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Facility Visitation

The new Facility Visitation Information page has been added to our website which includes the terms and conditions for resident visitation for Sunland Center in Marianna and Tacachale Center in Gainesville.

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.

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 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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News & Announcements

  • The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a community paramedicine program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their family members and caregivers in Orange County. This pilot program for the I/DD community is designed to bring healthcare directly to your home by trained paramedics through a community-based paramedicine program. It is especially helpful for people who are homebound or not able to get to a doctor on a regular basis. Some important things they will do are: Basic health and wellness assessment of the person with I/DD and family member(s); Safety assessment of the living space; Education about COVID-19 vaccine or booster; Administration (if needed) of the COVID-19 vaccine/booster for everyone in the family. If you are located in Orange County please take advantage of this FREE program. To learn more or sign-up visit: or call (407) 710-8962.

  • 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. Generally, funds in an ABLE account do not count as a resource or asset for Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income. Funds can be used for a variety of expenses that help individuals improve or maintain their health, independence or quality of life. Have questions? Watch our recorded presentation in English and/or Spanish, schedule a 1:1 conversation with ABLE United, or request a presentation to your group or organization to learn more about why you, or those you serve, should consider opening an ABLE account today.

  • 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

  • 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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