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Labor of Love


By Barbara Palmer

September is a time for football games and the Labor Day Holiday. It is always a good idea to take a break when you can, so you return to work with renewed energy. Here at the Agency for Person with Disabilities (APD) we are hard at work on several projects and issues.


Disability Employment


On October 4, Attorney General Pam Bondi plans to introduce a resolution for Governor Scott and the Cabinet to consider declaring the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. Disability organizations, along with state agencies that serve people with disabilities, will be on hand to accept the resolution.

Florida Medicaid Home and Community Based Settings Rule Statewide Transition Plan


The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is submitting the Statewide Transition Plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in compliance with the Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Rule (CMS 2249-F).

A Penny Saved


Cindy Parlin has worked at a Sarasota Publix as a front end service clerk for more than two years, and is very proud of her many accomplishments. Parlin’s primary job responsibilities include bagging groceries and helping customers to their vehicles at the store located at 935 North Beneva Road.

Around the State


Real Florida Magazine Spotlights Rish Park


Real Florida Magazine, a subsidiary of The Goulding Agency in Chipley, Fla., recently featured a segment dedicated to Rish Park.

Family Care Council 12’s 2016 Second Annual ADA Celebration


Family Care Council 12 and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) staff held their second annual ADA Night at the Jackie Robinson Ball Field in Daytona Beach.

FCDSA Opens Enrichment Center in Flagler County


On August 17, Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association (FCDSA) in Flagler County opened its doors to the community to introduce the Camp I Can Enrichment Center. Camp I Can is a therapeutic learning program where parents are taught alongside students to enhance reading skills, math skills, and assist with socialization skills through planned activities.

Surfers for Autism


As July drew to a close, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) staff participated in the 7th Annual Surfers for Autism event in Ponce Inlet.

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