Soon people with disabilities in Florida will be able to have tax-free savings accounts to help pay for services needed in the future, through the Florida ABLE Savings Program. This would be in addition to services the individual might be receiving through other sources, including iBudget Florida. Money saved in an ABLE account will not count against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program. The Florida ABLE Savings Program starts on July 1, 2016. Visit myablesavings.com for more information.
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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.
- Maximum Potential Kids - The Arc of Florida and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) have partnered with an on-line video-based training series called, “Maximum Potential Kids.” The training series offered, at no cost, to family members and providers is an opportunity to develop skills in the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to work with individuals to build new skills and manage challenging behaviors. To learn more, Click Here.
- Northwest-2 Family Care Council Proudly Presents Kathie Snow, Author of Disability is Natural. Friday/Saturday - February 19-20
The members of the Florida Care Council have finalized their plans for the Kathie Snow presentations to be held in the Fellowship Hall at Faith Presbyterian Church February 19 and February 20, 2016. A flyer is attached giving the details. The presentations are free, but you need to pre-register to attend please. Pre-registered attendees will receive certificates of participation at the event with appropriate CEU’s. To learn more, Click Here.
- Be sure to check out the FCIC's Florida Symposium on Aging with Developmental Disabilities. The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is pleased to bring this important day-long symposium on the critical topic of aging with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities are benefitting from an increased life expectancy. However, families, providers, and professionals, may not be fully aware of the supports and resources that are needed to ensure continued quality of life in older adulthood. To learn more about the event, see the event flyer.
- 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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