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Exceptional Employers Honored

By Barbara Palmer

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation recently presented 10 Exceptional Employer Awards to companies that have made a strong commitment to employing people with special abilities.

Cabinet Declares October Disability Employment Awareness Month

Attorney General Pam Bondi introduced a resolution at the Florida Cabinet meeting on October 17 declaring the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in Florida.

APD Hosts Dementia Training

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Elder Affairs hosted a National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training on October 23-25 in Tallahassee.

Transportation Task Force Nearing Deadline

The Transportation Task Force held its third meeting on October 5 in Tallahassee. The members heard from representatives with Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) on some initial findings.

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Serving During the Storm

When the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Irma was forecast to be a direct hit on the Tampa Bay area, most of us secured our own homes, and many sought safety in community shelters.

Gov. Scott Appoints Ten to Family Care Councils

Governor Rick Scott announced recently two reappointments and eight appointments to Family Care Councils across the state.

Around the State

Disability Awards Presented

Northwest Regional Program Supervisor Octavius Jackson, Community Resources Liaison Annette Zeeb, and Supported Employment Liaison Tara Potter, along with other community partners, participated in the 13th Annual National Disability Awareness Month celebration hosted at the Pensacola Yacht Club.

APD Customer Presented Plaque

Chris Blythe was one of the guest speakers at the National Disability Employment Awareness Event on October 25 at the Bayview Club on Eglin Air Force Base (AFB).

Volusia County Disability Mentoring Day

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ Daytona Beach Field Office came together with other community agencies to celebrate Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) and Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) on October 18.

Bay County Celebrates DMD

On October 18, Bay County celebrated Disability Employment Awareness Month and Disability Mentoring Day (DEAM/DMD). Approximately 85 students and adults with disabilities participated in job shadowing at a business of their choice.

Innovation Drives Inclusion Employment Conference Held in the Northwest Region

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) partnered with Project Empower of Northwest Florida and the Empowerment Parent Resource Center to sponsor an event for the students of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and the community on October 27 at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola.

Southeast Region News

On September 23, FCC-10 and APD participated in The Broward Teens' Transition to Life Summit.

Residential Options of Florida Panel

APD’s Suncoast Region attended a community event on September 27 in Venice. The event was held for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to discuss residential options throughout Florida.

WSC Training

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a Waiver Support Coordinator meeting in Orlando on November 17. The meeting will include topics important to WSCs.

Gov. Scott Appoints Seven to Florida Rehabilitation Council

Governor Rick Scott recently announced two reappointments and five appointments to the Florida Rehabilitation Council.

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