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Florida Scholarships & Funding Sources

Friendly Reminder: McKay New Intent applications opens February 1, 2019

The McKay Scholarship:

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an disability.

Any parent of a public school student with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 accommodation plan may receive a McKay Scholarship if the student meets the following requirements:

  • The student has spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida public school (the student was enrolled and reported by a Florida school district for funding during the preceding October and February FTE surveys in Pre-K through grade 12),
  • The parent has obtained acceptance for admission of the student to a private school that is eligible for the program.

Information & Application


The Gardiner Scholarship:

The Gardiner Scholarship allows parents to personalize the education of their pre-K-12 children with certain special needs by directing money toward a combination of approved programs and providers. A different kind of scholarship: The Gardiner Scholarship is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.

Information & Application


CDC Plus (Medwaiver):

CDC+ is a long-term care program alternative to the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver. The program provides the opportunity for individuals to improve the quality of their lives by being empowered to make choices about the supports and services that will meet their long-term care needs and to help them reach their goals.

Information & Application

Able United:

An ABLE United account offers Floridians with disabilities a tax-free way to save while maintaining government benefits.

Eligibility: Must be a Florida resident at the time of application and have a qualifying disability with onset prior to age 26.

Information & Application

Travel Assistance for Families

CECO’s Admissions & Communication Manager works with several local organizations and individuals to make our traveling families lives’ easier.  If you are coming for a CECO program from out of state or out of the country, contact Katherine Perez for a list of housing and transportation options.