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Phyllis Guthman with the Disability Resource Hub and Bright Feats are collaborating to produce a resource directory for the Tampa Bay area!

Phyllis has provided disability information, resources and communications for Special Needs Ministries, Special Needs Sports, Recreation and Art Organizations as well as Statewide and Local Disability Agencies for 18 years. She launched Disability Resource Hub as a vehicle to disseminate resources, and looks forward to sharing it as a Bright Feats Directory to the Tampa Bay area. She’s committed to raising awareness that will increase capacity for individuals with disabilities their families and the organizations that provide support.

Phyllis has connected with Hillsborough County Public Schools to make the publication directory available to ESE Students.

Bright Feats is a free publication and website featuring a directory of medical, educational, and community providers. We look forward to providing accessible and up-to-date information to all of our families within the Tampa Bay Area.

Featured Community Listings

Autism Awareness Shop
Autism Awareness Shop |

2908 West Hillsborough Ave, Tampa,   813-879-6770

Increasing independence and improving the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum through gainful employment.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks | |

1-888-288-4762  En Espanol: 1-888-772-9050

The Autism Response Team is an information line for the autism community. Our team members are specially trained to provide personalized information and resources to people with autism and their families.

Autism-Friendly Tampa
Autism-Friendly Tampa |

City of Tampa

The City of Tampa is fully committed to providing equitable access to the City’s programs and services. The goal is to offer its programs and services in a manner helpful to those with varying communication and environmental needs.


Providing educational tools and resources for children with special needs. Visit for a comprehensive guide to resources for autism.

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities |

13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MHC 2113A, Tampa,  813-974-2532

Provides trainings, direct/technical assistance, resources and referrals.

FRIENDS - Down Syndrome West Florida
FRIENDS - Down Syndrome West Florida |

Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco Counties,  813-245-2782

All Ages  |  Broad reaching educational services for families impacted by Down Syndrome in the West Florida/Tampa Bay Area. Providing family outreach and support, year-round programs, volunteer opportunities for students, financial support and community integration for families impacted by Down Syndrome.

GiGi’s Playhouse
GiGi’s Playhouse |

3611 W. Hillsborough Ave., #200, Tampa,  813-544-8000

All Ages  |  An achievement and awareness center for individuals with Down Syndrome. All of our programs are free to our families and are therapeutic in nature. Offering therapeutic-based programs, one-on-one tutoring in literacy and math to increase success in school, and adult programs that develop self-confidence and real world skills.

Because of Sam - Movie
Because of Sam - Movie | | see article on page 28

Contact Producer Renee Warmack:

A new documentary film featuring Tampa native Sam Piazza, who has Down Syndrome and won Homecoming King, that will transform how the world views people with disabilities and inspire all people to pursue their dreams. Book Movie Screenings, Talks, Appearances at:

Buddy Baseball
Buddy Baseball |

Temple Terrace Parks & Recreation, 6700 Whiteway Dr.,Temple Terrace,  813-416-5742

Ages 8 to 22  |  Non-competitive recreational league serving Tampa Bay for boys and girls with special needs. Each player is paired with a buddy to assist them as needed on the field and in the dugout. The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers giving children with special needs the opportunity to play an organized sport.

Freedom Sailing Camp of Florida
Freedom Sailing Camp of Florida |

730 Lombardy Drive, Clearwater,  727-224-1726

Ages 8 and Up  |  Providing safe, enriching, and affordable sailing for Asperger’s and High Functioning individuals within the autism spectrum disorder. It allows them to explore and develop social skills that will empower them to continue their survival in the community, to strengthen their self-esteem and to help them become self-sufficient individuals.

Kookabuk | | see article on page 14

All Ages  |  A wonderful collection of social stories to help you and your special child navigate the challenges of new experiences in a positive and enriching way.

Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) |

4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa,  813-987-6000

All Ages  |  Engaging science and art-based activities that help facilitate positive changes in all aspects of development for children with special needs and otherwise. MOSI is an autism friendly venue. Come explore exciting events and outreach programs.

New Tampa Player - Penguin Project
New Tampa Player - Penguin Project |

Theatre Location: University Area Cultural Dev. Ctr., 14013 N.22nd Street, Tampa,  813-644-8285

All Ages  |  The Penguin Project gives children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to be on stage with peer mentors without disabilities. The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.

Special Olympics Florida- Hillsborough County
Special Olympics Florida- Hillsborough County |

Hillsborough County,  813-508-6905

All Ages  |  Special Olympics is a nonprofit that provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with and without intellectual disabilities at NO COST. We survive and thrive on the kindness of others and invite all those who wish to get involved as an athlete, coach, mentor, volunteer or philanthropist to contact us.

Splash Pals Adapted Aquatics
Splash Pals Adapted Aquatics |

YMCA 16221 Compton Dr., Tampa,  561-419-6709

Aquatic activity programs for children and others with various physical and developmental disabilities. Engage in weekly swimming, exercise, social interaction, and play.

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Straz Center for the Performing Arts |

1010 N W C Macinnes Place, Tampa,  813-229-7827

All Ages  |  The Straz Center’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich our entire community through the transformative power of the performing arts. We are committed to ensuring accessibility and accommodating the abilities of all guests.

We Rock the Spectrum
We Rock the Spectrum |

1076 E. Brandon Blvd. #102, Brandon,  813-571-1600

All Ages  |  Providing a fun and motivational environment to help children in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Visit us on Facebook.

eTrikeCo Battery-Powered Electric Tricycles
eTrikeCo Battery-Powered Electric Tricycles | |

St. Petersburg,  727-314-1340

Allowing people of all ages, demographics, and abilities to get out, see more, and explore life. We’ve designed the only electric tricycle (eTrike) that sits two people and gives you space for shopping bags, sports equipment, handbags, or other gear. We’ll get you where you want to go locally, without worrying about parking spaces and traffic.

Polyblox, Inc
Polyblox, Inc. |, See ad on page 7

Joyful inclusion. Not blocks, Polyblox! Multi-lingual ABC spelling totems with AR, Braille, sign language, numbers, pictures, shapes and more. S.T.E.A.M. Certified. Located in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Patented and Distributed worldwide!

Take A Break Babysitting
Take A Break Babysitting | |

Tampa Bay & Surrounding Areas,  813-370-0785

Experienced, knowledgeable, and vetted sitters and nannies who are capable and well equipped to work with ALL children, especially those with special needs.

Best Buddies
Best Buddies |

200 South Hoover Boulevard, Suite 191, Tampa,  813-254-9025

Dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Providing one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development.

Career Focus Inc.
Career Focus Inc. |

550 N Reo Street, Suite 300, Tampa,  813-435-8829

Working with individuals to find and maintain employment within the community. We help a diverse group of people (including persons with disabilities, veterans, and youth in transition) find employment of their choosing. Jobs are targeted to an individual’s abilities, health status and goals.

Goodwill Industries - Suncoast, Inc.
Goodwill Industries - Suncoast, Inc. | /employment

Community Employment Initiatives,  352-427-1384

Offering youth transition services to employment as part of our mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

Guardian Haven Academy
Guardian Haven Academy |

3801 Corporex Park Drive, Suite 200, Tampa,  813-400-2117

We empower adults with special needs and related disabilities by providing adult day programs, supported employment, transition services, and therapeutic services in the areas of speech, physical, occupational, and music therapy.

MacDonald Training Center (MTC)
MacDonald Training Center (MTC) |

5420 W. Cypress Street, Tampa,  813-870-1300

Educational, vocational post-secondary resource for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Twelve month nationally recognized Technology Certificate programs. Innovative social skills career development and employment services to enhance independence and promote full inclusion.

Featured Tampa Educational Listings

Center Academy
Center Academy | | McKay, Gardiner

Palm Harbor,  727-781-2986

Multiple locations including Lutz, Riverview & Pinellas Park

4th - 12th Grade  |  Serving bright students who may have a learning difficulty or ADHD and students who thrive in a small, safe, and individualized setting. Providing students with a learning environment that facilitates the development of self-confidence, motivation, and academic skills and gives students the opportunity to achieve success.

Focus Academy
Focus Academy | | Charter School

304 Druid Hills Rd, Temple Terrace,  813-443-5558

Focus Academy’s innovative special needs education program achieved the highest State rating of Commendable for 2018-19, the only ESE charter school awarded that rating in Hillsborough County. Our holistic program considers academic and social skills in tandem, and offers a full high school experience including creative arts, PE, and state of the art technology with differentiated, individual instruction that builds on student interests. The post-high school Transition Program moves students into the community to increase independence, self-esteem and workplace competence, partnering with area businesses to offer real world experience.

Knowledge Counts Online
Knowledge Counts Online | | Online School | National Provider

An Online School for Parents of Children With Autism! Are you frustrated by trying to figure out what is best for your child with autism? Family + Knowledge = Power! Dr. Sylvia Diehl, your primary guide for your learning, is a nationally known expert in teaching children with autism. Services include online learning on your own time, professional consultation & parent chat room.

Pepin Academies
Pepin Academies | | ESE Charter School

Tampa 813-236-1755, Riverview 813-533-2999, & New Port Richey 727-233-2961

Non-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools serving students with learning and learning-related disabilities in 3rd-12th grade, as well as offer a transitional job training program for young adults ages 18 to 22-years-old. Our mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to maximize their potential in a positive therapeutic educational environment.

The Broach School - Tampa
The Broach School - Tampa | | McKay, Gardiner

1301 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa,  813-963-0901

K - 12th Grade |  Provides a safe, learning environment where students are motivated to succeed. They are approved for the McKay Scholarship for Children with Learning Disabilities, and if your child has an IEP and is enrolled in Special Education classes in the public school, you may qualify for a partial or full tuition scholarship! Not all students learn the same way, so many feel frustrated and out of place. CES believes every student matters, and its schools have a proven plan to help each student win and belong.

Arts4All Florida
Arts4All Florida |

4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU 105, Tampa,  813-974-0766

Children & Adults |  Art education programs in schools and the community, promoting the accomplishments of artists with disabilities with exhibitions and performances, and increased access to the arts with professional development workshops.

Hillsborough County School District
Hillsborough County School District |

Exceptional Student Education,  813-273-7025

The HCPS Exceptional Student Education Department is dedicated to providing students with a continuum of services and programs to meet the individual needs of each student who is eligible for special education and related services, ages 3 through 21.

FDLRS | | Parent Liaison Project

813-837-7732 (English), 813-837-7728 (Spanish)

Guiding and empowering families to become collaborative, effective advocates for their child with special needs by providing information, help and support to promote academic and social success in school and within the community.

Featured Tampa Professional Listings

21 & Change, Inc.
21 & Change, Inc. |

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg area,  910-273-7049

Special Education Advocates, assist parents with children who are ‘differently-abled’ obtain special education services and accommodations in their public school. Scholarships for IEP Advocacy are available for qualifying candidates. Learn about Assistive Technology that helps children and adults with speech and communication. Outreach and support programs are also available to the military community assigned to MacDill Air Force Base.

Montefu Consulting, Inc.
Montefu Consulting, Inc. |

10150 Highland Manor Drive, Ste.200, Tampa,  813-495-8787

Receive the Social Security benefits you deserve! Montefu Consulting can help guide you in your journey through the rough waters of Social Security Disability and SSI claims. We provide all services with no up-front fees and offer a free initial consultation.

Special Needs Family Hour
Special Needs Family Hour |

Tampa Bay,  813-816-2637

Listen every Sunday 1-2pm on 860AM to The Answer. Providing a place where special needs families can find the answers they need to be successful.

Thomas J. Nurse - My Special Needs Advisor, LLC
Thomas J. Nurse - My Special Needs Advisor, LLC

1205 Alameda Ave. Clearwater,  727-403-3513

Offering fee based financial advisory services to help families develop an integrated plan that provides for a continuum of care to meet the unique needs of your loved one over their lifetime.

Hemness Faller Elder Law
Hemness Faller Elder Law |

309 N Parsons Avenue, Brandon,  813-661-5297

As special needs lawyers, we provide parents of children with disabilities choices on how best to protect your child based upon your unique circumstances. Is Guardian Advocacy better than a Power of Attorney? Is a Special Needs Trust needed or only an ABLE Account? We will help guide you to understand your legal options to make the best choices for you and your child.

The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, PA
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, PA |

1464 Oakfield Drive, Brandon,  813-438-8503

When you have a special needs child, not only do you worry about how they will be cared for from a health perspective, but you also worry about how to provide for them after you are gone. Parents of a special needs child need to be more careful and give more consideration to how they will leave their assets. Advance planning by parents can make all the difference in the life of the child with special needs, as well as for siblings who may be left with caretaking responsibilities.

Dr. Melissa Bailey, PsyD
Dr. Melissa Bailey, PsyD |

108 4th Avenue South Suite B, Safety Harbor,  813-720-7411

Serving all ages, as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Bailey specializes in psychological assessments for autism spectrum disorders, educational evaluations, senior memory testing, and weight loss surgery. In addition to assessments, she also provides cognitive behavioral therapy for adults, adolescents, and children.

Featured Tampa Therapy Listings

AMA Behavioral Consulting
AMA Behavioral Consulting | | ABA Therapy

Brandon, Valrico and Hillsborough County,  813-406-9336

Offering individual ABA Therapy, parent education and training, potty training, school consultation and assistance and feeding therapy. Services also available in Spanish.

Dr. Melissa Bailey, PsyD
Dr. Melissa Bailey, PsyD | | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

108 4th Avenue South Suite B, Safety Harbor,  813-720-7411

Serving all ages, as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Bailey specializes in psychological assessments for autism spectrum disorders, educational evaluations, senior memory testing, and weight loss surgery. In addition to assessments, she also provides cognitive behavioral therapy for adults, adolescents, and children.

BASS ABA Therapy
BASS ABA Therapy | | ABA Therapy

Serving Orlando, Tampa Bay, Port Orange, Ocala, & more,  877-823-4283

BASS takes a comprehensive approach to ABA therapy, which includes providing both center-based and community-based ABA services. Your child’s needs dictate the location and schedule of service delivery.

Believe It and Achieve It
Believe It and Achieve It | | ABA Therapy, OT, PT, & Speech Therapy

4809 Ehrlich Road, Suite 104, Tampa,  813-374-0442

A premier pediatric therapy practice specializing in collaborative treatment of children with varying abilities who struggle with speech and language, sensorimotor disorders, gross and fine motor skills and challenging behavior.

GiGi’s Playhouse
GiGi’s Playhouse |

3611 W. Hillsborough Ave., #200, Tampa,  813-544-8000

All Ages  |  An achievement and awareness center for individuals with Down Syndrome. All of our programs are free to our families and are therapeutic in nature. Offering therapeutic-based programs, one-on-one tutoring in literacy and math to increase success in school, and adult programs that develop self-confidence and real world skills.

Jabber Jaw Kids
Jabber Jaw Kids | | Speech Therapy

Serving Greater Tampa Bay Area,  813-485-6798

All Ages  |  Providing personalized, compassionate, family-centered speech and language therapy to aid in the improvement of your child’s communication skills. Services available in the home, school, and daycare settings. Accepting the Gardiner Scholarship!

KNR Therapy
KNR Therapy | | ABA Therapy

Serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, & Riverview,  813-438-6796

Home and community-based ABA therapy for children and teens (ages 3-18). Focus on natural environment teaching. Emphasis on combining behavioral parent training with services to help parents implement plans within their natural routines.

lnvo Behavior and Therapy Services
lnvo Behavior and Therapy Services | | ABA Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, OT, PT & Speech Therapy, see article on page 2

Serving All of Tampa and Surrounding Areas,  800-356-4049

Birth to 21  |  lnvo Behavior and Therapy Services is the leading national provider of comprehensive, quality in-home Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and feeding services for children.

Sense Able Brain
Sense Able Brain | | OT & Sensory Therapy

1519 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Ste 100, Lutz,  813-803-3470

Individualized sensory-based Occupational Therapy services. Therapists specialize in the treatment of retained primitive reflexes, sensory processing/integration deficits, sensorimotor deficits, fine motor challenges, coordination difficulties, self-help difficulties, motor limitations, emotional/behavioral control, and more.

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