Special Assistance Guide sponsored by the Rotary Club of Miami!

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We are known for our enthusiasm, infectious spirit, camaraderie, and commitment to serve others! A special part of our mission is to help children and individuals with special needs as we work to further advancement for all within our beautiful city. We work together on a number of different projects each year to benefit our youth and our community, touching thousands of people. 

 

Website: https://miamirotary.org

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Special Education

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MGM Academy

The Student’s Tuition Includes:

  • Enrollment in online private school

  • A Personalized Learning Path and access to our learning education management system

  • Instruction from highly qualified teachers who are subject matter experts and experience in virtual learning

  • A rigorous, challenging curriculum and the use of all required course materials

  • Socialization through clubs and activities and message board

  • Ongoing support through a dedicated relationship manager, academic counseling, and technical support.

Website: https://mgmacademy.net/enrollment/

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Broward Children’s Center

This nonprofit center offers a wide range of programs, including licensed home health care, medical daycare, developmental preschools for special needs and typical children, in-home and facility-based respite care, and more. It also offers social services referrals and counseling, education for medically complex children, medical transportation, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. 200 SE 19 Ave Pompano Beach.

Phone: 954-943-7638

Website:www.bcckids.org

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Atlantis Academy

Provides students with various learning needs the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support they need to reach their full potential! We use evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, and positive behavior supports to help students succeed. We conduct routine, ongoing assessments to monitor students’ progress and establish the best learning environment for them. Our teachers adjust instruction based on assessment and ongoing progress monitoring to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student.  Address: 9600 SW 107th Ave. Miami, FL 33176

Phone: (305)  781 - 4676

Website: https://www.atlantisacademy.com/

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Broward County Public Schools www.browardschools.com

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Miami Dade Public Schools www.dadeschools.net

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South Florida Autism Charter School http://www.sfacs.org

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Support Organizations

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Easter Seals

Easterseals South Florida has been serving families for 78 years. Our mission is to provide exceptional services, education, and outreach so that children with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. We want every child in our Head Start, early education, and special education programs to reach their full potential.

Phone: (305) 325-0470

Email: EastersealsSouthFlorida@sfl.easterseals.com

Address: 1475 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125

Website:https://www.easterseals.com/southflorida

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Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent of Miami’s Community Parent Resource Center provides peer support and advocacy to families of people with disabilities. The assistance and  coaching provided empowers families/caregivers to access services that lead to increased advocacy at home, school and community.  Each family is assigned an Education and Support Specialist to coach as they face the challenges of parenting children with special needs.

Phone: (305) 271-9797

Email: info@ptopmiami.org

Website: http://www.ptopmiami.org/

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Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) works in partnership with organizations to provide services and support for customers with developmental disabilities. A person must live in Florida and have a developmental disability that occurred before the age of 18 to be eligible.

APD serves people with: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome,Intellectual disabilities, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Severe forms of autism, Spina bifida

Website: https://apd.myflorida.com/

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter.

Website: https://www.heart.org

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Early Steps

Early Steps provides early intervention services to children ages 0-3 born with a disability or developmental delay. These include  Family Support/Training, Health/Nutritional/Vision/Translator Services, Occupational/Physical/Speech/Vision Therapy, Service Coordination, and Third Party Referrals. Evaluation is free, and services are covered by insurance or Part C funds. Once your child is deemed eligible you will receive the Individualized Family Support Plan with authorized services/guidance on what to do next.

Phone: (305) 929-8705

Website: www.benchmarkhs.com

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Cortney Vega Sports Athletic Foundation

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited, chronic blood disorder that affects approximately 100,000 Americans.

Sickle Cell Disease exists in many nationalities, including African Americans, and

people with ancestors from South America, Saudi, Arabia, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, the Caribbean, and Central America. In 1983, the federal government designated September as National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

Cortney Vega Sports Athletic Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of this life-long illness.

Website: http://www.cortneyvegafoundation.com/home.html

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Best Buddies

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Interested in being involved in South Florida? 

Phone: (305) 374-2233

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Agency for Health Care Administration www.ahca.myflorida.com

 

 

Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization www.bgcdownsyndrome.org

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Guide www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

 

Children’s Medical Services www.cms-kids.com

 

 

Children’s Services Council  www.cscbroward.org

 

 

Disability Rights Florida www.disabilityrightsflorida.org

 

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mda.org

 

 

The Advocacy Network on Disabilities www.advocacynetwork.org

 

 

The Children’s Trust www.thechildrenstrust.org

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Therapy Centers

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. It offers an array of pediatric specialty consultations, rehabilitation services, diagnostics, and walk-in urgent care services at locations throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties. To browse a complete list of services by location, visit Nicklauschildrens.org/Locations   3100 SW 62 Ave   Miami, FL 33155

 Phone: 305-666-6511

Website: www.nicklauschildrens.org

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Child Development Center

South Miami Hospital’s Child Development Center provides evaluations and therapy services to help children achieve their full capabilities in areas of development.

The Center evaluates each infant and child to determine individualized treatment plans. Available evaluations and therapies include occupational and physical therapy, speech/language therapy and oral-motor/feeding therapy.

phone:786-662-5080

Website:BaptistHealth.net/CDC

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Little Star Therapy Services

Little Star Therapy is a team of highly qualified professionals who work across disciplines and in a collaborative way to gain a more complete understanding of your child to provide the most effective intervention possible. Therapy services provided include Speech, Feeding, Audiology, Occupational and Physical Therapy.

Website: www.littlestartherapy.com

 Locations:

Miami Lakes: 15485 Eagle Nest Lane, Suite 220, Miami Lakes, FL. 33014 Phone: (786) 477-5783

North Miami: 1125 NE 125th St. Suite 100, North Miami, FL 33161 Phone: (786) 297-1880

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Denali Behavior  CRT

Denali CRT is composed of a unique family of ABA therapy and Mental Health professionals with more than 20 years of experience. We provide the most effective and least restrictive treatment, training, and education to empower our community. Denali CRT recognizes that the increasing diversity among residents in the South Florida region has added cultural, social, and economic benefits to our community

we are committed to building a city that is equitable and inclusive.

We rely on a foundation of evidence-based practices and are dedicated to providing personalized care and improved quality of life for individuals of all ages.

  Phone: 305-602-0268

 Website: www.DenaliBehaviorcrt.com

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T4K / Psych 4 U

T4K / Psych 4 U is the leader in ABA Therapy, Mental Health Care, Medicine Management and Diagnosing of Mental Health disorders including Autism. We specialize in children and adults with Depression, ADD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and other Mood disorders . We offer CARS testing. Call now and book your appointment today either in our office or by TeleHealth! Visit our

 Website: www.psychiatrist4u.com.

Phone:954-719-6280

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Happy Island PPEC

PPEC stands for Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care. We provide services for children with disabilities and complex medical conditions from birth through age 21. Our center is licensed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. PPEC services are covered 100% by Medicaid once prescribed by the child's pediatrician.

Web page: https://www.happyislandppec.com/ 

Phone: 786-508-5968

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital  www.jdch.com

 

Gigi’s Playhouse Miami gigisplayhouse.org

 

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

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FAMILY SUPPORT

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Health Channel

In October, the Health Channel’s social media pages will run a campaign focusing on raising awareness about how people, young and old, facing disabilities can succeed and achieve great things. The campaign will consist of first-hand accounts from individuals of all ages who have and continue to struggle with physical challenges but found ways to overcome them. Moreover, it will inform about organizations that can assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals.

Website: https://allhealthtv.com/

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School of Rock

School of Rock is an ingenious concept that gets kids rocking out and performing on stage. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, piano/keyboards and/or drums, students also jam with their peers in a weekly practice session.  Visit us at the Sunset Place location or at the CocoWalk location.

Sunset location: (786) 843-9230  

Website: www.schoolofrock.com/locations/coralgables

Cocowalk location: (786) 620-9019

Website: www.schoolofrock.com/locations/coconutgrove

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Recreational and Inclusive Activities

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Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to become designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). It is our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Discovery Cove, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs. 

 Website: https://discoverycove.com/

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Preemie Playtime

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0 to 5 years over 40+ years. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of all children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement which encourages participation in and the understanding of each child's development.

Website:https://www.gymboreeclasses.com/en/locations/FL/Coral-Gables/

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iSwim Academy

iSwim Academy, managed by Coach Nick, is a fun way for children to learn how to swim. iSwim Academy works with children of special needs to make sure every child knows water safety. The classes are divided into two main areas: Private and group classes. Each class is 30 minutes long. 

Phone: (305) 456-0518

Instagram: @Iswim_academy

Website: https://iswimsomi.com/

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Best Day Foundation www.bestdayfoundation.org

 

Parkland Buddy Sports  www.parklandbuddysports.com

 

Broward County  Public Parks  www.broward.org/parks

 

Miami-Dade Public Parks  www.miamidade.gov/parks

 

Special Olympics www.specialolympicsflorida.org

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Autism

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Autism Speaks Web Page www.autismspeaks.org

 

Autism Society of America Web page www.autism-society.org

 

UM-NSU CARD www.umcard.org

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Diagnostic Centers

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Mobile Phlebotomy Services

Mobile Phlebotomy Services of Florida has been making lab work easier on you and your loved ones since 2012! This month we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary for providing convenient, experienced, and quality services, specializing in pediatrics and special needs. Call to make an appointment and receive $10 off.

Phone:754-227-9238

info@phlebotomy2go.com

IG: @mobilephlebotomy 

Service areas: Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties

Website:https://mobilephlebotomyservicesfl.com

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Health Insurance

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Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System  www.fdlrs.org

 

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center www.nicklauschildrens.org

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Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is affordable high-quality health and dental insurance program for kids from birth until a child’s 19th birthday. It includes free, subsidized, and full-pay options based on family income and household size. Families’ monthly premium range from nothing to as $15 or $20 a month for all eligible children in the household.

(888) 540-5437

connect@healthykids.org

https://www.floridakidcare.org/calculator/

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Las Madrinas de los Seguros

We are an Insurance Agency licensed in over 40 states, available every single day 365 days from 7 am to Midnight.

Our area of expertise goes from individual health plans such as Obamacare, Medicare, Life Insurance with Living Benefits, Group Employee Benefits, Indemnities, International & Travel Policies to Property and Casualty.

877-MADRINAS (877-623-7462)

LASMADRINASDELOSSEGUROS@GMAIL.COM

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Hearing, Speech & Vision

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Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is Florida's largest and oldest nonprofit serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired. Through education, training, research, and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages, transforming the lives of 90,000 blind and visually impaired people annually, from babies to seniors and their families. Our programs’ impact is statewide, national, and international.

Phone: (305) 856-2288

Website: https://www.miamilighthouse.org/

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NSU Audiology Clinic www.nova.edu/healthcare/hearingbalance

 

Stuttering Foundation of America www.stutteringhelp.org

 

UM Audiology/Speech/Language Services www.umiamihealth.org

 

Center for Hearing & Communication www.chchearing.org

 

Florida Division of Blind Services Dbs.myflorida.com

 

Resources on amblyopia from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology: https://www.mdeye.org/amblyopia

 

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus https://www.aapos.org/home

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Performing Arts

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Area Stage Company

ASC’s Inclusion Theatre Project (ITP) is a theatre training program for students with developmental disabilities. It inspires its participants through multi-modal, multi-sensory classes within the musical theatre medium and assists them by building social-emotional intelligence, cognition, motor skills, and confidence. The program currently serves 360+ students across Miami-Dade and works with local schools to provide on-site training as well.

 Contact: Irma Becker, ITP Coordinator

Email: irma@areastage.org

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Broward Center for the Performing Arts 

Sensory Inclusive Performances

These performances are intended to create a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum as well as individuals with other sensitivity issues or developmental disabilities. To create a sensory-Inclusive setting, slight adjustments have been made to the production, including reduced sound levels, no flashing or strobe lights, and minimal special effects. An area adjacent to the theater has been designated as a Quiet Room with specially trained volunteers to provide audience support.

https://www.browardcenter.org/visit/sensory-inclusive/

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DENTISTRY

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Sea & Smiles

At Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry we provide specialized and compassionate dental care to all children and teens, including those with Special Health Care Needs. We have the skills, empathy, and willingness to accommodate their individual needs and safely provide preventive and therapeutic dental care to contribute to their well-being.

Phone: 954-233-1494

Website: www.seasmilespd.com

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American Pediatric Dentistry  

Oral health is a vital component of healthy daily living. Children with special needs may experience more dental problems due to various reasons such as sensitivities around the mouth, difficulty with brushing, and no access to dental care. We offer options such as desensitization visits, private rooms for families, and sedation dentistry.  Our team is very compassionate and trained to care for all children, regardless of their condition.  We accept all dental insurance plans! 

Pembroke Pines | Doral | Coral Springs | Kendall | Plantation | Lake Worth

Toll Free: (844) 30-4KIDS

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Divine Smile  

Divine Smile is a dental practice focused on the oral health of adults and children as part of our extended family. We are dedicated to providing excellence with personalized and gentle care in a comfortable, friendly, and professional environment. The goal is to ensure a healthy mouth for life. The advanced technology in our clinic is used in cosmetic dentistry, digital radiology, porcelain restorations, teeth whitening, Invisalign, periodontal, endodontic, and implant treatment.

Phone:(305)299-5029

 Website: DSmile (dsmileus.com)

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Hair Salon Services

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Supercuts

At Supercuts we take pride in our ability to accommodate all of our customers’ needs.  We have many years of experience working with children with disabilities both at our salons and at Nicklaus Children’sHospital.  Our skilled stylists go above and beyond to make the experience comfortable, fun, and enjoyable. 

 Website: https://www.supercuts.com/