Emerald Coast Exceptional Families provides information on disability-related services in Santa Rosa, Escambia, and Okaloosa Counties as we become aware of them. Information on this page should not be viewed as an endorsement, nor is it comprehensive. If we are missing a resource, please let us know!
As part of the early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration during VPK. Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies are provided during each child's scheduled classroom hours.
Emerald Coast Autism Center
The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating and improving the lives of young children with autism in Okaloosa and Walton counties and surrounding areas. All instruction and activities at the ECAC are conducted in a manner consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The science of ABA is currently the only proven intervention for children with autism.
Lotus Learning & Arts Center
Lotus Learning and Arts Center is a local private school, dedicated to students with learning differences, including children diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. Their mission is to provide an individualized educational environment that meets our students’ needs so that they may achieve their own level of academic confidence and future success.
Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer five scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) for lower-income families, the Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs, the Hope Scholarship for public school students who are bullied or victims of violence and the Reading Scholarship Accounts for public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading.