Honest and heartfelt interview with an amazing Dadvocate Michael Collins (Full video)

Ginger Manly from FND POPIN talks to Michael Collins from Empowerment Parent Resource Center about his 43 year old special needs son advocating as husband, father and pastor.

There are many great resources available, here are some that we touched on during the interview.

– Family Network on Disabilities (FND) –, serves the Florida Panhandle area

– Empowerment Parent Resource Center (EPRC) –, serves Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton counties for free.

– Child Find-


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Steps for Success: Making IEP Meetings Work

Do you often leave your child’s IEP meeting feeling as if your concerns were not heard or addressed and that nothing has changed? You may be missing one of the steps covered in this training. Learn how you can avoid some of the most common hurdles and how to have more productive IEP meetings and better outcomes for your child. Prepared by Leslie Junkin from Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center and presented by Destry Lebrun

Destry LeBrun interviews Resource Specialist Stacey Paden

Destry LeBrun interviews Empowerment Parent Resource Center’s Resource Specialist Stacey Paden

P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center

P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center


Life skills training, to those who wish to challenge themselves to achieve their full potential for independence.


The P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center is a community based, church sponsored facility whose leaders are called to minister, through life skills training, to those who wish to challenge themselves to achieve their full potential for independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center founders, Destry LeBrun, Director, Pure Friendship Ministries and Tara Potter, Training Coordinator,Trio Employment Network, have partnered to provide an individualized approach to teaching independence through life skills to our neighbors living with disabilities. Destry, a former support coordinator, has provided support to individuals with disabilities for over 20 years, along with Beverly Marshall, a community leader and provider of services, have partnered to provided Exercise and Nutrition Training Each Friday after the 10a Coffee Social. The time for this class is 11:30-12:30p and costs only $5 to participate in a comprehensive exercise curriculum which will challenge you to lose weight, gain flexibility and promote your overall wellness. Tara Potter, Supported Employment Specialist and deliverer of person centered employment supports for more than 10 years, has begun course training at P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center which address life skills and employment skills for those who wish to gain their independence. With five (5) employment specialists, including Ms. Potter, PURE Empowerment Center, can accommodate any employment need and are vendors with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation. For more information: Tara Potter, 850-686-9369,

Ambassador for Change

Ambassador for Change

Submit your nomination for Project Empower’s Ambassador for Change

Project Empower of Northwest Florida Inc’s priority, from the organization’s inception, has been to encourage all people with disabilities to foster their strengths and aspire to achieve independent living. Our communities’ caregivers both parents and paid supports met the third Tuesday each month for the past eight years to proudly sound the message that our neighbor’s living with disabilities are important, and just as important as anyone, they have a voice and a dreams to obtain. Today, the Project Empower meetings are every 2nd Tuesday (not third); the great privilege one realizes by being a part of Project Empower, is to mentor our members with a disability, and then watch them mentor someone, again and again. As our members develop strengths, gain confidence and prove, with their hard work, that much is possible, we delight in honoring them through the Ambassador for Change Program. We highlight these bright individuals each year and much responsibility is given to them to be the voice for Project Empower. Our Ambassador for Change represents Project Empower at speaking engagements around the Pensacola area and they are strong advocates at the Capitol during the Florida Developmental Council’s Disability Awareness Day each March in Tallahassee, Florida. Project Empower is looking for 2018’s Ambassador for Change. Nominations and voting will take place over the next several months with a new Ambassador elected by August 1, 2017. Should you know of anyone who has really stood out as a “can do” person as they navigate life with a disability, please let us know by attending one of our monthly meetings at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N.W. Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, Building A, Door 3, the second Tuesday of each month at 11am.

Step Up for Students Workshop

Step Up for Students Workshop


Free to parents & providers. April 26th 11am to 12 pm. at Marcus Pointe Bapist Church. Learn about Scholarships.

Empowerment Parent Resource Center is proud to present Step Up for Students workshop for parents and our families. April 26, 2017 at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church 6205 N. W st, Pensacola Fl 32505 From 11 am to 12 pm.

Step up for Students offers families two different types of funding options: Special Needs Scholarship.

The Gardiner Scholarship 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, and even a college savings account. Click to learn more about the Gardiner Scholarship Program.

Income Based scholarship. The scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. Families may choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. Click to learn more about the FTC Scholarship Program. Click to learn more about the FTC Scholarship Program.Contact us Empowerment Parent Resource Center located in Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N. W St, Pensacola, FL. 32505 Call 850-444-8554 Email: Facebook: Empowerment Parent Resource Center