Adaptive Recreational Activities
Best Day Foundation
Provides children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities including surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more.
Broward County Parks and Recreation
Broward County’s parks department offers extensive programs for those with physical, developmental, intellectual, visual and hearing disabilities. Activities include social gatherings, tandem biking for the visually impaired, bowling, yoga and more.
TTY Line: 954-537-2844
David Posnack Jewish Community Center
Through Giborim U enrichment classes, youth and adults with special needs can learn new skills, gain independence, build confidence and make new friends. Programs focus on sports and fitness, arts, life skills and socialization. 5850 S. Pine Island Rd., Davie.
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida
Therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties. 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek.
God’s Little Acres
Provides safe and controlled recreational opportunities on a five-acre ranch for seriously ill and developmentally disabled children between the ages of 2-11 with their families. No fee. 4551 NW 39 Ave., Coconut Creek.
Parkland Buddy Sports
Non-profit organization offers supervised and structured sports programs for special needs children and young adults.
Pembroke Pines Special Population Programs
City of Pembroke Pines provides recreational and educational programs to those with special needs.
This global organization oversees year-round sports training and competition for developmentally disabled individuals ages 8 and up. Provides training through schools and individual programs in a variety of different sports. 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
YMCA South Florida
Through Special Needs Inclusion programs, the YMCA aims to increase each individual’s ability to take part in activities with their peers to create a mutual sense of belonging. Programs include adaptive sports, summer camp and more.
ADHD Assessment, Consultation & Treatment Program
Provides assessment, testing and treatment for children and adolescents 2-22 years who are demonstrating behavioral issues consistent with ADHD. Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies, Maltz Building, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Autism Society of America
Support, resources and advocacy for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Baudhuin Preschool at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center
Located on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University, the preschool is an internationally recognized model for children with autism spectrum disorder. Offered in partnership with Broward County Public Schools at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Based at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University, the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) is a state-funded organization that offers free services for those with autism spectrum disorder, dual sensory impairment and related disabilities.
Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinics
Housed at NSU, clinics provide a comprehensive spectrum of services for children and caregivers including developmental assessment of autism and related disorders, feeding disorders and challenging behaviors. 7600 SW 36 St., Davie.
Children’s Bereavement Center
Grief support group for children, teens, young adults and families seeking support after the loss of a loved one. Free groups take place across Broward and Miami-Dade
A community wellness center created solely and mindfully for the MSD/Eagles community providing current, future and former students, families and faculty a place for support services including information and education, family strengthening services and wellness experiences. 5655 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs.
Program uses miniature horses and other animals to provide free grief support groups to children ages 3 and up, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one. 4341 NW 39 Ave., Coconut Creek.
Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Non-profit center provides medical care, therapeutic services, multidisciplinary evaluations, support groups, recreational events, and more to children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and specialists provide services funded primarily through federal, state, county and private grants. 1401 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System
State-supported program provides support services and resources for those that have concern for and serve children with exceptionalities.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center
In partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, this not-for-profit center provides world-class neurological and developmental services and screenings for children. Also provides support groups, seminars and a resource center for parents. Serves children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, developmental disorders, dual sensory impairments and more. Camp DMC, a summer program for children with special needs, is run by trained professionals including certified teachers, behavior specialists and education aides. The program offers fun, educational and therapeutic activities to enhance academic, communication, social and motor skills. 2900 S. Commerce Parkway, Weston.
In coordination with the public schools, this program works to identify children who may be eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Provides early intervention and serves as an entry to exceptional student education services before children reach school age.
An early intervention, parent-child class for children 18-36 months exhibiting delays in language and social skills. Program is designed to increase communication, social and school readiness skills. NSU Mailman Segal Center for Early Childhood Studies, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Education and early intervention services, adult and pediatric therapy programs and childcare services are some of the programs offered to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 5450 Stirling Rd., Davie.
Specializes in the treatment of eating disorders through nutrition therapy, group support and more. 2300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Residential and outpatient treatment for eating disorders, including anorexia. For ages 14 and up. 7700 Renfrew Lane, Coconut Creek.
A free, confidential referral and crisis helpline. The hotline and website connect parents to comprehensive resources, including assistance for children with developmental and physical disabilities.
2-1-1 or 954-537-0211
Agency for Health Care Administration
Helps Medicaid consumers navigate the Medicaid system. Provides a list of doctors and specialists but does not determine eligibility. 1400 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Supports people with developmental disabilities in living, learning and working in their communities. Provides Medicaid waiver services. 201 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Public Schools
There are many resources available through the public schools, including family counseling, exceptional student education, Homebound program, psychological services and hearing impaired services.
Broward Regional Health Planning Council
Provides a wide variety of programs to support families, including financially assisted childcare to eligible families of children with special needs. 200 Oakwood Lane, Hollywood.
Children’s Medical Services
Part of the Florida Department of Health, this agency provides early intervention as well as primary, therapeutic, specialty and long-term care to children under 21 with special healthcare needs. Deals with brain and spinal cord injury, craniofacial/cleft palate, orthopedic, genetic, neurosurgical, cardiac, renal, eye, sickle cell anemia and diabetes.
Children’s Services Council
Government agency created by voters to provide leadership, coordination and funding for children’s services. Check their website for a list of funded programs.
Disability Rights Florida
Assists people with disabilities in applying for and receiving services from rehabilitative programs.
Family Network on Disabilities
Part of a statewide network serving families with special needs. Provides tutorials, workshops and assistance for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Some eligibility requirements may apply.
Florida Mentor Network
Part of a national network of health and human services providers, this network offers community-based support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as medically complex needs.
Florida’s Voice on Developmental Disabilities
A statewide volunteer advocacy organization comprised of family and friends of persons with developmental disabilities.
Pairs people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships with middle and high school students. Also offers a program for adults. 3450 Lakeside Dr., Miramar.
The Friendship Journey
Fitness, art and music programs pair children with special needs with typical children to form friendships and learn from one another.
Hearing & Vision
Center for Hearing & Communication
Multidisciplinary services for deaf and hard of hearing clients, including audiology services, assistive listening devices, specialized phone equipment, psychological assessments, counseling, support groups and educational and summer camp programs. Emergency interpreter services available 24 hours. 2900 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Division of Blind Services
State-sponsored programs for those up to age 21 who are visually impaired or have a disease that will lead to blindness. 7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.
Lighthouse of Broward
Programs for blind and visually impaired adults and children. Includes in-home services for infants and preschoolers, camp and year-round activities for ages 6-12, teen program, and parent support group. 650 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
NSU Audiology Clinic
Comprehensive assessment and treatment for hearing and balance disorders, including comprehensive audiologic assessment from newborn through school-age, and auditory processing evaluations for children with learning disorders and attention difficulties. 3200 S. University Dr., Davie.
Education, socialization, counseling and case management for deaf or disabled individuals and their families or caregivers. 6591 Flamingo Rd., Cooper City.
Healing Arts Institute of South Florida
The Institute’s Awesome Kids program assists children with social, emotional, behavioral and anger management issues. 4699 N. State Road 7, Tamarac.
Henderson Behavioral Health
Case management for children who are experiencing mental health problems.
Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida
Prevention programs, community education, advocacy and opportunities for empowerment of persons with mental illness. Programs include services, support, mentoring, art and music therapy, and more. 7145 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Support, advocacy and education for people with mental illnesses, their families and friends.
NSU Child, Adolescent & Family Services
A full range of psychological services to assist families with emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral difficulties — including ADHD, school and behavioral problems, childhood bedwetting and more. Nova Southeastern University, Maltz Psychology Building, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
SEDNET (Severe Emotional Disorders)
Multi-agency effort dedicated to improving services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.
Deliver the Dream
A respite and retreat program for families experiencing serious illness or crisis, allowing them to mend spirits, gain strength and reconnect. 3223 NW 10 Terr., Fort Lauderdale.
The Kidz Korner
Respite program for medically fragile children in a home-like atmosphere with attentive nurses, therapists and respiratory practitioners. Therapy programs include physical, dysphagia, occupational and speech-language. Location also offers a ventilator weaning program and transition programs. For preemies to age 21. 4250 NW Fifth St., Plantation.
Ann Storck Center
Developmental preschool serving children ages 3 months to 5 years with special needs. Full-time nurse, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, family support, and more. 1790 SW 43 Way, Fort Lauderdale.
Support for those with developmental challenges and their families. Includes parent-training programs, full-day preschool, therapy and developmental training, summer camps, after-school programs, respite care and more. 10250 NW 53 St., Sunrise.
Provides educational support and services to students with special needs to promote optimum self-sufficiency while addressing each student’s unique abilities and needs. 7601 SW 39 St., Davie.
Broward Children’s Center
This non-profit center offers a wide range of programs, including licensed home health care, medical daycare, developmental preschools for special needs and typical children, in-home and facility-based respite care, and more. Also offers social services referrals and counseling, education for medically complex children, medical transportation, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. 200 SE 19 Ave., Pompano Beach.
NSU Clinic for Speech, Language & Communication
Evaluation and treatment for speech, language and communication delays and disorders such as apraxia, articulation, dysarthria, swallowing difficulties, phonology, pragmatic/semantic language, receptive/expressive language, stuttering, fluency and voice disturbances. 6100 Griffin Rd., Davie.
Stuttering Foundation of America
Provides free online resources, information, services and support to those who stutter and their families.
Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization
This group aims to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome by helping them reach their full potential through family support, education and social activities.
9900 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs.
Easterseals South Florida
Easterseals provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. 1475 NW 14 Ave., Miami.
Committed to serving all children, from birth to age 22, who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader Willi, the center provides individualized treatment interventions, enrichment activities and family support services. Also offers child enrichment services including social skills groups, a life skills program, various clubs and indoor and outdoor activities.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Assistance for those with neuromuscular disease, including wheelchairs, leg braces, flu shots, support groups, camp programs, and more. 550 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach.
United Community Options
Formerly United Cerebral Palsy, this organization helps children with a range of needs and abilities maximize their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development through preschool and after-school programs and summer and transitional programs for children with special needs. In addition, UCO offers in-home respite care workers to give family members time for themselves.
Cadenza Center for Psychotherapy and the Arts
Agency serves children, adolescents, and adults with developmental, emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral needs using active, creative, and enriching treatment interventions. 450 N. Park Rd., Hollywood.
Children’s Center for Development & Behavior
Provides interdisciplinary developmental/behavioral assessments, integrated therapy programs and training for parents of children
with developmental delays, including autism. Also available: clinical psychology, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and applied behavioral analysis. 440 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise.
Therapies 4 Kids
Pediatric intensive fitness programs for children and adults with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and stroke. Five south Florida locations.
Transitioning to Adulthood
Center for Independent Living
Peer support, programs and referrals to assist individuals with disabilities gain self-sufficiency. Ages 14-22 years may participate in workshops, internships, training conferences, field trips, and leadership development. They also offer a Wheelchair Repair Clinic on the first Friday of each month. 4800 N. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale.
Free service provides educational seminars, resources and consultations for Broward County parents and caretakers of special needs adults or adolescents nearing adulthood. Topics include financial or legal arrangements, residential options, vocational assistance and social and recreation needs. Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward, 5890 S. Pine Island Rd., Davie.
Living Inclusively for Everyone
LIFE offers recreational outings for young adults with developmental disabilities, with focused efforts in the areas of housing, recreation and job opportunities.
A free, non-profit service that helps parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate legal options as their child reaches adulthood.
From acting and art to swimming and fitness, these activities are designed to make kids feel at ease while focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities.
Lights are up, the sound is down and kids are free to move around during the monthly sensory friendly screenings at AMC Theatre. Check individual location for show times.
Artists with Autism
Created by the mother of a teen with autism, this group provides aspiring artists with networking opportunities, guidance, and resources.
Boca Raton Children’s Museum
Kids of all ages can explore and investigate new textures and techniques through the museum’s Sensory Art classes. 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton.
Broward County Parks
A variety of ongoing recreation programming and special events are scheduled year-long throughout the county for children, teens and adults through the County’s Special Populations Section. Programs include bowling, dancing, fitness and more.
Dancing on the Spectrum
Founded in partnership with We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, Dancing on the Spectrum invites all children to enjoy the benefits of music, movement and dance. 19635 N. State Rd. 7 Boca Raton.
Exceptional Theater Company
Motivates and energizes children, teens and adults with special needs through the power of theater. Fully inclusive classes offered at various locations throughout Broward County.
HAPPI Farm offers animal activities and interaction for children and adults with special needs, therapeutic horseback riding, pony rides, a petting farm tour, horticulture, music, art therapy and more. 10251 Orange Dr., Davie.
JAFCO Children’s Ability Center
Individualized programs focus on children’s strengths and abilities to enhance their performance and independence at home, in school and in the community. Programs include Social Skills, Music Therapy, Teen Talk, Iron Chefs, STEM, Lego Club, Life Skills, Picasso at Heart, Fun with Fitness, and more. 5100 N. Nob Hill Rd., Sunrise.
Miami Children’s Museum
Stop by the second Saturday of every month for Sensory Friendly Saturdays to explore the museum in a sensory modified supportive setting designed for children with autism spectrum disorder sensory processing disorders and global developmental delays. 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami.
A family-friendly, multi-sensory and early stimulation studio that provides parents and children with the tools to enhance cognitive, physical and social development. 911 NW 209 Ave., Pembroke Pines.
Adapted aquatics lessons for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Includes swimming, exercise, social interaction and play. Chapters located in Davie and Boca Raton.
Sugar Sand Park
The park hosts its annual Especially for Kids event from 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday, May 18, with fun-filled activities for children with
special needs and their families. Highlights include exclusive after hours access to the park and Children’s Science Explorium, carousel rides, art activities, exhibitors, treats, dancing and more. Pre-registration required. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton.
The Friendship Journey
Uniting individuals of all abilities, this program fosters relationships between those with special needs and neuro-typical populations through programs that include singing and dancing, fitness and art.
We Rock the Spectrum
Kid’s gym provides social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum while fostering learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. 5159 S. University Dr., Davie.