Community Resources

Broward

  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities – Provides supports for persons with developmental disabilities in Living, Learning, and Working in their Communities. The 6 qualifying disability categories are: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabiliy, Prader Willi, Spina Bifida, and an At Risk category.
  • ARC Broward – Provides services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities, as well as those with various life challenges. Services provided are: Preschool, OT, PT, Speech Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA thereapy), Respite Care.
  • Broward 211 – Since 1995, 2-1-1 Broward has been the community’s central point of entry into the health and human services system. Dialing 2-1-1 is an easy way for people who need help to get connected with the community service providers that can help them. The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is available to every individual and family in Broward County.
  • Broward County Parks Special Populations – The Special Populations Section plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of year-round recreation and leisure programs, special events, and services to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Programs are designed to develop, enhance, and/or maintain leisure skills, motor skills, socialization, and overall well-being as well as to promote fun and enjoyment.
  • Broward County Transit – Broward County Transit ( BCT) is committed to providing our residents and visitors with valued transportation services. Our services extend to customers with special needs due to age or disabilities. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all BCT buses are wheelchair accessible and our bus operators provide assistance upon request. BCT is in the process of making all of our prioritized bus stops accessible over the next five years.
  • Child Find – Child Find provides free screenings (Psycho-educational evaluation) for children ages 3-5 who may have special needs. The screenings are coordinated with the area preschool assessment teams. To request an evaluation you may call at 754-321-2204 or visit their website.
  • Children’s Services Council of Broward – The Children’s Services Council of Broward County focus is Broward’s children. Created by the voters in September, 2000 the council provides leadership, advocacy, and funding for services for and on behalf of children. Over 100 CSC programs are delivered by “provider” agencies that have clearly defined goals and outcomes and are regularly monitored for quality and performance. The CSC funds programs that have been proven to work. On average, the CSC gets less than 2 cents of every dollar paid in property taxes, which fund a wide variety of programs designed to help children lead a healthy, safe and productive life. And that, of course, makes a difference for all residents of Broward County.
  • Disability Rights Florida – Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit organization whose services are free and confidential. For more detail information on services provided visit their website at the above link.
  • Easter Seals Broward County – Easter Seals Broward County medical rehabilitation services provide the first steps toward helping people with disabilities gain greater independence. The Easter Seals direct services include Audiology Services, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology Services, Speech-Language Therapy and Vocational Evaluations.
  • Family Network on Disabilities of Broward County – Serves families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26 to ensure through collaboration that individuals have full access to family-driven support, education, information, resources, and advocacy.
  • Florida Alliance for Assistive Service and Technology – Dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology. The South Florida Demonstration Center serves the following counties: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Hendry, Lee, and Charlotte. Learn More
  • Legal Aid Service of Broward County – Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low income community and encourage self-sufficiency.
  • Nova Southeastern University Center for Assessment and Intervention – A good source for military families in need of a Psycho-Educational evaluation for their child. Military families pay a discounted rate, and for those who have been to Afghanistan or Iraq the fee is waived. For an appointment call (954) 262-8620. Click on the link above, then select ‘Center for Psychological Studies’ down the page, to learn about other services they offer.