Northeast Florida has a strong community network of nonprofits that serve as a unique, positive system of care for those with IDDs. If you are interested in helping out, there are many great nonprofit organizations where you can connect with people with IDDs.

For more information about local nonprofits that work with persons with IDD, contact a nonprofit from the list below.

(Agency for Community Empowerment)

Provides a range of person-centered mental health and life management services to foster independence for persons with disabilities.

Angelwood, Inc.
Assists families in caring for the special needs of their loved ones through a variety of programs suited to individualized goals

The Arc Jacksonville
Promotes and protects the human rights of people with IDDs

(Building Abilities Special Children and Adults)

Helps individuals with IDDs achieve a higher quality of life and sense of belonging

Ben’s Place
Provides social experiences and supports the independence of individuals with disabilities

Best Buddies
Works to end the social, physical and economic isolation of people with IDDs through a variety of inclusion programs

Camp I Am Special
Offers a traditional overnight camp experience for children and young adults challenged by physical, emotional and mental disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Program
Statewide agency that serves the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities

DLC Nurse and Learn
An inclusion child care center for children of all abilities

(Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville)

Helps people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and helps create a more educated, inclusive community

Aids individuals who face barriers to employment by providing innovative employment, training and placement services

Greenwood School
Teaches children with learning challenges such as reading disabilities, memory deficit and ADHD by meeting their unique learning needs

HEAL (Healing Every Autistic Life)
Supports organizations serving those with autism spectrum disorders and acts as an outreach organization for the community

Henderson Haven
Ensures those with developmental disabilities are given the opportunity to experience full inclusion through home support, private school and other programs

Hope Haven
Ensures children and families realize their full potential by providing specialized services, including the Down Syndrome Center

(Independent Living Resource Center)

Empowers people with disabilities by developing and monitoring individualized Independent

The Jericho School for Children With Autism
Private nonprofit school in Jacksonville for children with autism and other IDDs

L’Arche Harbor House
Creates a community where people with IDDs can share their gifts and nurture relationships

Making Strides for Autism
Provides support and resources for individuals and families affected by autism

Mainspring Academy
Teaches students aged 5-22 with varying exceptionalities including autism, Down syndrome, and severe learning, emotional, and behavioral disorders

Morning Star School
Serves children in grades K-12 with learning disabilities, intellectual differences and autism spectrum disorders

New Heights of Northeast Florida
Educates, advocates on behalf of, and assists all individuals with IDDs

North Florida School of Special Education
Improves the lives of students with IDDs through the achievement of academic, vocational and social skills

Pine Castle
Serves adults with IDDs and provides support to their families across Northeast Florida

Special Olympics Florida (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau/St. Johns)
Provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with IDDs

Step Up for Students
Helps administer scholarships for Florida schoolchildren, including the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with special needs

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