Florida ARF Celebrates 28 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tallahassee, FL (July 26, 2018) Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.  This historic legislation expanded civil rights for people with disabilities and raised awareness regarding the challenges people with disabilities face.  Florida ARF is proud to stand with the disability community in honoring the dedication and hard work that resulted in landmark legislation prohibiting discrimination based on disability.

As we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we confirm our commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities by working with member agencies, disability stakeholders, and other partners to improve the availability and quality of the services and supports people need to live in their communities.  Working together, we can fully realize the promise of the ADA!


Florida ARF Reflects on the 19th Anniversary of the Olmstead Ruling

Tallahassee, FL (June 22, 2018) The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is a cornerstone of the disability rights movement.  For decades, people with disabilities have worked to turn this into a reality.  Looking at this history, certain moments stand out as turning points.  For example, the passage and implementation of landmark legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act have each helped make community living possible for more Americans.  Today, Florida ARF celebrates the anniversary of another important milestone.  Nineteen years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C. that people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated into institutions and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.  The Olmstead decision opened the door to innovations and programs that make services and supports more available, allowing people to live the lives they choose, in the communities they choose, with family and friends.  Florida ARF strives to fulfill Olmstead’s promise and to make a difference in the lives of Floridians with disabilities.


On Being Brave . . .

Tallahassee, FL (May 30, 2018) This week we were pleased to celebrate Memorial Day to honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their time, and in some cases their lives, to protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country.  To these individuals, we offer our heartfelt thanks!  We also want to express our gratitude to the families of these brave men and women, for they too sacrificed when their loved ones served.  As someone once said, “The families of brave men and women must themselves be brave.”  To those who served, and to those who stood with their loved ones who served, Thank you!


Florida ARF Attends Provider Forum for Families

Mt. Dora, FL (April 25, 2018) The Agency for Persons with Disabilities hosted a two-day residential provider forum on April 24 and 25 for families whose loved ones will be transitioning out of the state’s only Comprehensive Transitional Education Program.  Families were given the opportunity to meet with APD representatives to discuss the transition process and interact with more than 20 group home providers who offer intensive behavior services.  The Agency reported about 60 families attended the forum and other families held meetings via telephone.  Ten (10) Florida ARF member agencies participated in the forum.  President & CEO Suzanne Sewell also attended day one of the fair.