Easter Seals Florida Invites Families to Learn About McKay Scholarships

Fort Myers, FL, June 05, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. Easter Seals Florida accepts the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, which provided more than 26,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2012-13 school year.

A child qualifies for the McKay Scholarship if he or she has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan and has attended Florida public school for an entire school year. The next deadline for intent filing for the McKay Scholarship is July 3, 2014 for students enrolling in fall 2014.

The Easter Seals Lily Academies are K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples for children with autism and related disabilities. The Lily Academies offer small group instruction with low student-to-teacher ratios, state-certified special educators, behavioral oversight and support from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, traditional and functional academic curriculums and community immersion for skill building and transition planning.

Easter Seals is offering appointments for families to visit the schools and to learn more about their services, and how to qualify and apply for McKay Scholarships.

“Easter Seals is proud to provide an alternative for families seeking the best education for their children with autism,” said Robyn DuCharme, Vice President of Programs, Easter Seals Florida. “Our schools incorporate individualized instruction based on academic standards and the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to ensure an environment that maximizes each student's potential for learning and independence.”

For more information about the Lily Academies and McKay Scholarships, contact Maria Botero, Director of the Fort Myers Lily Academy at (239) 337-9328 or mbotero@fl.easterseals.com or Jackie Indriago, Director of the Naples Lily Academy at (239) 992-4680 or jindriago@fl.easterseals.com or visit www.easterseals.com/florida.

About Easter Seals Florida
For 65 years, Easter Seals Florida has been offering help, hope, and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals Florida provides a wide range of community based services in Southwest Florida. These services include Lily Academies, K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples for children with autism, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential and day training. For more information, call (239) 992-4680 or visit www.fl.easterseals.com

About Autism
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children in the United States, and one in 42 boys.
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