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2016 Special Needs Resource Guide – Greater Pensacola Parents

2016 Special Needs Resource Guide

ADD/ADHD

Adult, Children and Family Counseling
1318 Dunmire Street Suite 3, Pensacola, FL 32504
At Adult Children & Family Counseling, we take a completely personalized approach to ADD and ADHD therapy, using every tool at our disposal to help our Pensacola, FL patients better manage their symptoms and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
850-417-8991 www.pensacolatherapytreatment.com

Attention Deficit Disorder Assoc. (ADDA)
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information; resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. We provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them. For more information call or email.
800-939-1019 www.add.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHAD)
Provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. In addition to our informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting those with AD/HD.
800-233-4050 www.chadd.org

Feingold Association of the United States
Provides informational materials, online/telephone support, and resources. Helps families introduce low-additive dietary programs for children with learning/behavior problems and chemically sensitive adults.
631-369-9340 www.feingold.org

Focus MD
28080 US Highway 98, Suite F, Daphne, AL 36526
Focus MD is a medical practice for kids and young people with AD/HD and related problems. Dr. James Wiley started FOCUS MD so that he would have more time to devote to the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Focus MD provides objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies.
251-517-9025 www.focus-md.com

The Wolff Center for Child & Adolescent Health
1530 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
Our board-certified and highly qualified health providers and staff provide all your child’s healthcare needs from birth through young adulthood. We are unique in that we offer complete diagnostic and management services not found elsewhere under one roof. Our combination of medical and behavioral care and educational and family support, makes us a complete resource center for ADHD/ADD children or adolescents and their families.
850-474-4777 www.wolffcenter.com

Autism Spectrum

American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
(Ad Sponsor)

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526
American Autism & Rehabilitation Center (AARC) is a facility aimed at treating a variety of special needs in one convenient location. Our services are for children and adults and include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological/diagnostic services, educational services and more. Our highly-trained professionals work collaboratively to provide treatment plans as unique as the individual in order to help patients reach their full potential. We offer a family-centered approach and seek to provide hope and help to each patient and family.
251-210-1632 www.americanautismcenter.com

Autism Pensacola
Helps improve the lives of those affected by autism and related disorders. The goals of Autism Pensacola are to educate the general public about autism, to serve as a support group for parents and professionals, to provide information to parents and professionals regarding the diagnosis, education and treatment of persons with autism, to obtain better services for the citizens of the Pensacola area who are affected by autism and to provide social opportunities for those with autism through camps and other activities.
850-434-7171 www.autismpensacola.org

Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America provides services in the areas of advocacy, education, awareness and research. We provide free, comprehensive, bilingual Information and Referral services via our toll-free number and through our online referral database, Autism Source TM. Our contact center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
800-328-8476 www.autism-society.org

Autism Society of the Emerald Coast
The mission of the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast is to serve as the leading voice and resource of the local autism community. The Society is organized exclusively for charitable & educational purposes, more specifically to ensure that all individuals affected by autism will be provided a network of opportunities to become fully accepted, included, and actively participating members of our community, through family support, education, advocacy and public awareness.
850-496-3062 www.asecfl.com

Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. For more information and resources, visit our website. You can also contact the Autism Response Team by calling or emailing us. Autism Response Team coordinators are specially trained to connect individuals with autism and their families with information, resources, and opportunities.
888-288-4762; en Española 888-772-9050
www.autismspeaks.org

B.I.G. Autism Foundation
The Biomedical Intervention Group (B.I.G.) Autism Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that has been formed to bring awareness, education, and research to families.
www.bigautism.com

BTEC Behavioral Therapy, Inc.
1508 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
BTEC provides one-on-one behavioral therapy based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methodologies to children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. AT BTEC, ALL ONE-ON-ONE ABA THERAPY IS CONDUCTED EXCLUSIVELY BY A TEAM OF BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS (BCBA). All BTEC practitioners hold at least a Master’s degree, have received extensive post-graduate training in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, and have been awarded credentials by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
850-483-1508 www.btectherapy.com

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Programs include comprehensive and cutting-edge curricula that can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals from birth to 21 years of age. These programs help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives.
850-416-4495 www.centerforautism.com

Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Autism Center
5190 Bayou Blvd, Bldg 2, Pensacola, FL 32503
The Autism Center of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart offers a range of services for children on the autism spectrum, all with a family-centered approach to learning. Our services include direct, individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA is a research-based, systematic method for improving socially significant skills and behaviors. We also offer parent instruction and hands-on training, social skills groups for various ages, and group training for families and professionals.
850-416-4681
www.sacred-heart.org/childrenshospital/AutismCenter/

Our-Kids
Devoted to Raising Special Kids with Special Needs. The Our-Kids list consist of over 700 people representing children of varying diagnosis; everything from indefinite developmental delays and sensory integration problems, to cerebral palsy, to rare genetic disorders.
www.our-kids.org

Spectrum House – Autism Center
3771 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533
Spectrum House provides comprehensive behavioral and educational services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related disabilities. We use research-based techniques to assist each child in developing their fullest potential, while maximizing opportunities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.
850-564-1166 www.spectrumhouse.org

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.
855- 726-7810 or 949- 640-4401 www.tacanow.org

Camps

Camp Mash
11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
A week-long recreational program for children ages 7 to 17 with a form of juvenile arthritis or a related auto-immune disease. Our camp is planned specifically for the needs of our campers in order to empower them to live life to the fullest and to build friendships with other folks who are on similar journeys with their conditions. Camp M.A.S.H. is offered at NO COST to our families. We have some set activities that are just everyone’s favorite things to do like fishing, swimming and the ropes course, as well as horses, archery, and arts & crafts. All activities and accommodations are fully accessible, and a medical staff team is on site around the clock. Camp MASH is open to children living in Alabama, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and on a case by case basis other kids.
251-599-5688 www.campmash.org

Camp Skamp
P O Box 216, Baker, FL 32531
Started in 1971 for Special Kids by Meaningful People! These children suffer from physical challenges such as cerebral palsy (CP), spina bifida (SB), and similar disorders. Camp S.K.A.M.P. provides a unique experience for campers who are unable to attend other camps due to their special circumstances. ALL Counselors and Staff Members are volunteers! Campers attend camp at NO CHARGE to them. Counselors and Staff Members pay to attend camp, and the campers’ expenses are paid by generous donations from our Sponsors.
www.campskamp.net

Camp Smile
3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL 36607
Hosted by United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, Camp SMILE is a residential summer camp for individuals with disabilities (ages 5 – 50) and their siblings. Here, campers not only have the chance to participate in physical activities like kayaking, fishing, and horseback riding; they also meet others whose abilities and life experiences are similar to their own.
www.campsmilemobile.org

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805
Camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students. Additional programs are offered for trainees who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing and have other special needs.
800-637-7223 www.spacecamp.com

Very Special Camps
VerySpecialCamps.com is a specialized directory dedicated exclusively to camps which serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs. Locate a summer camp or program based upon your specific requirements and interests by entering your specific criteria using our Full Search, browse by Camp Type or Location, or use a Keyword Search.
www.veryspecialcamps.com

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy 4 My Child
Our Mission: to provide you with the most comprehensive resource and compassionate voice for all things related to caring for a child with cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions. We provide a comprehensive resource, including a website and call center that parents and caregivers can turn to for needed, non-legal help and resources.
www.cerebralpalsy.org

United Cerebral Palsy
UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.
www.ucp.org

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation North Florida Chapter
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.
904-733-3560 www.cff.org/NorthFL/

Dentists

Pensacola Kid’s Dentistry
(Ad Sponsor)

4541 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32503
Our office provides specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a warm, caring and “child-friendly” environment. As pediatric dentists, our 2-3 years of additional training after dental school has prepared us for the unique dental needs of each child we serve. Dr. Neil Simmons received his doctorate from the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry in 2012.Upon graduating from dental school, Dr. Simmons entered the pediatric specialty program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. While there, he was selected as a SPARKS Trainee, furthering his knowledge and interest in delivering quality dental treatment for individuals with special needs. Dr. Allison “Allie” Simmons completed her pediatric dental training at the University of Alabama Birmingham. UAB residency provided specialty training with pediatrics and specialized in providing care to patients with special needs.
850-549-3656 www.pensacolakidsdentistry.com

Ready Set Smile
(Ad Sponsor)

4500 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504
As a pediatric dentist Dr. Laura B. McAuley received additional specialty training in the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs. At the pediatric dental office of Dr. Laura McAuley, our top priority is helping your child achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile in a loving, nurturing environment.
850-505-9778 www.readysetsmile.net
Charles Stavely, DMD
1560 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
Everyone wants to be respected,  looked in the eye, treated like an individual, and know that someone really cares about them. We have enjoyed caring for special needs patients for over 10 years at Charles Stavely DMD. Part of our mission is helping people with special needs have healthy, pain free teeth and  gums.  Some of the simple pleasures in life are being able to enjoy your favorite foods or flashing a smile that you are proud of.
850-479-1677 www.pensacolageneraldentist.com

Stu Bonnin, DMD
3201 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514
Dr. Stu Bonnin earned his doctorate from the University of Florida where he completed his residency in pediatric dentistry in 2001. Dr. Bonnin is on staff at Sacred Heart Hosptial and maintains active memberships with numerous professional organizations, such as American Dental Association, the Flordia Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
850-477-1722

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Society of West Florida
The Down Syndrome Society of West Florida was established in 2012 as a support group for families of children with Down Syndrome. We service all counties in West Florida, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton.Our mission is to offer support and encouragement to families of children with Down Syndrome. We also hope to bring awareness of DS to our communities, thereby fostering acceptance and inclusion of ALL people with Down Syndrome. Membership applications are available by e-mailing our administrators at downsyndromesocietywf@yahoo.com. Membership annual dues are $20 per family.
850-292-4796 (Amy), 850-276-9990 (Penny),
850-390-5786 (Melissa) Find us on Facebook

Dyslexia

Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library
The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library provides information and reading materials in Braille and recorded audio format to Florida residents who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities.
800-226-6075

Dianne Craft – Child Diagnostics
Wonderful website filled with information, articles and resources for all learning disabilities including dyslexia, auditory processing and right/left brain learning. We provide nutritional therapy and supplement recommendations. You can purchase Dianne’s DVDs, CDs, Books, vitamins, and other various products through her online store.
303-694-0532 www.diannecraft.org

Education

Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy
(Ad Sponsor)

4901 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506
Capstone Academy is an inclusive educational learning opportunity for all children, ages birth to five years, focusing on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of delay. As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration. Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies are offered at Capstone. Therapies are provided during each child’s scheduled classroom hours. Families are always welcomed and encouraged to come and take part in their child’s therapy session.
850-458-7735 www.capstoneadaptivelearning.org
Second location:
5308 Stewart Street, Milton, FL 32570
850-626-3091 www.capstoneadaptivelearning.org

East Hill Academy
440 East Hecker Road, Century, FL 32583
East Hill Academy, Inc. is a private, non-profit school established to meet the educational, emotional and social needs of children diagnosed with Autism and other related learning disabilities from grade K-12. East Hill Academy, Inc. has multiple locations in Pensacola, Milton and Century. Dedicated to providing each child with the best individual educational program, East Hill’s mission is to strengthen the students’ academic skills, as well as their social and emotional abilities to a level so they can successfully reenter mainstream education.
850-607-7069 www.easthillacademy.org

East Hill Academy
4401 Avalon Boulevard, Milton, FL 32583
East Hill Academy, Inc. is a private, non-profit school established to meet the educational, emotional and social needs of children diagnosed with Autism and other related learning disabilities from grade K-12. East Hill Academy, Inc. has multiple locations in Pensacola, Milton and Century. Dedicated to providing each child with the best individual educational program, East Hill’s mission is to strengthen the students’ academic skills, as well as their social and emotional abilities to a level so they can successfully reenter mainstream education.
850-607-7069 www.easthillacademy.org

East Hill Academy
625 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
East Hill Academy, Inc. is a private, non-profit school established to meet the educational, emotional and social needs of children diagnosed with Autism and other related learning disabilities from grade K-12. East Hill Academy, Inc. has multiple locations in Pensacola, Milton and Century. Dedicated to providing each child with the best individual educational program, East Hill’s mission is to strengthen the students’ academic skills, as well as their social and emotional abilities to a level so they can successfully reenter mainstream education.
850-607-7069 www.easthillacademy.org

Florida Diagnostic Learning & Resource System
FDLRS/Emerald Coast is pleased to provide 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. Services are data-driven and focused on improving student achievement.
www.fdlrs-k12-ct.schoolloop.com

Learning Ally
For Learning Ally helping students overcome challenges and succeed is what drives us. We strive to develop the best educational solutions, from audiobooks to support services, for blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students from kindergarten through college and beyond.
800-221-4792 www.learningally.org

Learning Rx
4300 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503
LearningRx Brain Training works on the cognitive skills the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, and pay attention. How we work on those skills is what makes us so unique in the industry: Our clients work face-to-face with personal brain trainers, doing fun, challenging mental exercises that train foundational brain skills including auditory processing, memory, logic, and more. While many of our clients are children who are struggling in school, we serve children and adults of all ages.
850-466-4999 www.learningrx.com/pensacola

Montessori School of Pensacola
4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504
In fall of 2015, MSP started a pilot program: Elementary Transitions Program (ETP). This classroom provides a highly structured and individualized program with no greater than a five-to-one student-teacher ratio. The curriculum adheres to Montessori principles, philosophy and methodology. The staff includes teachers specifically suited to working with children who exhibit learning challenges. Individualized learning plans are developed for every student in the class and students are guided in their unique course of academic progression while emphasizing the strengths within each child. MSP’s ETP classroom provides specific instruction and remediation for those with challenges in the areas of reading, mathematics, language, written expression, attention, socialization, and organization. This classroom has limited space and is open to students in grades 1 through 6 (Lower and Upper Elementary) and will also act as a resource room for any student who may need additional help.
850-469-8138 www.montessoripensacola.com

Playing with Words 365
Are resource to build speech and language skills in everyday experiences. At the time of this print the website was having problems however you can find them on Facebook!
www.playingwithwords365.com

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
877-553-7453 www.efof.org

Epilepsy Parent Support Group
Parents of children with epilepsy support group of Escambia and Santa Rosa. Call for meeting place and times.
850-433-1395

Financial

Disabled Children Relief Fund
The Disabled Children’s Relief Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to acting as an advocate for the rights and needs of children with disabilities. Founded in 1990, DCRF provides cash grants for disabled children, with preference given to families who do not have health insurance. Grants are provided for assistive devices, equipment, and rehabilitative services, as well as for innovative arts and humanitarian services for children with disabilities. DCRF publishes a regular newsletter entitled “The Challenger.”
516-377-1605 www.rarediseases.org/organizations/disabled-childrens-relief-fund/

iBudget Florida
iBudget Florida gives the Agency for Persons with Disabilities customers more control and flexibility to choose services that are important to them, while helping the agency to stay within its Medicaid waiver appropriation.
850-488-4257 www.apd.myflorida.com/ibudget/

Joyful Journey Mom’s Ultimate Guide
Joyful Journey Mom posted the “Ultimate List of Grants and Resources for Families with Special Needs”.
www.joyfuljourneymom.com/ultimate-list-of-grants-and-resources-for-families-with-special-needs/

Rehab Foundation of NW Florida
2929 Langley Ave, Ste 202, Pensacola, FL 32504
Funding for rehabilitation of those physically disabled, but who do not have, or are not eligible for financial resources or support from other agencies.
850-478-0297 https://escambia.communityos.org/zf/profile/service/id/174789

The Gardiner Scholarhip (PLSA)
The Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) program helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs. The program, previously called the Personal Learning Scholarship Account, was named the Gardiner Scholarship in January of 2016. The Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account. This scholarship is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following disabilities: autism spectrum disorder, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome or intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment). Also, students ages 3, 4 or 5 deemed “high risk” due to developmental delays may be eligible for the year they apply. Please visit the website for further eligibility requirements. Click on For Parents then Special Needs Scholarship.
www.stepupforstudents.org

General Resources

4 Paws for Ability
4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.
www.4pawsforability.org

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
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.
850-595-8351 www.apd.myflorida.com

ARC Gateway-Escambia
Develop innovative ways to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential.
850-434-2638 www.arc-gateway.org

ARC-Santa Rosa
Provides services and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Santa Rosa County, Florida.
850-623-3920 www.thearcsantarosa.org
Canine Companions for Independence
Largest non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.
www.cci.org

Center for Independent Living ESC Independent Living Skills
3600 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505
This service provides trained staff to teach independent living skills: budgeting, writing for resume and job applications, and employment readiness.
850-595-5566

Center for Parent Information and Resources
Serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
www.parentcenterhub.org

Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Early Steps
5150 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is the site of the Western Panhandle Early Steps Program which provides early intervention services for children from birth to three years of age who may have developmental delays living in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.
850-416-7656 www.sacred-heart.org/childrenshospital/main/services/page/?ID=1006

Children’s Medical Service
Collection of programs for eligible 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.
800-381-3685 www.floridahealth.gov/AlternateSites/CMS-Kids

Disability Resource Center (CIL)
3600 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505
Our mission is to assist individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence.
850-595-5566 www.cil-drc.org

Disability Rights Florida
Statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under eight federal grants. Our services are free and confidential.
800-342-0823 www.disabilityrightsflorida.org

Easter Seals of Gulf Coast
2448 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile, AL 36617
Parent Education and Support, Child Development Centers, Early Intervention and a Wonderful Recreation Program that provides school-age children (6 – 12) of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of community activities. Sessions include gymnastics, rock wall climbing, bowling, skating, music & movement, and tee ball. The University of South Alabama assists our staff by utilizing Volunteers in the Therapeutic Recreation and Occupational Therapy programs.
251-471-1581 www.goodwill-easterseals.org

Emergency Preparedness ESC Special Needs
A Special Needs Shelter is a shelter of last resort for people who need more medical supervision than a general population shelter can provide due to special medical needs, but they do not require hospitalization. Registration is voluntary. This registry is for planning purposes. Assistance needed by individuals must be initiated at the time of need by the individual by calling local officials when evacuations have been ordered. All registrations expire after one year and must be updated on the anniversary of the registration.
850-595-6500 www.bereadyescambia.com

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT)
ADA Transportation.
850-595-0501

Especial Needs
Especial Needs is dedicated to providing our clients with the best selection of adaptive equipment, rehab equipment and therapy solutions for children and adults with special needs. With over 10,000 special needs products focused to mobility, sensory needs and independent living, our experienced staff strives to provide the highest quality service. From the homepage, at the bottom, click on “Funding” to see a list of funding resources.
877-664-4565 www.especialneeds.com

Family Care Council Florida
The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice. FCCA Area 1 serves the Florida Panhandle. The website for Area 1 is www.area1fcc.org.
800-470-8101 www.fccflorida.org or www.area1fcc.org

FDLRS/Child Find (ages 3-5yrs)
30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503
Our Child Find Specialists provide free developmental, speech, language, hearing, and vision screenings for non-public school children potentially in need of specialized educational services. In August 2015, we welcomed the Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) Facilitator. The FIN facilitator will primarily work in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties with families and districts to develop inclusive educational opportunities for exceptional education students. The SEDNET Specialist works to provide supports and training for families and educators working with children at-risk for behavioral concerns.
850-469-5423 www.fdlrsemeraldcoast.org

Florida Alliance of Assistive Services and Technology
3333 West Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. serves Floridians with disabilities by providing free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible formats on topics such as disability rights, laws, and policies. We also provide assistive technology (AT) device loans as well as funding opportunities for AT. AT is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.
888-788-9216 www.faast.org

Guide Dog Foundation
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.
800-548-4337 www.guidedog.org

Kids Health from Nemours
KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
www.kidshealth.org

March of Dimes
202 West Jackston Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
Every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born too soon, 29,000 of them right here in Florida. With your help, we work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.
850-462-7756 www.marchofdimes.com/florida

Marcus Pointe Baptist Church ESC Project Empower Disability Services
6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505
Empower is a Coalition for supporting persons with developmental disabilities . The coalition provides tools and training for individuals with disabilities and the community at large. The coalition actively connects those in the community who can help each other.
850-686-9369

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care
5153 North Ninth Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504
Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola serves children and families in northwest Florida, south Alabama and beyond, offering highly specialized pediatric care. Located right next door to The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, our children’s specialty care location provides compassionate care in a welcoming, kid-friendly environment. Our experienced pediatric teams work together with your child’s pediatrician or family care provider, pediatric specialists and researchers throughout Nemours and our partners at The Children’s Hospital to achieve the very best outcome for your child. One of our most important partnerships is with you because we believe in family-centered care. We value your input and welcome your questions so that, together, we can help your child grow up healthy.
850-505-4700 www.nemours.org

Project Lifesaver
API in partnership with Escambia Search and Rescue and the Pilot Club of Pensacola is proud to offer Project Lifesaver for individuals with autism who are at risk of wandering. This program is available in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and is offered to those with any developmental disability, based on a prioritization of risk factors. Project Lifesaver is a program that features bracelets that emit a radio signal which search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate an individual who is missing. Please visit our website or call for a preliminary screening form and detailed information.
850-471-7171 www.autismpensacola.org/
projectlifesaver.html

Santa America
A national volunteer service organization with a very special mission. Over one hundred Santa’s across America visit children and families in crisis. Santa Claus visits when a child or family needs him—twelve months a year—bringing love, hope and joy to special needs children in a loving visit of about an hour at home, hospital, or hospice. Santa’s visits are free. There is no charge for a visit from Santa Claus—ever.
251-626-6609
www.santaamerica.org

Sight Savers America
337 Business Circle, Pelham, AL 35124
Sight Savers America works to identify and secure treatment for these needs, from the first pair of eyeglasses that allow a child to succeed academically and gain more self-confidence, to extensive sight saving treatment for serious eye conditions. With the help of our partners and donors, we work to ensure that every child is as healthy as he or she can be! Sight Savers America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that assists children with obtaining eye exams, glasses, and other needed eye care from local eye care providers and clinics.
877-942-2627 www.sightsaversamerica.org

Southeast ADA Center
Your leader in providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. We also conduct research to reduce and eliminate barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency and to increase the civic and social participation of Americans with disabilities.
800-949-4232 www.adasoutheast.org

Speech-Language-Hearing Association-Florida
Committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
256-325-8885 www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/FL/contacts/

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing
Tommy Hilfiger proudly partnered with Runway of Dreams™ to create a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed. Faux buttons and cuff plackets conceal a patented MagnaReady® magnet closure for ease of dressing.
www.tommy.com

Recreation/Therapy

Labelle Performing Arts
(Ad Sponsor)

8253 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526
Labelle Performing Arts special needs class is designed for dancers with disabilities of all ages. The students are introduced to basic terminology and steps. The class is modified and structured to move at the pace of each students learning capacity and ability. Each student will be instructed on their individual level. The students will also be invited to perform at our end of the year showcase. We hope to enrich these wonderful young people with the world of dance while offering them the opportunity to express themselves through the art of movement.
850-944-5650 www.labelleperformingarts.com

Pensacola Museum of Art
(Ad Sponsor)

407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children on the autism spectrum. The program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. It also seeks to provide respite time for parents to enjoy the beautiful downtown area. An art instructor leads each class with additional assistants who have experience working with autistic children. Call for details regarding our next Art Academy!
850-432-6247 www.pensacolamuseum.org/children.html

SkyZone Sensory Sundays
(Ad Sponsor)

5007 North Davis Highway, Unit 8A, Pensacola, FL 32503
Every second and last Sunday of every month, from 10am-11am, Sky Zone will turn off the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs and their siblings, family and friends to jump for 60 minutes for $10. We will make every effort to accommodate all jumpers with any kind of special needs. Please call us if you have specific questions.
850-462-9800
www.skyzone.com/pensacola/promos-deals

Access To Recreation
Provides exercise and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. Online equipment items such wheelchair accessories, daily living, replacement parts, bath and shower accessories, Lifts, safety equipment, ramps, manual and power chairs, etc.
800-634-4351 www.accesstr.com

AMBUCS
A charitable service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by providing AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to children with disabilities.
800-838-1845 www.ambucs.org

Autism Surfs
Mary Esther, FL Autism Surfs is a community of friends and families that have come together with the purpose of teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to surf. Contact us through Facebook message.
Find us on Facebook

Breathe Pensacola – Yoga
505 South Adams Street or 3101 East Cervantes Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
We offer private sessions or small classes designed for children who have special needs, including ADD/ADHD, sensory integration disorders, high-functioning autism, Down syndrome, and neurological learning disabilities. Regular yoga practice, as an adjunct to traditional PT and OT therapies, can enhance a child’s physical, mental and emotional development in a safe and gentle manner. Christa Sonnier is trained and certified in the Sonia Sumar Method of Yoga for the Special Child and offers private sessions and classes to best serve the needs of your child. Please contact christa@breathepcola.com.
850-470-4444 www.breathepcola.com

Buckaroo Barn
39821 Duffee Lane, Bay Minette, AL 36507
Provides physical therapy specializing in hippotherapy for special little buckaroos. Kristye Chastang is certified to use hippotherapy as a treatment tool for children with disabilities. Hippotherapy is a therapy tool which uses the movement of the horse to influence the patient’s posture, balance, stability & sensory processing. The therapist can direct the movement of the horse, analyze the patient’s response and adjust the treatment accordingly. It is rewarding for every one involved & is so much fun, the kids won’t even know its therapy.
251-604-3904 www.buckaroobarnllc.com

Captains for Kids
Annual day of fun activities (September 10 this year!) on the water for kids with special needs and illness’. We offer fishing charters, dolphin cruises, pirate cruises, sailing charters, parasailing, banana boat rides, airboat rides and more.
850-438-5555 www.captainsforkids.com

Equine Education Consultants, Inc. at Lake Forest Stables
268 Equine Circle, Daphne, AL 36526
Equine Educational Consultants, Inc. was created to provide an opportunity for those with special needs to experience the joy and motivation that horses provide just by allowing us to share their world. For more information call or email the Stables.
251-210-8819 www.lakeforeststables.org

Grace Rides
1560 Hickory Street, Niceville, FL 32578
Our mission at GRACE Rides is to provide the therapeutic benefits of equine-assisted activities to individuals with special needs, and in so doing to improve the lives and community of each of our riders and their family members, each of our service horses, and each of our volunteers. GRACE Rides is an approved Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (“PATH”” International Center.
850-259-9195 www.gracerides.com

Miracle League of Pensacola
The Miracle League of Pensacola’s mission is to provide a safe organized baseball league and facilities for Gulf Coast persons with mental and/or physical challenges where every player plays, every player hits, every player gets on base, every player scores, and every player wins – every inning.
850-232-3845 or 850-393-5043
www.miracleleaguepensacola.org

Pyramid
7309 West Highway 98, Pensacola, FL 32506
Adults ages 18 and up with developmental disabilities are able to see themselves as singers, dancers, talented artists, sculptors and jewelers creators with some earning commissions and fees, gaining self-esteem and self confidence, participating richly in the life of their communities. Pyramid offers an arts program, in tandem with a curriculum of computer and literacy training, peer counseling and skill-development classes, physical-nutritional and behavioral assistance. Contact us for information about our performances and gallery shows that are open to the public.
850-453-3341 www.pyramidinc.org

Sea No Limits Fishing Clinic
Community Maritime Park, Pensacola, FL 32502
Free fishing clinic Saturday, October 8, for children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities requiring supervised care. Strictly limited to the first 250 applicants (plus up to 2 additional family members/guardians/care. Pre-Registration for the Fishing Clinic is required.
850-932-2213 www.lodge347.net

SEASTARS Aquatics
1501 North Q Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
To promote and foster the success and growth of children who are economically, physically, and mentally challenged by providing individualized attention as a part of a structured competitive swim team program. To improve the quality of life for challenged children by developing successful student-athlete skills. These skills help aid their pursuit of higher education and achievement of life goals.
850-418-0644 www.seastarsaquatics.org

Special Olympics ESC Sports and Training Program
2001 East Lloyd Street, Pensacola, FL 32503
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They give children and adults the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, participate in sharing skills, and build friendships.
850-291-6234 www.specialolympicsflorida.org/escambia/

Tennis 4 Everyone
415 East Intendencia Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Tennis-4-Everyone is a nonprofit organization that provides free tennis lessons to local youth attending summer camps at various locations in the Pensacola area.
850-292-0126 www.tennispensacola.com

The Leaning Post Ranch
4150 Cedar Springs Road, Molino, FL 32577
The Leaning Post Ranch’s mission is to provide equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding to individuals with disabilities and at-risk youth in Northwest Florida. We offer health, hope, and healing through horses. The Leaning Post Ranch is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Premier Accredited Center. PATH was founded to provide the framework for equine facilitated therapies and activities. As a Premier Accredited Center, our facility adheres to PATH standards for safety and high quality service.
850-587-5940 www.theleaningpsotranch.org

URU Yoga
955 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32514
Offers private instruction for children with special needs. Call for details.
850-377-5334 www.uruyoga.com

Water Planet Dolphin Therapy
203 Greenwood Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
We offer 2 therapy options to interact with the dolphins. The Harmony Program we have found can help a wide variety of children: most spectra of autism, manic depression, Rett Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, Down, and hyperactivity. Our Serenity Program caters to children with serious developmental delays, physical and motor disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, Head and Spinal Cord Injury, Mitochondrial Disorder. Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman’s Syndrome and other disabilities, which require body work and specialized interventions.
850-230-6030 www.waterplanetusa.com

Services

American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
(Ad Sponsor)

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526
American Autism & Rehabilitation Center (AARC) is a facility aimed at treating a variety of special needs in one convenient location. Our services are for children and adults and include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological/diagnostic services, educational services and more. Our highly-trained professionals work collaboratively to provide treatment plans as unique as the individual in order to help patients reach their full potential. We offer a family-centered approach and seek to provide hope and help to each patient and family.
251-210-1632 www.americanautismcenter.com

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida
The Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida (SBACFL) is a dedicated group of individuals living with Spina Bifida and their families, as well as professionals and community volunteers, working to educate, advocate, network, provide resources and bring about public awareness of Spina Bifida.
407-248-9210 www.sbacentralflorida.org

Support Groups

22q.11 Deletion and Other Syndromes Linked to 22Q
Join us for Annual Awareness Day at the Gulf Breeze zoo on May 22nd.
520-444-9498

Apraxia of Speech of the Panhandle
850-398-6758

Facing Forward
Parents of children with facial abnormalities.
850-476-2701

Mended Little Hearts of Pensacola
Mended Little Hearts has provided patients and families of children with congenital heart disease many services that directly improve their quality of life. These services are group programs, education resources, hospital outreach CHD Awareness initiatives, online connections and advocacy. To locate the Pensacola chapter click Find MLH groups at the top right corner of the website or email mendedlittleheartsofpensacola@gmail.com.
850-972-8160 www.mendedlittlehearts.org

Pensacola Exceptional Parents Connection
This is a parent-led group open to parents, friends, and support people of children with varying exceptionalities including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spina Bifida, and any other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children with varying exceptionalities by providing resources, training, education, and emotional support to families. The goal of this group is to provide a regularly scheduled meeting of parents who will support each other by listening, sharing, and laughing. This is a friendly place to share concerns and ask questions, and for answers to be given by others who have “been through it.” We have speakers on various topics and open discussions about relevant topics to the group. All are welcome to join us! we meet the last Thursday of every month at Arc Gateway, Pollak Training Center, located at 1000 E. Fairfield Drive at 6:00 p.m.
850-384-7330 or 850-393-8808

The Starfish Project NWFL
7552 Navarre Pkwy, Suite 32, Navarre, FL 32566
We currently provide parent education and support in addition to providing opportunities for families to connect during fun seasonal events. These resources are available to _x0003_a myriad of children and families with a wide variety of exceptional needs.
850-396-9934 www.thestarfishprojectnwfl.org

Therapy

Baptist Health Care Speech Center
1000 West Moreno Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
Baptist Hospital’s Speech Center’s friendly, expert therapists assist people with speaking difficulties. Our certified speech pathologists treat a wide range of disorders for people of all ages—from newborns to adults. All staff members hold the Speech–Language–Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence and are licensed by the state of Florida.
850-434-4957

Center for Pediatric Rehabilitation
1108-A Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
We are Pensacola’s first and most experienced pediatric rehabilitation center offering speech, occupational and physical therapies for children with developmental, neurological and organic disorders. Our team provides the most current treatment approaches, in a family friendly environment, to help children reach their highest potential.
850-471-1005
www.centerforpediatricrehabilitation.com

Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Pediatric Rehabilitation Center
5151 N 9th Avenue #1405, Pensacola, FL 32504
Our comprehensive program includes physical, occupational, speech, aquatic, social skills and food-aversion therapies. Our facilities feature a spacious, kid-friendly gym, as well as private treatment rooms. Our experienced therapists are specially trained in care for children and are dedicated to serving kids of all ages.
850-416-7340 www.sacred-heart.org/ChildrensHospital/PediatricTherapy/

Pediatric Therapy Center of NWFL
4624 Summerdale Boulevard, Pace, FL 32571
Pediatric Therapy Center of NWFL was established as a provider of occupational, physical and speech therapy to children from birth to twenty one years of age. We serve children in clinic environments, child care centers, homes, and schools in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The PTC team of pediatric specialists includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists who work closely together to create individualized treatment plans. Therapy is carried out in an atmosphere focused on creativity and fun, where every child can be successful.
850-994-3456 www.pediatrictherapycenterflorida.com

The Arc Gateway/Pearl Nelson Child Development Center
916 East Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL Pearl Nelson Child Development Center provides early intervention and pediatric therapy services for children ages, infants through adolescents who have developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities.  PNCDC team includes a large number of speech, occupational, physical and developmental therapists who work in a coordinated team approach to best meet the needs of the children and their families.  PT, OT and Speech services require a prescription from the child’s primary care physician.  Therapies are provided in spacious therapy rooms and emphasis is upon coaching parents on activities to help with their child’s motor, sensory, self-help, visual and speech/language development.  Speech and sensory screenings can be arranged at childcare centers.
850-434-7755 www.arc-gateway.org

The Listening Program
Music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. It gently trains the auditory system to accurately process sound. Auditory processing problems can lead to academic, emotional, cognitive and social challenges, including problems with ADD, Listening, Speech & language, memory, communication, Social skills, reading, Sensory Integration, Balance and coordination and self-regulation. Auditory processing problems are often found in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, dyslexia and learning disabilities.
888-228-1798 www.advancedbrain.com

Vision Impaired

American Sign Language University
Resources to help learn ASL.
www.lifeprint.com

Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library
The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library provides information and reading materials in Braille and recorded audio format to Florida residents who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities.
800-226-6075

Florida Division of Blind Services
600 University Office Boulevard, Suite 4, Pensacola, FL 32504
We strive to ensure blind and visually-impaired Floridians have the tools, support and opportunity to achieve success.
850-484-5122 http://dbs.myflorida.com

Independence for the Blind of NW Florida
Our mission is to teach independent living skills, computer and adaptive technology, and to provide vocational training, and employment-related services to people who are blind or visually impaired so they can achieve maximum independence.
850-477-2663 www.ibwest.org

Websites/Publications

Love That Max
A list of 22 free things, services and grants for kids with special needs.
www.lovethatmax.com/2015/04/free-things-for-kids-with-special-needs.html

Parent Involvement Exceptional Education in Florida
Website providing resources for early intervention and exceptional student education.
http://forparents.florida-ese.org/index.aspx

Parenting Special Needs Magazine
We are making it our mission to provide parents of children with special needs 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.
www.parentingspecialneeds.org

Pathways.org
Free tools for child development.
www.pathways.og

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