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What a Difference 25 Years Has Made


By Barbara Palmer

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which is now well known as the ADA, has made a tremendous impact on the landscape of America. This landmark legislation was signed 25 years ago—July 26, 1990—by President George H. W. Bush. The ADA is an important civil rights measure that allows people with disabilities to enjoy the same freedoms as those without disabilities.


Stephanie Westfall working at McDonald’s Restaurant in Pensacola.

Having it Your Way


Stephanie Westfall likes to work. When the economy went bad several years ago, Westfall lost her longtime job at a beauty salon. She was persistent in trying to find a job.

Around the State


Pictured L-R: Deputy Director Tom Rankin, Superintendent Geri Williams, Billy Quinn, Assistant Superintendent Jon Creamer and Chief of Staff Karen Hagan.

Rish Park Bids Farewell to Billy Quinn


Billy Quinn was recently honored for his distinguished 34-year career as manager at Rish Park.

’Sunny Delight‘

Sunland Host's Sunshine Gala


June 5 was an unforgettable night as Sunland hosted its 2nd annual formal event, now known as the Sunshine Gala.

’Sunny Delight‘

Sunland Artist Donates Work to Auction


The work of one of Sunland Center's most gifted artists will be auctioned off at the upcoming 10th annual Covenant Hospice Garden Gala in Marianna.

The Northwest Area Two Family Care Council sponsored Kathie Snow, author of “Disability is Natural” to provide training to the Panama City and surrounding communities on June 16, 2015 at the Gulf Coast State college.

Living Real Lives and Community Inclusion


The Northwest Area Two Family Care Council sponsored Kathie Snow, author of “Disability is Natural” to provide training to the Panama City and surrounding communities on June 16, 2015 at the Gulf Coast State college.

The picture is Dr. Lucchino presenting to providers, staff, and individuals with their families.

A Negative Attitude Accelerates Aging


The Arc of Florida along with The Arc Gateway sponsored the presentation, “Changing Role of the Caregiver” by Dr. Ronald Lucchino on June 11, 2015 at the Pollak Training Center in Pensacola. Dr. Lucchino is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s disease and aging in individuals with developmental disabilities.

Katrina Washington singing at the Escambia County School District Graduation ceremony.

“Greatest Love of All”


Katrina Washington, Northwest Florida Regional Supported Employment Liaison, was the guest speaker at the Escambia County School District Graduation 2015 program on May 29, 2015 at the J.E. Hall Center in Pensacola.

 


Hillsborough ADA Flyer

25th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act hosted by the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is proud to serve on the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities committee and believes in its goal to provide “public awareness information and activities concerning the needs and resources of citizens with disabilities.” 

 


Pictured in first row are Patricia Oglesby, B J Jamison, Barbara Jamison, Jennifer Young, Richard Johnson, Amy Johnson, Dylan Johnson. Second row Richard Johnson Jr, Terry Johnson, Adam Johnson, Theresa Johson, Kevin James, Lynn James, Kelley James.

Family Care Council and Family Café


Suncoast Region Family Care Councils sponsored over a dozen scholarships for families to attend the 17th Annual Family Café featuring the Governor’s Summit on Disability.

The Disability History Timeline display.

Disability History Timeline Display


Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation pledged to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities are working towards increased awareness of the need for equality of opportunity and full participation.

Jenna Abell

Jenna Abell Receives Full Scholarship to New College in Sarasota


Jenna Abell was born prematurely weighing a little over three pounds and has cerebral palsy. She had a pretty rough start.

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