2019 Archive Events


  • The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) at the University of Central Florida is sponsoring their annual Florida Postsecondary Education Program Planning Institute at the B Resort/Lake Buena Vista from Wednesday, January 23, 2019, through January 25, 2019. The purpose of the Institute is to increase understanding of resources available for and facilitate planning and implementation of Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs (FPCTP) for students with intellectual disabilities in all types of postsecondary education institutions: universities, state/community colleges, and technical colleges/career tech centers. For more information, go to https://fcsua.org/events.php.
  • January 22, Nominations for Idelio Award begins.  To nominate a qualified self-advocate please fill out the attached form. Nomination Form
  • January 25-27, 2019, Florida SAND Conference, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, go to https://www.flsand.org/copy-of-annual-conference-hidden
  • January 30-February 1, 2019, Council Meeting, Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando, FL.  For more information, go to https://www.fddc.org/calendar/month/2019-01



  • February 9, 2019, Partners in Policymaking Graduation, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL
  • On February 20, 2019, the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education is sponsoring a Self-Advocate and Family Focus Symposium on College Options for Students with Intellectual Disability in Tampa, Florida. There will be a self-advocate track for self-advocates with intellectual disability and a family track tailored to families and guardians of high school and college-bound students with intellectual disability. For more details, go to https://fiche.com/event/2019-hartwick-symposium-series.
  • February 22 at 5:00 p.m., Deadline for Idelio Award Nominations


  • March 5, 2019, Legislative Session begins.  Please see below for our 2019 Legislative Platform

Legislative Platform(PDF)

Pay Fair for Care(PDF)


Home and Community Based Services Waiver(PDF)

Working People with Disabilities Program(PDF)

  • March 12, 2019, 

Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Cabinet Pass Resolution on Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet passed a resolution recognizing March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

“We are proud to recognize March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to highlight the many citizens committed to improving the quality of life for our fellow Floridians with developmental disabilities,” said Governor DeSantis. “These valued members of our community contribute to the success of our state every day and I thank the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and our state agencies for their continued efforts.”

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to recognize Florida’s public policy improvements, the accomplishments of community organizations, state agencies and most importantly, the achievements of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities who contribute daily to communities across the state of Florida. In Governor DeSantis

 2019-2020 A Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget, he recommended continuing investments to help more Floridians with disabilities receive services and assistance.

 For a copy of the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Resolution, Click Here


  • March 20, 2019, DD Awareness Day, State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
  • March 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.(EST), Employment First Florida will present the following webinar "Looking for a job can be hard work... Hang in there!".  The webinar will feature video interviews with self-advocates sharing their experiences in employment.  To register for the webinar please visit http://www.employmentfirstfl.org/register


  • April 10-12, 2019, The annual VISIONS XXVI Conference sponsored by the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition (FDCDT) at Renaissance World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida. This conference aims to promote the career development of individuals with exceptionalities in order to bring about effective programs of career awareness, career exploration, career preparation, and transition from school to work and community living for these individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and to encourage and promote professional growth, research, legislation, and dissemination of information among Florida individuals and organizations concerned with and involved in career development and transition of people with exceptionalities. For more information, go to http://floridadcdt.org/visions-annual-conference.html


  • May 15-17, 2019, Council Meeting, Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee, FL


  • June 7-9, 2019, Family Café, Hyatt Regency, Orlando, FL- The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,840 participants. They had the opportunity to choose from 220+ classroom size breakout sessions that addressed a wide variety of disability-related topics.

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