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We Want to Know: Conditions in Facilities During COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Disability Rights Florida (DRF) was founded in 1977 as the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. The P&A system exists to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and...

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Disability Rights Florida makes repeated requests to Governor DeSantis for American Sign Language interpreters at press briefings

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Disability Rights Florida has notified Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office by phone and email on several occasions expressing our concern regarding his lack of compliance under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act at press...

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Disability Rights Florida Calls Upon the Governor to Stop Deadly Discrimination Against People with Disabilities Amid COVID-19 Care Before it Starts

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tallahassee, FL – With a sense of extreme urgency, Disability Rights Florida sent Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Executive Office of the Governor a letter requesting the State of Florida immediately take...

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Disability Rights Florida Sues Florida Department of Corrections for Breach of Settlement Agreement Protecting Incarcerated People with Physical Disabilities

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has brought suit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) over its systemic failure to comply with a settlement agreement signed by...

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Medicaid iBudget Redesign: Official Comments from Disability Rights Florida

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Disability Rights Florida provided the following public comments to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and other known stakeholders, following the submission of iBudget redesign planning to the Florida Legislature by APD and the Agency...

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Medicaid iBudget Waiver: We Invite Your Comments and Questions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has been working in conjunction with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to develop a redesign of the Medicaid iBudget Waiver Program, in hopes to create a plan...

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Disability Rights Florida Shines Spotlight on Homestead Shelter

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019—Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s Protection and Advocacy system, has released its Follow-Up Monitoring Report of the Homestead Emergency Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children today. The report is the culmination of two in-person...

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Preliminary Medicaid iBudget Redesign Documents Obtained from Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Florida Legislature mandated that the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), in conjunction with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), develop a plan to redesign the Medicaid iBudget Waiver Program after it had...

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New Video: Housing Accommodations Explained

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Home is where you should feel safe and comfortable. Having reasonable housing accommodations can make your home work with you, not against you. Such accommodations are changes to the standard rules and procedures of a...

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Lawsuit against Florida Agencies Improperly Stripping Medicaid from Patients

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Kinnally Public Relations Consultant Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Nancy.Kinnally@JaxLegalAid.org (407) 375-2264 Advocates file suit against Florida state agencies for improperly stripping Medicaid from patients whose original eligibility was related to...

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Success Story: Helen Maza

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

In 2018, Helen Maza, a woman with a variety of neurological, physical and genitourinary disabilities, sought out additional personal support hours. She was being left unattended in her recliner chair for thirteen hours at night because...

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New Video: Employment Accommodations Explained

Monday, July 29, 2019

Everyone utilizes different techniques and supports to make them successful at work. For people with disabilities, using reasonable accommodations can help do just that. Reasonable accommodations are changes in the environment or the ways things...

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Disability Rights Florida’s Remarks at 7/23/19 Florida Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Public Hearing on Voter Suppression and Voter Disenfranchisement

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Below are the comments submitted by Disability Rights Florida at the Florida Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Public Hearing on Voter Suppression and Voter Disenfranchisement on July 23, 2019. The Committee...

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New Video: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Explained

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Students entering a classroom should feel safe, supported and excited for the opportunity to learn. However, the disciplinary practices of restraint and seclusion challenge this dynamic. Originally believed to be a necessary aspect of classroom...

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Success Story: Clara Eads

Monday, July 01, 2019

Clara Eads had been living independently in her own apartment until she had a stroke in 2018. After spending some time recovering in the hospital, she was placed in a nursing facility that provided rehabilitation...

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