Resources for Families

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Parent Roadmap

Your Guide to Raising a Child with Combined Hearing and Vision Losses

Working with Someone Who Has a Vision and a Hearing Loss

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The Least Dangerous Assumptions

What should you do–if your child is born and everyone around him predicts that he will never communicate, or play, or make friends, or learn?

Would you like to hear the voices of other families?

The Florida Outreach Project team includes two Family Specialists:

Shelly Voelker and Pam Kissoondyal

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 on and Pam coordinates Florida’s Family-to-Family program. Reach out to them!

Family Resources

Florida’s Parent Training Centers and Parent-to-Parent Resources


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Family Network on Disabilities (FND) 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 Parent Support Network offers Parent Training Information (PTI) services to help ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for school, and to be able to lead productive, independent lives to the fullest extent possible.
  • The Family STAR program assists families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and professionals so they can make informed decisions about health care through support, training, assistance and resources. We help families to be effective partners in the health care decision making process at all levels.
  • The Dadvocates program helps fathers be involved in the lives of their children with disabilities.

Community Parent Resource Centers and Other Resources


Parent to Parent of Miami

Parent to Parent of Miami 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.

Project Empower

Empowerment Parent Resource Center of Northwest Florida

The Empowerment Parent Resource Center of Northwest Florida (Project Empower) shares community resources and training with communities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Parent Center Hub

All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. See Parent Centers across the USA and other resources.