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Which Way to Turn?

Do you need help finding resources to support the learning, community access or social needs of a child or young person with a disability?  If so, the Association for Persons with Disabilities has created a wonderful searchable database that covers the State of Florida.  By entering your zip code and a few key words, you will have access to contact information right in your own back yard.  

Check it out:  http://resourcedirectory.apd.myflorida.com/resourcedirectory


Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System - PARENT SERVICES

  • Helps schools and school districts to develop family-friendly programs and services
  • Provides information to families about exceptional student education
  • Promotes partnerships between schools and families to support student achievement
  • Provides information to families and professionals about local resources and family support groups



What is a Parent Liaison?

A Parent Liaison is a person who works to bridge the communication between school and home by helping parents get the information, help and support they need to ensure their child's academic and social success in school.  Each of our FDLRS/Springs Service area districts has someone available to address your questions about Exceptional Student Education and your child.

FDLRS supports schools and districts to develop family-friendly programs and services.  FDLRS/Springs is a source of information about exceptional student education, and promoting partnerships between schools and families to support student achievement.  


Parent Liaison's



Alachua County

Dr. Barbara Henry

Email:  henryba@gm.sbac.edu

Supervisor, Exceptional Student Education

620 E. University Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

Work: (352) 955-7671 Ext. 1660

Manning Fax: (352) 955-7129

Pre-K ESE Fax:  1 (844) 821-6920



Citrus County

Jennifer Greco

Email: Grecoj@Citrus.k12.fl.us 

Holly Babyak

Email:  BabyakH@Citrus.k12.fl.us 

Lynne Kirby

Email:  Kirbyl@citrus.k12.fl.us

Citrus County Schools

Citrus ESE Department

1007 West Main Street

Inverness, FL 34450

Telephone:  (352) 726-1931 Ext. 2330



 Dixie County

 Marilyn Philmon

Email: MarilynPhilmon@dixie.k12.fl.us 

Dixie County School District

Old Town Education Center

323 SE 349 Highway

Old Town, FL 32680

Telephone:  (352) 498-6112




Gilchrist County

Mandy Brock

Email:  brockm@mygcsd.org

Special Programs

District ESE Office

310 NW 11th Avenue

Trenton, FL 32693

Telephone:  (352) 463-3153




 Levy County

 Elizabeth Kennelly-Smith

Email:  Elizabeth.KennellySmith@Levyk12.org

SEDNET Coordinator, Region 3B

Levy County Public Schools

480 Marshburn Drive

Bronson, Florida 32621

Telephone:  (352) 486-5240





Marion County

Kathy Ruiz

ESE Program Specialist/Hospitalized/Homebound Program/ESE Parent Liaison

Email:  Kathleen.Ruiz@marion.k12.fl.us

1614 SE Fort King Street

Building 2, Room 17

Ocala, Florida 34471

Work: (352) 236-0500

Extension:  55730





 Aimee Mallini, Program Specialist

Email:  aimee.mallini@fldoe.org  

Telephone:  (850) 245-0475




Member Districts ESE Websites


Alachua County

Donna Kidwell-Diehlman

Director, Exceptional Student Education

620 E. University Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

Work: (352) 955-7671

Fax: (844) 410-6813





Citrus County

Lynne Kirby

Director of Exceptional Student Education

1007 W. Main Street

Inverness, Florida 34450

Work: (352) 726-1931 Ext. 2329 

Fax: (352) 726-6698


Dixie County

Alexa Mills

Director of Student Services & ESE

16077 NE Hwy 19, Bldg. 2

Cross City, Florida 32628

Work: (352) 498-6146

Fax: (352) 498-1308





Gilchrist   County

Lisa Rowland

Director of Special Programs

310 NW 11th Avenue

Trenton, Florida 32693

Work: (352) 463-3153

Fax: (352) 463-3276




Levy County

Rosalind Hall, Ph.D.

Director of ESE & Student Services

350 School Street

Bronson, Florida 32621

Work: (352) 486-5240

Fax: (352) 486-5242




Marion County

Elizabeth Fields

Director, Exceptional Student Education

1517 SE 30th Avenue, Suite#2

Ocala, Florida 34471

Work: (352) 671-6832

Fax: (352) 671-6833



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Parent Resources



events The staff of FDLRS/Springs wants to help you find the training you need.  Click on the links below to learn more about upcoming events.  

Learning Opportunities for Families

Opportunities listed here are for informational purposes only. 

  Family Cafe  

The 20th Annual Family Cafe  

The Annual Family Cafe will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando once again, on June 15-17, 2018, located at 9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida.  This three-day event provides a venue for people with disabilities and their families to learn about available services, connect with policy makers and network with each other. It features dozens of breakout sessions, a full exhibit hall, a series of keynotes and multiple opportunities to interact with other families.  For more information, please visit:  www.familycafe.net  or info@familycafe.net - The Family Cafe is on facebook-24 Facebook, and Twitter  Twitter logo Follow them @TheFamilyCafe


National Autism Association 

Click Here to Visit the National Autism Conference Website - The Autism Conference was held at the beautiful Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 7-10, 2017.  

If you’re an autism parent or busy professional, this conference is for YOU!  The NAC features the world’s leading experts on autism in a relaxed, environmentally-responsible, and certified “Autism-Friendly” resort setting.  For more information visit the NAA website at:  http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/  Autism Conference 2017 Details/Registration


I n f o r m a t i o n a l    I t e m s


Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years - United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the attached recommended 2015-2016 immunization schedule for children and adolescents, ages 0-18. The Florida Department of Health provides updated information about the CDC recommended immunization schedule at http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/announcements/index.html.


Bullying Prevention:


What is Bullying? 

Aggressive behavior may be bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to.  Find out what bullying is and what the different types are.  You can also learn more about other topics related to bullying.

The Bullying Prevention: 2015 Resource Guide provides extensive information and resources about bullying prevention. Contents include descriptions of organizations and websites; data, definitions, and research; programs, campaigns, and toolkits; policies, laws, and legislation; publications and resources; and information about at-risk populations as well as bullying and co-occurring issues. To view the guide, go to http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/sites/childrenssafetynetwork.org/files/Bullying%20Prevention.pdf.



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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Section 618 Data Products

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has launched a new website to publicly report the IDEA Section 618 data as well as provide documentation associated with the data. This site hosts IDEA Section 618 data files (historical and newly released data); data documentation files that will provide information about the data elements and format of the data files; data notes associated with the IDEA Section 618 data files; and links to other sites that provide data and information on children with disabilities. In addition to launching the new website, OSEP is also releasing 10 new data files. For more information, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepidea/618-data/index.html.