National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
Florida Statewide Resources:
Project 10 Transition Education Network:
Project 10 serves as the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and relevant school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD):
APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR):
Vocational Rehabilitation, known as VR, helps eligible individuals with physical or mental disabilities find, get, or keep a better job.
Able United’s mission is to encourage and assist the saving of private funds to help persons with disabilities cover costs that support their health, independence and quality of life.
Sarasota County Resources:
SCAT+ Sarasota County Area Transportation:
Eligibility for paratransit services is based upon the nature of the individual's disability and the origin and destination of the requested trip. Individuals interested in using the SCAT Plus Service as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rider must be screened for eligibility and certified.
SCAT Disability Rates:
SCAT Gold Cards are available only for individuals 65 and older and persons with disabilities. Gold Cards are available at SCAT Administration or the Downtown Transfer Station.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Ticket to Work:
Access to employment support services for Social Security disability beneficiaries who want to work.
Sarasota County Schools: Elizabeth Lewis,
Program Specialist (Pupil Support Services)
Manatee County School: Joseph Roberts,
ESE Coordinator & Transition Specialist