The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. The Center's mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.
Services are available through six federally-funded programs:
·Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
·Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
·Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights
·Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
·Client Assistance Program
·Technical Assistance Program
·Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
·Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access
Each program is required to be independent of agencies providing services to persons with disabilities.
The Center promotes, expands, protects and seeks to assure the human and legal rights of people through the provision of information and advocacy. The Center will carry out its mission with the involvement of individuals with disabilities. The Center is committed to assuring community inclusion with adequate supports for all individuals with disabilities and will be at the forefront of protecting this right.
The Center also monitors the quality of residential and support services to individuals with disabilities. The monitoring may be on-site, talking with individuals receiving services and/or reviewing information from other agencies. The information gathered is used to advocate for individuals and push systemic reform in an effort to assure their civil and legal rights are protected.
The Advocacy Center is the Protection and Advocacy program for Florida. Headquatered in Tallahessee, the Advocacy Center also has offices in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. Additional personnel are located in Orlando, Spring Hill, Englewood, and Pensecola (See Below). The Advocacy Center has some advocates, who are knowledgeable in special education law and has had some attorneys working in this area. Mark has provided some independent contract services to the Advocacy Center.
Our corporate address
2671 Executive Center Circle,W. Suite 100 Tallahassee, FL 32301-5092
Voice: (850) 488-9071
Toll Free: (800) 342-0823
Fax: (850) 488-8640
TDD: (800) 346-4127
SC Fax: 278-8640
Our South Florida Office
2901 Stirling Road, Suite 206
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Voice: (954) 967-1493
Toll Free: (800) 350-4566
Fax: (954) 967-1496
TDD: (866) 478-0640
SC Fax: 473-1496
Our Tampa Office
Tampa Times Building, Suite 513
1000 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Voice: (813) 233-2920
Toll Free: (866) 875-1794
Fax: (813) 233-2917
TDD: (866) 875-1837
SC Fax: 514-2916
All offices are open 8AM to 5PM Eastern Time Monday-Friday.