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2024 Council Members

Message from Executive Director Valerie Breen: Our Care Matters

In the quiet corridors of everyday life, there exists a profound tapestry of stories waiting to be heard – stories that demand our attention. I am honored to present the stories of “Our Care Matters,” our initiative that shares the experiences of Floridians living with developmental disabilities and those who care for them. Through this

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Longwood Resident JJ Holmes Receives Top Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Award

Longwood resident JJ Holmes received the 15th Annual Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award – the state’s top honor recognizing an individual with a developmental disability. The award is presented each year by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) to a self-advocate who has demonstrated advocacy activities in keeping with the spirit of Idelio Valdes and

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FDDC and Mathematica Researching Provider Solutions

Contact Us And Share Your Voice!

Are you (or someone you care for) living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder in Florida? We’d like your input! The FDDC would like to hear from people who are: Connected to a case manager or support coordinator, OR Currently living in, have lived in, or are considering living in a residential

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FDDC Connections Research Edition 1 16 24

FDDC Connections: 1/16/24 – Special Research Edition

Check out this special “Research Edition” of the FDDC Connections e-news! The FDDC 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. You’ll be able to see the progress made and the various reports documenting impact and success. Click

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National Family Caregivers Month Valerie

A Season of Thankful Hearts, by Valerie Breen

We are in the season of thankful hearts. This time of the year is special for me because of the incredible caregivers and supporters who were by my side throughout my own recent health journey. I learned that there are many aspects of caregiving, such as keeping an eye on someone, anticipating their needs, providing

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