The Arc of Palm Beach County is pleased to provide notices about happenings and activities for informational purposes.  Our goal is to provide children and adults with special needs information regarding resources to enhance life at home, play and work.  Unless otherwise noted, forwarded information does not mean we are the sponsors. 

The Arc of Palm Beach County is not responsible for the accuracy or legitimacy linked to or from a forwarded message.

Survey for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome
Parents of children with Down Syndrome who are under the age of 18 are invited to take this online survey created by the
University of South Florida to assist in future research.  The link will lead you to both Spanish and English sites.
Contact Jennifer Marshall at for more information. 

Thank you for contribution for a brighter future!

Deliver the Dream Family Retreat - 2013 Application 
A FREE weekend retreat for families who have a child or parent with a serious illness or crisis.  
Eligibility and application process can be found by CLICKING HERE or call 1-888-OUR-DREAM.

Special Needs Enrichment Classes
Lore and Eric F. Ross Jewish Community Center, 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, FL
Contact:  Sheri Kramer     561-740-9000 x265 or  

CLICK HERE for more information about classes.
CLICK HERE for the calendar of events.

Fit & Fun Sports Program

Every Sunday from April 7 - May 5, 2013
Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Sports and Wellness Center, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL
Contact:  Marianne Jacobs at 561-852-3256 or

Click Here for more information.

Survey Invitation

Florida Unites is launching an aggressive campaign to get people who are interested in disability issues to vote. Please fill out this survey regarding your status as a voter. It is a one question, multiple choice survey.

If you are not yet registered to vote, please register.
Voters Application Form-

People with disabilities can and do VOTE. Their votes COUNT. Their caregivers, family members, and advocates vote too. Florida elections are often close. Your vote can turn the tide.

Your vote tells elected officials what you think about how they
are running the government. It tells your elected officials that
you approve or disapprove of their actions. It tells your elected officials that you are paying attention. Vote for people who care about and fund the programs that keep you healthy and safe.

Not everyone who should have a voice at the polls has been able to have their voice heard. The disability community can be a powerful voice for change. Vote.

Voters Application Form-

*** Be advised that there are new laws for anyone who collects voter registration applications. Not following these laws may result in fines. ***


Self-Advocacy Online Helps People with I/DD Take Charge

The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online ( is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.

Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.

This online tool is targeted to those who are just learning about their own rights and responsibilities as well as to those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups and activities. This site will provide a hub for individuals and groups to gain information that is meaningful to them and can be used by them to advocate for themselves and all people with I/DD, collaborate and share ideas, and boost computer literacy skills in the process. The site is under development and is continually adding new resources, so bookmark today and recommend it to your friends and family.

The Research and Training Center on Community Living at The University of Minnesota was developed in part through past support by the Nec Foundation and by The MacArthur Foundation. The RTC operates with primary funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). It also receives funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) and other federal agencies. The RTC is part of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

General Self-Help Resource Guide Available
to assist students with disabilities who are not in special education but are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids and services .  CLICK HERE for more information.

New Way to Find Accessible Inclusive Recreation Announced
The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) is excited to announce a free Recreation Resource Referral Network. The Resource Referral Network allows people to search for accessible inclusive programs and services, products, destinations, and events throughout the state of Florida. This tool can be used to learn about recreation that will help people to be healthier, meet other people, network, have fun and simply have a better quality of life. The Recreation Resource Referral Network is online at For more information on the Recreation Resource Referral Network, please contact Laurie LoRe-Gussak at the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association at (850) 201-2944, ext. 1 or or visit the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association at

Monthly Sensory Rebound at Bounce-U
First Tuesday of the Month, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, $8 + tax per child.
Call to reserve a spot and don't forget your socks!

Visit for more details.

Other Decision-making Alternatives

Scheduled for Gainesville, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale
The workshop is a collaborative effort by the Advocacy Center, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Big Bend Office of the Public Guardian and the Statewide Office of the Public Guardian. It is grant funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. 

PBC Health Department reminds you to Check Immunization Records

for the School Year

Over the next several months the Palm Beach County Health Department will be conducting immunization outreaches to help parents and children get vaccinated and their records up to date.  In addition to immunizations being offered at the Health Centers throughout the county, Click Here to find outreach locations in the month of June. 

There is no charge for children’s immunizations through 18 years old.
Information can be obtained by calling 800-810-1225 or on the web at

Parent Support Group
For Parent Caregivers with Adult Children with Developmental Disabilities
Third Tuesday of the Month for Lunch 11:30am - 1:00pm - Bring Your Own Lunch!
Greenwise Market in Legacy Place, 2nd Floor, 11231 Legacy Place, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
FREE of Charge!  To discuss needs and creating possibilities!
Contact: Emily Sandquist at 561-842-3213 or

Day Program

Connect and find a Day Program for those with disabilities.  Contact:  Rob Rucco 561-866-9750

Click Here for more information

 YAD Hebrew School - Sunday Mornings 9:30am - 12:00pm

Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, 3267 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

Click Here for more information

Autism Grandparent Support Group - Free 

Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 7:15pm
Temple Beth Zion, 129 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
For additional information call: Laura Germaine (954) 531-8743, Randi Solomon (561)541-6951
or ASABroward/Palm Beach (954)577-4141.

Come join the group for support and to share any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your loved one. Discussion could involve parenting/ Grandparenting techniques, education, biomedical research, therapies, how to support your child who has a child with Autism or anything in between.   The group provides an opportunity for:  • A non denominational atmosphere.  • Sharing common feelings and experiences with others facing the same challenges  • Getting informed about local resources in the community  • Developing a social support network

The mission of the Autism Society is to provide the community with the education, support and resources to benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Jewish Community Services
JCS Professional Support Services

Bereavement, Special Needs Children and Substance Abuse Recovery:  Click Here for more information

JAFCO Caregiver Support Group - for Boca Raton:  Click Here for more information

JAFCO Caregiver Support Group - for Broward County:  Click Here for more information

Familias Hispanas Unidas

Hispanic Family Support Group of Children with Autism
Fourth Monday of the Month from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Greenacres Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres, FL

The goal is to inform and educate Spanish speaking families of children with autism, give support and the opportunity  to share their stories with others. 

For additional information call: Liliana Pagan (561) 574-1097 or email
Click Here for more information.