Would you like to hear the voices of other families?

Hear their stories and suggestions in the Parent Road Map.

The Florida Outreach Project team includes two Family Specialists:

Shelly Voelker (bio) and Pam Kissoondyal (bio).

Both Shelly and Pam are the parents of children with disabilities who have extensive training and experience working with children and families affected by deaf-blindness and other disabilities.  Shelly and Pam are available to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, make suggestions, and recommend resources.

Shelly regularly shares many resources of interest to families affected by deaf-blindness and other disabilities!

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 Contact Shelly

to get information and resources on disabilities, education, early childhood, and more!


Pam coordinates Florida’s Family-to-Family project

 Contact Pam

to learn more about these opportunities to connect with other families!

Family Stories

Families Matter Stories. National Center on Deaf-Blindness
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Family Fun Facts – National Center on Deaf-Blindness

For Families – Resources from NCDB




Family Stories – National Family Association for Deaf-Blind




Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments






Florida’s Parent Training Centers and Parent-to-Parent resources:

Family Network on Disabilities logo shows capital letters F N D

  • Family Network on Disabilities (FND) http://fndusa.org was founded in 1985 by a group of parents of children with disabilities who came together for mutual support and information-sharing.
    FND is a grassroots organization for persons with disabilities and their families that is family-centered and family-driven.

Family Network on Disabilities operates the following programs in Florida:

  • The Parent Education Network (PEN) project is the Parent Training Information (PTI) center for southern Florida,
    Lee, Collier, Hendry, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Martin, Charlotte, and Glades counties.
  • The Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN) program provides parent training and information  (PTI) services to the Panhandle of Florida,
    Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Calhoun, Gulf, Bay, Washington, Jackson, Liberty, Holmes, Franklin, Wakulla, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Dixie, Suwannee, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Columbia, Baker, Levy, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, St. John’s, Clay, Putnam, Flagler, Marion, and Volusia counties.
  • The Parents Educating Parents (PEP) project provides information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities in isolated, rural areas of Florida,
    Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee counties.

Community Parent Resource Centers and other resources:

Parent to Parent of Miami logo shows 2 parents and 2 children holding handsParent to Parent of Miami www.ptopmiami.org is an education, support, and advocacy program, as well as a Community Parent Resource Center.  Parent to Parent of Miami serves Miami, Dade, and Monroe counties.





Empowering parents log shows parents around the globe holding handsThe Empowerment Parent Resource Center of Northwest Florida (Project Empower) shares community resources and training with communities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.






Visit http://www.parentcenterhub.org,  to see Parent Centers across the USA and other resources.