Parent Resources

Special Ed Connection

The Florida Department of Education is proud to provide access to Special Ed Connection at no cost to families of individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in Special Education programs.

Sign up to receive access to Special Ed Connection.

BrightExpectations

BrightExpectations is the Department of Health’s website to provide resources and information on developmental disabilities for pregnant women, health care providers, parents, and families. This website is a portal to provide information on evaluation and intervention services, support programs for families, resources for health care providers, and serve as a clearinghouse of information on developmental disabilities.

FloridaStudents.org

The Florida Department of Education has created a new website entitled FloridaStudents.org which provides Florida Standards aligned student tutorials and resources for grades K-12 in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Civics. Additional tutorials are being added.

District-Specific ESE Information

Polk County | Hardee County

Procedural Safeguards

As a parent, you are entitled to information about your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights, or procedural safeguards, are intended to ensure that you have the opportunity to be a partner in the educational decisions made regarding your child.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities
English | Spanish | Haitian-Creole

Procedural Safeguards for Exceptional Students Who Are Gifted
English | Spanish

Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students with a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations.

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an intellectual disability; a speech or language impairment; a hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic impairment, an other health impairment, an emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental delay; or autism spectrum disorder.

Florida Access Project

Access Points are alternate achievement standards built to target the salient content of the Florida Standards. They are designed to contribute to a fully aligned system of content, instruction, and assessment. All access points are intended to allow fluid movement as students grow in competency.

Access Points Brochure
English | Spanish | Haitian-Creole

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