Collaborative Partners

Collaborative Partners

FDLRS/Springs maintains a collaborative working relationship with many of Florida's Department of Education/Bureau of Exceptional Education discretionary projects service agencies.  Click on individual links below to learn more about each of these projects.

BEESS- Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities.  Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

The Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities are located at seven state universities and provide community-based information and consultation to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, their families, and school districts.  

Children's Registry and Information System (CHRIS)

The CHRIS project is responsible for the development and maintenance of the official State of Florida database for tracking preschool child with disabilities served under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment Project (CIVI) 

This project provides teacher training that addresses the critical shortage of highly qualified personnel, effective practices in braille instruction, and the effective use of residual vision for learning by using low vision assistive devices.

Educational Interpreters Project (EI)

Florida's Educational Interpreters Project is a state-funding initiative to improve the skills of K-12 interpreters and transliterators working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

Exceptional Student Education Tuition Support Project 

This project provides financial support to paraprofessionals enrolled in special education pre-service training programs, ESE teachers earning an endorsement in autism, prekindergarten disabilities or severe/profound disabilities, and speech-language teachers earning a master's degree in speech/language pathology.

Family Cafe (Cooperation, Advocacy, Friendship, and Empowerment)

The Family Cafe exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship, and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue, and a source of information.

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)

FIN provides learning opportunities, consultation, information, and support to educators, families, and community members resulting in the inclusion of all students.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)

The FDLRS Associate Centers provide diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide.

FDLRS Multidisciplinary Educational Service Centers (FDLRS MDC)

This network of six regional Multidisciplinary Education Services Centers provide multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for pre-school and school-aged children with complex academic, medical, emotional and/or behavioral needs. The centers also provide technical assistance and consultation services to families, schools, and community agencies. FDLRS MDCs also provide pre-service and in-service training.


One of six regional Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Multidisciplinary Education Services Centers that serve children and youth with complex learning, behavioral, medical, and socio-emotional, their parents, teachers, and schools.

Referrals - At-risk and struggling students can be referred to the program by their families, schools, health professionals, and/or state and local agencies by contacting FDLRS/UF MDTP. For more information call, (352) 294-8248

UF Multidisciplinary Diagnostic & Training Program
1699 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, Florida 32608-1158

Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI)

FIMC-FI is a statewide resource center designed to assist schools in obtaining specialized materials for students with visual impairments as well as providing professional development to teachers and other professionals who provide services to students who are visually impaired.  In addition to housing a professional resource library, they are also the state's Authorized User for the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

Institute for Small and Rural District (ISRD)

The mission of ISRD is to improve outcomes for students with disabilities in the thirty-four small and rural school districts through staff development, information, dissemination, technical assistance, product development, and support for district initiatives.

Learning Ally

The purpose of this project is to provide digital audio textbooks and equipment to students who cannot read standard print or have difficulty doing so due to visual, perceptual, physical, or learning disabilities.  The project also facilitates support services and training to administrators, teachers, parents, and students on the use of this technology provided by Learning Ally (formerly recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)

SEDNET is devoted to facilitating the creation of a comprehensive "system of care" for high-risk students and students with emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.

Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP)

 PEP provides information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities in select isolated, rural areas of Florida

Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA)

The Statewide Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) staff join together in partnership with Florida educators to provide training and technical assistance in developing a plan for implementing innovative and effective practices in the school environment.

Positive Behavior Support: Multi-tiered System of Supports (PBS:MTSS)

This project is committed to building the capacity of school districts so that they may better assist schools to develop effective discipline, social skills teaching, and behavior support strategies for all students.  The statewide Florida Positive Behavior Support Project, Florida Prolme-Solving/RtI Project, and the Technology and Learning Connections for Assistive Technology and UDL Team, will work together to support district-wide implementation of an integrated (academic and behavior) data-based problem-solving system supported through technology.

Problem Solving and Response to Intervention State Project (PS/RtI)

This project facilitates the implementation of the problem-solving and response to intervention (PS-RtI) framework to improve academic and behavior outcomes statewide for ALL students, with a particular focus on at-risk general and special education students, and supports the Regional Teams that implement Florida's Differentiated Accountability Plan.  Using a statewide data-based decision-making model, the project demonstrates high quality implementation of statewide training, technical assistance, and building sustainable capacity for the PS-RtI framework in all sixty-seven Florida school districts, with an emerging research focus on secondary level implementation and early warning systems.  Thirty-four elementary pilot schools and forty-two comparison schools in seven demonstration districts, established over a three-year period by this project, informed the process of scale-up to other districts for the implementation of the PS-RtI framework. The PBS:MTSS Project and the PS/RtI Project and its Technology & Learning Connections for Assistive Technology and UDL Team, will work together to support district-wide implementation of an integrated (academic/behavior/technology) data-based problem-solving system facilitated through the use of the District Action Planning and Problem-Solving Process.  Technology and Learning Connections Website:

Project 10: Transition Education Network

The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network is to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (RMTC-D/HH)

The Resource Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing is a specialized FDLRS center serving teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout the state of Florida.

Technical Assistance and Training System for Programs Serving Young Children with Disabilities (TATS)

TATS is a statewide system of technical assistance and training that promotes high quality programs which lead to and support positive outcomes for prekindergarten children with disabilities and their families.

VSA Florida

VSA is a statewide support network responsible for the implementation of arts programs to ensure inclusion, learning and success through the arts for students with disabilities

Working with the Experts (WWE)

Working with the Experts is a program that offers professional development opportunities for school-based speech-language professionals; occupational and physical therapy professionals; teachers of students with visual impairments; and teachers of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  This program is free to registered participants and provides a way for school-based practitioners to earn continuing education units (CEU's).

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