Helpful Links 2018-03-22T14:23:00+00:00

Helpful Links

AFELA was founded in 1993 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to the elderly.
730 Courtland Street, Orlando

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 975-3800

Supports persons with developmental disabilities in living, learning and working in their communities.

Osceola County’s postsecondary facility that provides Adult Education to improve academic skills, provides GED testing, offers ESOL (English classes for speakers of other languages).

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central & North Florida Chapter serves 31 counties with education and support as well as raising funds for research. Offers support groups as well.
(407) 228-4650

24/7 Helpline-Answers questions and offers emotional support
(800) 272-3900

For over 30 years, the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center (ADRC) has served as a Central Florida based grassroots nonprofit and community resource center dedicated to providing support and hope for families and individuals caring for a loved one with some form of dementia. ADRC empowers caregivers with the knowledge, support and programs to help them prepare for and cope with the challenges that lie ahead. Our organization offers a variety of peer support groups, counseling sessions, educational programs and wellness events to help caregivers in the central Florida with the day-to-day tasks of caring for their loved ones, as well as maintaining their own health.
(407) 843-1910

As the nation's largest association of long-term and post-acute care providers, AHCA advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly, and disabled Americans.

Offers innovative solutions for individuals, groups and communities affected by mental illness, substance abuse disorders and developmental disabilities. Provides collaborative medical, behavioral, case management and educational services.
2000 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 671-5400
1301 Kansas Ave, Saint Cloud

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 892-5121

A full service bank that participates successfully in supported employment for individuals with disabilities.

An organization for high school students and young adults with disabilities that provides friendship, inclusion, leadership and jobs.

Supports persons with disabilities to reach their full potential through Christ-centered, personalized and holistic residential, vocational training and employment services, and community support.

Free publication and website featuring a directory of medical, educational and community providers.

Camp Challenge provides overnight or day camp for children and adults with disabilities or special needs

Canine Companions is 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.

CARD provides family support services, professional training, educator resources and public awareness as Florida’s “First Choice for Autism Support”.

Central Florida region’s workforce board, responsible for workforce planning, programs, and the labor market for five Florida counties in the United States. Provides career and employment services for youth and adults.

CIL provides training, support, employment connections, and postsecondary education through community based activities and classroom instruction aimed at improving pre-employment and independent living skills.

This public agency provides special services for children with special needs. Family-centered programs help eligible children who have a variety of conditions and needs. Requires referral from Medicaid.

A comprehensive listing of the Clerk of the Courts for the State of Florida.

15204 W Colonial Dr, Winter Garden

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 877-2394
210 Lake Avenue, Orlando

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 872-7088

Attorneys provide free legal advice and brief services to low income seniors and other eligible callers for certain civil legal matters.

Conductive Education is a unique, holistic educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence. CECO offers a special needs K-12 school, summer camp, and early intervention.
1099 West Town Parkway, Atlamonte Springs

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 865-8000
2511 John Young Parkway North, Kissimmee

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 931-3336
5201 Curry Ford Road, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 384-8838
1900 Mercy Drive, Orlando

For Profit - IndividualMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 299-5404
215 Annie Street, Orlando

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 841-4371

The Department provides most direct services through its Division of Statewide Community-Based Services, which works through the state’s eleven Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to deliver essential services to a vital segment of the population. The Department also directly administers a wide range of programs, ranging from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Office of Public and Professional Guardians, and Communities for a Lifetime to SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) and CARES (Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services).
(850) 414-2000

Comprehensive site regarding all Veterans' benefits
(844) 698-2311

Provides assistance to all former or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States, their spouse and/or their dependents in preparing claims for compensation, hospitalization, vocational training and other benefits to which they are entitled.

(407) 836-8990

Formerly known as the “Advocacy Center”, this agency ensures civil rights for those with physical, mental or developmental disabilities.

School-to-Work Transition Program services for the blind and visually impaired includes assessment, information and referral, assistive technology, counseling, job readiness, job coaching and home and personal management.
250 South Chickasaw Trail, Orlando

Non Profit - Church RelatedMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 380-3466

Easterseals Day Break at the Miller Center in Orlando and Altrusa House in Gainesville provide person-centered, adult day care services. Members enjoy activities designed with each individual in mind to benefit their core balance, cognitive and motor skills, problem solving, socialization and other important skills.

(407) 629-4565

The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) maintains this Resource Directory as an informational service to help elders, their families, caregivers, and others interested in elder issues learn about available resources and organizations in their respective areas. 


The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) maintains this Resource Directory as an informational service to help elders, their families, caregivers, and others interested in elder issues learn about available resources and organizations in their respective areas. 


The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.
(800) 677-1116

A no-cost nonprofit employment service for clients of VR. EmployU offers work readiness classes and paid OJT work experiences for youth ages 14 through adult.

Exceptional Student Education provides education, support and transition planning to students with disabilities in Osceola County.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology Services and Technology assists people with disabilities to try out assistive devices for up to 30 days to determine those most helpful for them. Referral services are also provided.

Advocates, educates, and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality service to individuals for dignity and choice.

This grassroots organization was founded by parents, and offers family-to-family support. FND offers a Transition Tool Kit for youth and families to help them plan for the future. Visit the PSN Parent Support Network section for a variety of webinars on relevant topics.

The First Hope, a program for special needs children, is a unique approach to teach children with disabilities. Classes are at a 2:1 student:teacher ratio for all our Inclusion and Transitions+ Programs, except Transitions+ Intermediate and Secondary which is 4:1 student:teacher ratio — with a goal of independence. Our vision is to create an environment of learning and development for special needs children in a Christ-centered program.

A new and improved online abuse reporting tool for the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Florida Abuse Hotline is now available. This new reporting tool is available to professionally-mandated reporters, as well as the general public, as an additional avenue to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults.

(800) 962-2873

The Florida Bar is the organization of all lawyers who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida to practice law in the state.

“Think College” is the USDOE National Coordination Center supporting the growth and enhancement of postsecondary options for students with intellectual disabilities across the United States.

Comprehensive listing of links for the State of Florida departments and agencies.

3355 E Semoran Blvd, Apopka

Non Profit - Church RelatedMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 862-6263

The Florida State Guardianship Association is the premier statewide organization promoting and supporting excellence in the practice of guardianship and is the voice advocating for the incapacitated and their guardians.
(800) 718-0207

A comprehensive resource of Florida Statutes from 2011 till present.

A comprehensive resource of Florida Statutes from 2011 till present.

1500 Southgate Drive, Kissimmee

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 846-7201

Goodwill services include job training, assistance with applying and interviewing for jobs, vocational evaluation and job placement.
2500 W Church Street, Orlando

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 295-5371
411 North Dillard Street, Winter Garden

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 296-1600
950 Mellonville Ave, Sanford

For Profit - IndividualMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 322-8566
14155 Town Loop Blvd, Orlando

For Profit - PartnershipMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 541-2600

The Is Able Children’s Foundation focuses on bringing families together to meet some of the needs of their special children. Families are the fabric that holds their children’s world together. Providing resources for medical needs, recreational services and fun time together is the priority of this organization. It is our wish that families benefit from our resources and that they feel supported so they can continue to stay together.
155 Landover Place, Longwood

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 830-7744

hrough the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) Program, JFS provides round-trip rides to medical appointments for elderly or disabled adults at no cost to clients. This, in turn, increases independence, promoting well-being and improving access to healthcare for program participants.

(407) 644-7593
1120 West Donegan Avenue, Kissimmee

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 847-2854
1091 Kelton Ave, Ocoee

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 523-0300
710 North Sun Drive, Lake Mary

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 805-3131
989 Orienta Ave, Altamonte Springs

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 831-3446
3211 Rouse Road, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 281-1070

A nonprofit ministry committed to inspiring individuals and families living with disabilities to discover a new vision for their future.

Provides education, independent life skills and job training and placement to people with sight impairment and their families. The Transition Program includes summer work programs and other activities for teens.

Lodestone Academy is an organization located in Orlando, Florida that serves children and young adults across a variety of population (folks with developmental disabilities, autism, or just having some problems with school). We are a behavior analytic provider of school services, social skills training, and much more. 1:1 ABA therapy services are also provided through a sister company, JKP Analysts. Lodestone Academy was initiated by Dr. Josh Pritchard to fill the needs of families in Central Florida.
1520 S Grant St, Longwood

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 339-9200

Motivated by the grace of God, our mission is to support the emotional and spiritual health needs of our Central Florida community while reducing barriers to mental health resources. We believe the more accessible we can make mental health support, the healthier our entire community will be.
(407) 644-4692
1525 Haven Drive, Oviedo

Non Profit - Church RelatedMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 365-3456

Lynx provides public bus transportation as well as specialized transportation for individuals who have a disability or other limitations.
2075 Loch Lomond Drive, Winter Park

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 628-5418
550 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 644-6634
1620 Mayflower Court, Winter Park

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare
(407) 672-1620

Meals on Wheels, Etc. began providing Home-Delivered Meals and Transportation Services in 1973 to seniors of Seminole County. Since that time, we have added additional services which help meet the growing needs of vulnerable seniors in our area. We offer a number of vital programs such as Neighborhood Dining, Homemaking, Home Chores and Home Weatherization that help the elderly remain in their own homes so they can continue to live their lives with as much independence as possible.
(407) 333-8877

We are one of fifteen State of Florida designated Memory Disorder Clinics supported by the Department of Elder Affairs through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative. The Orlando Health Center for Aging and Memory Disorder Clinic is designed to diagnose the underlying causes of memory loss and dedicated to meeting the changing needs of patients, caregivers, and family members.

(407) 244-3281
5900 Westgate Drive, Orlando

For Profit - PartnershipMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 296-8164

There are currently 100+ residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, friends and caregivers. They all enjoy an active lifestyle and, most importantly, continue to develop the skills needed to ensure independent living.
320 N Mitchell St, Kissimmee

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 847-7200
1556 Maguire Rd, Ocoee

For Profit - PartnershipMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 877-2272

Information and resources available for residents of Orange County

(407) 254-9277
830 West 29th Street, Orlando

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 843-3230

Created in 1971, the Osceola Council on Aging, Inc. is the largest social services organization in Osceola County, providing a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of our community. Though the name implies services for just the elderly, our scope of services extend to families as well, helping during crisis to enable generations of residents to cope with challenges.
4201 W New Nolte Road, St. Cloud

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 957-3341

The only public, adult technical center in Osceola County, TECO offers training and certificates to expand skill levels, and to prepare individuals for entry-level employment in today’s competitive workplace. Specialized training and employment programs are available to individuals with disabilities.
654 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 273-6158

The Paragon School is a model of excellence in exceptional student education, combining research-based methods with innovative strategies to help high functioning students with autism or Asperger's Syndrome maximize their potential.

Park Place offers mental health and substance abuse treatments for children and adults. Services include residential, inpatient and outpatient programs.
9311 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando

For Profit - PartnershipMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 858-0455

Merck patient assistance programs
(800) 727-5400

Patient assistance programs (PAPs) are programs created by drug companies, such as LILLY, to offer free or low cost drugs to individuals who are unable to pay for their medication.  

(877) 759-4559
4641 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 892-7344

Project 10 assists Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

In 1989, PSA made the decision to become the first and only national provider to specialize in Pediatric Home Care services. Today, PSA Healthcare cares for medically fragile patients in 16 states through our rapidly growing network of 78 branch offices. Recently, as a result of overwhelming demand for the quality of care we consistently give, PSA has also been providing more and more adult home care services.
12751 W Colonial Drive, Winter Garden

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 877-6636

Quest serves children and adults with disabilities to help them achieve goals and develop skills. Programs include behavior and communication therapy, residential living services, job training and employment services.
558 N Semoran Blvd, Winter Park

Non Profit - OtherMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 679-1515
1700 Monroe Ave, Maitland

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 647-2092
7950 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 658-2046

Works collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, and staff to determine reasonable accommodations for students and identify how to remove barriers to access at Rollins College.
3920 Rosewood Way, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 298-9335

Santiago & Friends | Family Center for Autism addresses the welfare of Central Florida children and education advancement priorities for Latino Leadership. Through Santiago & Friends Latino Leadership works to address a gap in service for families touched by autism in a linguistically- and culturally-sensitive manner. Focusing primarily on ABA Therapies, Santiago & Friends Center for Autism empowers parents to be the voice for their child and be a major component of their therapy program.
1301 W Maitland Blvd, Maitland

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 645-3990

The Senior Programs objectives are to reduce senior victimization, enhance a sense of security and improve seniors overall quality of life.  The senior program goals are to identify senior issues, investigate those issues thoroughly and sensitively, select a course of action, and create a network with social services.  In order to accomplish these goals and objectives the Orange County Sheriff's Office must educate, train and involve senior citizens, law enforcement and the community.

(407) 254-7375

Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is your local resource for accessing the many services and programs of the state and federal government, available to senior citizens, their caregivers and family members. SRA also is an objective clearinghouse for information and services offered by local, state and national organizations.
(407) 228-1800

Our supportive services help seniors meet their daily living needs at home, which greatly impacts their health and ability to remain living independently. With community-based assistance, seniors can thrive at home where they are happiest. We are the safety net. Seniors First offers a vital support system for vulnerable elderly with limited options who would otherwise not have access to or be able to afford services. Any Orange or Seminole County resident age 60 years and older may be eligible for our services. Eligibility requirements vary by program, and some programs require a professional in-home assessment.
(407) 292-0177

Share the Care is a not-for-profit organization providing services, education, training, and support to family caregivers, enabling them to maintain their family member at home, delaying or eliminating the need for institutional care.
(407) 423-5311

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential.
(800) 963-5337

The Osceola County SSA office offers information, help and services for individuals applying for retirement benefits, disability benefits, Medicare, or a Social Security card.
4875 Cason Cove Drive, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 420-2090

Provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Medicaid is the medical assistance program that provides access to health care for low-income families and individuals.  Medicaid also assists the elderly and people with disabilities with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical and long-term care expenses.

the Senior Legal Helpline, provides free legal advice to eligible Florida residents age 60 and older, for civil (not criminal) legal problems.
(888) 895-7873
305 East Oak Street, Apopka

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 880-2266
1730 Lucerne Terrace, Orlando

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 423-1612

In an effort to meet the varied legal needs of the public, The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service has established a Elderly Referral Panel. The Client qualifying for referral through this panel is entitled to a free initial 30-minute consultation. Lawyer will verify income eligibility. Not all areas of law may be handled under this panel.

(800) 342-8011

The Osceola ARC/Opportunity Center provides adult day training, transportation, supported employment and supported living services for eligible individuals with disabilities.

The Village Academy is a DIR Floortime School,bilingual, therapeutic education program in Oviedo, Florida, near the University of Central Florida in Orlando. We use the DIR Floortime Approach and Sensory Integrative Approaches to educate our students both academically and theraputically.

2017 Outstanding Employer award from APD and VR. With seven locations these providers bring the best of care to all patients with services in Obstetrics, Gynecology, In Office Procedures, and Minimally Invasive Surgeries.
1024 Willa Springs Dr, Winter Springs

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid

(407) 699-5506

Provides individualized testing to identify educational strengths, career choices and employment goals, then matches candidates with jobs that fit their abilities and goals. Post employment services are also available.

SAS words collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students enrolled in the University of Central Florida.

Orlando VA Medical Center offers a variety of health services to meet the needs of our nation's Veterans

Provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations and modifications for qualified students with disabilities, promotes self-advocacy and ensures compliance with the ADAAA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
500 Village Place, Longwood

Non Profit - CorporationMedicare

(407) 682-0230

Provides individualized employment services for adults with disabilities, as well as a school-to-work program for high school students with disabilities.

Supervisor of Elections maintains voter registration and manages the electoral process in Osceola County. 

Walt Disney World offers equal employment opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities.

Welcoming Hearts is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with specials needs by providing information and support to individuals, families, professionals and the community through education and social activities.
70 West Lucerne Circle, Orlando

Non Profit - Church RelatedMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 841-1310
1111 S Lakemont Ave, Winter Park

Non Profit - Church RelatedMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 647-4083
2970 Scarlett Rd, Winter Park

For Profit - CorporationMedicare And Medicaid
(407) 671-8030

A publication of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is the leading voice for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, acceptance and empowerment through advocacy, education and awareness as we guide individuals with Down syndrome through life. Together, we create a Central Florida community composed of and dedicated to individuals with Down syndrome – and those who love them – so that each may realize their potential.
(407) 478-5621

The mission of Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) is to connect, support and provide accurate information to families with a Down syndrome diagnosis. Our vision is that all parents that receive a new diagnosis are provided with accurate, current information through their medical providers every time.

The FOUNDATION provides people with Down syndrome and families opportunities to enhance their lives through strategic partnerships, unique programs that create 'inclusion' settings naturally, family support and meaningful community involvement.

Florida’s Early Steps Directory provides statewide information and resources for parents or caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected developmental delays or unique abilities from birth to three years of age, providers, and other interested groups or individuals.

Part of the Florida Department of Education, the Office of Early Learning dedicates its people, time and energy to ensuring access, affordability, and quality of early learning services for the state’s children and families.  There is a wide variety of early childhood education programs and services for children from birth to 5 in Florida.  They range from programs that help families afford childcare, to free opportunities for Florida 4-year-olds to attend prekindergarten to information and referral services.


The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes 6 Multi-disciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical care, Education and Advocacy. Formally established in 2009, the Foundation’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome.
, ,

Healthy Start services are available to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age three. Services target identified risks and include information, referral and ongoing care coordination and support to assure access to needed services; psychosocial, nutritional and smoking cessation counseling; childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education; and home visiting.
, ,

The goal of Help Me Grow Florida is to promote healthy development for every child in our state.  Help Me Grow is designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and then to link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports.


The National Down Syndrome Congress (“NDSC”) provides information, advocacy, and support for all aspects of the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. The organization was formed in 1973 and works to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome, promotes education, provides public policy leadership, and encourages research.

Since 1979, the National Down Syndrome Society (“NDSS”) has worked to promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS has about 350 affiliates nationwide. The NDSS National Policy Center works with Congress and federal agencies to protect the rights of people with Down syndrome, and educates individuals to advocate on local, state and national levels.

The Arc of Florida is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with unique abilities.  The Arc of Florida works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, prader-willi syndrome and other unique abilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community.