Disability Conferences Coming Up

By Barbara Palmer

The Empower Florida conference is coming up on May 25 and 26 in Orlando at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive. In addition, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have a huge presence at the 20th Annual Family Café and Governor’s Summit on Disabilities coming up June 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando.

Connecting the Dots 2018

The Area 4 Family Care Council hosted another very successful community event in Jacksonville on April 18. Connecting the Dots 2018 was held at the Schultz Center on the south side of town with more than 300 people in attendance.


The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) presented SportsAbility in April, which encourages everyone to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

Provider Forum for Families

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities hosted a two-day residential provider forum on April 24 and 25 for families whose loved one will be transitioning out of Carlton Palms in Mount Dora.

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Great at Home Goods

Steven Driller is a stock room processor for the Home Goods Store in Delray Beach. He has been on the job for more than 11 years.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

APD hosted a table at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s 25th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 26 on the 22nd floor of the state Capitol.

Around the State

Pinwheels for Prevention

On Monday, April 16, staff at APD’s State and Northwest Regional Offices participated in the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida's Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Belinda Hoyt: "How to Be a Friend to Someone with Autism"

As Northwest Region Family Care Council Liaison, I often receive phone calls and letters from families in the region. Most are seeking resources or additional information about applying for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Every once in a while, I receive something that makes me really smile.

The Arc Jacksonville Village

On April 17, Agency for Persons with Disabilities Chief of Staff Karen Hagan, Communications Director Melanie Mowry Etters, and Regional Quality Assurance Lead Cathy Guiry visited the Arc Jacksonville Village, located next door to the APD office in Jacksonville.

Training on Government Benefits & Pooled Special Needs Trust Held in Tallahassee

It is estimated that over a million seniors and persons with disabilities are challenged with the high cost of health care, medication, and living expenses. Advocates & Guardians for the Elderly & Disabled (AGED) presented Navigating Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Training at Clarity Pointe Tallahassee on April 18.

Sip, Share, and Socialize

On April 24, the Family Care Council of Area 1 sponsored a Sip, Share, and Socialize event. This event was designed to provide a social, interactive environment after hours when community partners, parents, and aligning agencies could come together and share beneficial information to families.

That First Call for Help

For Shaquille Walker, having a multi-disciplinary team behind him represents opportunity and success. It took a call to shift his life from a collision course and get him back on track.

Reliable, Dutiful, Dependable - Tacachale Resident Worker Appreciation Day 2018

On April 11, the Tacachale work program recognized 149 resident workers for their reliable, dependable performance in such diverse jobs as housekeeping, recycling, document shredding, assembly work, and service aide positions.

Around the World at Tacachale

Tacachale is very proud of and celebrated the ethnic and cultural diversity embodied by the residents and staff at the annual Multicultural Festival.

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