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Amy Scott Lorton - My IEP Advocate

Providing effective advocacy services including: IEP Review and Analysis, Consultations, IEP meeting attendance and participation, Trainings and Workshops. Helping families navigate the special education process in the Escambia, Santa Rosa, Mobile and Baldwin County school districts for over 16 years.

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: 850-684-IDEA (4332)

Email: myiepadvocate@gmail.com

Web: www.myIEPadvocate.com


Autism Pensacola - Project Lifesaver

3916 North 10th Avenue, Pensacola, FL, 32503  map

A safety program in partnership with Escambia Search and Rescue. Available to individuals with a developmental disability who are at risk of wandering. The program features transmitter bracelets that emit a radio signal that search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate an individual who is missing.

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: 850-434-7171

Email: info@autismpensacola.org

Web: www.autismpensacola.org/our-programs/project-lifesaver


Empowerment Parent Resource Center

EPRC links community resources and provides training to underserved communities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Our mission is to support parents, caregivers and persons with disabilities from ages birth to 26. We have links to resources and agencies on the local, state and federal levels. The EPRC is a division of the Project Empower Coalition of NW Florida and is funded in part by grant #H328C160032 from the Federal Department of Education as a Community Parent Resource Center. Our hope is to empower parents, one person, one family, one community at a time. We help families find answers.

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: 850-686-0936

Email: projectempowernwfl@gmail.com

Web: www.projectempowernwfl.org


Phase III Vans

130 Industrial Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, 32505  map

Offering New and Pre-Owned wheelchair accessible vehicles as well as mobility products and adaptive equipment. Lowered floor Ramp vans available in Chrysler, Honda, Dodge and Toyota. Our trained staff has over 22 years of experience!

Contact & Learn More:

Phone: 850-378-8914

Web: www.phaseIIIvans.com

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4 Paws for Ability

253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, OH, 45385

Training quality, task-trained service dogs for those with disabilities. We also work with veterans who've lost the use of limbs or hearing while in active combat.

937-374-0385, www.4pawsforability.orgInfo@4PawsForAbility.org

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

160 West Government Street, (Suite 412), Pensacola , FL, 32502

APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families. We also provide assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.

850-595-8351 or 866-273-2273, www.apdcares.orgAPD.info@apdcares.org

American Hyperbaric Center

8871 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL, 36526

AHC is a premier Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment facility. Our state-of-the-art center provides HBOT to outpatients 6 days per week. Therapy reduces inflammation, promote healing, repair cells and heal wounds as well as treating symptoms of Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme, TBI/PTS, Stroke, RSD/CRPS, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Foot Wounds, Radiation Injury, Failed Grafts/Flaps, Concussion and other Sports Injuries, Migraine Headaches, Cancer, Crohn's/Colitis, Cerebral Palsy, Neuropathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue and much more.

251- 210-1496, www.AmericanHBOT.cominfo@americanhbot.com

Canine Companions for Independence

8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road, Orlando, FL, 32818

A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

800-572-2275 or 850-522-3300, www.cci.orginfo@cci.org

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Your source for information, resources and support for children who have disabilities and their families. Staff members and other experts help create products and services that increase Parent Center education and knowledge.

973-642-8100, www.parentcenterhub.orgmalizo@spannj.org

Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart Early Steps

Pensacola, FL, 32503

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 Services

5192 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, 32503

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. Eligible to children with medicaid and chronic illnesses.

850-484-5040 or 850-245-4200, www.floridahealth.gov/AlternateSites/CMS-KidsCMSPlan@flhealth.gov

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.orgcil-drc@cil-drc.org

Disability Rights Florida

2473 Care Drive, Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

A 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

Emerald Coast Exceptional Families

PO Box 5188, Navarre, FL, 32566

Our mission is to connect and support special needs families and enhance their lives through events and education.

850-396-1008, www.emeraldcoastexceptionalfamilies.orgecexceptionalfamilies@gmail.com

Emerald Coast Pediatric Sleep Consultants

400 Gulf Breeze Parkway (#204), Gulf Breeze, FL, 32561

Providing comprehensive sleep diagnostic and treatment services to children from birth to age 21 years. A philosophy of health and wellness is the foundation for treatment.

850-932-3830, www.emeraldcoastsleep.comsoniasmith@emeraldcoastsleep.com

Emergency Preparedness ESC Special Needs

6575 North W Street, Pensacola, FL, 32505

A shelter of last resort for people who need more supervision than a general population shelter can provide due to special medical needs, but do not require hospitalization. Those wishing to stay at a special needs shelter should pre-register with the Public Safety Department online for planning purposes. Registrations expire after one year and must be updated. Please visit our website to register or call for an application to be mailed to you.

850-471-6400, www.bereadyescambia.comem@myescambia.com

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT)

Pensacola, FL, 32514

ADA Transportation. ECAT is a safe, convenient, and affordable mode of transportation throughout the Pensacola area. Providing service through the fixed-route bus, seasonal Pensacola Beach trolley, UWF on-campus trolley, and ADA paratransit transportation. The fixed route system operates 15 routes six days a week.

850-595-3228, www.goecat.com/ada-servicesECAT@myescambia.com

Especial Needs

1850 Borman Court, St. Louis, MO, 63146

An online selection of adaptive equipment, rehab equipment and therapy solutions for children and adults with special needs. Offering over 10,000 special needs products focused to mobility, sensory needs and independent living. From the homepage, at the bottom, click on Funding to see a list of funding resources.

877-664-4565, www.especialneeds.comsales@especialneeds.com

Family Care Council Area 1

P. O. Box 17391, Pensacola, FL, 32522

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.

800-470-8101, www.area1fcc.orgfamilycarecouncilarea1@gmail.com

FDLRS/Child Find

30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL, 32503

Free developmental, speech, language, hearing, and vision screenings are provided for children, ages 3-21, who are NOT currently enrolled in public school. Diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties.

850-469-5423, www.fdlrsemeraldcoast.orgtstoker@escambia.k12.fl.us

Florida Alliance of Assistive Services and Technology

820 East Park Avenue (Suite D200), Tallahassee, FL, 32301

A resource to provide Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible format on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.

844-353-2278 or 850-320-7948, www.faast.orginfo@faastinc.org

Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32399

An association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

321-794-1538 or 850-245-0478, www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/FL/contacts info@floridasspeechaudiology.gov

Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast

2440 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile, AL, 36117

We offer Encouragement, Education and Employment to persons dealing with disabilities, low income, or other needs. Programs for families of youth with and without disabilities include free parenting classes, support groups, Child Development Centers, Early Intervention and preschool readiness in-home instruction, and teen recreational activities. Family outings are offered in a variety of community venues. Education (GED), Job Training and Employment, Medical Assistance, and an Adult Day Program are also available to families when needed.

251-471-1581, www.gesgc.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.orginfo@guidedog.org

March of Dimes

1990 Village Green Way, Suite 3, Tallahassee, FL, 32308

We fight for the health of all moms and babies. We're empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all.

850-422-3152, www.marchofdimes.com/florida

Marcus Pointe Baptist Church - Project Empower of Northwest Florida

6205 North "W" Street, Pensacola, FL, 32505

A grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to the dream of Complete Community Inclusion for individuals with a disability. Through Education, Compassion and Community involvement, we can help an individual with a disability feel as though he or she is a welcomed and integral part of the community. The coalition meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 11:00am.

850-686-9369, www.projectempowernwfl.org

Montgomery Children's Specialty Center

2853 Forbes Drive, Montgomery, AL, 36110

We are Montgomery's preferred, five star rated children's nursing and rehabilitation facility. In our caring and nurturing environment, we provide services to children with severe developmental disabilities that require ongoing nursing care. Our dedicated team of health care professionals understands that each family has an individual set of circumstances, needs and preferences. At Montgomery Children's we are inspired by you to work together creating a plan of care that promotes a nurturing environment of respect, growth and healing.

334-261-3445, www.montgomerybytutera.com

My Pink Lawyer

111 South DeVilliers Street, Suite B, Pensacola, FL, 32502

We help parents make planning decisions to care and provide for their special needs loved ones and other family members. Currently, we support Florida residents with their Wills, Trusts, Estates, Special Needs & Guardianship needs. We also offer many free planning guides and books, on our website.

850-439-1191, www.mypinklawyer.cominfo@mypinklawyer.com

Nemours Children's Specialty Care

8331 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL, 32514

Highly specialized pediatric 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.

850-505-4700, www.nemours.org

Santa America

308 Belrose Avenue, Daphne, AL, 36526

A national volunteer organization with a very special mission. Over 200 hundred Santa's, (All having extensive background checks), 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 wrapped in a warm secure Santa Hug! Visits last about an hour and can be in home, hospital, or hospice. Santa visits for free. There is never a charge for a visit from Santa Claus! Our volunteer Santa's serve Coastal Alabama, the Mississippi coast and the Western Florida Panhandle.

251 656-8877, www.santa-america.orgsantajohn@santa-america.org

Service Dog University

P. O. Box 37157, Pensacola, FL, 32526

Our purpose is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing service dogs to help improve their independence, dignity and quality of life.

850-723-6365, www.servicedoguniversity.net/contactservicedoguniversity@gmail.com

Sight Savers America

337 Business Circle, Pelham, AL, 35124

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. Children are referred to Sight Savers via failed vision screenings at school, referrals from teachers, school administrators, school nurses, eye-care professionals and parents.

877-942-2627, www.sightsaversamerica.orginfo@sightsaversamerica.org

Southeast ADA Center

The Center provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals.

800-949-4232, www.adasoutheast.orgadasoutheast@law.syr.edu

Special Needs Foundation of America

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL, 36526

SNFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting families with children that have special needs such as Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc. SNFA has a board of devoted clinicians, parents and individuals who work diligently and seek grant opportunities for these families in need.

251-210-1632, www.SpecialNeedsFoundation.orginfo@specialneedsfoundation.org

The Arc Gateway-Escambia

3932 North 10th Avenue, Pensacola, FL, 32503

Programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our programs and services include Early Intervention, Pediatric Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation, Vocational Training, Recreation, Employment, Transportation, Education, and Residential Support. We also offer life-enhancing opportunities to promote independence and community inclusion.

850-434-2638, www.arc-gateway.org info@arc-gateway.org

The Arc of the Emerald Coast

6225 Dixie Road, Milton, Fl, 32570

Provides services and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Santa Rosa County, Florida.

850-623-9320, www.arcemeraldcoast.orginfo@horizonsfwb.com

The Listening Program

TLP is a music listening therapy that trains the auditory system to accurately process sound. Auditory processing problems lead to academic, emotional, cognitive and social challenges, 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 or 801-622-5676, www.advancedbrain.cominfo@advancedbrain.com

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing

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.cominfo@runwayofdreams.com