Preparation is the Key


By Director Barbara Palmer

Disaster preparedness takes on a whole new meaning since COVID-19 came into our lives early this year. Today marks the beginning of hurricane season, so it is time to go over your family’s emergency plan.


APD Proud to Participate in Virtual Family Café This Year


The Family Café is hosting a virtual conference this year due to COVID-19. The Family Café offers people with developmental disabilities and their families opportunities to educate themselves about helpful organizations and resources in Florida. They will be broadcasting sessions by experts via Facebook Live, as well as posting resources and videos on their website. The virtual conference officially kicks off this Friday, June 5.


Changing the McDonald’s Experience


Rhiannon Johnson is changing the way many customers at McDonald’s in Gulf Breeze experience fast food. As a Lobby Attendant, Johnson’s job is to keep the lobby clean, but she does so much more. She brings food out to customers, refills their condiments, and clears boxes and trays when customers are finished, making this McDonald’s feel more like an upscale restaurant.


Billing Agents Invited to APD iConnect Sessions


Billing agents working with APD providers are invited to attend two APD iConnect information sessions on June 17.


Around the State


Arc of the Bay’s Drive-Through Parade


“Here they come!” “Woo-hoo!” “Hey, everybody!” These are the shouts heard by passing cars and neighbors outside of the St. Andrew Bay Center in Panama City.


Capstone Brings Adult Day Training to Students’ Homes


Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers, Inc. is ensuring the residents of their five group homes continue their adult day training (ADT) program during the Governor’s COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place orders. To accomplish this, each home was transformed into a “mini” ADT.


Family Corners & Associates Helps Clients in Need


Over the past two months, Southern Region providers have been faced with a very challenging time to meet the needs of our consumers. They have dealt with securing PPEs and doing virtual activities while still maintaining a balance in their own lives along with those of our APD consumers.


Job Development During COVID-19


One key part of my job as an Enhanced Employment Project Employment Provider is helping my clients find jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this much more challenging, and I anticipate it will continue to bring challenges moving forward.


APD Clients Receive Masks from Pensacola Mask Sewers


Pensacola Mask Sewers spent much of April sewing masks that they then donated to APD customers and staff. To show their gratitude for these donations, recipients of these donations have taken and shared pictures of them wearing their new masks.


Group Home Residents Keep Busy with Art Program


Residents of two group homes in the Suncoast Region have stayed busy during the coronavirus pandemic by participating in an in-home art program. Through this program, residents of the Janet Jones group homes have created original paintings and stained-glass pieces.


Denise Arnold Scholarship Fund


Denise Arnold worked hard every day to make sure self-advocates and their families felt empowered and engaged. Denise’s strong advocacy and compassion for all individuals will be reflected into the future with a new scholarship in her name.


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