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To be on the HCBS Waiver or the FSL Waiver in Florida, a person must meet one of the conditions listed below. The disability must have been diagnosed prior to the age of 18 years of age.

1.  Has Mental Retardation with an IQ of 59 or less

2.  Has Mental Retardation with an IQ of 60-69 with ambulatory deficits, sensory deficits, chronic health problems, behavior problems, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, or Prader-Willi Syndrome

3.  Has autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or Prader-Willi Syndrome AND has severe functional limitations in at least three major life activities

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Please write to WaiverInfo@aol.com if you know of any other resources.


At the CARD website, you can learn more about autism and get free services.  CARD serves both children and adults who have autism.  It provides technical assistance, consultation, professional training, and public education.

Athealth.com has a very well written article about Autism.  It explains what autism is, the causes, and treatments

Spina Bifida

Nichcy.org has an easy to read fact sheet on Spina Bifida. You will also find a link to organizations such as "The Spina Bifida Association of America"

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Mental Retardation

At merck.com You will find all the basic information you need to know including: causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Also included is a chart that outlines the characteristics of the different levels of mental retardation- mild, moderate, severe and profound. Great for a quick reference.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy isn't caused by problems in the muscles or nerves.  Instead it is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movement.  Cerebral Palsy is usually present at birth, but can also be caused by brain infections or head injury.  Check out the Cerebral Palsy web page on ninds.nih.gov to learn more.

Prader Willi

Prader Willi is a genetic problem.  The mechanism that signals to a person that he is full after eating is absent or non-functioning.  People who have Prader Willi often die from obesity.  To learn more about the causes of Prader Willi and how you can help someone who has Prader Willi, visit anred.com.

How People Want to Be Treated

People who have disabilities want to be treated with respect.  This article at soaw.org gives some tips on how to get to know someone who has a disability. 

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