more, contact Tina Harmon at tgharmon@usf.edu or by phone at 813-816-0115.

Center for Autisn and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida's Website

CARD USF's Facebook Page

Florida Inclusion Network

The Florida Inclusion Network partners with Glades County to support students with disabilities.

Florida Inclusion Network Website

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities get or keep a job and have meaningful careers.  Their services include the following: 
  • Vocational Evaluation and Planning
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Job Coaching
  • Job Placement
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Training and Education After High School
  • Job Site Assessment and Accommodations
  • Supported and Customized Employment
  • Assistive Technology and Devices
  • Medical and Psychological Assessment
  • Time-limited Medical and/or Psychological Treatment

Our Glades County Vocational Rehabilitation Representative is Fareedah Laney and she can be reached by email at Fareedah.Laney@vr.fldoe.org

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Website

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) serves the needs of Floridians with Developmental Disabilities. The APD Suncoast Region Office, Field 8 serves Glades County and they can be reached via phone: 1-800-615-8720 or in person: 2295 Victoria Ave., Suite 221, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Agency for Persons with Disabilities Website

Application for Agency for Persons with Disabilities Services

Family Network on Disabilities

The Family Network on Disabilities (FND) provides resources and support for Florida's families of children with disabilities. As part of Family Network on Disabilities, the Parent Support Network (PSN) provides support to Glades County. For more information, please contact the Parent Support Network at 1-800-825-5736. 

Family Network on Disabilities Website

Parent Support Network Website

Family Network on Disabilities Workshops

Division of Blind Services

The Division of Blind Services (DBS) help blind and visually impaired Floridians achieve their goals and live productive and independent lives. The Division of Blind Services, Fort Myers Office serves Glades County. You can contact them via phone: (800) 219-0180 or in person at: Division of Blind Services,
5256 Summerlin Commons Way, Suite 201, Ft. Myers, FL 33907

Division of Blind Services Website

Division of Blind Services Frequently Asked Questions

TATS-Technical Assistance and Training System

TATS supports families in gaining knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures that promote their full participation in the education of their preschool aged children who have unique needs.  

Technical Assistance & Training System (TATS) Website

Arts4All Florida

Arts4All Florida's mission is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. 

Arts4All Website

Parent Resources for the Arts

Center for Independent Living-Gulfcoast

The Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast's mission is to offer assistance to people with disabilities in fulfilling their goals of independence and self-sufficiency and they offer services to Glades County. You may visit their office at: 7011 Cypress Terrace, Suite 103, Fort Myers FL 33907 or call them toll free at 1-855-260-4575.

Center for Independent Living's Website

Prolific Learning Corp

Prolific Learning Corp Offers Career Services that include interviews, employment, hand shaking, exploration, and resumes.  Prolific Learning Corp serves Glades County and they can be reached at 863-674-1771. 

Prolific Learning Corp's Facebook Page

Keiser University Multidisciplinary Center (KUMDC)

The Keiser University Multidisciplinary Center (KUMDC) works with school district to prepare students with disabilities enrolled in public K-12 programs for high academic achievement and successful postsecondary outcomes. KUMDC serves Glades County.  Please contact Cheyney Cushing via email: ccushing@keiseruniversity.edu or Rita Ellis via email: rellis@keiseruniversity.edu for more information on how they can help your student.

Keiser University Multidisciplinary Center's Website

SEDNET Region 8B

SEDNET is the Multi-agency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities.  Our SEDNET Region 8B contact is Connie Tucker.  Ms. Tucker can be reached at the Glades County School Board District Office by phone at 863-946-2083 or by email at connie.tucker@glades-schools.org.

SEDNET Website

Florida Division of Early Learning

As part of the Florida Department of Education, The Division of Early Learning, dedicates its people, time and energy to ensuring access, affordability and quality of early learning services for the state’s children and families.

Division of Early Learning Website

The Family Cafe'

The Family Café exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information. The Family Cafe' can be reached via phone:(888) 309-2233 or via email: info@familycafe.net

The Family Cafe' Website

ACCESS

Access provides resources that facilitate the teaching and learning of access points.

Access Project Website

Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities

The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) is located at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL. The purpose of the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities is to provide support to students, families, and institutions of higher education so that students with intellectual disabilities have opportunities for on-campus college experiences that lead to employment opportunities. For more information, please call (407)823-5225 or send email to: fcsua@ucf.edu. 

The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) Website

FCSUA April/May 2022 Newsbrief

Florida's Problem Solving & Response to Intervention ~ A Multi-Tiered System of Supports

This is a video that gives an overview for parents of Florida's Multi-Tiered System of Supports, also known as MTSS.

Florida's MTSS Video Link

Florida's Multi-Tiered System of Supports Website

Read-At-Home Plan Resources

"Read-At-Home Plan Resources" are resources for parents of students identified as having a substantial reading deficiency.

Florida's Read-At-Home Plan Resources