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New Training Event 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!

VLP-delivery to Guatemala-2014


"Understanding Changes" Training Announced

October 27, 2014


The Arc of Florida and The Arc Nature Coast are pleased to announce a training forum on aging issues for Direct Care Professionals and other staff responsible for supporting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Deborah Linton, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Florida states, "Understanding Changes is a vital topic needed to address the aging issues facing individuals with I/DD so that direct support personnel can provide the best ?supports? available to those we serve. It is a growing need in our state and a critical issue for families. We want to make certain we are providing the best quality services available by providing these important training forums."

The training will be presented by Dr. Ronald Lucchino, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Director of the Institute of Gerontology at Utica College of Syracuse University. He is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's disease and aging in individuals with developmental disabilities.

A separate training will be provided to family members at The Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Road, Spring Hill, Florida 34608 on Thursday, November 6th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call 352-544-2322 ext. 109 to reserve a seat. There is no registration fee for this family member forum; however, prior registration is requested.

To regster, click here.

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