About FVDD

Florida's Voice

Florida’s Voice on Developmental Disabilities (FVDD) is a statewide independent advocacy and networking non-profit organization comprised of families and friends of persons with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, FVDD was created to be a statewide voice for families and friends of persons with developmental disabilities throughout Florida.

Our mission is to share information and resources and to ensure that a full continuum of residential and service options is offered to individuals with any of the five developmental disabilities recognized within the state of Florida.

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida

If you desire to join a group of dedicated individuals, families, agencies, and professionals who strive to be a voice and an advocate to make a difference in the lives of a person with developmental disabilities, please consider becoming a member and/or making a donation.

Become a voice of many and make a difference in someone’s life

A copy of the official registration (SC-05487) and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352 Toll-Free within Florida.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.  100% of all contributions received are retained by FVDD.   FVDD is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ~ Author Unknown

Sam's Story

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    samuel's story

    Samuel couldn’t wait for this day. He was so proud, as were his parents, grandparents, sister, and best friend. Today he was graduating from high school.

    As he stood with his classmates during the ceremony, he thought about the past few years. He had had so much fun, he had loved learning – earth science had been his favorite course – he had been the ball boy for the varsity football team and had gotten to travel to all the games, and he had made  so many friends.

    As he looked over to the crowd, he saw his mom, beaming.

    Tina was engrossed in her thoughts as well. She thought about how happy she was at this moment, and so proud of her son. It had been a long road, and very tiring and challenging at some points. Since Samuel was mentally retarded, she had wondered if he would ever be like the other “normal” kids around him. How happy she was that he wasn’t “normal;” her Sam was exceptional.

    Although Sam has intellectual disabilities, he had remained in many classes with his friends and had been able to get the extra help he needed with tutors. Tina knew that there were still challenges ahead, but with the support of friends, family, and tutors, Sam’s future looked bright.