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Director's Column

By Barbara Palmer

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) had a banner Legislative Session with many positive measures being approved to help people with developmental disabilities.

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Florida First Budget

Governor Rick Scott officially signed into law the 2016-2017 Florida First budget.

Background Screening to Cost Less

Governor Scott recently signed into law a measure to reduce the cost for background screening of employees which covers APD employees and providers. The effective date is July 1, 2016.

Cabinet Declares Developmental Disabilities Month

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet members proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at their meeting on March 2.

Volunteer Florida, Uber Collect Items for #SuitsForSession

Volunteer Florida and Uber recently announced that the first-ever #SuitsForSession service project at the Capitol and across Leon County collecting donations of professional attire for local job-seekers.

The Arc of Florida Dental Program

The Arc of Florida is a 501c (3) non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout the state of Florida. The Arc of Florida has received an appropriation that will be used to help individuals receive needed dental services.

Super Hero in the Works

Philip Cheeseborough is delightful young man who works as an usher at Tallahassee AMC Theatres at Tallahassee Mall. After being on the job for more than a year, he is still thrilled with the opportunity to go to work.

Family Café

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have more than a dozen speakers at the 18th Annual Family Café. Online Registration is now open. Please visit www.familycafe.net to register.


The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) is a non-profit organization that works to enrich lives through accessible inclusive recreation. SportsAbility is the premier event of FDOA. This event is about enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by promoting active living.

Around the State

Student Transition Fair

The Northwest Region of APD partnered with the Escambia County School District and the Student Transition program by organizing Student Mock Interviews and employment breakout sessions for students between the ages of 18 to 22 at the Student Transition Fair.

Rish Park Donation for APD Families

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) had the pleasure of hosting Florida State University (FSU) Police Chief Perry and three members of the Order of the Odd Fellows, Lodge 5—Officer Mike Rodes, Steve Ross, and Peggy Moffitt—at William J. (Billy Joe) Rish Park in the Florida Panhandle. The guests enjoyed an appreciation BBQ donated by APD employees.

Governor Rick Scott Appoints 10 to Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

Governor Rick Scott announced two appointments and eight reappointments to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. All the terms end September 30, 2019.

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