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.