Resource Links

Florida Links

A Waiting List Resource Guide
The Waiting List Resource Guide is a list of resources and activities to help you prepare for employment while waiting for your case to be activated from the waiting list.

Able Trust
The Able Trust believes that when people with disabilities want to work, they should. The Trust supports individual non-profit vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Florida with fund-raising, grant making and public awareness of disability issues.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Resource Directory
The APD resource directory can help you find multiple resources in a variety of areas including personal care services, transportation, volunteer opportunities, transition programs, and more.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program
The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP) is administered by the Florida Department of Health. The program is funded through a percentage of traffic related fines, surcharges for driving or boating under the influence, fees on temporary license tags, and a percentage of fees from the motorcycle specialty tag.

Brain Injury Association of Florida
The Brain Injury Association of Florida informs, educates, supports and advocates for Florida's 210,000 families living with traumatic brain injury.

CareerSource Florida
CareerSource Florida has a statewide network of career development professionals who work directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities.

CareerSource Centers
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity offer CareerSource Centers to help you with your job search. The One-Stop Career Center can help you find a job.

Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida is the official, Governor-designated protection and advocacy system for the State of Florida. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.

Employ Florida
Employ Florida links all of Florida's workforce services--state and local--to each other.

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida is a statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Our mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information and advocacy.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
FAAST envisions a seamless supportive partnership between Florida businesses and government to provide assistive technology products and services which will enable persons with disabilities to participate in independent living, education, work and recreation from birth to death.

Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (ARF)
Florida ARF is a statewide, professional industry association that provides advocacy, information, and networking for individuals with disabilities and the community agencies that serve them.

Florida Association of the Deaf
The Florida Association of the Deaf is an organization that promotes Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened Floridians to interact with each other as well as with the hearing community, legislature and agencies/organizations serving Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened citizens.

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
We are an independent commission housed within the Florida Department of Transportation. Our Mission - To insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons.

Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program
The SAMH Program is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity promotes economic opportunities for all Floridians, formulating and implementing successful workforce, community, and economic development policies and strategies. Choose a new career, or analyze your skills to find an occupation that best suits you.

Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities and for gifted students. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs
On their home page you will find links to the location of your nearest VA Medical Facility, a list of Florida Veteran Service Offices, a National Resource Directory, and other information.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., advocates and promotes meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

Florida Division of Blind Services
The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible.

Florida's Early Steps Directory
For additional information concerning children with disabilities and special health care needs call: (800) 218-0001.

Florida Independent Living Council
The Florida Independent Living Council is a statewide council established by federal mandate and Florida Statute.

Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID)
The principal purposes of FRID are to initiate, sponsor, promote, and execute policies and activities that shall further the profession of interpreting and transliterating, to include, but not be limited to American Sign Language, English, and Spanish.

Florida Talking Books Library
A walk though of the Talking Books Library located in Daytona Beach, FL. Anyone who has difficulty reading print because of an eye problem or a reading disability, or holding a book because of a physical problem is eligible to join. Apply for services at http://dbs.myflorida.com/Talking Books Library/index.html

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) is a statewide non-profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Impaired.

Florida Veterans Foundation Mental Health Video
This video shows many of our national and international leaders who have had or continue to have mental health issues and explains why we should be wearing a green wristband in the fight to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health.

Guide to Accredited Schools and Colleges in Florida
Higher education students can choose from 394 accredited schools in Florida, ranging from world-class public universities such as the University of Florida, to private four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and occupational schools. This guide will help you sift through the different choices.

Online Sunshine (Florida's Legislature)
Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature.

Personal Assistant Services program
The James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Assistant Services program provides financial assistance to persons who are gainfully employed and have severe or chronic disabilities that require assistance from a personal care attendant (PCA).

Statewide Florida Quality Assurance Program
The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care is proud to be assisting the State of Florida in improving the quality of care for Florida citizens with developmental disabilities. We offer this website as one part of our Florida Quality Program. In it you will find an explanation of our program, services and resources for consumers, contact information for sending us your questions or concerns, and more.

University of South Florida - Rehabilitation Engineering & Technology Program
This service is offered to VR consumers after approval by a VR counselor. The services offered are: Adaptive Computer Modifications, Driver Evaluations, Driver Training Specialist, Home Modifications, Vehicle Modifications, Wheelchairs, or Worksite Assistive Technology and/or Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (including web-based vendors.)

National Links

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Sign up for health insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can apply for Marketplace health coverage online, by phone, with a paper application, or with in-person help in your community.
How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities (Video)

Able Advisor - Disability Inclusion Guide
Able Advisor is an informational website for employers. The purpose of Able Advisor is to educate and help professionals make connections that foster the hiring, support, and mentoring of people with disabilities.

Access Board
The United States Access Board is a federal agency committed to accessible design.

ADA Technical Assistance Program
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

ARC HomePage
ARC is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

ARCLink
Now individuals and families seeking resources and advice on home and community-based services can find detailed information on service providers within this Web site. Our goal is to provide an open forum that empowers individuals to make sound choices based on accurate, up-to-date information.

Association for Late-Deafened Adults
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual. ALDA reaches out to deafened individuals regardless of age of onset who are seeking their place as a deafened person.

Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
This website is a comprehensive guide for college students struggling with mental health issues. It outlines common struggles faced by young adults, including symptoms, treatment options, and where to find support groups.

disAbility.gov
Disability.gov is an award-winning federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits.

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

Job Accommodations Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

LD Online
An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.

Mental Health and Wellbeing for College Students
This is a comprehensive guide to help college students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs, how to manage them and when to seek treatment.

Top 5 Mental Health Problems Facing College Students
This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students and where and when to seek help. VR is linking to this web page as a disability resource and does not endorse any particular college search engine.

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) summarizes research, identifies health information needs, and develops information resources to support the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and burn injury.

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Center for Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
NCDDR focuses on making disability-related research findings useful in applied settings.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE)
The National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE) is committed to enhancing the nation's capacity to recruit, prepare, and retain well qualified diverse educators and related service personnel for children with disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities.

National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The mission of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is to provide leadership in the field of children's mental health and develop necessary human and financial resources to meet its goals.

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)
CMHS is charged with leading the national system that delivers mental health services. The goal of this system is to provide the treatment and support services needed by adults with mental disorders and children with serious emotional problems.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the world's first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Online Disability Museum
This is a searchable, theme-based digital collection offering documents and images related to disability history in the United States drawn from public and private collections around the country.

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
This national project provides high quality assistance and support to parents, youth, and professionals on transition topics.

Postsecondary Education Programs Network
PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Social Security Disability Resource Center
This website explains how the disability process works within the Social Security Administration program.

Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is committed to making the business case for employing people with disabilities. They are a partnership of health and human service and employment agencies with federal grants, coming together to build a uniform national infrastructure and approach that connects businesses to qualified candidates with disabilities. Their goal is to raise awareness that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.

U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA website has a list of quick links on their home page that will help you find the proper information. You can also visit the Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs website at www.floridavets.org.