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Are you ABLE Eligible?

By Barbara Palmer

Florida is one of the first states in the country to offer a special savings program to people with disabilities.  I attended the kickoff ceremony at the State Capitol on July 7 with Legislators and others who helped create the new savings account option.

Nominate an Exceptional Employer Today!

We are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. Please nominate an Exceptional Employer who has made a commitment to the employment of individuals with disabilities using our easy online form.

APD Wins Organization of the Year

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) was awarded the Organization of the Year by the Key Training Center on July 15. Central Region Operations Manager Clarence Lewis accepted the award on behalf of APD.

Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight: A Ten-Day Tour of Florida, Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

On July 26, the Tallahassee community welcomed Ms. Wheelchair Florida, Heather Taylor, as she toured the state as part of her Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight Disability Campaign.

Youth Leadership Forum

The Able Trust hosted its 17th Annual Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in July. High school students with disabilities from around the state came to Tallahassee to develop their leadership skills.


RESPECT of Florida has a modest grant ($12,500) available to assist a person with a disability in starting or enhancing their own business.

Set No Limits

This David Beckham knows the hospitality industry, not soccer. However, his famous name sure helps Pensacola Beach Hampton Inn visitors remember him.

Around the State

Rish Park Getaway

Kathy, Darby, Jack, and Sam Powell received a donated weekend at Wiliam J. Rish Park this summer. Kathy shared her experience with APD.

Gallery of Dreams

The Gallery of Dreams began eight years ago as an idea that Regional Program Supervisor for Quality Assurance Kirk Ryon had to display the artwork that was being produced in many of the adult day training (ADT) programs in the Southern Region.

Summer Plunge at Tacachale

Ice is one way to overcome the Florida summer heat.  So on July 23 over 80 Tacachale residents and 27 student volunteers from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business celebrated our Summer Plunge event at the Ray Greene Center.

Northwest Florida Celebrates the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. (CIL) facilitated a celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26 at the First Pentecostal Church in Pensacola.

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