Early Steps of SWFL

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The Southwest Florida Early Steps program serves infants and toddlers in Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties and is part of the Florida Early Intervention Program. Florida's Early Intervention Program is improving its service delivery system to better support infants and toddlers and their families - in places where they live, learn and play. An enhanced family-focused early intervention system called Early Steps has replaced the former Infants & Toddlers Early Intervention Program with a new Mission, Vision and Values.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Fore more information please visit: http://www.floridacareinc.org/

Funding Opportunities for People with Disabilities and Families
People with developmental disabilities and their families are offered the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to attend conferences, workshops and other learning opportunities through a grant awarded to The Florida Center for Advocacy, Research and Education (Florida CARE) through the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

This project will enable individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to become better self-advocates and enhance their quality of life through improved knowledge of many aspects of the disability system. In addition, this knowledge will facilitate their inclusion and participation in numerous planning and decision-making committees, forum and allow them to assume leadership positions in community organizations.

More than 35 people with disabilities and their families will enjoy this opportunity. These individuals will come from different demographic and targeted groups around Florida and will be selected through an application process. Interested families should click on the links below to complete an application for consideration. There is also a calendar listing upcoming opportunities.

Florida CARE passionately advocates for people with disabilities by providing corporations, school districts, groups and families with employment coaching, transitional skills, ADA compliance tips, diversity planning and outreach, disability awareness and hiring techniques.

Florida Care received grant funding from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to provide funding to individuals with developmental disabilities for the purpose of creating stronger self-advocates and leaders. We are currently in Year 3 of the funding and nearly 70 people have been awarded grant funding through this project. Several grantees have since taken on leadership roles that may not have occurred without the opportunity to attend local, state, and national workshops and conferences.

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