Governor Recommends Budget Supporting Vulnerable Floridians

By Director Barbara Palmer

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is showing his commitment to helping vulnerable Floridians by recommending $1.5 billion for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to serve individuals with developmental disabilities during state FY 2020-21.

Florida to Receive Career and Technical Scholarship Funding

The Florida Department of Education hosted a series of public hearings to collect input on the state’s plan to implement the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

Joy in the Workplace

Happiness exudes from Connor Yeatts, and you cannot help but smile when you are around him. He may be working, but he’s also listening to Disney music and singing every word.

Around the State

Crisis Intervention Training

Last month, APD Northwest Region staff led the cognitive disorders portion of Crisis Intervention Training with local law enforcement officers from Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Liberty counties. During this portion of the training, officers were taught signs that may signal a person has a cognitive or developmental disability.

Suncoast Region Customer Celebrates 100th Birthday

APD customer May Rives turned 100 years old on November 5. Rives lives at a Residential Habilitation Assisted Living Facility called Bradenton Palms in Bradenton provided by Powell Supportive Services.

Sunland Printing Wins Best of Jackson County Award

Every year, the Jackson County Floridan publishes the Best of Jackson County awards. These are awarded for businesses in several different categories, and the winners are chosen by a community vote.

Heroes Among Us

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities has some very remarkable clients and employees. In honor of Veteran’s Day, I was inspired to write about one very remarkable employee and coworker, Frank Thomas. Frank is one of our QSI Assessors and is in the field every day making sure client information is up to date. What some of us did not know is that Frank is a Vietnam War veteran.

Rockin’ the Block at Tacachale

Tacachale’s third annual Rock the Block party was a huge success! About 300 partygoers from Tacachale and nearby group homes gathered under the stars to “howl at the moon” at our Halloween-themed celebration.

Working Together to Help Meet Transportation Needs

State Office Transportation Coordinator Kent Carroll and Northwest Region Waitlist & Community Affairs Workstream Lead Octavius Jackson have attended several board meetings for the Transportation Disadvantaged program. These meetings are held throughout the region.

APD Participates in Big Bend Farmshare

Last month, the Northwest Region and 20 other service agencies participated in the Big Bend Farmshare event at its distribution center in Quincy.

Sunland FUEL Team Food Drive Donations Benefit Chipola Family Ministries

Sunland Center’s FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life) Team, a resident outreach group, recently sponsored a food drive. The drive started during Sunland’s 40th Annual Fall Festival and ran through the first two weeks of November.

Liberty County Health Fair

On November 3, APD staff helped promote health and service awareness at the Liberty County Health Fair. This annual event offers screenings, vaccines, a fitness session by LB Boot Camp, and a lunch-and-learn on hypertension.

Stand Up and Be Counted

On November 5, the Florida Prosperity Partnership (FPP) hosted a roundtable at the United Way of West Florida in Pensacola. Community developers and financial capability practitioners of all types were invited to the three-hour learning and action planning session, which centered on the future of community development.

Giving Back to APD Families in Need this Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, the Pi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. provides outreach services to local families in need. These families are identified through APD, the Department of Elder Affairs, the Department of Health, and the Gadsden County School District.

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