Information about the Advcocacy Center

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Inc., is a non-profit organization providing protection and advocacy services in the State of Florida. The Center's mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination and expressed choices of individuals with disabilities.

Services are available through six federally-funded programs: 

·Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness 
·Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities 
·Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights 
·Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
·Client Assistance Program 
·Technical Assistance Program
·Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
·Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access

Each program is required to be independent of agencies providing services to persons with disabilities.

The Center promotes, expands, protects and seeks to assure the human and legal rights of people through the provision of information and advocacy. The Center will carry out its mission with the involvement of individuals with disabilities. The Center is committed to assuring community inclusion with adequate supports for all individuals with disabilities and will be at the forefront of protecting this right.

The Center also monitors the quality of residential and support services to individuals with disabilities. The monitoring may be on-site, talking with individuals receiving services and/or reviewing information from other agencies. The information gathered is used to advocate for individuals and push systemic reform in an effort to assure their civil and legal rights are protected. 

The Advocacy Center is the Protection and Advocacy program for Florida.  Headquatered in Tallahessee, the Advocacy Center also has offices in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.  Additional personnel are located in Orlando, Spring Hill, Englewood, and Pensecola (See Below).  The Advocacy Center has some advocates, who are knowledgeable in special education law and has had some attorneys working in this area.  Mark has provided some independent contract services to the Advocacy Center.  
Main Offices:
Our corporate address
2671 Executive Center Circle,W. Suite 100 Tallahassee, FL  32301-5092 

Voice: (850) 488-9071 
Toll Free: (800) 342-0823 
Fax: (850) 488-8640 
TDD: (800) 346-4127 
SC: 278-9071 
SC Fax: 278-8640

Other Locations:

Our South Florida Office
2901 Stirling Road, Suite 206 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 
Voice: (954) 967-1493 
Toll Free: (800) 350-4566 
Fax: (954) 967-1496
TDD: (866) 478-0640 
SC: 473-1493 
SC Fax: 473-1496 

Our Tampa Office
Tampa Times Building, Suite 513 
1000 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602 
Voice: (813) 233-2920 
Toll Free: (866) 875-1794 
Fax: (813) 233-2917
TDD: (866) 875-1837 
SC: 514-2912 
SC Fax: 514-2916

All offices are open 8AM to 5PM Eastern Time Monday-Friday. 
Satellite Offices:

Voice: (941) 480-3258 
Fax: (941) 480-3385
SC: 516-0007

Voice: (407) 249-6507 
Fax: (407) 273-8858 

Voice: (850) 941-6040 
Fax: (850) 941-6041 
SC: 673-6040

Spring Hill 
Voice: (352) 666-5719
Toll Free: (866) 207-7927 
Fax: (352) 666-5720

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