Recap of the 2019 Legislative Session

By Director Barbara Palmer

As always, it was a fast-paced legislative session for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the agency received funding for some critical issues.

Time to Prepare

June 1 is the start of hurricane season, which runs through November 30. Now is the time to brush off your family’s emergency plan. You will want to think about evacuation routes, local emergency management contacts, and creating (or updating) your disaster supply kit.

2019 Legislature Advances Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Stella Young was a witty Australian journalist and strong advocate for people with disabilities. She was born with “brittle bone disease” and used a wheelchair her entire life.

Nominate an Exceptional Employer

APD and its partners are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. We want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities.

An Important Player on McDonald’s Team

Collin Cox has always been very motivated and dependable, but had trouble finding a good job match at first. With encouragement from Goodwill Suncoast and his supported employment coach, Karen Taylor, in July of 2017 he found a job as a crew member at McDonald’s, and it stuck.

Around the State

Autism Works for The Community

An open house celebration was held on May 22 at V Paul’s Italian Ristorante in Pensacola to announce a new program, “Autism Works for the Community” made possible by a grant from The Able Trust.

Manage My Money Day

On April 18, the Area 1 Family Care Council of the Northwest Region hosted “Manage My Money Day” in partnership with the Department of Financial Services. This event promoted financial independence for individuals with disabilities by providing them with information from various financial institutions.

When You Wish Upon a Star

The Arc of the Emerald Coast held their Annual Membership and Awards Banquet on May 9 at the Shalimar United Methodist Church in Shalimar. The theme was Disney, “When You Wish Upon A Star.”

APD Chief of Staff Meets Family Care Council Florida

Last month, the new Chief of Staff for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), David Dobbs, talked with representatives from the local Family Care Councils in Orlando during the Family Care Council Florida meeting.

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