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Volusia County Inventory of Services for Individuals with Disabilities


Directory is not inclusive and includes publicly available information about agencies, programs, and services. Directory created in March 2020.

 

Agency for Persons with Disabilities 

The agency works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APO also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental
disabilities for supports and services.


The agency serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the following disabilities:

  • People severely impaired by autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability


APO offers a wide range of social, medical, residential, and behavioral services. Services provided are based on need and coverage criteria, so not all individuals receive all services.

 

ARC of Volusia

The Arc of Volusia serves individuals with disabilities by providing the following services:

  • Life Skill Development, also known as Adult Day Training, providing a wide variety of activities to enhance daily living skills, social skills, and job skills.
  • Supported Employment which assists individuals with obtaining and maintaining community employment .
  • Educational opportunities including Adult Basic Education in partnership with Daytona State College.
  • Life enriching experiences including volunteer opportunities, community involvement and social interactions.

The majority of people receiving services at The Arc Volusia are enrolled in the Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver Program, operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)disability program eligibility - State of Florida.

 

Autism Center of Excellence (Easterseals)

Easterseals Autism Center of Excellence brings together a team of professionals to provide access to early diagnostic and functional assessment, a variety of treatment alternatives, support and education for families. The Autism Center of Excellence:


• Provides early intervention for children with developmental delays and autism
• Works with children with autism, supporting families to find an approach that deals with the whole child
• Combines all therapies and resources in one location -
• Offers parent-implemented treatment models: ABA and the PLAY Project
• Offers Respite Care programs for families affected by autism
• Provides community outreach/education

 

Center for the Visually Impaired

The goal of the Center for the Visually Impaired is to enhance the lives and opportunities of their clients through job training, and employment, Independent Living, Technology training and children's services as well as a multitude of community services. CVI programs are designed for any person who has a vision problem that affects their quality of life. CVI provides the following services: Adaptive Aids; Vocational Training; Daily Living Skills; Support Groups; Orientation and Mobility; and Assistive Technology.

 

Child Find (FDLRS)

Child Find, a program of the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS), assists parents and schools in the early identification of children who are at risk of developing special or unique needs and who are not being served in a public school. Child Find's target age group is birth through 21 years, but primary emphasis is placed on children birth to 5 years of age.

 

disAbility Solutions for Independent Living

The mission of disAbility Solutions for Independent Living is to empower people with disabilities to attain equal opportunities in society. DSIL provides the following services: Accessibility Surveys; Advocacy/Legal Services; Assistive Technology; Case Management; Communication Services; Equipment Services; Home Modifications; IEP services and Advocacy; Independent Living Skills Training; Individual, Self and Systems Advocacy; Mobility Training; Peer Counseling Services; Presentations and Seminars; Service Animal Training; Youth/Transition Services

 

Division of Blind Services

The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible. Services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired are provided through 12 district offices, FL Blind Service's Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, local community rehabilitation
programs serving the blind, or a local Center for Independent Living and include:


Children - Children and family services are provided to eligible children who are blind or visually impaired and their families so that they may reach educational and independent living goals. Successful outcomes enable children to transition from preschool to school and from school to work or other appropriate community programs.
Older Adults or Non-working Blind - Independent living services are provided to enable individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired to live more independently in their homes/communities with the maximum degree of self-direction.
Services to Individuals Seeking Employment - Vocational rehabilitation services are provided to assist individuals who have a bilateral visual impairment which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment; and need services to prepare for, enter or engage in or retain gainful employment.
Employer Services - Employers who need information about how to make a job accessible to an employee with a visual impairment or want to hire a qualified employee can contact DBS for this information.
Business Enterprise Services - The Business Enterprises Program provides job opportunities in the foodservice sector for eligible blind persons under the Randolph-Sheppard Act. Job opportunities include: snack bar, cafeteria, highway vending machines, or non-highway vending.
Braille and Talking Books Library - The FL Division of Blind Services also provides information and reading materials needed by individuals residing in Florida who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities. These services are provided through its Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library Services.

 

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. A variety of services may be provided such as: Medical and Psychological Assessment; Vocational Evaluation and Planning; Career Counseling and Guidance; Work Experience While in High School; Training and Education After High School; Job-Site Assessment and Accommodations; Job Placement; Job Coaching; On-the-Job Training; Supported Employment; Assistive Technology and Devices; and Time-Limited Medical and/or Psychological Treatment. 

 

Duvall Homes

Duvall Homes provides quality residential care and day training programs for adults with a broad range of developmental disabilities, such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome. Duvall Homes provides a comprehensive Life Skills Program as part of its Adult Day Training (ADT). Residential care by Direct Support Professionals is provided 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week to residents from age 22 to 85.

 

Early Steps (Easterseals)

Early Steps' intervention services are designed to support young children in their development, as well as the families who love them. Services include:
• Evaluating prospective children at no cost to families
• Teaching families how to improve the development of their children through living, learning and playing activities
• Teaching families how to meet the developmental needs of their children


After Early Steps
• Children by age 3 leave the Early Steps program once they have met their developmental goals and no longer require Early Steps' early intervention services.
• Children who continue to need developmental services after their third birthday will transition to services provided through the school district or other community organizations

 

Easterseals (other programs and services)

Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida offers a variety of programs, including:
Autism Center of Excellence (see other listing); Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services; Early Steps (see other listing); Equipment Loan Program; Pediatric Audiology; Pediatric Therapy; Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI); Easterseals Charter School; Child Development Centers; School-Based Therapy; American Sign Language Classes; Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Services; Joey's Gift Respite Care and Camp Challenge.

 

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral or educational concerns, then links children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to parents and caregivers. HMG provides: developmental screenings for health and development; parenting and educational information, resources, and materials; referrals with enhanced follow-up support as needed; and enrollment in community programs.

 

Lions Clubs

Deland Lions Foundation

New Smyrna Beach

Ormond Beach

Ormond by the Sea

Pierson

Ponce Inlet

Port Orange

Lions Clubs give sight by conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. Lions have extended their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through their international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

 

The Miracle League of Volusia County

The Miracle League of Volusia County was formed in 2015 to provide a safe and friendly environment for children and young adults with varying exceptionalities, in and around Volusia County, to play baseball.

 

SMA Healthcare Enrichment Industries

Enrichment Industries provides employment opportunities to individuals with disability conditions through partnerships with manufacturers and other companies by offering assistance with their light manufacturing, assembling, packaging, and promotional product services at Enrichment in Daytona Beach. Another component is service contracts, which provide janitorial and lawn care services for public and private entities.

 

Special Olympics Florida, Volusia/Flagler

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Athletes are also invited to participate in Athlete Leadership and Healthy Athletes programs. Special Olympics Florida Volusia/Flagler offers 15 sports and serve 1,771 athletes in Volusia.

 

Volusia County Schools

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) provides services to over 13,000 students within Volusia County Schools. Students may be considered for ESE services if they meet the criteria of one or more of the categories of disabilities and/or met eligibility criteria for gifted services as outlined in the Exceptional Student Education Special Policies and Procedures (SP&P). Students may be identified with intellectual, behavioral, physical, medical, sensory and/or communication exceptionalities. The student must show a need for special education and related services as a result of his/her disability or disabilities.

 

Votran

People of all abilities can ride Votran. All Votran fixed-route buses are wheelchair accessible with lifts or ramps. Operators are trained in wheelchair securement and aid to persons with disabilities. All buses kneel (the steps lower) or have low floors to make boarding easier. Gold Service: Votran's Gold Service is available to persons who, because of physical or mental disability or age, are unable to transport themselves and cannot use fixed-route bus service. Assisting devices such as wheelchair lifts and lowered steps for easy boarding access meet requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Service is available throughout Volusia County for those who meet eligibility requirements.

 

WORC

WORC, Inc. provides adult education, adult day training with workplace experience, vocational training, residential services, contracted business services for collating, packaging, assembly, and mailings, contracted manufacturing services in our woodshop and ceramics shop, and other caring services to individuals with disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play with independence in their community.