FDLRS/Heartland - Parent Services
FDLRS Heartland Parent Services provides information, training, and support to districts and families, in order to promote
effective parent participation in the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special needs.
Parent services include assistance in the development of family friendly programs, training and support for services for children with
disabilities, and the support of partnerships between schools and parents to support student achievement.
The goals of Parent Services are:
Providing families with information and guidance on how to access educational and community services
Emphasizing partnerships between schools and community support services
Strengthening home-school relationship by facilitating positive pro-active communication between families and educators
Increasing awareness of family issues and concerns in school and communities
Facilitated Individual Educational Plan (FIEP) Vignettes for Parents
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) is proud to provide a series of short vignettes to help parents
understand the benefits of using the FIEP process to enhance collaboration with IEP teams when communication is not working well. Currently these are
closed captioned in English and closed captioning in Spanish will be added soon.
To view the vignettes, go to https://youtu.be/C-bFi_zUuuA
FDLRS Heartland Parent Service Specialists:
Rebecca Cox (863) 531-0444 x232 Email
Joyce Dean (863) 531-0444 x231 Email
For more information on Parent Services in your particular school area,
you can contact each district's Parent Liaison:
DeSoto County - Davida Goldman (863) 993-1333
Glades County - Vivian Bennett (863) 946-0202
Hendry County - Marta Cervantes (863) 983-1507
Highlands County - Saundra Bass (863) 471-5740