Happy New Year


By Director Barbara Palmer

I do not know anyone who is sad to see 2020 end. The year of the pandemic. The year of crazy local, state, and presidential elections. This has certainly been a challenging year for EVERYONE. I am so happy to say goodbye to 2020. Hallelujah!


APD Supports and Protects Vulnerable Floridians under the Leadership of Governor DeSantis


Last month, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) thanked Governor Ron DeSantis and its partners in the disability community for their actions to help support persons with disabilities and protect some of our state’s most vulnerable residents and their families during 2020.


APD Team Wins TaxWatch Award


The APD Division of Budget and Finance received a 2020 TaxWatch Award for saving Florida taxpayers nearly $2 million. Employees Beth Sparkman, Colby Hough, Madison Adkins, Kelley Fisch, and Kevin Hyre were officially recognized for improving phone systems in 18 APD offices throughout the state.


Two Decades in the Bag


For more than 20 years, Michael Desposati has been a valuable team member of Publix Super Market at Cove Shopping Center in Stuart. As a Front Service Clerk for the customer service team, Desposati bags groceries, assists customers by loading groceries in their cars, returns carts, and assists coworkers in completing any task when asked.


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