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New Resources Available about ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

After many years of advocacy and bipartisan work in Congress, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The Arc of the United States has recently released two fact sheets about the new law. The first fact sheet is an overall Summary of the ABLE Act, and the second is a more In-Depth Look at the law. These fact sheets will help better explain and educate the disability community about how this law will work. The Arc of the United States will be continually producing more materials as updates on federal regulations are released and the accounts are set up in states. Continue to check back here, as we will keep you posted about the implementation of the ABLE Act here in Florida.

The law allows eligible individuals with disabilities the ability to establish "ABLE accounts" for qualified beneficiaries that resemble the qualified tuition programs, often called "529 accounts", that have been established under that section of the tax code since 1996. The new ABLE accounts will allow more individual choice and control over spending on qualified disability expenses and limited investment decisions, while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and other important federal benefits for people with disabilities.

 
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2015 Has Been Announced

January 27, 2015

The Arc of Florida has teamed with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to host the 2015 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Florida Capitol Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will also participate.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is an opportunity for members of the disability community to meet with legislators and advocate for issues important to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD) Exhibitor opportunities are also available.

For more information on DD Awareness Day or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Vanda Bowman at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 850.448.4180.

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The Arc of Florida Chapters are Recommended for $2.171 million for Construction Projects

January 13, 2015

Tallahassee, FL (January 13, 2015) – The staff of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation today voted to recommend to its Board of Directors to award grants to seven chapters of The Arc of Florida. Funds were appropriated by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 Legislative Session. Funding will be used to build new and renovate existing homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD) The Florida Housing Finance Corporation received 20 funding requests and awarded a total of $3,676,000 for 14 projects statewide. Of the amount awarded, chapters of The Arc of Florida received 7 projects for a total of $2,171,000.00. The Board of Directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation will make the final decision on funding.

"Funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation assists us in providing community-based homes to individuals who might otherwise live in institutions" said Deborah Linton, chief executive officer of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with I/DD. "We are very appreciative of the Legislature's willingness to help the individuals we serve to live in safe and updated homes in their communities. This funding will continue to greatly enhance their quality of life."
The Arc of Florida chapters recommended for funding include:

New Construction:

The Arc Gateway - $367,000.00
The Arc of Putnam County - $367,000.00
The Arc Nature Coast - $367,000.00
The Arc Indian River County - $367,000.00
The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida - $367,000.00

Renovations:

The Arc Jacksonville $148,000.00
The Arc St. Lucie County $188,000.00

 
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