Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System

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Serving Lee and Collier Counties

Main Number: (239) 337-8363

Child Find Referral Line: (239) 337-8199

Click here for the Child Find Online Referral

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FDLRS, pronounced fiddlers, is a statewide network, which provide support services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities and/or, professionals, and community agencies throughout Florida.

The FDLRS/Island Coast center is located at 2855 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida. 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 professionals, families and children who are exceptional and/or have special or unique needs. 

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Inservice courses for both Lee and Collier Counties are listed on the Professional Development Opportunities page.

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 and State General Revenue funds.