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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.

For more information about the District's ESE Services, click here.

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

ABLE Summer Camp 2016 for Children with ASD Ages 6–14

Where: St. David's Episcopal Church
145 East Edgewood Drive
When: Camp 1- June 13-17 2016 Registration Deadline May 31st
Camp 2 August 1-5 2016 Registration Deadline July 20th
Fees: $20/ week for ABLE clients and their siblings
$100/week for non-ABLE clients

Additional Information: Campers MUST be toilet trained and able to use the bathroom independently, follow directions, and be able to express their wants and needs. Campers must be able to participate in a group setting without a 1 on 1 staff and without displaying severe self-injurious behaviors or aggressions towards others. Camper to staff ratio will be 3:1. A daily snack will be provided, if a special diet requires certain food, please provide it.

The focus of our camp will be on social skills development through use of functional skills and activity based instruction, (arts and crafts, music, water play, outdoor activities, games, and more)!

For More Information, Contact: Itzel Arteaga


Camp Flyer

Solving Social Communication Problems in Kids, Teens, and Adults

Brenda Cartwright and Associates conducts workshops that help kids, teens, and young adults improve their interpersonal skills.

To benefit from these workshops, spoken language ability in the average range is required. Groups include individuals wilh ASD, ADHD/ADD, and those with no diagnosis who are having challenges developing social relationships.

For more information and for pricing, see the workshop flyer.

Florida's 2015—2016 ESE Parent Survey

Parents, we need your help to make Florida's 2015—2016 ESE Parent Survey a record success!

Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual education 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).

Make your voice heard!

  • The web-based survey will open February 1, 2016, and continue until May 31, 2016.
  • You can complete the survey online, or you can request a paper survey from your child's school.

Your feedback is important in helping the state and local school systems continue improving educational programs for children with special needs. Thank you!

For questions about the survey, please contact Aimee Mallini at FDOE.
(850) 245-0916
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services


Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Developmental Screenings Announced

Beginning this school year, professionals from the early childhood community are coming together to provide developmental screenings for children, from newborns to the age of 5. The screenings will begin the process to determine if your child is eligible for services that may be helpful in increasing their success upon entering school. Screenings for vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior, and overall development will be provided by appointment. Screenings locations and dates are provided below.

11/13 – Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, Lakeland

12/11 – St. Ann Catholic Church, Haines City

1/22 – First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred

3/11 – First Presbyterian Church, Lake Wales

4/22 – First Baptist Church, Auburndale

5/27 – First Baptist Church, Winter Haven

6/24 – Palmetto Elementary, Poincianna

For further information, click here for the flyer, or to schedule an appointment, please call 863-647-4258.


Florida Department of Education Announces New Website

The Florida Department of Education has created a new website entitled, which provides Florida Standards aligned student tutorials and resources for grades K-12 in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Civics. Additional tutorials are being added.


Agencies and Organizations Resources Page

Have you looked at our extensive resources pages? Click here to go to our Agencies and Organizations Resources page. The second gray box In the left hand column contains additional resources.


Local Activities

If you, your child, or someone you know is living with a form of disability, the following local activities may be of interest to you.

Name: Description: When? Where?
Special Needs & Developmental Dance Developmental Dance allows students who are developmentally delayed to build self-esteem and use self-expression through dance and music Mondays
7:00-8:00 pm

Ultimate Dance Center
3234 S. Florida Ave.

Martial Arts for Children and Adults within the Spectrum

Martial Arts Therapy to assist kids and adults on the spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment.

6:30-7:30 pm

10:00-11:00 am

Kelly Rec Center
404 Imperial Blvd.




ESE Parent Calendar

Date: Event: Notes:
TBA Polk ESE Advisory Meeting  
3/22 People Like Us Documentary Screening; Polk Theater in Lakeland, 7:00 PM. Free Admission Event Poster | Film Press Packet