Michael Hearts Academy

"Home away from home."

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Who We Are:

Michael Hearts Academy, Inc is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2019. We are located in Central, Fl. Our objective is to increase social skills in individuals with intellectual disabilities (i.e. Autism) by providing various activities in the community with a focus on daily living skills to enhance their lives. We also bring awareness by educating the community on these disabilities.

Our Vision:

Believing more individuals with disabilities can increase their abilities in the community and can live a productive life with their developmental disabilities.

Our Mission:

Building an organization that provides unconventional interactive community experiences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering activities such as on the job training; summer and year round camps; all while promoting social, educational and daily living skills.

History:

Michael Hearts Academy was created to represent the passionate love Michael Nelson had for others. He would help and give his utmost to anyone. Michael’s unfortunate drowning accident caused him the loss of his life at the age of 14 on June 17, 2012. This hardship became the platform to help individuals with disabilities. Michael Hearts Academy is here to assist as many individuals as possible with social skills in the community and educate community businesses to allow and hire individuals to work.

Jennifer Biggins

Jennifer Biggins is originally from Cordele, Georgia but lives in the Orlando area. She graduated from Lake Region High school in Eagle Lake, Florida. Ms. Biggins realized her passions were taking care of others, after interacting with children while working at the Department of Children and Families for Protective Services. It was her determination and love-filled heart that led her into caring for special needs adults and children. The experiences and challenges of both being a victim of domestic violence and a single mother, gave Jennifer a deeper appreciation and determination for improving the quality of her life. Jennifer was then given the ultimate test of life. Jennifer lost her oldest son in 2012. She learned: Life is the fine line of faith; being ready for whatever unknown comes into your path, all while running a company.

She is the founder and CEO of Michael Hearts Academy. Michael Hearts Academy was started in October 2019. Michael Hearts Academy increases social skills in individuals with intellectual disabilities (i.e. Autism) by providing different activities in the community with a focus on daily living skills to enhance their lives. We also educate the community and bring awareness to these disabilities. Michael Hearts Academy was created to represent the passionate love Michael Nelson had for others. He would help and give his utmost to anyone. Michael’s unfortunate drowning accident caused his loss of life at the age of 14 on June 17, 2012. This hardship became the platform to help individuals with disabilities, because one does not always know when they are hurting or in danger in the world.

Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of Independently Developing a New Way, Inc, that was established in 2009 and located in the Central Florida region. She provides home and community-based services. Jennifer served 10 years with an agency for persons with disabilities. She continues to provide service for children (under age 21) and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through long term care and personal care services. IDNW also provides Home Health Care service to adults. IDNW’s mission is to treat all individuals equally and at the same time provide them with the best care, while promoting and maintaining quality of life.

We focus on providing the highest quality services to families in need. We are dedicated to helping our individuals lead dignified, independent lifestyles in the comfort and safety of their own homes and community. We do this by carefully assessing and fully understanding their needs.



Monday

9:00 am
05:30pm

Tuesday

09:00am
05:30pm

Wednesday - Friday

9:00 am
05:30pm

Saturday - Sunday

Closed

501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization
(EIN) 84-3303653 

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