Children develop differently, at different times, but if you think your child is developmentally delayed, you can CLICK HERE to take the Early Learning Coalition of Duval's "Online Child Screening." To find local resources to help get your child on track, CLICK HERE to view our community resources.
People with disabilities are afforded the same rights as everyone else, as covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).
The Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children defines inclusion as: “A value that supports the rights of all children, regardless of their diverse abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities.
A natural setting is one in which the child would spend time had he or she not had a disability. Such settings include, but are not limited to, home and family, play groups, child care, pre-schools, Head Start programs, kindergartens and neighborhood schools.”
Benefits for Children:
- Children develop friendships and learn how to play and interact with one another.
- Children develop a more positive image of themselves and a healthy attitude about the uniqueness of others.
- Children are provided with models of people who achieve, despite challenges.
- Children with special needs have opportunities to learn new skills by observing and imitating other children.
- Children are encouraged to be resourceful, creative and cooperative.
Benefits for Child Care Professionals:
- Caregivers grow professionally by developing new skills and by broadening their perspectives on child development.
- Caregivers have an opportunity to learn about and develop partnerships with other community resources and agencies.
- Caregivers learn to communicate more effectively and work as a team.
- Caregivers build strong relationships with parents.
- Caregivers enhance their credibility as quality, inclusive child care providers.
The Inclusion Department at the ELC of Duval provides Warm Line services to all Child Care Providers in Duval County. The Warm Line is a service providing assistance and consultation to early care and education providers regarding health, development, disability, and special needs issues of the children they are serving. CLICK HERE for more information.
1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
National Office (800) 514-0301 or visit www.ada.gov
2. Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) –The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) assists individuals from age 3 and older, who have developmental disabilities, and their families and/or guardians. Call (904) 992-2440 or visit www.apd.myflorida.com
3. Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) – University of Florida/Jacksonville – CARD can assist agencies and providers serving individuals with autism and related disabilities across the lifespan. Call (904) 633-0760 or visit www.hscj.ufl.edu/pediatrics/autism You can also view tools and course related to autism at www.AutismNavigator.com.
4. Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Primary Care – A program of the CMS Network – a federal and state funded program through the Department of Health serves financially eligible children, birth to 21, with special health care needs. Call (904) 360-7070 or visit www.cms-kids.org
5. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Crown – FDLRS is a statewide network of centers serving professionals who work with exceptional students. Centers provide support services to district Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs in four function areas: Child Find, Human Resource Development, Instructional Technology and Parent Services. Child Find functions as the point of entry for non-public school children potentially in need of public school exceptional education services. Call (904) 346-4601 or visit www.fdlrs.org
6. Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind – Outreach and Parent Services, Parent Infant Program – Provides coordination of activities statewide for children, families and professionals through its Parent Infant Program (PIP) and Small and Rural District Initiative. Call (904) 827-2200 or visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us
8. School District of Duval County –Exceptional Student Education/Prekindergarten – This is the Local Education Agency (LEA), which educates children 3 to 5 years of age with special needs. Children are served in various classroom locations throughout the county. Exceptional Student Education also serves children up to the child’s 22nd birthday, if they have been determined to have a disability according to state and federal eligibility guidelines. Call (904) 348-7866 or visit www.duvalschools.org
9. Child Guidance Center – Provides behavioral health counseling and treatment for children ages 3-18 and their families. Call (904) 448-4700 or visit www.childguidancecenter.org
10. Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Florida Central Directory) – Provides statewide information and referral services for families of children who have disabilities and special health care needs or who are at risk for developmental delays. Call (800) 218-0001 or visit www.earlystepsdirectory.com
11. Help Me Grow Florida – A comprehensive and integrated statewide system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and then to link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.HelpMeGrowFL.org
12. Children's Home Society – Provides foster and adoption services, strengthens families, and advocates for children. Call (904) 493-7744 or visit www.chsfl.org
13. daniel Memorial Inc. – daniel assists children and families that qualify for Medicaid to determine the level of care needed, and guides them through the process of obtaining the referral and health care funding required to initiate care. Call (904) 296-1055 or visit www.danielkids.org
14. Northwest Behavioral Health Services – Provides treatment for mental health diseases such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, behavioral and substance abuse. Call (904) 781-0600 or visit www.nwbh.org
15. Hope Haven Children's Clinic & Family Center – Serves children, young adults and families with a variety of educational, developmental and mental health needs. Call (904) 346-5100 or visit www.hope-haven.org
16. DLC Nurse & Learn – An inclusion child care center for children of all abilities. Serves children with Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Microcephaly, seizure disorders, g-tubes, apnea monitors and other special needs are welcome at DLC Nurse & Learn. Call (904) 387-0370 or visit www.dlcnl.org
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