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Abilities Do Work

By Barbara Palmer

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month when the nation focuses on employment opportunities for people with disabilities. On October 4, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet will consider a resolution officially declaring this month as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. 


Cabinet to Declare Disability Employment Month

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will introduce a resolution at the Tuesday, October 4, Cabinet meeting declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. The Cabinet meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Cabinet meeting room on the lower level of the Capitol Building.

Secretary Detzner Announces National Voter Registration Day in Florida

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the observance of Tuesday, September 27 as National Voter Registration Day in Florida.

Protect Your Identity

Florida has recently become one of several states to release voter registration information to the public, via the website http://www.voterrecords.com.

CFO Atwater Launches “My Money”: A New Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the launch of a new financial literacy program tailored to meet the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Called “My Money,” the program provides an interactive, web-based platform that teaches individuals with development disabilities how money works and how to bank independently.

Disability Employment Month is Here

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Throughout October, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and its partner agencies will be promoting the valuable skills individuals with disabilities contribute to the workforce.

Student Scholarships

Step Up For Students helps administer two scholarship opportunities for Florida schoolchildren. The Gardiner Scholarship is a new program that helps families personalize educational plans for their children with certain special needs.

Set No Limits

This David Beckham knows the hospitality industry, not soccer. However, his famous name sure helps Pensacola Beach Hampton Inn visitors remember him.

Around the State

Miami Snap Shot

On September 9, the Southern Region hosted Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and APD Director Barbara Palmer for a tour of three innovative Miami programs –the Emily Moises Adult Day Training (ADT) Center, the WOW Center and GCG Group Home. 

FCC News

Area 9 Family Care Council held their monthly meeting on August 9, 2016, at the APD office in West Palm Beach. Attorney Anthony D. George, Jr. spoke to the Council regarding guardianships, guardianship advocates and special needs trusts.

Fun in the Sun

The Woods family enjoyed a fun filled weekend at APD’s William Joseph Rish Recreational Park this summer.

What’s Cooking?

Last month, on August 23, Sunland Center in Marianna hosted an open house and ribbon cutting at a new vocational culinary arts program, The Mixer, developed for residents at the Center.

Tacachale Aktion Club Makes a Difference

Tacachale’s Aktion Club presented several hand-painted picture frames to Alachua Habitat for Humanity’s Resource Development Director Jocelyn Peskin on August 25.

Project Search Baptist Facilitates Mock Interviews

On September 9, 2016, Project SEARCH at Baptist Hospital instructor, Shanta Boyd, facilitated mock interviews for the students of the three Project SEARCH programs in the Northwest Region at the Lakeview Activity Center in Pensacola. 

Rish Park Showcased at St. Joseph State Park Appreciation Day

Staff from Sunland and Rish Park participated in the annual St. Joseph State Park Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

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