Happy, Happy Holidays to All


By Director Barbara Palmer
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. It is a wonderful time to appreciate the many people and blessings we have in our lives. As we move into December, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) continues to work hard for people with developmental disabilities in Florida.

Healthy Habits


Greg Broyles’ passion is physical fitness. He has won many trophies, ribbons, and medals over the years for sports, most notably weightlifting. He had two injuries from his weightlifting, so he has moved to other sports like cycling, surfing, and paddle boarding to get his exercise fix. Broyles said, “I participate in every Special Olympic sport that I can.”


Gov. Scott Appoints Eight to Florida Developmental Disabilities Council


Governor Rick Scott recently announced the appointment of five and the reappointment of three to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.

Around the State


Gallery of Dreams


In July and August of 2018, APD’s Southern Region hosted its 10th annual Gallery of Dreams exhibition in the Rhode Building’s South Tower Lobby. For 10 years, thousands of visitors and building occupants have enjoyed paintings, drawings, sculpture, and various other artistic media in this popular venue.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Host Breakfast in Flagler County


On October 27, a group from Indian Trails Middle School in Palm Coast held a Pancake Breakfast to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Empowering All


On November 9, the Northwest Region Waiting List and Community Affairs Workstream conducted its Disability Mentoring event in Tallahassee.

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