Debbie Hinson Fisher
SEDNET: The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
Carl Coalson, Local Regional Contact
Florida Parental Information and Resource Center at the University of South Florida
The Florida Parental Information and Resource Center at the University of South Florida (Florida PIRC at USF) is a federally funded project of the US Department of Education which began in October, 2006. Their office is located on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. The Florida PIRC at USF provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts on ways to effectively involve parents in their children’s education in order for all students to achieve at the highest academic level. The Florida PIRC at USF also helps schools and districts meet the requirements for parent involvement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title I legislation. The Florida PIRC at USF especially seeks to support families of children who may be educationally disadvantaged because of economic factors, differences in language, or learning challenges. Significant emphasis also is given to supporting early childhood parent education, recognizing that a solid foundation for learning is best established in the early years.
What can the Florida PIRC at USF do for you and your child’s school?
- Provide training, information, and services that strengthen the relationship between parents, schools, and early childhood programs.
- Coordinate, collaborate, and network to increase parent involvement for academic achievement by increasing understanding and best use of state and federal systems and safeguards.
- Develop and support research‐based parent involvement practices that improve student achievement.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
As the first national autism organization, the Autism Society’s strong foundation is based around its local affiliates. Fueled by passion and the desire to support all touched by autism, the Autism Society’s Affiliate Network has grown throughout the years but still holds true to the belief that the best source of information and support comes at the grassroots level.
Through the exchange of resources, problem-solving ideas, understanding personal struggles, celebrating individual successes and sharing “lessons learned”, affiliates can make your journey with autism a little bit easier. Most affiliates are volunteer-led by groups of parents, professionals and community leaders. We have affiliates in nearly every state reaching out to individuals with autism, their families and their communities.
Specific Learning Disabilities
Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
Speech, Language, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Visually Impaired, Audiology
Mission Statement: To ensure blind and visually-impaired Floridians have the tools, support and opportunity to achieve success.
Vision Statement: In partnership with others, create a barrier free environment in the lives of Floridians with visual disabilities.
The Center for the Visually Impaired is a non-profit agency dedicated to serving blind and visually impaired individuals. Our goal is to enhance the lives and opportunities of our clients through job training, and employment, Independent Living, Technology training and children’s services as well as a multitude of community services. To ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals lead successful lives in their workplace, at home, and in their community, the Center for the Visually Impaired’s long term commitment to our mission has been in place since 1988.
DSCA is a unique not-for-profit agency in Florida; established to advocate and support consistent services for Florida’s deaf and hard of hearing citizens. Deaf and hard of hearing populations are assisted individually by local agencies, a list of these agencies are listed here on our website. Local agencies each offer a wide range of services which may include advocacy, free distribution of specialized telephone equipment (Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.), American Sign Language interpreting services, sign language classes, client assistance, educational workshops/outreach presentations, and so much more. Contact your local agency to find what services are available in your area.
The FAVI Deaf-Blind Collaborative serves the entire state of Florida providing training and consultation services to the families and educational teams of Florida’s children and young adults (ages 0-22) with concurrent hearing loss and vision loss.
Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities- Resources and Supports
Resources for all programs
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
School Psychological Services
School Social Services
Student Health Services
Behavior Resources for Parents
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)