About Us

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Our Mission

To provide services and programs promoting independence for all people with disabilities.

Empowering individuals with disabilities to live independent and confident lives is at the core of RCDS's mission. With a wide range of services and programs, RCDS is dedicated to promoting independence for all people with disabilities. Through experienced guidance and resources, RCDS strives to help individuals achieve their goals and enhance their daily lives. Whether it's transitioning to independent living, navigating education plans, or maintaining independence in later years, RCDS is here to provide knowledgeable counsel and support.

Since 1975

Providing Services To Persons With Disabilities

Resource Center for Disability Solutions (RCDS) was chartered in 1975. The agency was originally named Space Coast Association for the Physically Handicapped Inc., later changing its name to Space Coast Center for Independent Living, Inc. Renamed Resource Center for Disability Solutions in 2019, the agency is recognized as Florida’s very first Center for Independent Living (CIL). Florida now has 15 Centers for Independent Living providing services in all 67 counties. RCDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and under federal mandates receives Federal and State funding for Independent Living services. The organization serves persons with disabilities in Brevard and Indian River Counties.

RCDS welcomes people of all ages and all disabilities FREE of charge. The organization provides experienced guidance so individuals can reach their goals through planning and the right mix of services to make daily life more independent. For example, a young adult wondering what life after high school looks like and if there are resources for them to transition to independent living; a parent navigating their special needs child’s education plan; an adult who is suddenly facing limitations to their abilities; or an older adult needing assistance in maintaining their independence and remaining in their home. For these and many other scenarios, RCDS stands ready to assist with knowledgeable counsel. Plus, over 50% of the employees at RCDS also live with a disability, and there’s nothing more comforting than peer-to-peer understanding of the services that make day-to-day life easier.

Our Team

Our staff and board of directors is committed to the promotion and growth of individualized programs for persons with disabilities that build independence, personal dignity and community participation.

Board Of Directors

Leslie Jones


Robin Curran-Capasso


Robert Gramolini


Laura Pichardo-Cruz

Member at Large

Michele Moore

Member at Large

Terry Matson

Member at Large

Vanessa Vinicombe

Member at Large


Rosemary Miles

Executive Director

Ken Kerstetter

Associate Director

Vickie Barrick

Administrative Office Assistant

Lingli Yan

Financial Coordinator

Donna Morgan

Transportation Coordinator

Joy Wilkinson

Community Engagement Specialist - Development

Khandis Cline

Community Engagement Specialist, Transition | Diversion

Patty Bruzesse

Independent Living Specialist

Jessica Rodriguez

Independent Living Specialist

Jennell Jones

Independent Living Specialist

Denise LaFerriere

Independent Living Specialist

Kassie Teeter

Office Coordinator


One in four adults in the United States has a disability. That’s why Resource Center for Disability Solutions is here to help you find and secure the services that help you day in and day out. We believe that the best way to make a positive impact in your life is through a long-term relationship of collaboration that ensures you know the disability services and support available to you so you can effectively manage every aspect of your life.

Our Mission: To provide services and programs promoting independence for all people with disabilities.

Brevard County
571 Haverty Court Suite A
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: 321-633-6011

Indian River County
1400 27th Street Room 208
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: 772-774-3060

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