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Gov. Scott Celebrates Record Funding for Persons with Disabilities

By Barbara Palmer

I was happy to join Governor Rick Scott when he ceremonially signed Senate Bill 642, the Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, at events in Miami and West Palm Beach in July. Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Chief of Staff Karen Hagan joined Governor Scott at an event in Jacksonville.

Celebration of ADA 25th Anniversary Held

Hundreds of people marched down Adams Street in Tallahassee on July 24 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Gallery of Dreams

The APD Southern Region pulled out all the stops for the 7th Annual Gallery of Dreams on July 10.  The gallery opening was dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Disabilities Summit Council Celebrates the ADA

The Disabilities Summit Council celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the ADA at their monthly meeting in Pensacola on July 24 at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute.

Exceptional Employer Awards

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. APD and its partners will be recognizing exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. Visit apdcares.org to submit an Exceptional Employer nomination.

Youth Leadership Forum

The Able Trust hosted its 16th Annual Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in July. High school students with disabilities from around the state came to Tallahassee to develop their leadership skills.

2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up Report

On June 23, Governor Rick Scott approved Senate Bill 2500-A General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2015-2016 and Senate Bill 2502-A Implementing the GAA.

Around the State

Florida ARF Quarterly Meeting

On July 8, APD Director Barbara Palmer, Chief of Staff Karen Hagan, and Director of Community Supports Meghan Murray attended the Florida ARF quarterly meeting in Clearwater.

Prudential Productivity Awards Ceremony

On June 25, Florida TaxWatch hosted a regional Prudential Productivity Awards ceremony in Tampa at the TPepin Hospitality Centre. Among the winners was APD’s very own Arthur Ciesla from the Central Region.


Plan for Life Meeting Held

On June 1, Joshua’s Path: Plan for Life was held at the Soref Jewish Community Center in Broward County.


PURE Empowerment Center to Open August 25 in Pensacola

Pure Friendship Ministries and Project Empower of Northwest Florida are bringing life skills and social skills training to Pensacola. The PURE Empowerment Center opens August 25 for those who wish to invest in themselves.

Sunland Employees Help Man Trapped Under Vehicle

On July 23, Sunland employees Bruce White and Tameka Jones along with several residents were traveling along Highway 90 on a field trip to Chipley. Mr. White noticed a vehicle in a yard with the hood up and said something caught his eye.

On the Run

For the past three years, Jennifer Dychko has been responsible for ensuring the silverware at the Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Winter Springs, near Orlando, is clean, rolled, and ready for diners.

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