Hurricane Season is Here


By Director Barbara Palmer

Today marks the beginning of hurricane season, so it is time to go over your family’s emergency plan. Make sure you know your evacuation routes, destinations, and local emergency management contacts, and update your disaster supply kit. Remember that hurricane season lasts through November 30.


Family Care Councils Gather for May Statewide Council Meeting


Family Care Council representatives from across the state gathered for their bi-monthly meeting in Orlando on May 7-8. The statewide council kicked off the weekend meeting with representatives from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).


Clean Team Champ


Mark Rieke does an exceptional job as a Maintenance Associate at the local Walmart in Sebring. Rieke’s primary responsibility as part of Walmart’s “Clean Team” is to ensure that the aisles are free of debris and safe for all store customers. Rieke also assists with restocking supplies in the restrooms and storing the cleaning supplies in their proper places.


See you at Family Café!


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have a presence at the 23rd Annual Family Café and Governor’s Summit on Disabilities coming up June 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando.


Around the State


Going to Disney World


The Arc of the Bay’s Culinary Institute recently celebrated their fourth class graduation with their educational incentive trip to Orlando. Students who graduated from the Culinary Program received the opportunity to embark on a fun-filled educational trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World.


Baby Navigator


Created by the Florida First Words Project and Autism Navigator, the Baby Navigator provides parents with resources to help track their baby’s progress from birth to 24 months. Parents learn how early signs of language delay and autism can impact a child’s development, what to do about it, and how to build a care team.


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