Parent Resources and Information

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    Autism Society of the Keys Logo

    Autism Society of the Keys (ASK)

    Parent support groups meet in all three regions of the Florida Keys. ASK is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide support and services to children and families affected by autism to improve their quality of life.

    autismsocietyofthekeys@gmail.com

    http://www.autismsocietyofthekeys.com

     


    Parent Education Network (PEN)/Family Network on Disabilities (FND)

    This resource provides programs designed to ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for not only school, but to be able to lead productive, independent lives to the fullest extent possible.

     


    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

    CARD is based at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University and  is one of seven state-funded, university-based outreach and support centers in Florida dedicated to optimizing the potential of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), dual sensory impairment, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, and related disabilities. In addition to ASD, CARD also serves a variety of related disabilities including deaf-blindness, sensory impairments with other disabling conditions, developmental delays in children under 5 who also present with autistic-like behaviors, and genetic disorders that may co-exist with autism symptoms (e.g., Fragile X Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, Angelman Syndrome, among others). Over the years, CARD’s constituency has grown from 88 families in 1993 to over 9,000 families today in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

    http://www.nova.edu/card/


    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. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. Click here to learn more about the STAR program.


    Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project for South Florida

    WIPA projects can provide information and support to help make a successful transition to work and financial independence. WIPA can help you:

    • understand the rules of specific work incentives and how they apply to you/benefit analysis and advisement.
    • decide whether the Ticket to Work program is right for you.
    • understand the potential benefits of employment as a person who receives disability benefits from Social Security while dispelling the myths about working.
    • analyze how work and earnings may impact Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health care, and other public benefits
    • understand the services provided by a state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency or an Employment Network (EN), and how they might fit best with your needs
    • with problem solving and advocacy
    • with benefits support and planning/benefits management
    • with information and referral

    Contact Lesly Quin, Project Director, 305-453-3491 llopez@cilofthekeys.org