Always be Prepared!

During hurricane season, you should always be prepared. If you have questions about disaster preparedness, visit Florida Division of Emergency Management. Check out Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide on Also check out the Florida Special Needs Registry to receive important information from local emergency management officials. To find out where open shelters are, visit Emergency Shelters.

Exceptional Employer Awards

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. APD and its partners will be recognizing exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. If you would like to make a nomination be sure to fill out the nomination form. Please submit your nomination by September 8. The winners will be recognized on October 7 in Tallahassee.

ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Hundreds of people marched down Adams Street in Tallahassee on July 26 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery and the Press Release. If you attended the celebration, please be sure give us feedback by completing a short Survey.

More Than 44,000 Placed Into Jobs

Governor Rick Scott announced that since 2011, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and its partner CareerSource Florida have connected 44,179 individuals with disabilities with job opportunities. To read more be sure to read the Press Release.

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Other News & Announcements

  • Please read APD's guidance for changes to the Adults with Disabilities program. The agency will work to assist as many people as possible who are eligible for APD services.

  • Governor Scott has signed a bill into law creating a task force to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Florida. APD will be a member of the task force, representing the employment needs of workers and job seekers with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit and read CareerSource Florida’s news release.

  • If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.

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