Transition Services
Parent Resources

General Resources

  • PROJECT 10 Transition Guide
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) - 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.
  • Brian Injury Association of Florida - Founded in 1985, BIAF is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to inform, educate, support and advocate on behalf of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, their families and caregivers .
  • Center for Independent Living (CIL) - The Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services. Our goal is to secure for all people with disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play. Also, to assure that the consumer has optimal control over all their services and options. Our programs and services cover: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. We are located at 3600 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, Florida 32505. 850-595-5566 (Voice/TDD) 850-595-5560 (Fax) 1-877-245-2457 (Voice/TDD) Email: cil-drc@cil-drc.org
  • CMS Network Children's Medical Services - Children's Medical Services is a collection of special programs for eligible children with special needs. We have a variety of services for expecting moms, newborn babies, infants and toddlers, school-aged children, adolescents and young adults. All of our services are provided by highly qualified physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care providers around the state. 1-800-381-3685
  • The Family Café - 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.
  • Family Network on Disabilities (FND) - FND is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is striving for complete integration and equality of people with disabilities in a society without barriers.
  • FDLRS/Emerald Coast Associate Center - FDLRS/Emerald Coast provides training and support for parents and educators throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties, focused on improving the student achievement of exceptional and gifted education students. They also provide free Child Find screenings for non-public school children potentially in need of specialized educational services. Funding for these services is provided through federal and state dollars through the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services.
  • Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc (FDDC) - The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.
  • Division of Blind Services (DBS) - The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible. To apply for services you must first download and complete the Application for Services Form and submit it to your nearest Division of Blind Services office.
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) - CARD is dedicated to providing individuals with autism or related disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them, free consultation, resources, and educational support to build knowledge, confidence, infrastructure, and sustainability within the community.
  • Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast - (serving the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Niceville communities in Okaloosa County) 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 has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
  • Goodwill Industries - Big Bend, Inc - (serving the Crestview and Niceville/Valparaiso communities in Okaloosa County) - Goodwill Industries - Big Bend, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to provide job training, education and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, helping them to reach their fullest potential in supporting themselves and their families. Goodwill also provides barrier-free apartment complexes in which people with disabilities can live independently.
  • Project 10: Transition Education Network - The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network, hereinafter referred to as "Project 10," is 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. Project 10 serves as the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and relevant school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.
  • Special Olympics Florida - The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR-FLDOE) - Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees." In addition to the general customer employment program, VR has additional specific programs designed to help eligible people with disabilities become employed.