Working with Unique Abilities

By Director Barbara Palmer

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is when our state and the nation focus on job opportunities for people with disabilities.

Waiver Redesign

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted an iBudget Florida waiver redesign plan for legislative consideration, pursuant to Section 26, Chapter 2019-116, Laws of Florida.

Celebrate Exceptional Employers

APD and its partners will be honoring outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities on Friday, October 11, in Tallahassee at City Hall, 300 South Adams Street. This free public event will be held in the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers beginning at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 10:30 a.m.

September Family Care Council Florida Meeting

On September 21, Family Care Council representatives from across the state gathered together for the Family Care Council Florida meeting in Orlando. The meeting began with presentations from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Creative by Design

Corey Mills is living his dream and is passionate about working in the graphic design industry. Mills designs book covers, flyers, and reference materials, and is involved in all aspects of the design process.

Around the State

Tacachale Hosts the ‘King of Pop’

Last month, Tacachale residents and staff rocked out with an impersonator of the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. The crowd screamed with delight as the performer from Orlando wowed them with MJ’s signature dance moves and moon-walked across the stage.

The Many Benefits of Hiring People with Varying Abilities

As a precursor to Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce September 2019 Lunch & Learn focused on the many benefits of hiring people with varying abilities, often termed “disabilities.”

Parent Training and Information Centers

Project Empower Coalition of NW Florida, a nonprofit agency organized to assist those with disabilities and their families, meets every other month at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola.

In Her Dream Job

Rachel Sefcik has been receiving services with C&G Vocational Services and Payees, Inc. since June 2015 with funding though the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Employment Enhancement Project.

Capstone Pet Barkery

Thanks to a grant from Sunday’s Child for Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers’ project called Capstone Pet Barkery, students attending the Transition Employment Center in Pensacola are gaining practical job experience and interpersonal skills while running a business of baking nutritious pet treats.

APD RMS Training Revitalization Team Wins Florida TaxWatch Award

Aniseh Abou-Saeb and Michele Patterson received a 2019 TaxWatch Productivity Award for their new training program for the Random Moment Sampling (RMS) system. RMS is used to determine how funds should be claimed among the various programs for federal reimbursement.

Important Driving Law Goes into Effect Today

The Wireless Communications While Driving Law went into effect July 1, 2019, allowing law enforcement to stop a vehicle and cite a driver for texting and driving. As of October 1, wireless communications devices can only be used in a hands-free manner when driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area.

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