Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Bureau of Exceptional Education and Students Services (BEESS). BEESS directly supports the FDOE's Guiding Principles and Strategic Initiatives.
FDLRS Associate Centers provide an array of instructional and technical support services to school district Exceptional Student Education programs statewide. The four central functions of each FDLRS Associate Centers are Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology. FDLRS includes Associate Centers that serve all Florida's school districts. These centers collaborate with districts, agency and support personnel, administrators, and students with disabilities or exceptionalities. Funding also supports implementation of the BEESS Portal to Professional Learning Alternatives (PLA). PLA online courses are designed to provide Florida teachers with widely available, easily accessible opportunities to increase their skills in the area of exceptional student education.
FDLRS Four Functions
Child Find: FDLRS Child Find, in coordination with the school districts, locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and links them with needed services. FDLRS Child Find Specialist help to promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or at risk of developing disabilities. Service coordination for diagnostic screening, placement, training, and support is also provided.
Parent & Family Services: FDLRS Parent & Family Services provides information, training, and support to districts and families in order to promote effective parent participation in the education of children with disabilities or exceptionalities. FDLRS Parent & Family Services Specialist assist 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.
Human Resource Development: FDLRS Human Resources Development (HRD) personnel have knowledge of research-based instructional practices and resources in the areas of classroom behavior management, instructional strategies (reading, math, and science), differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning, explicit instruction, secondary transition, collaborative teaching, and other Florida Department of Education initiatives. FDLRS HRD Specialist collaborate with school district personnel, community agencies, educational service providers, and other stakeholders to plan, deliver, follow-up, and evaluate data-based professional learning opportunities.
Technology: FDLRS Technology personnel provides assistance and support in the appropriate use of a variety of technologies for students, teachers, professional staff, and parents. Support services are available in the areas of assistive technology, instructional technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), and virtual instruction. FDLRS Technology Specialists at all of the local FDLRS Associate Centers also collaborate with the MTSS Technology and Learning Regional Technology Specialists (TLC-MTSS) and district-based Assistive Technology Specialists.