Developmental Disabilities Organizations Florida

There are many resources in the State of Florida that are here to help those persons with developmental disabilities as well as their families and care providers.  FVDD is here to help you understand what these organizations do and how to reach them.


ARC Broward (

ARC Broward is a private, not-for-profit organization providing support and assistance primarily to children and adults with mental retardation, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. 

Disabilities Rights Florida (http://www.disabilityrightsfloridaorg/)

Disability Rights Florida is a statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities. The organization operating under eight federal grants offers free and confidential services. They can help on a number of disability related rights.

Easter Seals (

Easter Seals has many Florida locations that provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. To find a local office, click on the link above. 

Florida Association of Special Education Attorneys (

Provides education for parents of students with disabilities and a list of attorneys who practice special education law.

Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (

FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families, employers, the professionals and community and governmental agencies serving them.

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (

The mission of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is to provide training, technical assistance, research, systems change, and dissemination activities focused on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council helps plan individual and family-centered supports for persons with disabilities in Florida. They also guide the development and administration of services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research, innovations, and programs designed to improve the quality of their lives.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Resources (

If you are living in or moving to the State of Florida, then this site will help persons with developmental disabilities find a provider who best meets their Agency for Persons with Disabilities (

This agency supports persons with developmental disabilities in living, learning, and working in their community.

Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (

The Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Central Directory) has provided services to thousands of families and providers seeking advocacy, education, training, resource and referral, and information on disability services available in their communities.

Living Inclusively for Everyone Inc. (LIFE) (

LIFE was started by a group of parents over 30 years ago. LIFE’s mission is to promote the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities into all aspects of their natural community.

National Organization on Disability / Disability & Emergency Preparedness Resources: Florida (

A Web page consisting of links to help disabled individuals to prepare for emergency preparedness in Florida. Florida is specifically designed to help individuals plan for a disaster.


PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. 

Parents Planning Programs for the Developmentally Disabled of Florida (

This non-profit organization of parents and families is dedicated to preparing for the future of their loved ones with developmental disabilities. PPP believes in providing the right kind of residential supports, opportunities, and environment that bring dignity, purpose, and beauty to their lives.

Waiver Provider (

Provides resources and referrals for recipients of Medwaiver and other service programs.