Current Projects

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The Council administers federal funds to develop and support innovative practices that promote the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in their communities. The issues and priorities identified by the Council for grant projects are based on the Council’s Five-Year State Plan.

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Partner: The Family Café 
Current Funding Award: $300,000
Current Project Term: July 2020-January 2022

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to provide advanced training in advocacy and public policy issues that will be utilized in systems change efforts via local and regional implementation and through partnerships between Partners in Policymaking alumni, Florida Self-Advocates Network’D (Florida SAND), the Family Care Council Florida, and the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network Leadership Cadre.

Contact: For further information, contact Lori Fahey, President/CEO, The Family Café, Inc. at LFahey@familycafe.net.

Partner: Margaret Lynn Duggar and Associates, Inc. 
Current Funding Award: $170,000
Current Project Term: January 2021-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to work toward obtaining the initial “buy-in” needed from both federal and state policy leaders and “influencers” in both the aging and developmental disability networks to facilitate a direction for success under the Council’s new five-year state plan goal addressing Aging Caregivers. Knowledgeable stakeholders will be engaged in providing input on needs and gaps; and research will be conducted via broad surveys, conversational summits, compilation of findings, and identification of potential pathways to address unmet needs and gaps in services. 

Contact: For further information, contact Margaret Lynn Duggar, Owner, Margaret Lynn Duggar and Associates, Inc. at mlduggar@mlduggar.com.

Partner: Florida Atlantic University
Current Funding Award: $155,188
Current Project Term: April 2021-March 2022

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to attain critical information from a diverse group of counties (i.e., rural, urban, and suburban) that will assist key stakeholders and decision makers to understand the issues and effectively plan strategies that lead to earlier identification and eligibility determinations to assure that appropriate interventions and services are in place for Black-African American children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Contact: For further information, contact Jack Scott, PhD, BCBA-D, Principal Investigator, Florida Atlantic University, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at jscott@fau.edu

 *”Black” – of or relating to any of various population groups including, but not limited to, African-American, Caribbean, Haitian, Nigerian, Kenyan.

Partner: School Board of Miami-Dade County
Current Funding Award: $125,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its sixth year of funding, is to continue operations, build sustainability, and inspire replication of the successful postsecondary model in a career and technical college setting for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18 – 22, who have exited K-12. Program participants are achieving industry certifications or achieving occupational completion points that provide them with an edge for obtaining better employment outcomes.

Contact: For further information, contact Vivian C. Vieta, Ed.D., Project TOPS Program Director, Robert Morgan Educational & Technical College, School Board of Miami-Dade County at vvieta@dadeschools.net.

Partner: Collier County Board of Commissioners, Collier Area Transit 
Current Funding Award: $150,000 
Current Project Term: November 2020-September 2021 

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to increase access to the community and satisfaction with transportation services for two or more life activities (e.g., employment, postsecondary education or training, recreation, leisure activities, shopping) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities building upon the Council’s previously funded and long-term successful HARTPlus Customer Choice Program in Hillsborough County. 

Contact: For further information, contact Omar De Leon, Transit Manager, Collier County Board of Commissioners, Collier Area Transit at Omar.Deleon@colliercountyfl.gov.

Partner: University of Delaware
Current Funding Award: $125,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its third year of funding, is to develop a sustainable and culturally diverse cadre of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with representatives of Florida’s Developmental Disabilities Network (Florida DD Network), to support subsequent leaders who are prepared to engage in state-wide advocacy efforts to impact systems change based on their interest and expertise. 

Contact: For further information, contact Kristen Loomis, Director of Programs, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, University of Delaware at kloomis@udel.edu.  

Partner: World Institute on Disability 
Current Funding Award: $199,912.87
Current Project Term: July 2020-January 2022

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to create a partnership with key stakeholders to plan and conduct a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Summit for the purposes of education and training that will result in development of action plans for local and regional areas to address key unmet needs related to natural and man-made disasters.

Contact: For further information, contact Heather Duncan, Executive Assistant, World Institute on Disability at heather@wid.org

Partner: Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston 
Current Funding Award: $125,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its ninth year of funding, is to provide technical assistance to Employment First Florida state agency partners and organizations, support implementation of the state’s Interagency Cooperative Agreement, share information with Florida’s grassroots groups, enhance and maintain the Employment First Florida website, and deliver ongoing support to local level collaborative teams that lead to improvement of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities in Florida.

Contact: For further information, contact Jean Winsor, Ph.D., Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston at jean.winsor@umb.edu.   

Partner: The Center for Social Capital, Inc., dba Griffin-Hammis Associates
Current Funding Award: $150,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its seventh year of funding, is to provide collaborative training, technical assistance, and resources for agency and organization staff engaged in securing and supporting quality integrated, competitive employment for all individuals with disabilities. Using training developed in earlier years of the project, extensive provider training, technical assistance, and mentoring of agency and organization leadership, six Florida sites are building their capacity to serve as models for other employment providers within their regions.

Contact: For further information, contact Nancy Brooks-Lane, MS, LMFT, LPC or Russell Sickles, Senior Associates, Griffin-Hammis Associates at nbrookslane@griffinhammis.com or rsickles@griffinhammis.com.

Partner: Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF) d/b/a RESPECT of Florida, Inc.
Current Funding Award: $874,544
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to create a new pathway for adults with disabilities, historically served in Adult Day Training programs or other less-inclusive settings, to transition into the competitive workforce through development and implementation of a Florida Project SEARCH Adult Model.   

Contact: For further information, contact Courtney Swilley, Member Services Director, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF) d/b/a RESPECT of Florida, Inc. at cswilley@floridaarf.org.  

Partner: Organizational Management Solutions, Inc.
Current Funding Award: $289,180
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its fifth year of funding, is to increase leadership activities and roles among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who join Florida SAND, the state self-advocacy organization, including participation in leadership training and providing leadership training to other self-advocates. 

Contact: For further information, contact Christina (Tina) St. Clair, Chief Executive Officer, Organizational Management Solutions, Inc. at tstclair@orgmsinc.com

Partner: Dale DiLeo Consulting 
Current Funding Award: $180,507
Current Project Term: December 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding within this state plan cycle, is to update the content, technology, and platform for the FYI Transition website to build a user-friendly and high-quality student exclusive website. Key content will include topics related to transition, health, money management, employment and career exploration, postsecondary education, housing, and self-determination in an “Easy Read” format with audible text.

Contact: For further information, contact Dale DiLeo, Owner, Dale DiLeo Consulting at daledileo@att.net

Partner: Florida Housing Coalition, Inc.
Current Funding Award: $195,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its fourth year of funding, is to provide specialized training for self-advocates, families, and other stakeholders to join or be appointed to housing-related organizations, and to influence the Consolidated Planning process by advocating for safe, affordable, inclusive, and accessible housing. 

Contact: For further information, contact Carter Burton, Technical Advisor, Florida Housing Coalition, Inc. at burton@flhousing.org.

Partner: The University of Central Florida / Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Current Funding Award: $125,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its third year of funding, is to improve access to and completion of postsecondary education, particularly programs within the Florida College system, for youth who identify as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and as Hispanic/Latino. 

Contact: For further information, contact Terri Daly, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida at Terri.Daly@ucf.edu

Partner: Stacey Hoaglund
Current Funding Award: $50,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its fourth year of funding with the Coordinator, is to plan and execute all aspects of the Council’s Partners in Policymaking program. Partners in Policymaking is a national model designed to educate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members on self-determination, disability systems, and how to share information to educate policymakers. 

Contact: For further information, contact Stacey Hoaglund, PIP Coordinator, at shoaglundpartner@gmail.com

Partner: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
Current Funding Award: $150,000
Current Project Term: March 2021-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to increase access to the community and satisfaction with transportation services for two or more life activities (e.g., employment, postsecondary education or training, recreation, leisure activities, shopping) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities building upon the long-term success of the Council’s previously funded HARTPlus Customer Choice Program in Hillsborough County.

Contact: For further information, contact Ross Silvers, ADA Policy and Compliance Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority at rsilvers@psta.net

Partner: Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston (Think College)
Current Funding Award: $125,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its third year of funding, is to increase expansion of and access to at least three models of postsecondary education and training opportunities (e.g., Career and Technical Colleges, Career and Technical within Florida Colleges, and Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) in various settings, including the State University System), ensuring improved access and expansion for students with the most significant disabilities. 

Contact: For further information, contact Jaimie Timmons, M.S.W., Project Coordinator, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston at Jaimie.Timmons@umb.edu.

Partner: Senior Resource Association, Inc.
Current Funding Award: $150,000
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its first year of funding, is to increase access to the community and satisfaction with transportation services for two or more life activities (e.g., employment, postsecondary education or training, recreation, leisure activities, shopping) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities building upon the Council’s previously funded and long-term successful HARTPlus Customer Choice Program in Hillsborough County. 

Contact: For further information, contact Chris Stephenson, Director of Transportation, Senior Resource Association, Inc. at cstephenson@sramail.org.

Partner: The Center for Social Capital, Inc., dba Griffin-Hammis Associates
Current Funding Award: $184,169
Current Project Term: September 2020-September 2021

Brief Statement: The goal of this project, in its fourth year of funding, is to implement comprehensive, evidence-based training for direct service providers (e.g., personal care attendants, community-based residential and group home staff) that utilizes best practices informed by a competencies-driven framework. This training will foster a workforce culture that promotes self-determination, person-centered planning and delivery of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of commercial competency-based online training resources, along with resources developed specifically under this project.

Contact: For further information, contact Julie McComas or Marsie Hartman, Senior Associates, Griffin-Hammis Associates at jmccomas@griffinhammis.com or mhartman@griffinhammis.com

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