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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


2017 Family Caregiver lifespan respite summit

The Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance is pleased to announce the 2017 Family Caregiver Lifespan Respite Summit taking place on Thursday, June 15, 2017. This free Summit will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida, located at 1498 Rosery Road East. The Summit is an opportunity to bring family caregivers of all ages and disabilities, service professionals and other stakeholders together. Its purpose is to share creative strategies, create a better understand of the availability of respite resources within the State of Florida and develop concrete plans for improving access to and understanding of respite care. 
The Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance invites you join in this interactive day of connection and collaboration. Opportunities still exist for panelists and exhibitors as well. As the number of attendees will be limited, you are encouraged to register in a timely manner to guarantee your seat.
The Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance is an enthusiastic and growing coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving respite care in Florida. We hope you will spread the news of this Summit and plan to be there on June 15, 2017. 

 Provider Rate Crisis

  • Provider Rate Crisis Brochure
  • Provider Rate Webinar, 03/02/2017: Click Here 

 Legislative Activities

  • March 15, 2017 Op-Ed - 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. 

WEIL Survey Request

    The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to participate in a brief survey for 
    the Waiver Eligibility Income Limits (WEIL) Study. The purpose of the survey is to allow you
    the opportunity to provide input about the impact of income limits as it relates to individuals
    with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking employment and pursuing self-
    determination. In particular, we are looking for input on how Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver
    income limits have impacted individuals' ability to pursue employment Your feedback is very

iBudget waiver waitlist training


ABLE United May 23 Seminar - Investing In Your Financial Future  

New FDDC Executive Director Announcement - Press Release, Click Here

2017 Spring Newsletter, Click Here

FDDC Residential Options of Florida Ad, Click Here

Look At Me, Not My Disability Ad, Click Here


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 like to participate, call Sheila Johnson at 617-287-4367, or email her at:         
The Grassroots meetings Schedule:                                                                 
All meetings are scheduled from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST) 

Tuesday 4/18/17 – Nassau County Pilot

Tuesday 7/18/17 - Peer Curriculum/Self Advocacy

Tuesday 10/17/17 – Success Stories

For more information about Florida Employment First please visit:


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

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.

Florida Unique Abilities


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.  


The FDDC is a proud partner of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunities Florida Unique Abilities Program.  












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