Learn More about Transition in Florida
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
- Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS)
- Bureau of Exceptional Student Education (BESE)
- Employment First Florida
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
- Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
- The Arc of Florida
- Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
- Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
What It Does:
Helps people with disabilities find, keep, or return to employment.
Recent law emphasizes:
- Youth services
- Employer services
- Coordinate state services
- Efficiency performance measures
VR encourages schools to become a VR vendor to deliver Pre-Employment Transition Services.
What It Does: Helps individuals who are blind and visually-impaired achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible.
What It Does: Administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, provides students with special needs services and opportunities for personal and professional growth through collaboration of families, professionals, and communities. BESE has discretionary projects throughout the state to support and build capacity in districts to support students with disabilities. Be sure to click on the Grants/Discretionary Projects link on their web site to learn more.
Employment First Florida
- Not a single agency, but a connected effort of partners.
- Contributed to the Abilities Work website, which lists job openings for people with I/DD.
What It Does: Works with local communities and private providers to support people who have developmental disabilities and their families in living, learning, and working in their communities. Serves people with:
Autism • Cerebral palsy • Spina bifida • Intellectual disabilities • Down syndrome • Prader-Willi syndrome • Phelan McDermid syndrome • Children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability
What It Does: Advocates and promotes programs, practices and innovative initiatives that enhance the independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life.
What It Does: Advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), Prader-Willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community.
What It Does: Statewide, professional association that provides advocacy, information, and networking for individuals with disabilities and the community agencies that serve them.
What It Does: Supports people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities to reach their potential. Offers support and education for adults with ASD after transition.
What It Does: Administers state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities achieve economic independence.
What It Does: Support to students, families, and institutions of higher education so that students with intellectual disabilities have opportunities for on-campus college experiences that lead to careers
What It Does: Protects the civil rights of people with disabilities in Florida.
All services are free and confidential.