Nominate an Exceptional Employer!

By Director Barbara Palmer

APD and its partners are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. We want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. We hope you will nominate an Exceptional Employer so they may be considered for this prestigious award.

Denise Arnold Scholarship Fund Established

Former Agency for Persons with Disabilities Deputy Director of Programs Denise Arnold was a tireless, compassionate champion for the families APD served. Denise worked more than 31 years helping people with developmental disabilities live and participate in their communities.

WSC Conference - Oct. 25-26

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is hosting the 4th annual Waiver Support Coordinator statewide conference on October 25-26 in Orlando at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Looking to Become a Provider? IT'S FREE!

All forms required to become a provider are available for free on There is no need to pay a third party for APD's free updated forms. Click here to learn more about becoming an APD provider and to view the free forms. APD is not affiliated with any third-party vendor for provider enrollment.

Three Cheers for David Poepping, a True Team Player

David Poepping has worked as a houseman and laundry associate at the Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee for nearly three years and has quickly risen to become a star employee. He has a cheerful, can-do attitude and a strong determination to work hard.

Around the State

Gov. Scott Reappoints Two to Florida Independent Living Council

Governor Rick Scott recently announced two reappointments to the Florida Independent Living Council.

Gov. Scott Appoints Three to the Florida Rehabilitation Council

Governor Rick Scott recently announced two reappointments and one appointment to the Florida Rehabilitation Council.

Sunland Residents and Staff Donate Supplies to Eastpoint Fire Victims

The call to lend support to those in need often brings out the best in humanity. That is certainly true of the residents and staff of Sunland Center.

Sunland Center and Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP) Host Legislative Tour

Sunland Center and the Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP) hosted a legislative delegation tour on June 26.

Northwest Region Participates in ADA Celebration

Northwest Region Program Supervisor Octavius Jackson and Northwest Region Community Relations Liaison Annette Zeeb participated in the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) 2018 Awards and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, sponsored by the Center for Independent Living (CIL) Disability Resource Center at the First Pentecostal Church in Pensacola on July 12. 

Crisis Intervention Training Held in Panama City

Eligibility Determination Specialist Tracie Davis and Northwest Regional Program Manager Octavius Jackson hosted a crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers from Bay and five other surrounding counties last month in Panama City.

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