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.
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.
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.
The Arc of Florida, in coordination the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and the Family Care Council, is pleased to announce a training forum on “Dream Inspired Planning”.
This event is to be held in St. Augustine, Florida on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the The Arc of the St. Johns, 2101 ARC Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST).
In-service hours will be issued to APD Medicaid Waiver providers. There is no fee for the training.
The training will be presented by Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University in Washington, D.C. You MUST register for this event in order to attend as seating is limited.
To register for the training, click the link below:
This event is open to self-advocates and family members served by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Family Care Council members, providers of APD services, Waiver Support Coordinators and to APD and Vocational Rehabilitation staff – APD will verify registrants at the door requesting in-service hours.