Starting May 18, TRAIN Florida is the official LMS for our agency’s training needs. The TRAIN Florida training team is working to help ease our transition by creating learning aides and train staff to support you as you navigate through TRAIN Florida. To learn more, Click Here.

The Champion

Be sure to check out APD's Newsletter The Champion May issue. This month's issue contains stories about APD winning two FPRA Image Awards, the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, and many other stories. Click Here

Provider Rate Increase in APD Budget

APD will receive a record budget of $1.31 billion on July 1. This is an increase of $100 million over the prior year. This is a historic financial commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida. To learn more, Click Here.
The Governor's budget includes an additional $9 million to begin a rate increase effective April 1 for compliance with the USDOL Home Care Rule. To learn more about the rate increase, Click Here.

ABLE United

Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 642 creating the Florida ABLE program for individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-free savings account for future services without losing their eligibility for state and federal benefits. To learn more about ABLE United and how you can create an ABLE account, check out this presentation and also visit the ABLE United website.

Family Café

The 2016 Family Café is coming up. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have more than a dozen speakers at the 18th Annual Family Café. Click Here to view a schedule of our presentations. The event is set for June 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando. Online Registration is now open. Please visit to register.

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  • Featured on FloridaStateHomes graphic link

    We were recently featured in an article, Helping People with Developmental Disabilities in the Community with APD Cares. If you're interested in Florida Homes for Sale, check out what they have to offer for Lakeland, FL Homes for Sale.

  • 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

  • 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: .

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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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