Legislative Session is Underway

By Director Barbara Palmer

The Florida legislative session is moving at a rapid pace at the Capitol. It is a very busy time for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services have issued their proposed budgets, and most of the agency requests are being supported in both proposed budgets. We are optimistic that APD will receive the vital funding we need for the coming year; however, we are still a long way from a final budget. We hope the final budget will include additional dollars to help individuals on the waiting list and the waiver.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day will be held on the second floor of the Capitol on February 11. On the same day, it will also be 2020 Public Transportation and Transportation Disadvantaged Legislative Awareness Day in the Capitol Courtyard. APD will be with many other disability organizations at the Capitol sharing information. If you are in the Tallahassee area, we hope to see you there.

To support Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation declaring our special day throughout the state.

It is wonderful to see how self-advocates, providers, families, stakeholders, and others are working together to advocate for people with disabilities. I want to extend my appreciation to everyone for this collaboration that is helping those we serve.