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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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2020 Public Planning Survey: We Depend on Your Input!

Friday, May 31, 2019

For over 40 years, Florida’s statewide Protection and Advocacy system has advocated for the civil rights of Floridians with disabilities. We need your input as we develop our goals and priorities for the 2020 fiscal...

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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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Make an Impact: Join our Board of Directors

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Nominating Committee of Disability Rights Florida is currently recruiting applicants to serve on our Board of Directors. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for our mission and can bring fresh ideas to...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Lawsuit Against Agency for Persons with Disabilities Regarding Carlton Palms

Friday, July 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Tony DePalma, Disability Rights Florida, (850) 488-9071 x 9737, tonyd@disabilityrightsflorida.org Matthew W. Dietz, Disability Independence Group, (305) 669-2822, mdietz@justDIGit.org Tallahassee, FL, July 19, 2018 - Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally...

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Staff Spotlight: Wendy Vance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wendy Vance started her journey advocating for the rights of people with disabilities from the time she entered elementary school. She was a member of the first generation of children to benefit from the educational...

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2019 Public Planning Survey: We Depend on Your Input!

Monday, May 14, 2018

For over 40 years, Florida’s statewide Protection and Advocacy system has advocated for the civil rights of Floridians with disabilities. As we develop our goals and priorities for the 2019 fiscal year beginning on October...

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Statement Regarding Transition of Carlton Palms Residents

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Disability Rights Florida is aware of Bellwether Behavioral Health’s notice to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities that it will no longer operate in Florida as of May 31, 2018. Disability Rights Florida is committed...

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Disability Rights Florida Saddened by Loss of Former Board Member Milton Aponte

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Board of Directors and staff of Disability Rights Florida are saddened by the loss of our former Board member and colleague, Milton Aponte, Esq., who passed away early on Easter morning. Milton served on the...

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Monitoring and Investigation of Carlton Palms Educational Center: Results and Recommendations

Monday, March 05, 2018

Disability Rights Florida, the state’s federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy system benefitting Floridians with disabilities, has released its findings and related recommendations from a years-long monitoring and investigation of allegations of abuse, neglect and related concerns...

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Disability Rights Florida's Statement Regarding the Stoneman Douglas Tragedy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The staff of Disability Rights Florida are heartbroken by the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas and our thoughts are with all the students and their families during this difficult time. The state protection and advocacy system's...

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