You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

POINT OF VIEW Support jobs programs for persons with disabilities


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is celebrated in March, which also marks the beginning of the Florida legislative session this year. As director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), now is also the time to share the needs we hope the Legislature will fund when members pass their final budget.

APD helps people with seven developmental disabilities: severe forms of autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. APD offers services that help them actively live, learn and work in their communities.

On March 14, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will consider a resolution, sponsored by Attorney General Pam Bondi, to declare March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in our state. The Cabinet will hear from Adam Longfellow, who works at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Bradfordville Road in Tallahassee. After being on the job for more than a year, having a job at Chick-fil-A is his pleasure saying: “I want to work. I provide excellent customer service. A job gives me responsibility, and a chance to interact with customers.” His duties include assisting guests, and ensuring the dining area is neat and clean. Adam’s boss, Chick-fil-A Senior Director Brian Carroll, said, “Adam is ready to help, he listens well, and is a joy to work with. Adam has a great sense of humor. He wants to and is ready to learn, and can take correction when needed.”

The governor has included two important proposals in his 2017-18 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget to benefit people who are waiting for state-funded community services from APD.

He is recommending $7.5 million to offer Medicaid waiver enrollment to more than 680 individuals with critical needs on the APD waiver waiting list. Additionally, he is proposing $3.3 million for employment programs for people on the waiting list. The money would pay for things like job coaches, uniforms, transportation, and on-the-job training to help individuals learn job skills and gain experience in the workforce. Having a job will help them be more independent and less reliant on others to meet their needs.

During this special month of March devoted to promoting the abilities of those APD serves, we ask for the public’s support. We know waiting list and employment funding will make a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

BARBARA PALMER, TALLAHASSEE

Editor’s note: Barbara Palmer is director of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Will Russiagate backfire on the left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale. In Monday’s Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected...
COMMENTARY: Gorsuch’s convenient untruth about partisan judges

With a shrewdly calculated innocence, Judge Neil Gorsuch told a big fat lie at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Because it was a lie everyone expected, nobody called it that. “There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,” Gorsuch said. Gorsuch, the amiable veteran of many Republican campaigns, is well-placed...
Letters Prosecutor must follow the law

Prosecutor must follow the law Gov. Rick Scott removed a newly elected prosecutor, Aramis Ayala, from a murder case involving Markeith Loyd when she announced that she “would not pursue the death penalty in capital cases.” Loyd is alleged to be responsible for the killing of a police officer, Loyd’s pregnant girlfriend and Deputy...
POINT OF VIEW Guardians ad Litem provide vital voices for children

Children whose lives are impacted by abuse, neglect or abandonment need help to survive and succeed. What we do for our children today is a valuable investment for generations to come. Every day, Florida’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers work diligently to represent the best interest of our state’s most fragile and vulnerable children...
Friedman: Calling on a few good men in the Trump administration

Memo To: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Dear Sirs, I am writing you today as the five adults with the most integrity in the Trump administration. Mattis, McMaster and Kelly, you all served our nation...
More Stories