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Services

Man Helping CustomersAny Floridian with a disability-related issue is eligible to receive Disability Rights Florida services. Below is a list of our priorities, the services we provide, our statewide initiatives, and some of the areas we cannot address.

Priorities

  • Abuse, neglect or rights violations for individuals who live in institutional and residential settings
  • Community placement
  • Access to publicly funded benefits and services, particularly home and community based services
  • Self-empowerment and rights of individuals to gain greater control over important life decisions
  • Control over use of public benefits and personal assets
  • Equal access to public and private programs and services, including businesses, transportation, post-secondary education, housing, and assistive technology
  • Access to vocational rehabilitation and blind services
  • Access to a free and appropriate public education in the most inclusive environment
  • Least restrictive alternatives to guardianship
  • Voting rights and civic participation

Services to Individuals

  • Information and referrals
  • Self-advocacy support
  • Technical assistance
  • Investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations
  • Dispute resolution support
  • Negotiation and mediation support
  • Advocacy services

Statewide Initiatives

  • Educating policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities
  • Systemic and legal advocacy
  • Collaborative work on disability rights issues
  • Monitoring of public programs and facilities
  • Workshops and trainings

Areas We Do Not Cover

  • Anything NOT Related to the individual’s disability
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial Assistance, including:
    • Direct cash
    • Utility/phone/other bills
    • Rental or mortgage assistance
    • Property Tax
  • Guardianship
  • Identity theft
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate Law
  • Property Law
  • Social Security Disability Determination
  • Wills