Holiday Greetings from Tallahassee


By Director Barbara Palmer

During this special season, I want to express my appreciation for all that you do to support the customers we serve—this includes employees, Waiver Support Coordinators, Providers, Stakeholders, Families, and Partners.


Adult Day Training Redesign Update


APD continues to work to bring Adult Day Training (ADT) and Supported Employment services into compliance with the federal Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Settings Rule by March 2023. Changes to the iBudget Florida waiver were effective October 1, 2022.


Do What You Love, Love What You Do


One can’t help but smile as they walk through the door at Rise and Nye’s in Sarasota. The fresh smell of coffee and baked goods may bring you in, but employees are what keep people coming back for more.


Family Initiative, Inc. of Southwest Florida


Following Hurricane Ian, Family Initiative of Cape Coral found was to help the community, especially families with children who have autism. Without power, they opened their doors at the Cape Coral facility to provide shelter for staff displaced by the storm.


Around the State


Tacachale Celebrates 38 years of Holiday Lights


Tacachale Center in Gainesville is hosting a special community event to celebrate the Holidays and is inviting the public to come and enjoy the fun! Tacachale is located at 1621 Northeast Waldo Road and is home to 250 people with developmental disabilities.


Sunland Center Hosts Christmas City


Sunland Center, located in Marianna, FL, invites you to join them in Christmas City, December 15 and 16 from 6 – 8 p.m.


APD Southern Region Assists Collier County Disaster Recovery Center


The Southern Region stepped up to the plate by volunteering to support the agency’s efforts at the Collier County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Several Southern Region employees were eager to assist in any way possible.


City of Coral Gables Hosts Annual Adventure Day


On October 22, the City of Coral Gables hosed their annual Adventure Day, celebrating disability acceptance and inclusion during Disability Employment Awareness Month. The street festival featured activities, crafts, vendors, entertainment, and more!


The Magic of Christmas


Some say Christmas is for children. I don’t agree. I believe that the magic of Christmas touches us all if we believe. For our clients and their families, the magic of Christmas is important and very, very real.


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