special needs children

Trio Of Bills Awaiting Governor Scott's Signature

Feb 19, 2018
Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

A trio of bills are heading to Governor Rick Scott’s office this week - the final step before becoming law. 

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Bills aimed at fixing a glitch in a Florida law have cleared their first legislative committees in the House and Senate. The two measures could get more pro bono attorneys to help kids with special needs.


Two Florida lawmakers are hoping to get more pro-bono attorneys to help kids with special needs for the 2018 legislative session.

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Two bills to help the state’s foster kids are now heading to the Governor’s desk.

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The construction of the Florida Holocaust Memorial is one step closer to becoming reality. That's among 20 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday.

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A bill helping law enforcement search for missing people with special needs has one more committee stop before heading to the Senate floor. It’s by Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness).


A Florida lawmaker has refiled a measure making it easier for law enforcement to track missing people with special needs.

MGN Online

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least two are headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.

Florida Channel

A bill aimed at using technological devices to help track missing people with special needs and dementia-related issues is moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature.

Florida Channel

There are more than 800 foster kids in Florida who have a disability, and Florida Department of Children and Families officials are hoping to help find potential homes for those kids through a campaign launched Wednesday—a bit inspired by a famous disabled Florida dolphin.

Todd Ringeisen is a foster and adoptive parent of kids with special needs, and he made a plea to Florida residents who may be interested in also becoming one.

411 Teen: Interview with Tim Sweeney

Jan 18, 2014

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week, Tim Sweeney shares with Dr. Liz some of the issues that come with raising a special needs child.

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Island Dolphin Care, in Key Largo, is the world’s oldest freestanding nonprofit center that offers dolphin-assisted therapy. It’s been giving children with special needs the chance to become friends with dolphins for the past 15 years.

When Peter Hoagland and his wife, Deena, moved to Key Largo in 1990, their 3-year-old  son, Joe, had just had one of several open-heart surgeries. A stroke left the boy paralyzed on the left side of his body. And traditional therapy didn’t seem to be helping him regain his body function.