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August 30, 2013

CONTACT: Melanie Mowry Etters
Communication Director

APD Wrapping Up Town Hall Meetings

TALLAHASSEE —The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the Family Care Councils will host their final five Town Hall meetings in September.  The meetings are to engage families and stakeholders to help the agency improve its programs and services for Floridians with developmental disabilities.
APD Director Barbara Palmer will present an update on the agency, including the Florida Families First budget, then host a question and answer session with attendees.
Director Palmer said, “We are excited that we have had so many self-advocates, families, providers, and stakeholders at our APD Town Hall meetings. The ideas and feedback are invaluable for the agency to work to improve its services to citizens with developmental disabilities. I certainly want to continue the strong momentum we are having and wrap up our APD Town Hall meetings with a strong finish.”
If individuals are not able to attend a Town Hall meeting, they may submit questions through Twitter @FloridaAPD. Remember not to put personal health information on social media.
APD Town Hall meetings will be held at the following locations:

    September 4, 2-4 p.m.
    Children Medical Services (CMS) Building
    2390 Phillips Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32308
    September 17, 3-5 p.m.
    Goodwill Industries
    1101 NW 21st Street
    Stuart, FL   34994
    September 18, 9-11 a.m.
    Sunrise Grand Ballroom
    10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd
    Sunrise, FL    33351
    September 18, 6-8 p.m. Palm Beach Habilitation Center
    4522 So. Congress Avenue
    Lake Worth, FL  33461
    September 19, 2-4 p.m. Spilios Center at Sunrise
    11975 SW 140th Terrace
    Miami, FL   33136

To encourage attendance at the APD Town Hall meetings, APD has launched the Picture This! campaign. Town Hall attendees are asked to take a digital photo with Director Palmer before or after the meeting with their camera or smart phone, and then send it to  The photos will be posted on the APD website and on APD social media. 
APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. To learn more about the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273) or visit