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Schools are to ensure that students with disabilities are provided access to all school functions, including but not limited to pep rallies, assemblies, dances, field trips and grade level meetings, as well as classroom extracurricular activities including but not limited to class activities, field trips, etc. Equal access to information about such activities is required by Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a school has daily announcements, all activities announced shall be published in the daily announcement. Principals will designate a staff member at their school site to oversee publishing all activities in the daily announcement and to provide a written copy of the daily announcements to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis. If any activity is not placed in the daily announcements, written notification of that activity will be provided to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis.

To go to the FDLRS Parent Services page, click here.

Parent Survey

Florida's 2014-15 ESE Parent Survey has Started

Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well your child's school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child's education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The survey is open until May 31, and can be completed by going to or you may request a paper survey from your child's school. You may access the survey by scanning the QR code in this article. You may click this link for a flyer.

Make your voice heard!

Sensory Friendly Movies

Polk County, Florida has its first Sensory Friendly Movie Theatre! The Cobb Theatre is launching several movies in the upcoming months. The auditoriums are made to be more comfortable with brighter lights and the sound level turned down. The audience is encouraged to be themselves and interact with the movie. Dance, sing & enjoy the show!!!

The movies will show at 10:00AM on select days. Here is a list of the movies and dates:

Home - Saturday, March 28th
Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom - Saturday, April 18th
Tommorowland - Saturday, May 30th
Inside Out - Saturday, June 27th
Minions - Saturday, July 18th


We hope that you will take this opportunity to enjoy the movies with your family member or friend with autism!

For more information, please visit


ESE Parent Advisory Council

Information coming soon.

ESE Parent Calendar

Date: Event: Notes:

Children's Art Program

Tinia Clark has been involved with therapeutic art instruction for individuals with Alzheimer's and autism. She has developed easy to teach art projects for children with special needs. The class is offered at not cost and siblings are welcome.

St. David's Episcopal Church

10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Please register with Tinia at or call 863-224-8557.

145 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803


Agency Awareness Meeting for Families of Students with Disabilities, hosted by Lakeland High School Career Experience Program

Many agencies have been invited to attend. Valuable information, door prizes, and free food await attenders.

Click here for flyer.

Lakeland Senior High School (cafeteria)

Please use the new highway 98 entrance across from Lake Bonny Park.

6:00 - 8:30 PM


726 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland, FL 33801

Please use the new entrance across from Lake Bonny Park.

For further information, contact Sandy Perlewitz at (863)499-2900, ext. 2750.

5/5 Applications are due for the Deliver the Dream family retreat for families who have a child with a blood disorder. Click here for the application.

Parents of Students with Disabilities Parent Support Group

Parents & guardians of students with disabilities interested in sharing ideas, experiences & support with others are invited.

2nd Tuesday of the month

Click here for flyer.

11:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.

Facilitated by Cheryl Marino, LCSW (School Social Worker and parent)

630 Pope Avenue, Winter Haven, FL 33881

Registration not required, but e-mail confirmation of interest to would be appreciated.


Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council, the ESE Department of Polk County Schools and Southeastern University present an ESE Transition Seminar at Southeastern University. Topics explored are:

  • What should a transition IEP look like?
  • What is Vocational Rehabilitation's role in transition?
  • What is the Agency for Persons with Disabilities role in Transition?
  • Voices from the field: transition teachers and students share their stories.
  • How is a local university training future transition staff?
  • What does the future hold for transition?

Southeastern College Buiness, Legal Studies and Education Building.

For a full flyer with map, click this link.

Spanish translation here

9:00 - 11:15 A.M.

1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland

Contact David Wood or Laura Taft by calling 863-534-0930 for further information.


Applications are due for the Deliver the Dream family retreat for families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

There are several other upcoming retreats which run through November. The same application covers all camps.

Click here for the application.