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Legislative Session is Here


By Barbara Palmer

The Florida Legislative Session is underway, and much is happening at the Capitol. It is a very exciting time for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). The agency is receiving support from both the House and Senate in their initial budget proposals.


Children's Day


Children of all ages flooded the Capitol on January 23 for the Children’s Day event. This year marked the 23rd anniversary of Children’s Week.

Senior Day


On January 24, Florida seniors, sponsors, non-profit organizations, and state agencies came together at the Capitol for Florida Senior Day. Florida Senior Day is hosted by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, United Way of Florida, 75 statewide partners, and thousands of seniors.

Slavery Still Exists in Human Trafficking


Did you know that Florida is ranked third in the nation for number of calls to the Human Trafficking hotline? Florida Law, Chapter 787.06 F.S., defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery.

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Drink Up: The Importance of Staying Hydrated


Living in the Sunshine State certainly has its advantages-sunny, warm weather is much more common here than in other parts of the country. However, Florida residents must also be more aware of their water intake to ensure they stay properly hydrated.

Cleaning Up the Environment


Rob Blansett joined The Village in Gainesville as an intern more than a year ago. The team there loved his work ethic so much he was offered a permanent position with the Environmental Services unit.


Around the State


Tacachale Celebrates the Season


Christmas is a wondrous time of year at Tacachale! From a parade and tree lighting ceremony to a Christmas program, parties at the homes and multiple visits from Santa, all the way to ringing in the New Year, Tacachale residents and staff celebrated in style!

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