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Denise Arnold Scholarship

Katie Firmani was selected as the winner of the Denise Arnold Self-Advocate Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for a self-advocate who wants to begin their own business. Beyond the Seeds is Firmani’s new employment endeavor. Denise Arnold’s daughter, Christine Arnold Azcona, presented Firmani with the check at the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired in New Port Richey. Click Here to view the video from the event or Click Here to read more.

Exceptional Employer of the Year

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and other disability organizations recognized outstanding Florida employers as part of the annual celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month. Click Here to watch the video from the virtual event.

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. This is when our state and the nation focus on job opportunities for people with disabilities. Click Here to view the Proclamation.

Disaster Preparedness

If you have questions about disaster preparedness, visit Florida Division of Emergency Management. The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) contact number is 1-800-342-3557. Check out Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide on FloridaHealth.gov. Also check out the Florida Special Needs Registry to receive important information from local emergency management officials.
APD Recovery Toolkit

Qualified Organizations

APD is now accepting Qualified Organization Applications. For more information and resources for the application, Click Here. This webpage will be regularly updated to share announcements, answer frequently asked questions, and provide instruction related to the new Qualified Organization requirements. Also, we encourage customers and families to check out this video about Qualified Organizations.

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The Agency Supports Persons with Developmental Disabilities in Living,
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News & Announcements

  • Click Here for information concerning COVID-19 for Families, Providers, and WSCs. Click Here for vaccine information and resources. For more information concerning COVID-19, be sure to visit the Florida Department of Health website and the CDC’s website. Be sure to check out the CDC Toolkit for People with Disabilities.

  • ABLE United offers individuals with disabilities a smarter, safer way to save tax-free while maintaining the important benefits they rely on. You can schedule a 1:1 conversation with an ABLE United team member to get all of your ABLE-related questions answered through our ABLE United Office Hours. Also, you can watch a 10-minute recorded presentation in English and/or Spanish. Both options provide individuals interested in learning more about Florida’s qualified ABLE program with what they need to open an account from home or educate those they serve on the benefits of an account.
  • Normally, ABLE United team members might have a chance to connect with you at an event or special presentation – and while we can’t be together during this time, there are still ways for us to meet virtually. Schedule an exclusive webinar with an ABLE United representative specifically designed for your staff or those that you serve. Also, you can watch a 10-minute recorded presentation internally or externally in English and/or Spanish. Both options provide individuals interested in learning more about Florida’s qualified ABLE program with what they need to open an account from home or educate those they serve on the benefits of an account.

  • The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goals of the program are to include Floridians of all ages with disabilities in all the Department of Health’s programs and activities for health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and disaster preparedness. The DHP also works with individuals with disabilities, their families, their health care providers, other state agencies, and interested stakeholders to meet its goals. Learn More Here...

  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is looking for top quality employees. If you are interested, be sure to check out jobs.myflorida.com/go/Agency-for-Persons-with-Disabilities.

  • If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.


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