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The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program  is a unique program designed to develop and administer a coordinated program to serve persons who have sustained moderate-to-severe traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries. The mission of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program is to provide all eligible residents who sustain a brain or spinal cord injury equal opportunity to obtain necessary services to enable them to return to an appropriate level of functioning in their community.


The Developmental Disabilities Program is a part of the Florida Department of Children and Families. The program assists people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It also provides assistance to identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities and funding to purchase supports and services. Although the Program Office is in Tallahassee, the supports and services for people with developmental disabilities are provided through district offices throughout the state.


The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)  provides services for eligible persons with physical or mental impairments. These services are designed to enable you to prepare for, to get, to keep, or to regain employment. This link provides information on area offices, application for services, vendor applications and the State Plan.


FAAST works with consumers, family members, caregivers, providers and agencies to ensure that individual's continue to benefit from assistive technology as they move between home, school, work and community. At no cost to the consumer, FAAST provides Information and Referral; resource information; assistive technology demonstrations; product research; education and advocacy. Information is available on an Alternate Financing Program that can assist consumers with disabilities to purchase assistive technology devices and services.


Shriners Hospital, Tampa is part of a network of 22 hospitals across North America providing expert medical care at no cost to children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries. The Tampa Shriners Hospital, located on the University of South Florida campus, is a 58-bed facility that has treated over 26,000 patients with orthopedic problems since opening in 1985.


The Department of Veteranís Affairs funded the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa to establish a VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry. The Center was funded for three years. The focus of this Center is safe mobility. Two goals for this center are: (1) To promote personal freedom and safety for frail elderly and persons with disabilities, across the continuum of care and (2) To build a "culture of safety" to support clinicians in providing safe patient care and safe working environments.



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