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The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

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News and Events

2016 Self-Advocate leadership training

Self Advocate Leadership Training (Project SALT) teaches leadership skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they can learn strategies to advocate for themselves, others and affect larger systems change.
The goal of the project is to produce an ever-growing cadre of individuals with the capacity for self-determination, independence and the ability to participate in their communities in meaningful ways. Classes are offered once a year in Miami at Mailman Center. Other locations offered in Broward and other counties in Florida
·         Disability History/civil rights, Self-Advocacy, Values
·         Self-Determination
·         Communication
·         Problem Solving
·         Legislative Advocacy
·         Knowing Your Rights
·         Interdependence/Power Alone versus Together
·         Check-in groups
·         Opportunity to mentor/become trainer of Project SALT curriculum
For more information, contact Shelly Baer, 305 689-7058 rbaer@med.miami.edu or Joanne Palenzuela at jpalenzuela@med.miami.edu


Provider Rate Crisis


Legislative Activities

  • Click Here for the Toolkit - Creating A Developmental Disabilities Awareness day In Your Community

iBudget waiver waitlist training



FDDC Annual Report, Click Here

FDDC Newsletter, Click Here

2016 FDDC Residential Options of Florida - Public Service Announcement, Click Here



The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Click Here)
Florida Among First States to Activate Qualified ABLE Program

During a recent press conference (click here), ABLE United launched a new opportunity for Floridians with disabilities to enhance financial support, independence and quality of life. Stemming from the Florida ABLE Act, 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 ABLE program.

One feature of the ABLE United 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 ABLE United account. Funds in an ABLE Unites account are excluded from certain federal means-tested programs, allowing individuals to save up to $100,000 without impacting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and even more without impacting Medicaid.

To be eligible to open an ABLE United account, the individual must meet the disability and severity requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration, have experienced the onset 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 ABLE United 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 story about Project Enable's First Respite Day.

Rural Routes To Employment Project - Year 4

(Click Here) For Application
This is to encourage your application to participate in the Rural Routes to Employment Project, administered through the Center for Social Capital (CSC) and funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.  The application makes local communities eligible for selection as a Project Site, which provides your organization and local community with training, technical assistance, and mentoring tailored to your community, job seekers, and needs. We encourage applications from collaborative communities or counties in a proximal geographic area comprised of agencies, schools, and other community partners interested in working cooperatively as a project site.

Help Me Grow up-dates

On January 21, 2015, Help Me Grow Florida welcomed 2-1-1 representatives and community partners from 66 countries across Florida. With the support of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Office of Early Learning, the Children's Movement of Florida, and the Help Me Grow National Center, attendees from across the state were brought together to further the work of the HMG system on behalf f all children and families in Florida.  

(Click Here) for Photographs

DOL Homecare Guide 

This is a guide to help individuals, families, and households that use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers. Click Here for a PDF version of the guidebook. 







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