FDLRS, pronounced fiddlers, is a statewide network of nineteen state and federally funded associate centers and four specialized centers which provide support services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities and/or, professionals, and community agencies throughout Florida.
The FDLRS centers are part of the public school system and FDLRS/Island Coast is part of the Lee County School District. FDLRS/Island Coast is located at 2855 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida. Phone (239) 337-8363. The FDLRS Network provides services under four main work scope functions:
- Child Find - Provides assistance in identifying children, birth through 5 years of age, who have or are at risk of developing special or unique needs.
- Human Resources Development - Collaboratively plans and provides information, training, technical assistance and consultation, and resources about effective instructional strategies for the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special or unique needs based on locally assessed needs and established priorities.
- Parent Services - Assists school districts and families who have children who are exceptional and/or have special or unique needs to develop effective partnerships that allow for shared responsibilities to provide and improve the education of the child.
- Technology - Provides assistance and support in the appropriate use of assistive, instructional, and communications technologies for professional staff, families and children who are exceptional and/or have special or unique needs.
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The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System is funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Division Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services of Public Schools and Community Education, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B; IDEA Part B, Preschool; and State General Revenue funds.