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Legislative Session Wrap-Up


By Barbara Palmer

It was a busy legislative session for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the agency received funding for some very needed issues.


Cabinet Declares Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


Florida Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members declared the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida during the March 7 Cabinet meeting.

World Autism Day


Every April, organizations kick off World Autism Month beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Today is the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

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Eric Woitas: Doing It All with a Smile


Eric Woitas’ employment journey hasn’t always been easy. After an unexpected layoff at a previous job, Eric was worried he would not be able to continue working and bettering his professional skills. However, almost two years ago, the naval base in Pensacola hired him and gave him a chance.


Come Visit SportsAbility at TCC


The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) will host its annual SportsAbility Expo in Tallahassee on April 13 at Tallahassee Community College.

Around the State


Sunland Art in the Park


Mark your calendars! Sunland’s fourth annual “Art in the Park” will take place on Saturday, May 5. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sunland Environmental Park. This one-of-a-kind art show features the inspired works of Sunland residents and many community artists.

Southeast Region News


On February 20, FCC-15 Past Chair Melody Hearn, Southeast Regional employee Milory Senat, and Successful Futures for Helping People Succeed Vice President France Mason attended the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 4 Human Services Transportation Summit.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


APD will be represented at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s 25th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, on the 22nd floor of the state Capitol.

Northwest Region Participates in Transition Services Information Fair


The APD Northwest Region partnered with the Escambia County School District Exceptional Student Education Department to recruit employers to provide mock interviews for students attending the Transition Services Information Fair held on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola.

Patricia Houghland: "Together, We Can Achieve Even More"


In honor of National Volunteer Month, I’d like to express my great appreciation for the 180 members of the 15 local Family Care Councils (FCCs) for their hard work and service educating, empowering, and advocating for Floridians with developmental disabilities and their families.

Two Foster Parent Recruitment Forums Held


APD’s Northwest Region office partnered with the Department of Children and Families, Big Bend Community Based Care, and the Area 2 Family Care Council in sponsoring two foster parent recruitment forums.

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