APD Gets New Director


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that Taylor Hatch will be the new director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Hatch will officially begin her APD position on February 6.


Governor Ron DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget Reaffirms Commitment to Protect the Health and Safety of Vulnerable Floridians


Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his Framework for Freedom budget recommendations showing his steadfast commitment to helping Floridians with developmental disabilities served by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Last year, the Governor allocated unprecedented funding to APD’s budget which totaled more than $2 billion in strong investments in the Agency and Floridians served.


Legislative Committee Learns about APD


Agency for Persons with Disabilities Deputy Director of Budget, Planning, and Administration Rose Salinas presented an agency overview to the House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee on January 17. This was the first presentation by APD for 2023.


Amped for Success


Alan Garrone is enjoying professional success and recognition for his good work as a landscaper with Global Connections to Employment (GCE). He recently was recognized as the GCE Team Member of the Year.


Around the State


Have Tickets, Will Travel


On December 7, residents and staff at Tacachale in Gainesville welcomed the community to their 38th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Residents and staff were excited to be back in action after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.


Shared Ride Services Provide Positive Experience for Users


On December 29, 2022, Northwest Region Supported Employment Liaison Dwayne Jones participated in a three-hour ride-along with ITL Solutions, which is the community transportation disadvantaged service provider for Escambia County.


Goodwill Band Brings Sweet Melodies to South Beach Jazz Festival


The weather was spot on for some outdoor fun and relaxation at the annual South Beach Jazz Festival on January 8, 2023. There were several performers on the docket, but all eyes were waiting for the outstanding Spirit of Goodwill Band. This was the first time that the band was invited to perform at the annual jazz festival, and boy were the members excited!


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