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Top 20 local special-needs resources

2-1-1 Broward Special Needs Hotline
www.211-broward.org/specialneeds.htmThe hotline provides free comprehensive information and referrals to callers, an online resource list for Broward County organizations, 24-hour crisis support and a calendar of special-needs events.Dial 211 or 954-537-0211; TTY Callers call 954-390-0942 ask for the special needs coordinator

Able Trust
www.abletrust.orgThe trust offers an online disabilities resource link that lists organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties that help children, adults and caregivers of individuals with special needs.3320 Thomasville Road, Suite 200, TallahasseeVoice or TDD: 850-224-4493

Ascension Catholic Church Special Needs Ministry
www.ascensioncatholicchurch.netA ministry for families facing the specific challenges of daily life while raising a child with special needs. Special events, professional resources and support programs are offered on a regular basis. 7250 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton561-997-5486

Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization
www.bgcdownsyndrome.orgAn organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through family support, education and social activities. 10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise954-577-4122

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
www.umcard.org, Broward and Miami Dade; www.coe.fau.edu/card/ Palm BeachPrograms provide support, information and training for families who have children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Broward: 954-262-7111Miami-Dade: 305-284-6563Palm Beach: 561-297-2023

Center for Hearing and Communication
www.chchearing.orgFormerly the League for the Hard of Hearing, the center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss.2900 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 3, Ft. LauderdaleVoice: 954-731-7200; TTY: 954-731-7208

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
www.chadd.orgA national nonprofit organization offering education, support and advocacy for individuals diagnosed with an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.National office: 800-233-4050Broward County North: 954-753-3518Broward County South: 954-680-0799Miami-Dade County: 305-899-3488Palm Beach County: 561-478-5160

Club Managers Association of America Therapeutic Recreation Center
www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/therapeutic_recreation/recreation_complex/The center provides a place for people of all abilities to meet and socialize and participate in a wide variety of accessible, therapeutic recreation programs.2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth561-966-7015

Easter Seals Florida
www.easter-seals.orgEaster Seals provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Miami-Dade County: 305-325-0470Palm Beach County: 561-471-1688

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
www.epilepsyfoundation.orgA community-based network of organizations which help people with epilepsy, and their families, find and access important services where they live and work.Broward: 512 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale954-779-1509Miami-Dade: 7300 N. Kendall Drive, Miami305-670-4949Palm Beach: 3222 Commerce Place, Suite B, West Palm Beach561-478-6515

Florida Division of Blind Services
dbs.myflorida.comEarly intervention programs for babies and learning and independence programs for school-age children intended to foster each child’s learning and ability to function independently.Broward: 954-497-3360Miami-Dade County: 305-377-5339Palm Beach: 561-681-2548

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
www.jdrf.orgDedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications through funding and research, the local chapters provide support and referrals, and offer family mentoring programs.Broward and Miami-Dade: 3411 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite 701, Fort Lauderdale954-565-4775Palm Beach: 1450 Centre Park Blvd., Suite 210, West Palm Beach561-686-7701

Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center
www.mch.comThe center offers community outreach programs and comprehensive evaluations and treatment programs for children with special needs. 2900 S. Commerce Parkway, Weston954-385-6200

Parenting Place at the NSU Mailman Segal Institute
www.nova.edu/msi/earlylearning/pplace/parenting.htmlA variety of enrichment programs, including music and sports, are offered for children with special needs year-round. Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Village7600 SW 36th St., Davie954-262-7127

Personal Ponies
www.personalponies-fl.orgChildren with special needs receive miniature U.K. Shetland ponies free of charge. Volunteers visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes and learning centers with the ponies, as well as conduct on-site classes for local groups and individuals.Barn Address: R Farm, 4250 NW 74th St., Coconut Creek561-445-4456

Special Olympics
www.sopbc.comSpecial Olympics offers year-round sports training, competitions and sport skill development activities for children 8 and older with intellectual disabilities. Miami-Dade County: 305-406-9467Broward County: 954-262-2150Palm Beach: 561-966-7018

Starting Right at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute
www.nova.edu/msi/earlylearning/pplace/Early intervention program for children 18 to 36 months exhibiting delays in communication or social skills. Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Village7600 SW 36th St., Davie 954-262-7117

Super Kids! At Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute
www.nova.edu/msi/earlylearning/superkids.htmlAn individualized, hands-on approach to working with students with learning disabilities or underachieving students requiring remedial attention set within a clinical design model.Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Village7600 SW 36th St., Davie 954-262-4530

VSA Arts of Florida – Palm Beach County
www.vsapbc.comPrograms strengthen the human spirit and improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs by promoting the arts, education and creative expression. 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth561-966-7015

Young Athletes
www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/therapeutic_recreation/specialolympics/youngathletes.htmA sports play program focusing on the physical, social, and developmental needs of children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth561-966-7072

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