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My Money Program in Florida

Florida Department of Financial Services My Money Program LogoThe Department of Financial Services created the My Money Program to provide educational lessons for individuals with developmental disabilities and important resources for family members and caregivers. The My Money Program allows individuals to learn and practice financial skills at their own pace, using interactive games, activities and educational videos. Lessons focus on money basics, banks and credit unions, accounts, budgeting, government benefit programs and ways to find and keep employment. Parents, guardians and support providers of individuals with developmental disabilities can also access important information on teaching financial skills, government programs and information on the different ways to save and invest money.

The My Money Program not only makes financial education accessible, it also provides comprehensive information and resources to empower every Floridian with the knowledge to work towards financial independence.

It is the goal of this program and the program’s partners to make financial literacy accessible to ALL Floridians.

Ways to Contact the My Money Program

If you have any questions for the Florida Department of Financial Services My Money Program, or would like to start learning today, then you can find them online at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/MyMoney or you can also call them directly at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).

Upcoming Event Opportunity

If you are wanting to learn more about this program, then a great opportunity for you to is quickly approaching this month!

Florida’s CFO, Jimmy Patronis, invites you to join him for “Manage My Money Day” on April 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (doors open at 8:30 AM) at:

The Arc Tampa Bay
1501 Belcher Road, Suite 249
Clearwater, FL 33765

This is a free event to help persons with disabilities learn and achieve financial independence.  The event will include:

  • Information about available savings and banking options.
  • Resources and services offered by financial institutions.
  • Options to open a savings account on-site.
  • Information about the Department of Financial Services’ My Money Program.

For more information, please click here to view the event flyer.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2018 Was a Hit!

Dick Bradley, Board President for The Arc of Florida.

The 2018 Florida Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day was a success!  There were around 700 people in attendance on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

The day started with a press conference supporting the “Pay Fair for Care” campaign, that is jointly sponsored by The Arc of Florida, Florida ARF and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.

This campaign is an effort to raise awareness of Florida’s Direct Care Professionals need for better and higher pay. They have some of the most important jobs.  Daily, they care for some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens, but, all over the state, they receive far less pay per hour than many workers at fast food restaurants and big box stores such as Walmart and Target.

Deborah Linton, CEO of The Arc of Florida

These Direct Care Professionals sacrifice so much of themselves caring for the others in their care, and they deserve to be shown appreciation for their hard work and dedication to these most vulnerable citizens of Florida.

One of the big events that took place during the 2018 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day was the surprise flash mob that was coordinated by The Arc of Florida.  Many of the chapters of The Arc of Florida participated in the flash mob and even convinced others standing around to join in.

Below you can watch the video of the flash mob performing at the end of the press conference.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2018 Quickly Approaching!

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session has begun and is in high gear, and that means that the 2018 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is quickly approaching.

The Arc of Florida and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council will host the 2018 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. This year, The Arc of Florida and Florida Developmental Disabilities Council will also be joined by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged and the Florida Public Transportation Association for the annual event.

To download a pamphlet for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2018 that contains the schedule for the day, click here.

The Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Florida Capitol building.  The day will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude around 3:00 PM.  The second floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building will have vendors for you to visit, and the press conference, rally and lunch will take place in the Capitol Courtyard between the old and new Capitol buildings.

Most of all, make sure to schedule a visit with your legislators so your voice will be heard and will help raise awareness for developmental disabilities here in our great state of Florida.

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