Disability Rights Florida

Address: 2728 Centerview Drive, Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (800) 342-0823 Fax: (850) 4888640 Email: info@advocacycenter.org Website: http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/

 

Disability Rights Florida is the designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Disability Rights Florida has authority and responsibility under eight federal grants. Established in 1987, Disability Rights Florida is a statewide, not-for-profit corporation. Any Floridian with a disability-related issue is eligible to receive Disability Rights Florida services. Below is a list of our priorities, the services we provide, our statewide initiatives, and some of the areas we cannot address.
 
Priorities:
Abuse, neglect or rights violations for individuals who live in institutional and residential settings
Community placement
Access to publicly funded benefits and services, particularly home and community based services
Self-empowerment and rights of individuals to gain greater control over important life decisions
Control over use of public benefits and personal assets
Equal access to public and private programs and services, including businesses, transportation, post-secondary education, housing, and assistive technology
Access to vocational rehabilitation and blind services
Access to a free and appropriate public education in the most inclusive environment
Least restrictive alternatives to guardianship
Voting rights and civic participation
 
Services to Individuals:
Information and referrals
Self-advocacy support
Technical assistance
Investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations
Dispute resolution support
Negotiation and mediation support
Advocacy services
 
Statewide Initiatives:
Educating policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities
Systemic and legal advocacy
Collaborative work on disability rights issues
Monitoring of public programs and facilities
Workshops and trainings"
 
TDD: 800-346-4127

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