-WHAT'S NEW AT THE FDDC-
The FDDC has created a new resource for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services Florida Medicaid and the iBudget Wavier. Families, Providers, and Support Coordinators may also benefit from this information. The three areas addressed are:
Transportation to Work: Click Here
Accessing Home Health, Nursing and Personal Supports: Click Here
How to Get a Customized Wheelchair through Florida Medicaid: Click Here
Provider Rate Crisis
Provider Rate Crisis Brochure: Click Here
Provider Rate Webinar, 03/02/2017 Click Here
2017 FDDC Op-Ed (by Susan Kabot and Dick Bradley): Click Here
Floridians concerned about funding and services for people with developmental disabilities are invited to join us at the state Capitol for the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day presented by The Arc of Florida and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. For more information contact Margaret Hooper at (850) 488-4180.
The 2017 Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award
Idelio Valdes was a self-advocate who had a tremendous impact on the people around him and the community in which he lived and worked. His life’s journey included many ups and downs but he always stayed the course to self-realization, commitment to service and a belief that he and others with developmental disabilities can be included in the community. His demonstrated advocacy activities, his belief in building partnerships, his initiative in challenging the status quo and his enthusiasm for life and its possibilities endeared him to all who were fortunate enough to know him. This award is dedicated to his memory and was presented to Ms. Sarah Goldman during DD Awareness Day at the Capitol on March 21, 2017.
Budget waiver waitlist training
- iBudget Advocate Training Video
- iBudget Advocate Training PowerPoint
- Get to Know YourNeighbors Exercise
- How to Call Your Legislator Tip Sheet
- How to Write a Letter to Your Legislator
- Sample Advocate Training Flyer
- The Teamwork Game
- Training Evaluation
Florida Employment First Grassroots Group
A grassroots group is made of people at the local level who get together to identify, plan,and accomplish goals that help address community needs. The Employment First Florida Grassroots Group is made up of people with disabilities and people who support them to improve employment opportunities. The Employment First Grassroots Group is a way for people to share their ideas and experiences about employment. Anyone who wants to share their experiences, make recommendations about how to improve employment, and learn new ideas about employment can join. All meetings are held online and by phone. If you would liketo participate, call Sheila Johnson at 617-287-4367, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grassroots meetings Schedule:
All meetings are scheduled from 3:00 - 4:00p.m. (EST)
Tuesday 7/18/17 - Peer Curriculum/Self Advocacy
Tuesday 10/17/17 – Success Stories
For more information about Florida Employment First Click Here
Florida AmongFirst States to Activate Qualified ABLE Program
During a recent press conference (click here), ABLEUnited launched a new opportunity for Floridians with disabilities to enhance financial support, independence and quality of life. Stemming from the Florida ABLEAct, persons with disabilities can now have a tax-free savings and investment account without negatively impacting their government benefits. Florida is among the first states to implement and launch an ABLEprogram.
One feature of the ABLEUnited Program is that an individual with unique abilities to save with the help of family and friends, since anyone can contribute to the account. A total of $14,000 per year can be contributed to an individual's ABLEUnited account. Funds in an ABLEUnites account are excludedfromcertain federalmeans-tested programs, allowing individuals to save up to $100,000 without impacting SupplementalSecurity Income (SSI)andeven more without impacting Medicaid.
To be eligible to open an ABLEUnited account, the individual must meet the disability and severity requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration, have experienced theonset of blindness or the disability before age 26,and be a Florida resident. There is no cost to open an account and the monthly account fee is waived until July 1, 2017.
For more information about ABLEUnited Click Here, or to open an ABLE account please visit ableunited.com
Community Coalition Up-Dates
The Council has developed a partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to develop four (4) sustainable coalitions in Florida that eventually can support the development of informal and volunteer services available in their area to help meet identified unmet needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are currently on Florida’s Medicaid Waiver waitlist. A long term goal of this project is to form grassroots coalitions throughout the state that are capable of identifying and increasing access to generic or shared services that can be utilized by the larger community. During the first year of this project, coalition building began in Escambia, Santa Rosa, & Okaloosa counties (Area 1), Jefferson, Madison & Taylor counties (Area 2) and Alachua, Bradford and Levy counties (Area 3).
Click Here for storyabout Project Enable's First Respite Day.
Florida Unique Abilities
The FDDCis a proud partner of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunities Florida Unique Abilities Program.
This program recognizes businesses in our state that are committed to providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities and to the organizations that support them.
Thanks to dedicated business partners and advocacy organizations, the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program will strengthen our state’s economy and workforce by giving a talented but untapped group of Floridians who want to work more opportunities to do so.
The program is designed to raise awareness about the economic and social benefits of employing individuals with unique abilities. Participating businesses demonstrate their dedication to strengthening communities and the economy by helping these Floridians with untapped talents to become more independent. The program also provides opportunities to partner with other businesses, organizations and state resources in this endeavor.
We encourage other businesses and non-profits to join in. For more information, please Click Here.