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Services Provided

Abilities of Florida, Inc.

2735 Whitney Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
Ph: 727-538-7370
Fax: 727-538-7387

Abilities of Florida, located in Clearwater, Florida, is an affiliate of the ServiceSource Network. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Abilities offers rehabilitation and employment services to people with disabilities. It also can offer outsourcing labor options to businesses and government agencies in a variety of fields, including food service, mail management, administrative services, warehousing, shipping and receiving, and logistics.

Advance Ability Solutions

215 Howell Ave
Brooksville, Florida 34601-2041
Ph: 352-796-4469

AdvanceAbility Solutions operates a Child Care Outreach Program which serves Pinellas County. Services include: training for child care operators and staff, technical consultation services for child care center staff caring for children with special needs, assistance to families in choosing appropriate child care for their children and follow-up services to assure that quality care is provided.

Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc.

1214 Cleveland St.
Clearwater, FL 33755
Ph: 727-449-2437

Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS) is a not-for profit, charitable organization incorporated in 1978. ACTS operations are organized into four functional areas, Adult Services, Youth Services, Juvenile Justice Services and Administrative Services. Under Adult Services, ACTS provides a basic continuum of substance abuse treatment services including detoxification residential treatment, and outpatient services, with a special emphasis on pregnant and postpartum women in day treatment services. Other Hillsborough County Adult Services include homeless outreach services through the homeless day shelter program and transitional and independent living services that specialize in treatment and support of the chronically substance impaired, particularly those with mental illness.

Aids Community Project of Tampa Bay

Administrative Offices
4612 North 56th Street
Tampa Florida, 33610
Ph: 813-246-4899


ARC Nature Coast

5283 Neff Lake Rd.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Ph: 352-544-2322, ext.111
Fax: 352-544-2325

The ARC Nature Coast serves individuals with disabilities providing a full range of residential, day training and support services in the areas of Personal and Social Services, Employment and Job Placement Services, Residential and Independent Living Supports and Transportation Services.

Bayfront Medical Center

701 6th St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph: 727-823-1234
Fax: 727-893-6085


Blind Americans, Inc.

6055 North Carl G. Rose Highway
Hernando, FL 34442
Ph: 352-637-1739

Blind Americans, Inc, a United Way agency, is the only agency that provides services for the visually impaired in Citrus County. The organization has a journeyman carpenter for cabinetry and woodshop classes, an instructor with a Masterís Degree in Special Education for computer, mobility and financial management instruction, a rehabilitation instructor, qualified arts and crafts instructors, and counselors.

Boley Center for Mental Health

647 34th Ave S
St Petersburg, FL
Ph: 727-824-5745

Established in 1970, Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit organization serving persons with emotional, psychiatric and behavioral problems. With more than 30 housing and service center locations scattered throughout Pinellas County, the Organization comprises a wide variety of treatment, rehabilitation and vocational services; a network of living opportunities in community residences and apartments and a large staff of dedicated people.

Community Haven for Adults and Children With Disabilities

4405 DeSoto Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34235
Ph: 941-355-8808
Fax: 941-359-8520

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. creates solutions and changes the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities by providing a variety of specialized services and programs including Early Childhood Intervention, Occupational Habilitation, Work Force Development, Employment Opportunities and Community Living.

Creative Clay, Inc.

1124 Central Ave.
St. Petersberg, FL 33705
Ph: 727-825-0515
Fax: 727-825-0525

Creative Clay is a cultural arts program providing individuals an environment to learn and express themselves through art. Everyone in the community is invited to attend classes at Creative Clay, but they are licensed to work with persons who are diagnosed developmentally challenged.


4422 Columbus Dr.
Tampa, FL 33605
Ph: 813-984-1818
Fax: 813-984-1502

DACCO is a major comprehensive community-based substance abuse service system reaching over 25,000 persons annually through prevention, intervention and treatment programs to primarily Hillsborough County residents.

Deaf Service Center of Pasco/Hernando

8610 Galen Wilson Bend
Port Richey, FL 34668
Ph: 727-816-1314
Fax: 727-816-1318

The Deaf Service Center of Pasco/Hernando (DSCPH) is a non-profit organization that provides quality services and programs for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech Impaired, and Hearing Individuals. DSCPH provides information and referral services, consulting services, support groups, job placement, American Sign Language classes, Certified interpreters, Children and Families Services, Community Education, and free Hearing Screenings.

Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay, Inc.

12445 62nd Street North
Largo, FL 33773
Ph: 727-399-9983
Fax: 727-399-9508

The Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay, Inc. serves deaf and hard of hearing residents of Pinellas and Hillborough counties. The agency provides services to those who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as the people that need to communicate with them including: case management and counseling; hearing aid testing, fitting and repair; community education and independent living skills training, telephone and assistive device distribution and sales; and a 54-unit apartment comlex for deaf and hard of hearing low income residents.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Check the website for local offices in your county

The Florida Department of Educationís Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is an employment program assisting individuals with disabilities, including Floridians with the most severe disabilities, to pursue meaningful careers commensurate with their abilities and capabilities. Their services include counseling, job coaching, medical services, therapy services, adaptive aids, vocational assessment and training, employment services, supported employment, transition services, referral source and mental health services.

Easter Seals Southwest Florida

350 Braden Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Ph: 941-355-7637
Fax: 941-358-3069

Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. Primary Easter Seals services include Medical Rehabilitation, Early Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Hearing Therapy, Job Training and Emloyment, Child Care, Adult Day Services and Camping and Recreation.

England & Associates

3901 - 66th Street North, Suite 101
St. Petersburg , FL 33709
Ph: 727-347-0386
Fax: 727-345-6126

England & Associates was established in 1982 to provide private sector Rehabilitation Services. The current office in St. Petersburg was established in 1999. The firm employs 4 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Nurse Consultant, Certified Life Care Planner, Rehabilitation Placement Specialist, and USF Graduate Student Rehabilitation Interns. Services are provided to Social Security Administration, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Private Insurance Carriers, Personal Injury Attorneys, Workers' Compensation Attorneys, and Employers. The Principal / Director of Rehabilitation Services, Bill R. England, has provided Rehabilitation Services for over 30 years, since 1979. Mr. England is a professional speaker on disability service topics, expert testimony and legislation that impacts the delivery of Rehabilitation Services. His has servied as President of the Florida Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. Further information on the firm, England & Associates, Professional Profiles, Resumes and Curriculum Viate may be viewed at the firm's web site:

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

1900 Main St.
Suite 212
Sarasota, FL 34236
Ph: 941-953-5988
Fax: 941-366-5890


Family Network on Disabilities of Florida

2735 Whitney Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
Ph: 727-523-1130
Fax: 727-523-8687

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide network of families and individuals who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. They seek to provide All individuals who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families in Florida with the information and resources necessary to make fully informed choices from a full continuum of services and delivery options.

Friends of the Deaf Service Center, Inc.

8859 North Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
Ph: 813-933-4858


Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc.

7501 15th Street East
Sarasota, FL 34243
Ph: 941-355-2721
Fax: 941-359-1822

Goodwill Industries is a mission-integrated nonprofit enterprise with one goal - the development and operation of high-impact social services that result in good jobs, good homes, and good neighborhoods. Goodwillís services include providing jobs and skills training to individuals with disabilities, counseling individuals on home ownership, and offering living options such an afforable, barrier free apartment complex.

Goodwill Industries Suncoast, Inc.

10596 Gandy Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Ph: 727-523-1512
Fax: 727-577-2749

Goodwill Industires of Suncoast, Inc. helps people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Their mission is accomplished through employment services, independence preparedness services and affordable housing. The agency offers a variety of employment and training services, promotes self-sufficiency, and contributes to community conservation through recycling.

Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc.

8490 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243
Ph: 941-953-3303
Fax: 941-358-5171

Goodwill Industries serves people with disabilites in Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties. Not only does Goodwill Industires offer job opportunies to people with disabilities, but they also offer services such as job coaching and assistance in home ownership.

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

14041 Icot Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
Ph: 727-479-1800
Fax: 727-538-7460

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been helping infants, children, families and elders in serious physical, medical, mental, social and financial crisis, enabling them to remain free and independent with families and loved ones. Their services include employment and job training, mental health services, affordable housing and homeless programs, case management and homemakers services.

James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Ph: 813-972-2000
Fax: 813-978-5971


Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind

8610 Galen Wilson Blvd.
Port Richey, FL 34668
Ph: 727-815-0303
Fax: 727-815-0203

The Lighthouse serves individuals who are visually impaired or blind helping them to learn skills for independence. The Lighthouse provides orientation and mobility classes, independent living class, low vision resources, support services and technology training.

Little People of America

Lois marie, President
433 Magnolia Ridge Avenue
Tavares, FL 32778

Little People of America (LPA) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families.

Louise Graham Regeneration Center

2301 3rd Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Ph: 727-327-9444


MacDonald Training Center, Inc.

5420 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Ph: 813-870-1300


Mana-Soto Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

7318 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
Ph: 941-359-1404
Fax: 941-539-2373

The Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind provides education and training to blind and visually impaired residents, children and adults, in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Mental Health Care, Inc.

5707 North 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33610
Ph: 813-272-2244
Fax: 813-272-3766

The area's largest and most comprehensive provider of mental health services, delivering a full spectrum of mental health services - from training foster parents to care for disturbed children to crisis intervention for those at risk of injuring themselves or others.

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.

Administrative Offices
240 B South Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34237-6334
Ph: 941-953-3477
Fax: 941-954-4541

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc., operates four drop-in centers for adults with mental illness and disabling emotional problems. MHCC's community based drop-in centers meet a critical need for direct, non-medical support services, activities, and programs, designed to reduce and prevent the need for hospitalization.

National Multiple Sclerosis (FL Gulf Coast)

550 N. Reo St.
Ste 300
Tampa, FL 33609
Ph: 800-922-0170
Fax: 813-286-9576


Northside Mental Health Center

12512 Bruce B. Downs Bld.
Tampa, FL 33612
Ph: 813-977-8700
Fax: 813-286-9576

North Mental Health Centerís services are for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses, or who require both mental health and substance abuse services. Services include counseling, clinical case management, family and school support teams, family intervention and reunification, short-term residential treatment, concurring residential treatment and community based care.

PAR, Inc.

6655 66th St. North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Ph: 727-545-7564

Staffed with more than 533 employees, Operation PAR provides integrated addiction and mental health services at its various sites in Pinellas, Pasco, Lee and Manatee counties.

Paralyzed Veterans of America - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

15435 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33613
Ph: 813-264-1111
Toll-free: 800-397-6540

For more than 65 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.

Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC)

3190 North Tyrone Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Ph: 727-345-9111
Fax: 727-345-7130

PARC provides services to children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families. Their programs include Adult Services, Children Services, Discovery Learning Center, Day Programs, Supported Living and Employment Support.

Pinellas Technical Eduation Centers

6100 154th Ave. N.
Clearwater, FL 33760
Ph: 727-538-7167

PTEC provides students an opportunity to develop national workplace competencies to fill the needs of business and industry. Their services include guidance, assessment, resources, job placement and scholarships.

Self Reliance, Inc.

8901 N. Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
Ph: 813-375-3965
Fax: 813-375-3970

Anyone can receive information and referral services and people with disabilities can access services through an intake process. Please contact Self Reliance by telephone, video phone, mail, email or in person to schedule an intake appointment that is convenient for you. There are no charges for services but Funders and Grantors may have income, asset and residency requirements for the services they fund. As an agency of last resort Self Reliance does serve those in most need and have no other means to access programs and services. Some Funders may require documentation of disability and need and any person requesting the purchase and/or repair of durable medical equipment must have a prescription from a medical provider.

Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida

PO Box 11982
Tampa, FL 33680
Ph: 813-248-2888
Fax: 813-247-1543


Suncoast Center

P.O. Box 10970 St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Administrative Offices: 727-327-7656
Customer Services: 727-388-1220

Suncoast Center is anoutpatient community mental health and social support services center, serving children and adults of all ages.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living

3281 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34235
Ph: 941-351-9545
Fax: 941-351-9875

The Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc. is a non-profit organization that assists persons with significant disabilities to live successfully in their communities. Their programs include independent living skills, equipment recycling, home modification, information and referral, advocacy, peer support, computer loan program, Brain and Spinal Cord Waiver Program and Americans with Disabilities Act Surveys.

Suncoast Epilepsy Association, Inc.

5700 54th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Ph: 727-546-2856
Fax: 727-544-5912

Suncoast Epilepsy Association (SEA) is the sole provider of services to individuals with epilepsy in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.m Their services include case management, job training and placement, advocacy and support groups.

Tampa Bay Alliance for the Mentally Ill

11405 Orilla Del Rio
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Ph: 813-989-2410
Fax: 813-974-6469


Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind

1106 West Platt St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Ph: 813-251-2407
Fax: 813-254-4305

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides comprehensive rehabilitation programs for persons who are blind or visually impaired in Tampa and Winter Haven. Services offered include Case Management/Social Services, Computer Training, Direct Job Placement, Early Intervention for infants and young children, Independent Living Skills Training, Orientation and Mobility, Rehabilitation, Technology, Supported Employment, Vocational Evaluation and a Low Vision Clinic.

The Center for Independence, Inc.

8726 Old County
Rd 54
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Ph: 727-376-2777, Ext.226

CFI serves people with a variety of developmental disabilities (including autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, mental retardation and brain injury) in Pasco County. CFI provides the following programs: Group Home Living, Supported Living, Supported Employment, Respite Care, Advocacy Services, Guardianship and Transportation Services.

The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute

7809 Massachusetts Avenue
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Ph: (727) 841-4200

The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute offers a full range of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services to adults and children.

The Watson Clinic

P.O. Box 95000
Lakeland, FL 33805
Ph: 863-680-7000

The Watson Clinic offers classes and services to over thousands of visually impaired Pinellas County residents annually in the areas that include training in safe travel, communication skills, home and personal management as well as personal and family support groups.

United Cerebral Palsy Sarasota-Manatee, Inc

2203 30th Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Ph: 941-201-1466

United Cerebral Palsy Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. serves the community by providing a full array of beneficial services and resources to individuals with disabilities and their families and by advocating their full independence, productivity, and citizenship. We also educate through public awareness, fund-raising efforts, and dissemination of information and acquisition of resources.

United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay

2215 E. Henry Ave.
Tampa, FL 33610
Ph: 813-239-1179
Fax: 813-237-3091

United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay assists children and families with any developmental disability and those ìat riskî of becoming developmentally delayed due to poverty, environment and illness. Programs provided by United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay include Child Care Outreach Program, Child Developmental Program, Elderlylink Consortium, Community Doula Program, Early Intervention Consortium, Employment and Training Services, Family Support Services, Home Care Services, Information, Referral and Follow-along Services, Respite Care Services, Therapy and Supported Living Services.

Veterans and Community Resource Center

2140 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Ph: 727-350-5833

The Veterans & Community Resource Center (VCRC) is a 501 (c) 3 private not-for-profit organization established in November 2001 to provide Florida Veterans assistance with researching and applying for federal and state benefits, including programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicare, and Medicaid. Services provided by VCRC include: VA Claims Assistance, VA Benefits Workshops, Housing Assistance, Health Care Benefits, OIF/OEF/OND Assistance, PTSD Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Education/Vocational Benefits, Job Skills Training and Food Drives. VCRC also serves non-veterans by offering classes and workshops to the community as well as a place for students to receive academic and standardized test tutoring and college preparatory resources.

VSA Arts of Florida

4205 USF Willow Drive
BEH Building, Room 336
Tampa, FL 33620
Ph: 813-974-0745

VSA arts of Florida's mission is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Their programs are extensive and fall into the following categories: Educational Programs including Teaching Artist Residencies, Professional Development and Technical Assistance Programs, Cultural Access and Inclusive Arts Services and Public Awareness and Outreach.

This information has been compiled by The Able Trust as a public resource about organizations providing services to Florida citizens with disabilities. The Able Trust does not investigate or endorse any agencies listed above and does not seek to exclude any agency not currently listed. If you are seeking additional information about disability services in Florida, contact the the Clearinghouse on Disability Information at 1-877-232-4968 Toll-free Voice and TTY or

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