Change of Station

Change of Station

The military is a family and culture unto itself. Military families go through frequent geographic moves which create huge challenges to finding and accessing services for their children.
For families facing yet another move, we have indicated below state organizations that provides services for children with disabilities to guide you, and hopefully facilitate your accessing resources in your new location. In addition, having a clear perception of the services you need for your child and/or family will facilitate accessing these resources. To assist you in this process, we have designed a survey which you can download and complete for the agency who will assist you in obtaining services. Family Needs Checklist , Encuesta de las Necesidades de la Familia

Listed below are main categories of services families seek along with the state organizations that provide these services/resources. Although these organizations are at the state level, they will be able to put you in contact with their local representatives. By clicking on the link below, you can select the state of your new duty station and search any of these categories to find the organization that provides the services and/or resources you seek.
Search by Category and State.

Type of Organizations:

1) State Agencies

Assistive Technology – Florida Alliance for Assistive Service and Technology . Dedicated to improve 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. Composed of regional demonstration centers throughout the state. South Florida Demonstration Center

Developmental Disabilities – Provides assistance to people with developmental disabilities to provide support and services in Living, Learning and Working in their communities. Qualifying disabilities are: Autism, Intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome and pradder-willi. The state organization on Developmental Disabilities for South Florida is the Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Early Intervention – Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay.

UCEDDs – University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education. Centers work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing. Service provided are healthcare, specialty medicine and therapies. The UCEDD for South East Florida is the Mailman Center for Child Development

2) Organizations for Parents

Parent Community Resource Centers, Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) – Find organizations to obtain support, resources, trainings and advocacy services for your child with special needs. For example in Miami, to name a few: CCDH and FNDfl.

3) Disabilities-Specific Organizations – Find organizations that provide information and resources on specific disabilities