Happy New Year!


By Director Barbara Palmer

APD Director Palmer talks about upcoming opportunities in 2022 and wishes you all a Happy New Year.


Governor Ron DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget Reaffirms Commitment to Floridians with Disabilities


Governor Ron DeSantis released his Freedom First budget recommendations recently, which demonstrate his ongoing commitment to helping vulnerable Floridians with developmental disabilities served by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).


Virtual DD Day at the Capitol on February 9


Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, organizations, and the public will join the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council in raising awareness about critical issues impacting their lives.


Seaton Learning How to Make Shopping a Pleasure


Theresa Seaton, 48, recently began working at the Publix Supermarket at the Miller Road Shopping Center. Seaton, whose nickname is Tracy, works part-time as a Front Service Clerk for the Customer Service Department. Even though Seaton is naturally shy, she is still working on enthusiastically greeting every customer she encounters.


Around the State


Pensacola Civitan Club Completes 500th Wheelchair Ramp Project


The Pensacola Civitan Club built their 500th ramp in December. On December 4, they completed a 26-foot ramp for Axel Bradley, who will turn two in February. Axel, who lives in Pensacola with his parents, Mark and Anna Bradley, was born with a developmental brain disorder and uses a wheelchair.


Team Member of the Year


Congratulations to Alan Garrone – Global Connections to Employment (GCE) Team Member of the Year 2021. Garrone is an APD customer.


Christmas Season at Sunland


Sunland residents enjoyed the Spirit of Christmas as they traveled via wagon through Sunland’s “Christmas City”, sponsored by Centralized Support Services and other volunteers at Sunland.


Tacachale Celebrates an Old-Fashioned Christmas


Tacachale residents and staff were especially thankful to celebrate the 37th Annual Treelighting Ceremony together this year. 2021 marks 100 years since Tacachale first opened, making this Centennial year’s Christmas celebration an extra special one.


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