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Here We Grow Again!

The Arc of Florida is thrilled to welcome our newest addition to the Arc family–The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project!

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting awareness and facilitating support of parents caring for their children/young adults with special health care needs.

As part of their mission to “to provide the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to children and young adults with physical and developmental needs,” the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project established a multi-sensory wonderland center called Morgan’s Place.

Morgan’s Place is a fun place for children with special needs to come and stimulate their senses in an environment that is uniquely created just for them. The facility offers multiple therapeutic spaces including:

The Sensorium– a “white room” filled with sights, sounds, textures, and aromas and used to stimulate, calm, relax, or energize.

The Moon Room– a “black room” filled with sights, sounds, textures, and aromas and used to stimulate, calm, relax, or energize – all UV reactive under the black lights!

The Rainbow Room– a Soft-Play Zone, for our special-needs children and young adults that are mobile and need a place that allows them to explore at their own ‘speed’. This area focuses on vestibular activities and creative expression.

The Technology Zone– This awesome area offers plenty of room for creative activities and our Augmentative Communication Center with iPads and switch activated toys! The floor has liquid gel tiles that move underneath your feet or wheels.

Please visit The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project to learn more about the services and programs they provide for families, caregivers and individuals with disabilities!

Governor DeSantis Proposes Funding Entire Waitlist for Gardiner Scholarships

Photo Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis Press Office
Governor DeSantis announced this week that he is asking the Florida Legislature for full funding, approximately 1,900 students, to fund their Gardiner Scholarship requests.
In speaking about the request, the Governor stated, “In our budget that we just submitted, I have allocated enough money to get rid of the wait list for the Gardiner Scholarship entirely,” What we’ve seen with the Gardiner program is proven success. Parents who need to find that good environment for their kids have been able to find it using the Gardiner scholarship.”
The average scholarship amount for most students in the 2018-19 school year is $10,400, according to the organization, Step Up For Students.
All students and families need options when it comes to meeting their educational needs.  Gardiner Scholarships can meet that need for some students.