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Cabinet to Declare Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Governor to Recognize Gulf Coast Enterprises

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Attorney General Pam Bondi will introduce a resolution at the Florida Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, March 18, declaring the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida.

Representatives from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Family Care Council, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Florida, and the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities will be there to accept the resolution.

Cheryl Govea, a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, will address Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on the importance of funding community services for people with disabilities.

In addition, Governor Scott will present his Business Ambassador Award to Gulf Coast Enterprises for the company’s longstanding commitment to employing hundreds of people with disabilities at military bases throughout the state.

The Cabinet meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the Cabinet meeting room on the lower level of the Capitol Building.

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities.  The agency annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1‑866‑APD‑CARES (1‑866‑273‑2273).


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March is DD Awareness Month!

Here are some more tips to have….Manners that Matter!  If you are in the Tallahassee area on March 18, join APD and others at the Capitol for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day.  Speak with your legislators about issues that are important to you.  Hope to see you there!!

 

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Second Workshop on APD Waiting List

TALLAHASSEE, FLThe Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will host another waiting list prioritization workshop on March 4 in Tallahassee to discuss individuals who are waiting to receive Home and Community-Based Services through the APD Medicaid waiver. The workshop will be held in the new Department of Revenue Southwood complex at 2450 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Building 1, Room 1820, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Free parking is available.

The participants will review the recommendations from an earlier workshop held February 18. APD Director Barbara Palmer hopes to end the meeting with consensus from participants that will be used to develop a plan for bringing those most in need of APD services off the waiting list and onto the APD waiver.

For the first time in eight years, Governor Rick Scott is recommending $36 million to serve people on the APD waiver waiting list as part of his Florida Families First budget. If the funding is approved by the Legislature, the agency wants to be able to enroll the new individuals on July 1 when the funding becomes available.

Those who are unable to attend may send their thoughts and suggestions on the waiting list to Deputy Director of Programs Denise Arnold, 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities. The agency annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273).