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- Early Childhood
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behavior & Mental Health
- Transition, Employment & Higher Ed
- Medical & Related Services
- Family Support
- Specialized Agencies
- Educational Support
Phone Number: (941) 953-3877
Children First is proud to offer a wide range of programs designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family and strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. Today Children First operates in 15 sites throughout Sarasota County and serves approximately 900 children and their families each year from birth to grade 5. Additionally, the Families First Institute offers several classes and workshops to parents that focus on child development, parenting strategies, career and personal growth, and money management.
Florida Center for Early Childhood
The Florida Center for Early Childhood provides therapeutic services, early education, and healthy development for young children in southwest Florida. The Florida Center provides developmental therapies, including speech/language and occupational, mental health counseling, Starfish Academy preschool, the Healthy Families home-visiting program, and the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic.
Health Planning Council (Gulf Central Early Steps & Marketplace Navigator)
The Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Inc. (HPCSWF) plans for the health care needs of the residents of seven counties. Early Steps, a component of HPCSWF, is an early intervention program serving children ages 0-3 with developmental delays or disabilities and their families, at home and in their communities in Southwest Florida. Early Steps is focused on parent education and connects families with professionals who teach them how to improve the development of their children through everyday activities.
Phone Number: (941) 927-9000
Child Find works to locate children (age 3-5) who are potentially eligible for services under IDEA and link them with services. They promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or are at risk of developing disabilities. Child Find provides service coordination and support for diagnostic screening, placement, and training. Contact Child Find if you are concerned about your child’s development.
Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County-Child Care Connection
Address: Administrative Office- 1750 17th St., Building L, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone Number: (941) 556-1600 or (941) 954-4830
The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County is the community’s one-stop resource for information about early learning experiences in Sarasota County. They assist families in finding quality and affordable child care and provide resources that enable parents or other caregivers to make informed choices on child care. They also provide information on the School Readiness Program which offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future. In addition, they offer information on Florida’s FREE VPK program which offers high-quality learning opportunities for all four-year-old children.
ABA Solutions serves children, adults, and families with special needs in Sarasota and the surrounding area. Board Certified Behavior Analysts employ evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help create meaningful behavioral changes within the context of clients’ natural environments: family homes, daycares, schools, group homes, and community locations. They accept Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, United, Aetna, Tricare, Cigna, and Gardiner Scholarship.
Phone Number: (813) 240-3044
Face Autism provides sensory friendly activities, support groups, referral for therapeutic services, structured classes, and other necessary resources. Classes include art, dance, fishing, gardening, horseback riding, yoga, fitness, music and social skills.
Florida Autism Center
Florida Autism Center (FAC) provides treatment based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and emphasizes early intensive and individualized behavioral intervention, verbal behavior, and social skills. FAC provides the highest quality ABA therapy based on scientific best practices.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida is a community based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD-USF offers instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model.
Easterseals of Southwest Florida & Easterseals Academy
Phone Number: (941) 355-7637
Easterseals Academy specializes in serving Manatee and Sarasota county students, aged Pre-K to 22 years old, who are challenged by developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mild behavioral disabilities, and autism. Small class sizes ensure impactful student-to-teacher ratios while IEPs serve each student’s education goals. The educational experience is enriched with art, music, performing arts, Spanish, yoga, organic agriculture, nutrition, movement, PT-OT-speech-equine therapies including behavioral and neurofeedback as well as family support.
Virtus Health Sarasota & North Port
Virtus Health provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy in center, home, and school settings to individuals diagnosed with Autism (ASD), developmental delays, and other behavioral disorders. Their team of experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) direct Virtus' services by designing and implementing individualized patient treatment plans to work seamlessly within schedules and environmental frameworks to achieve goals and maximize long-term results. Since each client is unique, so is each behavior plan; every one includes thorough assessments with programs and treatments specifically targeted and developmentally appropriate for each person or group.
Address: 391 6th Avenue W., Bradenton, FL 34205
Centerstone offers community based behavioral health care including mental health and addiction services for children and adults. Centerstone offers short term hospitalization, treatment, psychological testing, and behavioral health services.
Fundamental Psychology, PLLC
Fundamental Psychology promotes good mental health through a focus on the fundamentals. Mental health can suffer when persons are too focused on daily pressures and life demands. By addressing the parts of life that have become unbalanced, people can live a more positive and authentic life.
SEDNET is the Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities who creates and facilitates a network of key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
Valerie’s House is a non-profit organization to help grieving children. Their mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Valerie’s House families meet twice a month. They participate in art projects and activities to help with grief group support. They also offer a mentor program and one-on-one counseling services if needed. All services are free of charge to families.
First Step of Sarasota Inc.
Phone Number: (941) 552-1950
First Step of Sarasota offers innovative and comprehensive mental health and substance abuse programs for adults and children including inpatient, outpatient, and telehealth services. First Step offers treatment programs for both children and adults to help them transform their lives and conquer their challenges.
Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center
Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center provides a clinical program and services for children and adolescents. Their services include intensive, residential inpatient treatment for children and adolescents ages 5-17 years old experiencing behavioral, emotional, education, family and social challenges.
Resilient Retreat empowers survivors of trauma to thrive through self-care and community. Based on the pillars of trauma-informed care, Resilient Retreat provides free and confidential programs for survivors of abuse, first responders, and helping professionals to heal the impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to workshops and educational opportunities, Resilient Retreats offers participants the opportunity to try a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, such as equine therapy, yoga, art and music therapy, experiences in nature, and more.
Academy at Glengary
The Academy at Glengary offers vocational training for adults with a mental health diagnosis. Training opportunities are offered in culinary arts, hospitality, phone reception, business, maintenance, janitorial, customer service, accounting/banking, videography and graphic design.
Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities
4000 Central Florida Blvd., P.O. Box 161250 Orlando, FL 32816
Phone Number: (407) 823-5225
The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities mission 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.
The Haven is empowering the lives of children, teens, and adults with disabilities, one person at a time. Specialized services and programs include: employment, transition, community living, Haven Industries, vocational, and social training.
State College of Florida-Disability Resource Center
Address: 5840 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207
Phone Number: (941) 752-5295
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is committed to ensuring equal access to college programs, services, and activities for qualified students with disabilities. The DRC assists students with disabilities through the provision of reasonable accommodations, information, resources services and skill development. The DRC promotes student self-advocacy through collaboration with faculty, staff, and State College of Florida campus resources.
UMatter Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program at USF St. Petersburg Campus
UMatter is an innovative inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life. The UMatter program is hosted at USF’s St. Petersburg campus to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the learning, social skills, and career training needed to set them up to be competitively employed and live independently.
CareerSource Suncoast is the leading provider of workforce services in the Manatee and Sarasota counties. They are a private, non-profit organization whose primary focus is to help businesses grow by offering proven solutions for talent recruitment and development. CareerSource Suncoast employs Career Coaches who not only help career seekers find job leads, but prepare them for a lasting career. They help enhance clients’ essential skills, resumes, interview skills, offer personalized job referrals, and free employability skills workshops.
Loveland Center offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a variety of classes and activities through the Adult Day Training program. Individuals have the opportunity to choose the classes that will help them achieve their individual goals. The goal of the Adult Day Training program is to provide an educational environment that will teach students important life skills designed to improve decision-making, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, and interaction within the community.
Project 10: Transition Education Network, USF, St. Petersburg
Project 10: Transition Education Network is Florida’s statewide discretionary project supporting the secondary transition of youth with disabilities. Project 10’s primary charge is to assist school districts in providing appropriate planning and timely transition services and programs to assist youth with disabilities in their transition to adulthood. Project 10 also serves as a collaborative resource for other state agencies, discretionary projects, non-profit organizations and families in the provision of transition services for students served in exceptional student education.
Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Suncoast Center for Independent Living serves anyone with a disability. Their program offers youth transition, advocacy, independent living skills, peer mentoring, information and referral, medical equipment loan program, computer loan program, and a home modification program.
Vocational Rehabilitation (DOE - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation)
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to eligible individuals with physical and/or mental impairments that will enable an individual to achieve an employment goal and/or enhance their independence. Clients must have a documented disability, require VR services to become employed, and will benefit in terms of an employment outcome with VR services.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota & Desoto Counties
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties enables all young people, in most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties provides after-school and summer programs for thousands of youth at six locations.
Dynasty Dance Clubs
Phone Number: (941) 955-8558
Forever Friends Special Needs Ministry, Inc.
Phone Number: (941) 480-9390
Forever Friends Special Needs Ministry, Inc. in partnership with T-Rec Coalition of Sarasota County hosts free events open to people with disabilities of all ages, as well as their caregivers. All events are free on "Fun Day" the 3rd Saturday each month. These events are designed for all ages of individuals with special needs to make new friends, be inspired, lifted up, encouraged, and feel a renewed self-esteem. Scheduled activities may include crafts, music, games and special visitors.
Sarasota County Public Libraries
The Sarasota County Public Libraries offer equal access to information, fosters lifelong learning and inspires community engagement through books, movies, music, computer access, and a myriad of programs for people of all ages and all free.
Special Olympics Florida- Sarasota County
Special Olympics Florida- Sarasota County provides fourteen year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Venice Challenger Baseball
Phone Number: (941) 685-4668
Challenger Baseball is for every child who is unable to participate on a typical Little League team. In the Challenger division, every player gets to bat and play the field in every inning. Siblings, friends, and different organizations serve as “base buddies” to help the kids round the bases, if necessary. The whole family and community gets involved and every team is a winner! And best of all, it is FREE to join! There is one game a week with a short warm up before the game. All ages are welcome.
Braden River TOPSoccer
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities offered only through local US Youth Soccer-affiliated soccer clubs. TOPSoccer provides people with special needs an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive.
Foundation for Dreams - Dream Oaks Camp
The Dream Oaks Camp program provides year round adaptive camp experiences for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17, enabling achievement of individual goals while strengthening the overall family unit through extended respite services. They are a year-round camp open weekends and summer.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Address: 4780 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone Number: (941) 921-5358
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers a collection of engaging, challenging and fun activities. Girls take the lead in their own adventures and team up with other girls in an all girl environment to choose exciting hands on activities.
Soul to Soul Yoga
Soul to Soul Yoga provides yoga classes to children and adults and 1 to 1 adapted yoga for people with special needs. They are specialized in treating children with autism, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, behavioral disorders, developmental delays, and more. Areas they target include attention, emotional regulation, motor control, strength, balance, visual scanning, and more. Most insurances accepted and Soul to Souls Yoga is partnered with Gardiner Scholarship.
T-REC Coalition of Sarasota County
Address: 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: (941) 486-2753
The T-REC Coalition of Sarasota County provides therapeutic recreational opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities living in Sarasota County. Monthly activities take place at different venues throughout the county and individuals can sign up for a newsletter to learn about coming events.
Children's Medical Services
Children’s Medical Services is responsible for administering the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program in Florida in accordance with Title V of the Social Security Act. The current Title V initiatives of the CMS Managed Care Plan include expanding and promoting the use of a patient centered medical home; providing families and youths with transition education and services necessary to successfully transition into an adult health care environment; and linking appropriate and timely behavioral health services to children. They can also provide education and resources on HealthCare Transition.
Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc.
Phone Number: (239) 415-7400
Community Resource Network (CRN) of Florida provides services for individuals of any age, from birth to late in life. CRN is a Medicare and Med-waiver program meaning that those with disabilities won’t pay out of pocket for services. CRN offers personal supports, personal care, homemaker services, respite care, speech and occupational therapies, transportation, and life skills programs.
Florida RX Card
The Florida Rx Card is free for everyone. All residents are eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program. The program may be used to provide savings on prescriptions not covered by health insurance or Medicare Part D. The program may also be used instead of insurance coverage when it offers greater savings than the copay.
Phone Number: (941) 412-9333
InStride Therapy believes horses bring healing! Partnering with their horses, they challenge individuals of ALL ABILITIES to reach their fullest potential. InStride provides equine-assisted activities and therapies that benefit the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of clients.
Invo Behavior and Therapy Service
Address: 10014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite C-100, Tampa, FL 33618
Phone Number: (941) 485-0121
Invo Behavior and Therapy Service provides clinic and home-based behavior and therapy services. Providing Applied Behavior Analytic Therapy, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy in Venice and Port Charlotte. Invo serves children age birth through 21, accepts all major insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and CMS.
Prospect Riding Center
Prospect Riding Center offers therapeutic and recreational horseback riding activities, for riders of all skill levels and ages to help individuals with special needs overcome physical, developmental, and psychological challenges through equine-assisted therapy. Prospect Riding Center is a nonprofit organization on 10 beautiful acres of ranch land in Myakka City, Florida. They offer both therapeutic and recreational horseback riding and activities. All of the proceeds from the recreational riding support the therapy riding program.
Children's Therapy Solution, Inc.
Phone Number: (941) 745-5111
Children's Therapy Solution, Inc. is a “One Stop” holistic facility providing occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy for children ages 0 – 21 and mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. Children’s Therapy Solution strives to treat the family as a unit.
Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County
Phone Number: (941) 861-2900
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota (DOH-Sarasota) collaborates with federal, state, county and city organizations, governments, hospitals, non-profit agencies, charitable foundations, resident-supported Community Health Action Teams (CHATs), and others to help ensure everyone in the community has the same chance to be healthy.
Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy
Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy offers comprehensive occupational therapy assessments, consultations and direct intervention for children and teens with developmental delays, autism and other regulatory disorders. They provide home and school programs, fine motor/handwriting support, DIR®/Floortime parent coaching, Interactive Metronome, The Alert and Zones Programs for Self-regulation, and more.
Honor Health Care Management, Inc.
Honor Health Care Management, Inc. is a family owned and operated partnership of like minded home health care providers. Honor strives to offer quality caregivers and professional services. Honor offers a person centered approach to meet the needs of each individual and their families. They have departments that focus on senior care, developmentally disabled, long term care, personal care, Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital of Sarasota
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Outpatient Care Center of Sarasota offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech/Language and Feeding Therapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, ABA Therapy, radiology and laboratory services daily. John Hopkins All Children’s works closely with specialists to offer families medical services at their Sarasota center.
All Faiths Food Bank
All Faiths Food Bank provides healthy solutions to end hunger in the community with the help of community partners. They provide millions of meals each year through robust programs and partnerships with hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the community.
Family Network on Disabilities Statewide
The Family Network on Disabilities Statewide is the state of Florida's Parent Training and Information Center. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have a full range of disabilities.
Ferrari, Butler & Moneymaker, PLLC
The Ferrari, Butler & Moneymaker, PLLC law firm specializes in the appointment of guardian advocates and related estate planning to include durable powers of attorney, living wills, designation of healthcare surrogates, and special needs trusts.
Sarasota Housing Authority – Youth Thrive
Sarasota Housing Authority Youth Thrive (SHA) provides onsite youth educational and enrichment programs to youth ages 5–17 who reside in public housing. All SHA Youth Thrive programming is on public housing property and free-of-charge to SHA families. The program’s purpose is to engage young people, enrich their lives, inspire them to dream, and empower them to identify and work towards goals that will enable them to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. SHA Resident Services works with the family by offering education, employment opportunities and assistance where needed. Sarasota Housing Authority provides two portable youth programming/learning centers that include classrooms, computer labs, libraries, kitchenettes, a playroom and a teen center.
Bailes Consulting Services
Bailes Consulting Services is an employment placement services which assists youth, adults, seniors, and veterans in conducting successful job opportunities. They want their customers to find their passion and purpose through employment. Employment Placement Specialists provide the guidance young adults and adults with disabilities, aging individuals and veterans may need to conduct efficient and successful job searches.
Phone Number: (850) 224-4670
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 Annual Family Café brings persons with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking each June. The Annual Family Café offers attendees exposure to resources on a grand scale, unprecedented access to policy-making officials, and a chance to network with other individuals with disabilities and their families. There is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members, and limited financial assistance to cover the cost of hotel accommodation is available.
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc. (FND Manasota)
Address: 1750 17th Street, Building D, Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone Number: (941) 702-5991
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc. (FND Manasota) provides education, advocacy, and caregiver support to families of children with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota County. FND Manasota believes that children with disabilities thrive with strong and empowered families and these family members need ongoing support to reach their maximum potential.
Sarasota YMCA Youth and Family Services
The Sarasota YMCA Youth and Family Services provides Individual and family counseling, services for homeless children and their families, the Achievers Program, the HIPPY program, and shelter services.
Social Security Administration
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to eligible disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities supports persons with developmental disabilities in living, learning, and working in their communities. Individuals must have a primary diagnosis of: autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Intellectual Disabilities, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Phelan McDermid Syndrome or Downs syndrome, and functional limitations in major life activities.
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida is celebrating 53 years of providing uninsured patients 18 years and older with low or no cost medical, prescription, and case management services for their epilepsy. These services include access to consultation with neurologists, diagnostic testing and assistance accessing medications. Additionally, they offer prevention and educational programs to schools, service organizations, law enforcement, and the community at large.
Family Safety Alliance
The Family Safety Alliance serves as a collaborative, prevention-focused, and transparent partner that provides community oversight, education, and advocacy in the achievement of systemic improvements in community-based child welfare services for families living in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties.
Lighthouse of Manasota - Vision Loss Education Center
The Lighthouse of Manasota is a non-profit for individuals with low vision or blindness. Their no cost services are for all ages in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Highlands and Charlotte Counties. They also offer vision rehabilitation training and support for visually-impaired persons throughout their life span.
CASL (Community Assisted and Supported Living)
CASL (Community Assisted and Supported Living) provides various levels of care to suit the diverse needs of residents. The levels of care include an assisted living facility, independent housing, family style homes, and live-in support.
DOE - Division of Blind Services
Address: 600 8th Avenue W., Suite 302, Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone Number: (941) 721-2914
DOE - Division of Blind Services assists blind individuals as well as those with useable but diminished vision. Their programs include: blind babies, children and family (school age), VR transition program for high school students, Vocational Rehabilitation program for those entering the workforce, and independent living program for seniors.
Hearing Loss Association of America- Sarasota/Manatee Chapter
Phone Number: (941) 320-8825
Southeastern Guide Dogs
The Southeastern Guide Dogs Programs for Children and Teens is way more than puppy love! All of the dogs and services provided by Southeastern Guide Dogs are free and priceless. They provide kids companion dogs for children of any age with vision loss, Guide Dog Camp for teens 14 – 17 with vision loss (and parents) considering a guide dog, Guide Dogs for mature teens 15 – 17 with vision loss, and Gold Star Family dogs for children who have lost a parent in active military. These dogs make an incredible impact on the lives of children, teens, and families.
FDLRS Suncoast - Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System
Phone Number: (941) 927-9000
FIN - Florida Inclusion Network, Suncoast
The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) collaborates with districts and schools to provide customized services and supports ensuring all students with disabilities have the same educational, social, and future opportunities as their peers.