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Happy New Year!


By Barbara Palmer

New Year’s Day brings a fresh start to the year, opening up all kinds of possibilities for the coming months. 2017 looks bright for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).  


TRAIN Florida Update


Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida became the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

Tacachale Christmas


Tacachale kicked off its holiday festivities with the annual Holiday Parade on December 6 and held its 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 8.

A Knight in Signing Armor


Patricia Moody is your typical gregarious sophomore at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is currently enrolled in two classes and involved in several clubs, including the Sign Language Club and Best Buddies. Moody, from Stuart, Florida, is fluent in American Sign Language.

Around the State


PALS Program First Graduation Held


Twenty-five graduates all dressed in bright blue commencement robes walked or wheeled their way through the procession as Pomp and Circumstance played.

Southeast Region News


On November 3, 2016, APD Deputy Tom Rankin and Chief of Staff Karen Hagan came to the Southeast Region Office in West Palm Beach to meet with the entire office.

Basketball Bash


On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 12 APD consumers and their two escorts set off on an exciting, fun-filled trip to see the Florida International University Golden Panthers play the Ave Maria Gyrenes in basketball.

Holiday Community Outreach in the Northeast Region


The congregation of Westminster by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach Shores brought joy and hope to many individuals during the holiday season.

Annual Caregiver/Provider Luncheon Held in Pensacola


Project Empower of Northwest Florida, PURE Friendship Ministries, the P.U.R.E. Empowerment Center, and the Empowerment Parent Resource Center partnered to provide a free luncheon honoring 100 caregivers in the community on Tuesday, December 13, at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola.

Central Region Participates in Special Olympics Fall Classic


The APD Central Region participated in the Special Olympics Fall Classic held at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on November 11 and 12.

Joni Burnett – Special Olympics Coach


Joni Burnett has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1992. For 24 years, she has coached volleyball, softball, and basketball, in addition to volunteering at fundraisers every chance she gets, including Publix can drives, Publix Torches, the IMG 5K, local law enforcement Torch Runs, and the monthly Special Olympics dances and dinners.

Sunland Center Employee Rings the Bell for Salvation Army


When James Godwin, Jr. found himself with some free time this holiday season, he decided to dedicate time to charity and give back to his community.

PeoplesSouth Bank of Malone Donates Christmas Gifts to Sunland


PeoplesSouth Bank in Malone presented Sunland Center with unique gifts on December 21.

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