COVID-19 Testing Update


By Director Barbara Palmer

As you are aware, APD has issued Emergency Rule 65GER20-1, which requires all APD-licensed homes and APD-operated residential facilities to conduct Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing of their staff every two weeks.


We Need Exceptional Employers!


APD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and our disability partners are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. We want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. We hope you will nominate an Exceptional Employer to be considered for this prestigious award.


ADA Anniversary Celebration Receives High Praise from Floridians


Self-advocate and Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2018 Shevie Barnes wants you to close your eyes and imagine yourself in a mall with a group of your closest friends. “This mall,” she explains, “happens to be two stories, and the food court is upstairs. Well, with the ADA in effect there’s definitely an elevator. But as you race toward the elevator to beat everybody upstairs, you see the thing that most of us hate seeing, and that would be the out of order sign.


Kudos


Registered Nurse Specialist Lori Kohler recently submitted an article to the Capital Medical Society, and it was published as part of the September issue of Cap Scan.


Juggling Jobs to Succeed


Kenny Burnett is willing to hold down two jobs so that he is able to support his family and provide them with their own apartment. Burnett works in Ocala for the manufacturing company Signature Brand and has been with the company more than seven years. He joined Publix’s team at the Grand Oaks Town Center about a year ago.


Two Useful Websites for Finding Resources and Services


APD offers two online systems that help match people with disabilities and their families with the services and resources they seek.


Around the State


PCA Plus Has Great Success with Pen Pals Program


A couple months ago, PCA Plus’ Mary Smith developed a simple project that has had phenomenal results. She started a system for her clients to be pen pals!


Clewiston Back-to-School Event


Last month, APD provider Ross Dynasty partnered with Florida Community Health Centers, the Florida Department of Health, and the Clewiston Police Department to host a free back-to-school drive-through. Ross Dynasty donated school supplies and uniforms.


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