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 New Training Events Announced

November 20, 2014

The Arc of Florida Presents:

"A Series of Evening Board Training Opportunities"

The Arc of Florida is pleased to announce a series of board training opportunities available during evening hours.  The series will be offered via Webinar for all current and prospective board members of our local Arc Chapters and colleague members.  Prior registration is required.  Board members may register individually or as a group allowing members to watch via the convenience of their home, office or in a boardroom setting with other board members.  A Question and Answer period will be held at the end of each Webinar.  Each session will be recorded.  This is being offered as a free member service.

The Events

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 -- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  "The Legal Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board Member"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 -- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  "Who Are Your Stakeholders and What is Your Responsibility To Them?"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 -- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  "Protecting Yourself - General Liability for Board Members"


Frank P. Rainer, Esq., Broad and Cassel


Mr. Rainer is Of Counsel in the Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel.  He is a member of the Firm's Real Estate, Commercial Litigation and Health Law Practice Groups and has more than 25 years of experience in both transactional and litigation matters with primary focus in the general corporate arena and the banking, health care and real estate industries.

He assists health care organizations and Florida corporations in all areas of transactional work, including corporate organization and maintenance, financing, employment and consultant contracting, general contract work and regulatory analysis.  Mr. Rainer also has a significant amount of experience with mergers and acquisitions, serving as both lead counsel and as local Florida counsel.  He has extensive experience in health care regulatory, administrative, litigation and transactional work and represents health plans, managed care companies, trade associations, banks, real estate investment trusts, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, social service agencies, physicians, physician groups, disability services and other ancillary health care providers.

Mr. Rainer has been a long-standing friend of "The Arc".

Ms. Deborah J. Linton, Chief Executive Officer, The Arc of Florida, will also be available for the Question and Answer period.

To register for these training events, please CLICK HERE.


Using Their Abilities

November 12, 2014

Individuals attending Victory Living Program in Broward County have always used their abilities to improve the lives of others in their community. Many of those who attend the program assist in delivering meals on wheels and other volunteer efforts.

Most recently, they spent two months transforming donated blankets into more than 200 car-shaped pillows and dolls to send to children in Guatemala.

It all started months ago when Bobbi Wigand, executive director of Victory Living Programs, heard about the plight of many of the children in Guatemala. "We were told they were sending newborn babies home wrapped in newspaper and the children had no toys," said Wigand.

So, she solicited the help of Victory Living Programs' Day Training Program participants and a local community partner, Foss Manufacturing, who donated 225 baby blankets and additional blankets that would be crafted into pillows and dolls. Two months later, by the end of September, the blankets, pillows and dolls were ready for shipping.

Check out the smiles on the faces of the children receiving the toys!

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Supporting Active Duty Military Families

September 11, 2014

The 2014 Florida Legislature authorized individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of 393.065(1), F.S., to receive home and community-based services in this state if the individual’s parent or legal guardian is an active duty military service member and, at the time of the service member’s transfer to Florida, the individual was receiving home and community-based services in another state. This law became effective on July 1, 2014.

What are the eligibility requirements for APD?

To be eligible for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the individual must be:

  • 3 years of age or older, and have a developmental disability before the age 18
  • A Florida resident *
  • Diagnosed with one of the following six developmental disabilities listed in Chapter 393, Florida Statutes: autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, spina bifida or children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability

* Effective July 1, 2014, individuals’ whose parents or legal guardian are in active duty military service are eligible to apply to APD and be enrolled in the iBudget waiver if the person was receiving waiver services from the state they were living in prior to Florida.

How do I apply for APD services?

To apply for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, submit an application to the APD office that serves your area, either by mail or by hand delivery.  Contact information for the regional offices can be found online at  Faxed submissions will be returned for an original signature.

To obtain a copy of the most current Application for Services, please visit the APD website at:

APD’s Application for Services has been updated to include a section for active duty military families. Applicants can now indicate if their parent or legal guardian is an active duty service member and whether or not they were receiving home and community based services in another state.

What documentation do I need for the APD application process?

You will need to provide the following information:

1. Proof of identity in the form of: FL Driver’s License/ID card, US Passport, Military/Government issued photo ID card, Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship, school photo ID (only accepted for people under the age of 16)

2. Uniformed Services ID card for the parent or legal guardian of the individual

3. Documentation to show eligibility, including:

  • Documentation of a physician’s diagnosis for cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader-Willi syndrome; or high risk for children under age 5
  • Documentation of an intellectual disability with an IQ score of 69 or less and deficits in adaptive functioning
  • Documentation of autism is made by a Florida licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, a board certified neurologist qualified by training and experience to make a diagnosis of autism, or a board certified developmental pediatrician

4. Documentation of the services received in the previous state under a home and community-based services waiver program

What happens after an individual applies for APD services?

In order to receive home and community based services from the Agency for Persons with disabilities, the person must meet both APD eligibility and Medicaid eligibility requirements.  Once an individual applies for APD, a review is completed to determine APD eligibility.  The applicant will be sent a letter notifying them of the eligibility determination with 45 days of application for a child and within 60 days of application receipt for adults. The individual will be notified in writing of their eligibility and will then be provided a choice of waiver support coordination (case manager) providers from which they will select who they would like to provide this service. That person, chosen by the individual, will then work to get the services in place in Florida that the individual was receiving in their previous state.

For Medicaid eligibility, the Department of Children and Families is the state agency that makes these Medicaid eligibility determinations. To access an application for Medicaid please go to: Florida Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS).

Once a person meets Medicaid eligibility the individual may receive medical services from the Florida Medicaid system operated by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. For information on these benefits please go to:

If you would like to download a handout with this information, please click here.

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