RCDS Resources

Coalitions

Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living

The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) is a statewide membership organization whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to support community living and independence for Floridians with disabilities. FACIL members and officers are the Executive Directors of the 15 CILs that serve all 67 counties in Florida.

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation seeks to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees.

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Crisis Support and Mental Health

211 Brevard

211 Brevard provides immediate assistance and connects people to community resources in times of personal, financial and community crisis. Trained specialists are available 24/7 when people call or text because they don’t have enough to eat, can’t pay rent, need COVID-19 testing or struggle with thoughts of suicide, plus much more. Specialists actively listen and offer information on resources to meet needs such as food, utility bills, housing, mental health, substance abuse, primary health care and disaster.

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988

The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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Brevard Mobile Response Team

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides on-site crisis counseling services to children and families in Brevard County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are provided to children and families who have been identified as being at risk for placement disruption, being removed as a result of a protective investigation and/or as the result of a call from a parent/child in need from the community.

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Coastal Psychiatric Urgent Care

Brevard County | Melbourne, FL.  Coastal Psychiatric Urgent Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Melbourne, FL. We provide the only psychiatric urgent care services in the county.

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Crisis TextLine

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. We spend our days (and nights!) helping texters and how we can reach people in their moments of crisis. And, we couldn’t do it without you! Use these digital assets and printable materials to get the word out about 741741.

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Deaf Hotline

The Deaf Hotline is a 24/7 hotline that is ASL accessible for people experiencing abuse. With the Deaf Hotline, you can consult with a culturally-adept and trained advocate in ASL. Whether you're in need of safety planning, crisis intervention, emotional support or have some questions, we are here for you.

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Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America is the nation's leading national nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of mental health, well-being, and illness prevention. Our work is informed, designed, and led by the lived experience of those most affected.

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National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Services Call: 1.800.799.7233  Text: "START" to 88788 Chat Now 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.  

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Safe Space (Indian River County)

State-certified domestic violence center. In the past year, SafeSpace served 776 victims of domestic violence consisting of 623 adults and 153 children; and provided a total of 9,689 services.

  • 24-Hour Hotline: 772-288-7023
  • Emergency Shelter: SafeSpace provides Emergency Shelter for survivors of intimate partner domestic violence and their children from Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie counties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Contact:772-223-2399 | M-F 8:30-5:00 info@safespacefl.org
 

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Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program offers a variety of free, voluntary, and confidential services to survivors of intimate partner abuse, such as: Shelter , Safety Planning Assistance, Supportive Counseling, Advocacy, Victim Compensation Filing Assistance, Relocation Assistance and more.

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Serene Harbor

Serene Harbor has served Brevard County for over 30 years, providing emergency shelter, a 24/7 confidential hotline, counseling services, transportation, relocation assistance, support groups, legal advocacy, outreach programs, referrals, and assistance programs to survivors of domestic violence. **Serene Harbor facilities and venues are accessible, and we will provide accommodations, including foreign language interpreters, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, alternative formats of printed materials, and real-time captioning, upon request for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or are living with disabilities, or for persons who are limited English proficient.

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Take It Down

Take It Down is a free service that can help you remove or stop the online sharing of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos taken of you when you were under 18 years old.

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The Womens Center

For over 47 years as a local non-profit organization in the Brevard County community, the Women's Center has been on a focused mission to help women, men & children who have faced trauma related to domestic violence & sexual assault.

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Veterans Crisis Line

If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, the Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects you to a real person specially trained to support Veterans.  Dial 988 then press 1 or Text 838255.

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Disability Resources

ABLE United

In July 2015, the State of Florida created Florida ABLE, Inc. (d/b/a ABLE United) a registered not-for-profit and direct support organization of the Florida Prepaid College Board to administer the ABLE United Program.

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Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

In October 2004, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) became an agency separate from the Department of Children and Families, specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Prior to that time, it existed as the Developmental Disabilities Program. The agency is governed by Chapter 20, Chapter 393, and Chapter 916 of the Florida Statutes. APD supports individuals with unique abilities and their families in living, learning and working within their communities by creating multiple pathways to possibilities. APD identifies the service needs of people with developmental disabilities, and those individuals may receive social, medical, behavioral, residential, and/or therapeutic services.

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Aging Matters

Aging Matters In Brevard is a private not-for-profit organization in service to the aging citizens of Brevard County, supporting independence, health, safety and quality of life.

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Brevard Achievement Center

BAC is a social enterprise dedicated to building communities that support members of unique abilities in growing their own personal success.

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Brevard Association for the Advancement of the Blind

BAAB is a non-profit organization headquartered in Satellite Beach, Brevard County, FL. Incorporated in 1966, BAAB provides services for people who are visually impaired, blind, and legally blind.

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Career Source Brevard

CareerSource Brevard is a regional public/private partnership and part of a statewide network of 24 regions, known as CareerSource Florida.

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Deaf Hotline

The Deaf Hotline is a 24/7 hotline that is ASL accessible for people experiencing abuse. With the Deaf Hotline, you can consult with a culturally-adept and trained advocate in ASL. Whether you're in need of safety planning, crisis intervention, emotional support or have some questions, we are here for you.

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Disability Integration Act

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a civil rights, bipartisan and bicameral legislation, to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation builds on the 25 years of work done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.

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FAAST

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST), Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities by increasing access to assistive technology through empowerment and collaboration. By creating a collaborative environment for individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, government officials, and other community stakeholders, we enhance the community for us all.

Family Promise of Brevard

Family Promise envisions a Brevard in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a stronger future.

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Florida Association of the Deaf, Inc.

Founded in 1917, FAD represent Deaf and hard of hearing community in state of Florida covering from legal aspects to general community aspects.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Services Call: 1.800.799.7233  Text: "START" to 88788 Chat Now 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.  

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Notary Services

Upon request, persons with disabilities registered with RCDS can call the office to request notary services.  Call 321-633-6011 for an appointment.

Reasonable Modification Policy

Resource Center for Disability Solutions is committed to providing safe, reliable, efficient, and accessible service to its customers. To ensure equality and fairness, RCDS will make reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all of its services.

Special Needs Shelters & Hurricane Evacuation Information

A Special Needs Shelter is a place to go during a hurricane when there is no other sheltering option. It is a shelter of last resort and should only be used as a back-up to a personal sheltering plan. When evacuating to a shelter there are many details to consider, particularly for persons with disabilities.

For a Special Needs Shelter Application or additional information, please call:

The Arc

The Arc of Space Coast provides services and support to adults with disabilities in Brevard County and Central Florida serving more than 100 individuals every, single day, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years.

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Title VI Compliance

RCDS defends that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Forms Download to fill out electronically and email to rmiles@rcdsfl.org.  

Video Relay Services

Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) provides high-quality, professional interpreters and a broad range of products in video communication for the deaf with a high-speed Internet connection. Using a videophone, computer or mobile device, Deaf individuals place SVRS calls to hearing people on a standard phone. Interpreters fluent in American Sign Language and spoken English or Spanish relays the conversation between the two parties. If you do not have access to a Sorenson videophone, you can still use SVRS by calling 1-866-327-8877 from any videophone. The service is available 24/7 and is free of charge. For more information on the service and equipment, visit the SVRS website or call 1-801-386-8500 (Videophone) or 1-866-756-6729 (Regular Telephone). For persons with disabilities registered with RCDS, contact us to access video relay services in our office.




Employment

Brevard Achievement Center (BAC)

Every day, BAC does more than provide employment and empowerment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. We help inspire dreams in thousands of people throughout the southeast US and beyond. The vision of our leadership team and board of directors is focused on the programs and initiatives that will build a community where people of all abilities all citizens can experience the pride that comes with being as independent, resourceful and self-reliant as possible. A vision that hopes to change lives for the better.

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Career Source Brevard

Rockledge Office.  Offers help with computer, email, etc. offering Computer Basics workshops for free at their centers.

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Center for Workplace Inclusion

The Center for Workforce Inclusion is committed to bringing economic opportunity to low-income and other disadvantaged older adults.

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Discoverability

People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority, and the only one that any person can join at any time. If you do not currently have a disability, you have about a 20% chance of becoming disabled at some point during your work life. People with disabilities cross all racial, gender, educational, socioeconomic, and organizational lines. That’s why DiscoverAbility works everyday to help these individuals access the training, resources, and services they need to succeed.

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Employ Florida

Search the full-service employment center to find and view job openings, create and post résumé, look for training, and much more.

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EmployU

employU’s adult disability employment services are designed to prepare each participant for the job-seeking process. Our team works one-on-one with customers with disabilities to find the right job for them. It is not just a job search, it is about highlighting a customer’s strengths and abilities to secure long-term employment that is fulfilling and rewarding.

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Florida Easterseals

Easterseal's Florida STRIVE (Skills Training Results in Vocational Employment) in Hospitality program is a 12-week course taught in a completely VIRTUAL learning environment.

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Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.

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Senior Community Service Employment Program

321-956-1444. The SCSEP helps low-income, unemployed individuals older than 54 find work by matching them with community service and work-based training opportunities at local nonprofits and public agencies.

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Housing

Eckerd Connects

Jack and Ruth Eckerd founded Eckerd Connects as a way to help 25 children and their families get a second chance. Since that groundbreaking day back in 1968, Eckerd Connects has grown to help hundreds of thousands of clients get the second chance that everyone deserves. Eckerd Connects is committed to not only providing the solutions that help struggling families thrive, but also sharing these solutions with others.

Florida Housing Finance Program

Florida Housing believes that an adequate supply of affordable housing is the foundation of healthy communities. Living in decent housing provides a safe environment and an opportunity for people to hold jobs, succeed in school and contribute to their communities. To find housing opportunities, people with special housing needs or their service providers have several resources available to them within Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Local Government Assistance – State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Depending on your income, you could be eligible for home repair or replacement, down payment assistance, rental housing assistance and other affordable housing assistance.  To find out if you qualify, contact the local SHIP administrator in your county.

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Homeless Helpline

Are You Or Somebody You Know Homeless?
Call 855-92-HELP-1
The Homeless Helpline is the gateway to homeless services in both South Florida & Central Florida, the first step in finding shelter, support services, or programs that help an individual or family who are homeless or on the verge of being homeless.
  • Call Local 954-924-3571
  • Toll Free 855-924-3571
If you do not have access to a phone or cannot call during normal business hours; please fill out the Housing Request Form. We will ask a few questions to help us to assist you.

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Housing Authority of Titusville

The Housing Authority of Titusville is accepting applications for the Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Housing Vouchers! If you are:

  • Disabled Head of Household, Spouse or co-Head
  • Under Age 62
  • Meet Income Guidelines
  • Live in Brevard County
Call 321-267-7288 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm Monday-Friday for assistance.

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Jeremiah’s House

Jeremiah's House & Open Door, INC formed a collaborative relationship in 2019 to bring necessary programs that provide youth & families in low-income neighborhoods the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive workforce and education programs, and access to community and economic  empowerment services.

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Promise in Brevard

Promise, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2009 that was designed to provide affordable, independent housing for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities utilizing public and private partnerships to develop a model community.

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Transportation

888 Taxi

321-868-8888

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Taxi Service- charges apply

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Aging Matters

  • 7 Day notice required
  • No wheelchair accessibility, must be able to function independently.
  • Can use cane or light weight walker.
  • Senior Transerve is 55+
  • Requests limited to once per week

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Florida Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)

  • Medicaid Transportation (Medicaid # required)
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • $1 copay
  • Call Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, need at least 3 days notice.

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Go for 5

Cover all of Brevard County, FL. Concierge services, do several other services.

    • 844-463-6756
    • More efficient to sign into website: GoFor5.net (locate:Initiative/Request Services Tab)
    • No wheelchair/walker. Must be able to get out of vehicle unassisted. No CPAP’s or oxygen tanks or equipment. Must have assistance if cognitive issues.
    • Doctor Apts. (Pick-ups between 10am-2pm | Hours: 6am-6pm).
    • Also: airport, grocery and grocery pickup.
    • No insurance, pay cash or card (5% processing fee).
    • Per vehicle not per person.
    • 15 mins or less = $10 | 25 mins or less = $14 | 30-40 mins = $18 | 45 mins + $26
    • $3 surcharge for gas.

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Joe’s Club

  1. Transportation services are typically provided for qualifying appointments from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
    • (321) 253-4430
Qualifying life-sustaining trips can be:
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Physical therapy
  • Hearing or eye appointments
  • Wound care treatment
  • Behavioral health counseling
  • Pharmacy trips for medication
  • Grocery shopping

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Seniors Helping Seniors

  • We provide in-home care such as companionship, light housekeeping, and transportation for seniors, BY seniors. As little as 2 hours, as much as 24/7.
  • No wheelchair accessibility

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Space Coast Area Transit

  • Must be over 60 or have a disability. Only do 3 rides per month. Accepts donations. Best time for appointment pick-ups is 10am-2pm. (Need 1 Week Notice).
  • 7-9 am and 3-5pm transports Alzeihmers patients
  • 321-633-1878 to speak with a TD Paratransit representative or email info@321Transit.com.

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Stellar Transport

321-222-6222 | wheelchair accessible | contact for most accuracy pricing ($75 round trip) | after 10 miles +3 per mile

    • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
    • Stretcher Transportation
    • Elderly Transportation
    • Offer door-through-door service. All of our drivers are certified in elderly patient sensitivity, and will safely assist getting you in and out of your home, as well as into your appointment on time.
    • Handicap Transportation

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Uber

Uber's technology and the transportation provided by drivers has transformed mobility for many people with disabilities, and we’re committed to continuing to develop technologies that support everyone’s ability to easily move around their communities.

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WHY CHOOSE RCDS?

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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