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The Arc of Florida Welcomes Step Up Families

Girl (10-12) with Down syndrome in classroomThe Arc of Florida is thrilled to welcome families who are part of the Gardiner Scholarship Step Up for Students program.  Many are coming from Hidden Potentials with Kathy Clinton and are excited that there will be no lapse in services during this transition.  Step Up Families will find a plethora of resources and services as part of The Arc of Florida family.   The Arc of Florida is an approved provider, able to provide part time tutoring for students throughout the state of Florida because of our statewide membership.

Are you interested in part time tutoring through the Gardiner scholarship program?  Please email for more information about how your child can receive academic support from Florida State certified teachers.


New Information has been Released by U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

The U.S. Department of Labor, DOL, Division of Wage and Hour has issued the “DOL Homecare guide March 2016” for families using services covered by the DOL minimum wage and overtime rule.

For many families on the CDC+ waiver, this brochure will provide guidance on your responsibilities under the new rule.

The definition of who is exempt from paying minimum wage and overtime has been narrowed. If the person providing personal supports, respite or companion (Life Skills Development 1) services is administering medications, spending time assisting in bathing or feeding or doing household chores, then you should read this brochure to more fully understand if you now have additional responsibilities.

Click this link to view or download the brochure: DOL Homecare Guide – March 2016


A Great Year for the Florida Developmental Disabilities Community

March 15, 2016

Legislation was passed, that will make it, not only possible, but easier for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend college.

Options will now be in place for those students who choose to use a McKay scholarship for education or they can now go ahead and begin a career.

Funding was approved to add an additional 1,400 individuals to the Medicaid Waiver program.

A 3% across-the-board provider rate increase was passed for personal supports, Adult Day Training and residential group homes.

Provider rate increases were passed to bring rates into Department of Labor compliance for
Personal supports, respite and companion services.

The Arc of Florida is grateful for an additional $1 million in dental funding which will be used to alleviate dental pain and suffering.

Several special projects for local Arc Chapters were in the budget and we’re also approved by the Governor.

Another $10 million was made available to the developmental disbailities community for the construction of new or renovation of existing residential facilities.

It was a very successful session!