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Agency for Persons with Disabilities Receives Positive Budget


By Barbara Palmer

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) had another successful Legislative Session with many positive measures being approved in the state budget to help people with developmental disabilities.


APD Participates in the 19th Annual Family Café


The 19th Annual Family Café was held on June 16-18 in Orlando. The Family Café provided breakout sessions, an Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including keynote speakers and the Governor’s Summit on Disabilities.

Empower Florida Conference


The second annual Empower Florida Conference was held in Miami on June 9 and 10. Over 600 providers were in attendance.

APD Inspector General Wins Advancing Government Accountability Award


APD Inspector General Carol Sullivan, MBA, CIA, CIGA, CIG, received the 2017 Advancing Government Accountability Award from the Tallahassee Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

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Commitment and Passion Lead to Job Success for Albert Brewster


An employee of the La Quinta Inn in Jupiter, Florida, Albert Brewster has an eye for detail and a passion for working. Albert has been fortunate to maintain employment at the La Quinta Inn since 2015, and he takes pride in his work. “I stay on task and I like my job,” says Albert. “I feel good about myself when I’m working.”

Nominate an Exceptional Employer Today!


We are gearing up for October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. APD and its partners want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. We need you to nominate an Exceptional Employer now so they may be considered for the award. Visit apdcares.org to submit an Employer Award nomination.

Around the State


APD Staff Recipients of 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is pleased to announce several staff members were recently honored as 2017 Prudential Productivity Award recipients. Each year, Prudential and The Florida Tax Watch recognize state employees who combine their creativity and innovation to improve and deliver state services in a more efficient manner.

Dream Inspired Planning


The Arc of Florida, in coordination with the Northwest Region Area One Family Care Council (FCC) and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), sponsored a forum on Dream-Inspired Planning held on May 31 at the Pensacola Bay Center. Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, was the presenter.

Ace Winn Concert


On June 21, Tacachale residents were treated to a concert performed by Ace Winn. Winn is a singer/songwriter based in Jacksonville who has been touring the state as a solo artist for more than 15 years.

Good Things


This story began at the end of 2016. As is customary, the Waiting List work stream submitted their nominees to the Wish Book. One of those nominees was Angelina Serna, a 10-year-old diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and seizures.

APD Southern Region and DCF Adult Protective Services Collaboration


Hosted by Sherab Chodron of APD and Cristina Leon of APS on May 23, APD’s Southern Region conducted the first of two innovative workgroup meetings in Opa Locka with the Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services.

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