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April 24, 2013
  CONTACT: Melanie Mowry Etters
Communication Director

Game On for APD Teen

TALLAHASSEE— Caleb Cason, 14, will watch his first baseball game on Friday, April 26, at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee when Florida State University takes on Wake Forest at 6 p.m. Cason and his mother are receiving the donated FSU tickets through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and its program called Game Changer.

Prior to the game, Cason will tour the baseball facilities and meet the FSU team. Cason has multiple disabilities and attends Rose Academy in Tallahassee. Three years ago, he underwent a kidney transplant and his health has improved since the surgery. He is excited to be attending the baseball game this week.

“Our mission is to help people with developmental disabilities live, learn, and work in their communities," said APD Director Barbara Palmer. "With Game Changer, we are trying to create special life-long memories, build partnerships, and advance greater inclusion for individuals with disabilities.”

APD is coordinating with professional, college, and university sports teams to give donated tickets for various sporting events to individuals with developmental disabilities to ensure that they experience all aspects of life, including sporting events. The agency’s program, Game Changer, is designed to give an unforgettable sports experience to a person with a disability and his or her family.

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