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Special Needs/Autism

Shake-a-Leg Miami

Shake-A-Leg is a water sports community center for adults and children with physical, developmental and economic challenges. If you’re looking for family activities, if you’re disabled or have a family member with a disability, this may be just what you’ve been looking for. Conatct them at 305-858-5550 x113 for further info.

Soccer Clinic for Children with Autism

Annual Ransom Everglades Soccer Clinic for Children with Autism is a free clinic to be held at Ransom Upper School, Main Highway Coconut Grove. Pre-Registration is a MUST! For more information please contact Marie Whitehurst:

Social Security Dept.

A child might be eligible for 3 types of Social security benefits-
Social Security Dependents Benefits (SSDI)- for children of disabled or deceased parents
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- benefits are payable to children under 18 years old who have disabilities (an impairment that is as severe as one that would keep an adult from doing any ‘substantial work for at least one year’, i.e. a disability that limits the child’s ability to do things and behave in the way that children of similar age group do.), and limited resources.
Medical Assistance- government funded health program (Medical Assistance and Medicaid are the same thing)-automatic for patients with severe impairments regardless of parental income. – 800-772-1213
click here for SSI facte sheet

The Mailman Center for Child Development

The Center is a major component of the UM School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics where research, training and service are integrated to improve the services and supports needed by children with special needs and their families. The Mailman Center provides evaluation, diagnostic and intervention services to more than 10,000 children and adults with complex developmental challenges. 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami. 305-243-6631

United Cerebral Palsy of Florida

This is a multi-service agency for children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. They offer home and center-based programs, advocacy, referral and information about resources for children with special needs. 1411 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125.
call them at (305) 325-1080


VACC Camp gives families a fun opportunity to socialize with peers and enjoy activities not readily accessible to technology dependent children.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Helps caregivers in caring for children with cerebral palsy that are three years or older by providing caretakers, medical supplies, physical/occupational/speech therapy, and behavioral services. 401 NW 2nd Ave. Ste. South 811, Miami, FL 33128. 305-349-1478

ALLIANCE Homecare Systems

State licensed and insured respiratory and Nursing Specialist providing 24 hour respiratory services. 13051 SW 133rd Ct, Miami, FL 33186-6452.

Best Buddies

Creates partnerships between high school and college students and intellectually challenged people of the same age for support and friendship.
100 SE Second Street, Ste. 1990, Miami.
call 305-374-2233 ext. 36

Children’s Medical Services (CMS)

Provides children with special health care needs with a family centered, managed system of care.
North Dade – 155 S. Miami Ave, Suite 1000 Miami, FL 33130, call (305) 349-1330
South Dade – 3100 S.W. 62nd Ave. Miami, FL 33155 call (786) 624-2490

Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps

Provides and coordinates services to individuals with disabilities and their families. It consists of a coalition of families, advocates, community service providers, and other public, private and governmental organizations. 9555 SW 88th St, Miami, FL 33176. call (305) 596-1160.

Early Steps Centers

Early Steps offers early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay.
South Miami call (786) 268-2611.
North Miami call (305) 243-6660.

Junior Wheelchair Tennis Program

This is held free of charge for physically disabled elementary and middle school children with a moderate to high cognitive level. Please have parents contact Lisa McCahill at (305) 234-4948. Held at Crandon Park Tennis Center and Big Five Tennis Club.

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Human Services

helps individuals with disabilities develop independent living skills. For an appointment call or visit the following location: 1335 NW 14 Street, Miami, FL 33125. (305) 547-5445.

National Center for Learning Disabilities


National Down Syndrome Society


Parent to Parent of Miami

Provides information, educational training and support to families who have children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs. 7990 S.W. 117th Avenue, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33183.
(305) 271-9797