Transition Services


What resources are available to plan ahead?

Things You Should Know - Transition Top 10 High School to Post Secondary/Employment
Things You Should Know - Transition Top 10 Middle School to High School
Think College - This site provides information on 268 college programs for students with intellectual disabilities
Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education - This site provides information regarding Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43. Programs, colleges, and universities listed are those the Consortium was able to contact and met the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008)
Preparing Students with Disabilities for Trade School: A complete guide to thriving in trade school and a career with a disability


Project 10 Transition Education Network


The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network is to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. Project 10 serves as the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and relevant school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.



APD – Agency for Persons with Disabilities


Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD 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:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Down syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Children aged 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability



Florida 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.


Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."
Ombudsman Office - Customer Service

VR Ombudsman


The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Ombudsman Office will assist you in resolving your customer service needs. This is an impartial service available to VR customers who have questions, concerns, or believe they may have been treated unfairly. The Ombudsman receives, investigates, and assists in resolving complaints. You may contact an Ombudsman by calling toll-free (866) 515-3692 or email TTY users dial 711 to connect with the telecommunications relay service (TRS). Video phone users can call through the video relay service (VRS).

Please include your phone number and the best way to contact you in your email.


Center for Independent Living


The Center for Independent Living’s goal is to empower people with disabilities to reach their highest level of achievement: advocating for system change that results in access, choice, equality, inclusion, integration and independence.

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. is registered non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. At CILSF a majority of the staff, management, and Board of Directors are people with disabilities. CILSF was founded in 1993 to help meet the tremendous needs of the disability community following Hurricane Andrew. Since then, CILSF has grown to provide a variety of services and supports to the disability community in Miami-Dade County.


It's a New Day in Public Health.


The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. This site provides information regarding community health program & services.


Contact Information:
Florida Department of Health


Mailing Address:

Florida Department of Health

4052 Bald Cypress Way

Tallahassee, FL 32399


Special Transportation Service – Miami-Dade County


Special Transportation Service (STS) is available for people with a physical, mental or intellectual disability who cannot ride Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover.  Any resident whose disability prevents them from riding regular transit vehicles qualifies for STS. Residents with temporary disabilities may also be eligible for this service.

For $3.50 per one-way trip, STS offers shared-ride, door-to-door travel in accessible vehicles throughout most of Miami-Dade County, in some parts of South Broward County, and in the Monroe County Upper to Middle Keys.


STS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including most holidays. Use STS for trips to medical appointments, school, work, shopping, business, or recreation. Air-conditioned minivans, small buses, lift-equipped vans, and sedans transport passengers with disabilities safely in a clean, smoke-free environment. Pickups are within 30 minutes of the scheduled time.

Dade Legal Aid – Put Something Back (Guardianship)


Dade Legal Aid provides a critical safety net for the neediest residents of Miami-Dade County by offering an array of services to the underserved segments of society.  Together with the Bar Leadership of the Dade County Bar Association and its numerous affiliated voluntary bar associations, Dade Legal Aid is committed to providing “Access to Justice” to those who need it most.


Dade Legal Aid is located at 123 NW First Ave., Miami 33128 (located across from the MetroRail Government Center and accessible by train and bus.) Parking lots are within walking distance; valet and metered parking available. Ph:(305)579-5733 Fax: (305)372-7693


Guardianship applications are available Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Consultations by appointment only.


Florida Courts – Guardianship


Adult guardianship is the process by which the court finds an individual's ability to make decisions so impaired that the court gives the right to make decisions to another person. Guardianship is only warranted when no less restrictive alternative—such as durable power of attorney, trust, health care surrogate or proxy, or other form of pre-need directive—is found by the court to be appropriate and available.


This site will provide further information and resources that can guide parents in future planning and informed choices.


Disability Benefits Help – Social Security – Disability (SSD)


This site provides information regarding social security benefits, contact and location information, information on free disability evaluation, resources, and application process.


Social Security 2017 Red Book


Social Security manages two programs that provide benefits based on disability or blindness, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.  This webpage will provide detailed information on these programs.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)
  • When You Receive Both SSDI and SSI
  • Comparison of the SSDI and SSI Disability Programs

Family Network on Disabilities


Family Network on Disabilities is a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens. The mission of FND is to strive for the complete integration and equality of persons with disabilities in a society without barriers and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA. FND is a parent organization as defined in section 671(a)(2) of IDEA 2004.


This web-page with provide you with a wide range of information for persons with disabilities, videos, and resources that will assist with your child’s educational, post-educational and self-advocacy skills.




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to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.