The Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers

 

 

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The Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (FICCIT) is authorized and required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The role of FICCIT is to assist public and private agencies in implementing a statewide system of coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, interagency programs providing appropriate early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and risk conditions and their families.

The FICCIT plays a very important role in the decision making process for the children and their families in the state of Florida. The following are some of the responsibilities of the FICCIT:

  • Assist and advise the lead agency in coordinating activities for planning.
  • Provide advice and assistance to the lead agency in the development of policy and definitions for the minimum components of IDEA, Part C.
  • Assist in the preparation and submission of an annual report on the status of Early Intervention Programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities and risk conditions and their families.
  • Recommend procedures for distribution of funds and priorities for program support under Part C of the IDEA.
  • Assist the lead agency in developing and reporting information and evaluations of programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities and risk conditions and their families.
  • Assist the lead agency in seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents and others about any federal, state, or local policies that impede timely service.
  • Conduct meetings on a quarterly basis at various locations throughout the state. The meetings are open to the general public.

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Parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities aged 12 or younger, with knowledge of, or experience with, programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities are needed to serve on FICCIT. Please visit the Membership page for more information on how to apply.

Congratulations to FICCIT Member, Sharon Paul - 2013 IDEA ITCA Family Leadership Award Winner

Early Steps and the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (FICCIT) would like to congratulate Sharon Paul, FICCIT Member, for being selected as a regional winner of the 2013 IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) Family Leadership Award. The ITCA awards are given annually to acknowledge outstanding state/regional and/or national parent leadership on behalf of the Part C pro-gram for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. Sharon is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor. She has over 20 years of professional experience working with infants, children, teens and their families coping with emotional, behavioral and relationship difficulties. Sharon serves on FICCIT and is involved in community planning, advisory boards, and parent support groups. She has presented on topics related to anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and talking to children about difficult subjects. Sharon has a daughter, Brogan, who was born in November 2007 and has Down syndrome. She and her family are involved with their local Ear-ly Steps, Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Down Syndrome Association of Polk County, Gymboree and Kindermusic.