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Welcome to the Western Gate of the Sunshine State where many people with disabilities live, work and play independently and make choices for themselves.  A place where others long to live.

Mission Statement

To assist individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence.

Organizational Vision

Our programs and services cover:

 Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties

 If you have a disability and need help give us a call.

Some of our programs include:

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Information and Referral:  Resource Library and Referrals to Community Services and Programs

Peer Mentor:  One person with a disability talking to another person with a disability

Housing:  Referrals for housing or home modification

Advocacy:  Know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Handicapped Parking Code Enforcement

Independent Living Skills Training:  Assistance with writing your resume’, keeping your check book, calling for transportation, obtaining an assistive device, etc.

Loan Locker:  Free short- and long-term loans of equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and etc.

Assistive Technology Program:  Short-term loans of assistive technology on a “try before you buy” basis; assistive technology assessments and training; alternative finance solutions for the purchase of assistive technology.

Florida Telecommunications Relay Distribution Center  (FTRI):    FTRI is a statewide non profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled.  FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service.