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Homes for the Holidays!

Congratulations to The Arc of Indian River County and Sunrise Arc on their successful applications to Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

The Board of Florida Housing Finance Corporation recommended today, on December 14th, 2018 to fund both agencies for an award of $488,000.00 each, to build new homes for individuals in their community.

We are fortunate this holiday season to know that because of funding through The Florida Housing Finance Corporation, over 33 new homes for have been built or renovated to create a better home environment for the people we serve.

And that makes for very Happy Holidays!

FAAST- Assistive Technology Webinar Series

Gaining funding of assistive technology (AT) can be a very frustrating process. FAAST has developed a series of webinars to make this process easier. These webinars will cover four major funding sources for AT in Florida. Each webinar will discuss one of the four successful strategies for acquiring AT by focusing on the FAAST FIRST process. Next week continues our Advocating for Assistive Technology Training Webinar Series!

Funding Sources:

iBudget Medicaid Waiver
Monday, December 10, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
The iBudget Waiver covers AT but refers to it as Durable Medical Equipment, Environmental Accessibility Adaptations, Personal Emergency Response Systems, Personal Supports, and Transportation Services. This webinar will teach participants how to utilize the iBudget Provider Handbook Service Requirement sections to ensure all administrative steps are followed when requesting AT.
Register at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7755932327535001345

Division of Vocation Rehabilitation (DVR)
Monday, December 10, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Want to get or maintain a job, but you feel you need assistive technology to achieve your goal? This webinar will provide a step-by-step approach to accessing AT through DVR. From the initial request, worksite assessment, delivery and set-up, and if necessary appealing a denial.
Register at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3544792897548169985

Medicaid Mobility-
Like the November webinar, this training will focus on mobility aids and speech generating devices; the only difference is the funding source. Medicare, having its own policies and guidelines, is very different from Medicaid. This webinar will provide participants with skills like working with a Primary Care Physician on proper paperwork, identifying a RESNA certified provider, scheduling the proper evaluations, finding help with deductibles, and if necessary working through the appeal process.
This webinar occurs several times, please register for the time that works best for you:
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00PM EST at https://attendee.gototraining.com/rt/5255852892692512769
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:00PM EST at https://attendee.gototraining.com/rt/5255852892692512769

For more information, please email faast@faastinc.org or call 1-844-FL-FAAST (353-2278).

Please share in support of The Arc family in California

The Arc of Butte County (California) needs our help and support in the wake of the devastating fires. Please pass on this message from our fellow Arc family member:

“Hello The Arc family,

Below is a photo of what was The Arc of Butte County’s day program in Paradise, CA. Their clients and staff are displaced and in shelters, and to keep providing supports and services they have to make sure their staff are taken care of. They need our help and they have created a GoFundMe. Please click HERE and help our friends continue to provide services. Please also share on your Facebook pages, etc.

“The Arc of Butte County lost its Adult Day Program (ADP) center in Paradise. The “Elaine Pegg Adult Day Center” provided services for 35 developmentally disabled adult clients who attended daily. All of these clients have been displaced from their homes or care facilities by the fire, and 13 Arc ADP employees also lost their homes.

Arc’s Independent Living Skills (ILS) program provides instructional services to 40 developmentally disabled adult clients who were living on their own in the Paradise area. All of these clients are displaced from their homes or apartments and 7 ILS instructors also lost their homes to the fire.

The day of the fire Arc’s ADP supervisors in Paradise spent the early morning hours calling each ADP client’s home to tell them that program was canceled, and they should evacuate. Then, they called staff. Some staff came in to work anyway and chose to stay at the center just in case any clients showed up. When a few clients did arrive they drove them home or into Chico. Only then did the ADP Supervisors close up the building and leave. Sometime later that day the “Elaine Pegg Adult Day Center” burned down.

The day after the fire Arc opened its other Day Programs in Chico and Oroville in order to accommodate any clients who, despite the chaos and heavy smoke, wanted to attend. And some did! Then in the hours and days immediately following the initial fire-storm, Arc’s staff concentrated their efforts on locating our evacuated clients and employees. By the following week we successfully accounted for all of our folks! Most had found temporary shelter in evacuation centers.

Our ILS staff (even some who were themselves evacuated) continued to provide much-needed services for our displaced clients ensuring that they had a roof over their heads and helping them obtain food and clothing. A week later (after a mandatory closure) our Day Programs in Chico and Oroville re-opened and Arc vehicles were driving to evacuation centers all over Butte County to bring ADP clients to their nearest Arc day program.

Without our staff, Arc cannot provide services. Now a priority for the Arc of Butte County is to ensure that our fire-impacted staff – 21 valuable, conscientious, direct-care providers – continue to reside in our county and continue to be employed by Arc so that they can continue to provide services and assistance for our clients. To that end we need to assist them in paying for new housing and the expenses associated with moving and with creating a new household.”

Jordan Lindsey
Executive Director
The Arc California
(916) 552-6619 office
(916) 905-2153 mobile
“Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.”