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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:

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:

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
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:00PM EST at

For more information, please email 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.”

We Are Truly Grateful


A Message of Thanks and Gratitude from The Arc of Florida-

While there are many sad stories in the news right now, I wanted to highlight what we are thankful for here at The Arc of Florida…

We want to thank some of the heroes who stepped in to help when Hurricane Michael struck.

First, many, many thanks to John Roper at Arc Emerald Coast and his employees and board members who gathered donations, transported supplies and spent at least 2 if not 3 days doing hard labor to clear trees and grounds. It was hard work!

In addition, employees from Arc Gateway and Arc of Florida and The Arc of the Bay joined a work day at The Arc of the Bay to clean things up!

Lee County ARC pitched in and gathered lots and lots of donated goods which were delivered by The Arc of Florida. Much appreciation for the donations for some folks who were very much in need.

Scot Kannel at The Arc of the Glades stepped in to assist in replacing a wheelchair lift van that was damaged at a group home in Marianna. Thanks so much.

Financial donations were received from so many of you:

The Arc of Alachua gave most generously to assist these agencies who are facing extremely high deductibles in order to file insurance claims. Lots of other chapters stepped in, they are:

The Arc Gateway
Arc Jacksonville
Arc Putnam
Ridge Area Arc
The Arc of North Florida
Sunrise Arc
Arc Volusia
Arc Palm Beach
The Arc of the Emerald Coast
Arc of St Lucie County
Arc South Florida
The Arc of Florida
Victory living Programs
Arc Tampa Bay
Arc of the St Johns

Some very special folks in Mississippi have stepped up to the plate to work very hard to send donations. Watch the video at the link below…it will restore your faith in humanity!

Brandi’s hope yard sale raises hundreds for Hurricane Michael recovery

Also, some individuals stepped up to the plate to assist their Arc family members. They are:

Richard and Kathy Clinton
Bobbie and Pamela Lake
Janet and Kenneth Holmes
The Staff of Arc of Putnam County
The Staff of Arc South Florida
Sheldon and Carol Hershman
Polly and John Stannard
James and Marcia Williamson
William Linton
Debbie Van Slooten

Thank you for the honor of being part of such a great group.

Deborah Linton
Chief Executive Officer
The Arc of Florida