Annual START Transition Conference
On February 25, the 8th annual START Transition Conference was hosted by the Interagency Council of Brevard at the Brevard Public Schools District Office. The mission of the Interagency Council is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with disabilities in Brevard County through interagency collaboration.
The START Conference was an opportunity for individuals and families that are supported by an Individualized Education Plan or 504 plan to come out and gain information and community agency support. These agencies assist and help individuals through transition phases and post-secondary goals and outcomes. Over 350 individuals were in attendance and had the opportunity to personally meet agency representatives and hear presentations that can assist in the transition process.
Below is a list of agencies that participated as vendors and made themselves available to the community:
APD – Agency for Persons with Disabilities
BAC – (Brevard Achievement Center)
B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse)
Behavior Education Center
Brevard Cares Neighborhood Partnership Program
Bridges BTC, Inc. - The Arc of Space Coast
Children’s Home Society
Community Legal Services
Eastern Florida State College – SAIL Department
Easterseals Florida, Inc.
Eau Gallie B.L.A.S.T.
Florida Music Therapy
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Palm Point Behavioral Health
Patrick Space Force Base – Exceptional Family Member Program
Positive Behavior Supports Corp.
Project SEARCH/Health First, Inc.
Resource Center for Disability Solutions
Slonim Law – Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship
Space Coast Early Steps and SOAK
UCF – CARD
There were presentations, including testimonies from individuals who were supported by agencies in their post-secondary goals and endeavors. A question and answer panel also took place that addressed general questions and information about how different agencies could support the attendees and their needs.
The Interagency Council meets the second Wednesday of every month from September through May.