The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and other disability organizations will recognize outstanding Florida employers as part of the annual celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month. The celebration is scheduled for October 5 at Tallahassee City Hall. If you are aware of an employer that has a history of hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities, please complete the nomination form here. Click here for past winners.
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The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows individuals with disabilities and their family and friends to save for future expenses, like popular Roth IRA and 529 college savings plans, while maintaining government benefits. If you would like to learn more about ABLE United, be sure to register for the webinar scheduled on Wednesday, August 3 from 1-2 P.M. EST. Click here to register.
Be sure to check out APD Director Barbara Palmer talking about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities on Florida Face to Face on the Florida Channel. Click Here for Video
The Social Security Administration has issued its 2016 Red Book. The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. Included in the book are explanations of work incentives, how working can affect benefits, where to find local services, and more. The Red Book can be accessed at https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/documents/TheRedBook2016.pdf.
Food Assistance (SNAP) Schedule Change - In April of this year, the 15 day availability schedule is changing to 28 days. There will be a split issuance in March that will give SNAP customers half of their benefits on their current availability date and half on their new date. Please visit this FAQ for more information: www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida/snap-benefit-schedule-faqs .
The Arc of Florida Dental Program - The Arc of Florida is a 501c (3) non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (1/DD) throughout the State of Florida. The Arc of Florida has received a reoccurring appropriation that will be used to help individuals with 1/DD receive needed preventive and comprehensive dental services. The Legislature has approved, the Governor has signed it into law, and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has signed a contract for continuation of this program for state fiscal year 2015 (July 2015 - June 2016).
Individuals on the APD Medwaiver waitlist and those on the iBudget Waiver are eligible to receive dental services through The Arc of Florida Dental Program. To learn more, be sure to read This Advisory and The Arc of Florida Dental Service Pack.
- Home Care Rule Update - The federal Department of Labor adopted the Home Care Rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to most home care workers. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is responsible for having a process available for any person whose service hours would be reduced as a result of the rule and is at risk of institutionalization. Waiver Support Coordinators must notify APD immediately if they encounter a customer whose service needs are not being met. As part of this process, APD will determine if there are other waiver services which would help the individual remain in the community. APD will continue to monitor this process to ensure that our customers are receiving the care they need.
The legislature will determine if rates will change for the types of services affected by the DOL rule. To learn more visit the DOL website at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare.
- Please read APD's guidance for changes to the Adults with Disabilities program. The agency will work to assist as many people as possible who are eligible for APD services.
If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.
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