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Sarah Goldman ADA Anniversary

Sarah Goldman advocates for universal accessibility, inclusion and equality on the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA

I was born into “generation ADA,” which is anyone born around or after the time the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990. I am fortunate to benefit from having curb cuts for my wheelchair, have the ability to ride almost any form of public transportation with few barriers, and attended and graduated …

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Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights

Air travel for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be challenging. There can be a lot of confusion, lack of assistance and damaged wheelchairs. Please click here to see the most recent version of the Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights, which includes links to a video and a downloadable PDF: https://conta.cc/3uXYvb7

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Dialing “988” will route calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2020, Congress designated 988 as a new three-digit dialing, texting, and chat code for direct connection to support for anyone experiencing substance use issues, a suicidal crisis, or mental health-related distress. When people call, text, or chat 988, …

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APD Funding Announcement

APD Announces Record Rate Increases to Direct Support Professionals in Freedom First Budget

Last month, Governor DeSantis signed Florida’s Freedom First Budget to continue his commitment to helping individuals with developmental disabilities. For the first time ever, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will have a record high budget totaling over $2 billion for Fiscal Year 2022-23, providing record provider rate increases to give Direct Support Professionals …

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FDLE Gets Ready to Issue Purple Alerts Across Florida for Missing Adults

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced it will begin issuing Purple Alerts in Florida on July 1. Florida’s Purple Alert Plan was established by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Purple Alert will be used to assist in the location of missing adults suffering from mental, cognitive, intellectual or developmental …

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State requests $1.1 billion for home and community-based Medicaid services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Florida is looking to secure an additional $1.1 billion from the federal government to bolster Medicaid funding over the next two years. The move is being applauded by health care groups, but the request for additional federal dollars isn’t exactly the Medicaid expansion Democrats have been pushing for a decade. …

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Rescue Act Dollars Addressed by Disabilities Advocates

A diminishing workforce of direct service professionals is causing a crisis for Floridians with disabilities and those who rely on such services. With low wages, fears of COVID-19, a 51 percent turnover rate, group homes closing and trouble finding in-home help, the situation is dire. The American Rescue Plan’s home and community-based offer would allow Florida to receive …

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Group Homes For Those With Developmental Disabilities Face A Growing Worker Shortage

Developmental disability service providers are the latest to join a list of employers who say they’re facing a worker shortage. Advocates say direct support professionals who left the industry because of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t returning now because of low wages. When someone has a developmental disability, they may need help …

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Don’t Leave Federal Funds on the Table

We are urging the Florida Legislature to not leave Federal funds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the table. Learn more about the latest COVID relief bill, how it impacts services and how you can help here: bit.ly/Action-Needed-Today

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