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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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Disability Rights Florida's Comments to the U.S. Department of Labor Regarding Subminimum Wage Exceptions

Friday, June 21, 2019

Below are the comments submitted today by Disability Rights Florida to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment regarding Section 14(c) subminimum wage exceptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act that have remained...

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New Video: Olmstead Decision Explained

Friday, June 21, 2019

June 22nd is the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead decision! In Olmstead vs. Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, the Court held that people with disabilities have the civil right to choose...

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New Video: Mental Health Stigmas Explained

Friday, June 07, 2019

The month of May promotes mental health awareness. Although it is now June, we must continue to support the visibility of people with mental illness. Mental illnesses are real, and their prevalence is immense. This...

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Why are some Florida medical offices denying American Sign Language interpreters for patients who are deaf?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

All too often, Disability Rights Florida is involved in individual complaints related to medical offices refusing to provide interpreters for patients who are deaf. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is very clear on the...

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Monitoring Report: Homestead Emergency Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Disability Rights Florida has released a report with the findings and recommendations from a monitoring visit of the Homestead Temporary Shelter in Homestead, Florida. This facility is operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part...

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Disability Rights Florida Proud to Introduce Michael Brogioli as New Executive Director

Friday, April 12, 2019

Following a lengthy search process, the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce that Michael J. Brogioli has been named Executive Director. Michael brings nearly two decades of experience in disability...

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Success Story: Jordan Griffin

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

In 2018, Jordan Griffin—who is a student with autism—moved from New Mexico and began attending a new school in Palm Beach, FL. However, his new teachers were unequipped to deal with his behaviors, resulting in...

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Advocacy Groups Sue State of Florida for Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, December 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2018 Contact: Vanessa Barrington, (415) 505-0116 vbarrington@justiceinaging.org A class action lawsuit filed today against Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration asserts that the state’s management of its Medicaid long-term care...

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