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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 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, Matthew W. Dietz, Disability Independence Group, (305) 669-2822, 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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Disability Rights Florida Negotiates Settlement Providing Comprehensive Reform to Florida’s Prison Inpatient Mental Health Care System

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, is announcing a settlement agreement signed with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) which will have widespread impact on the care...

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Read our 2017 Annual Report

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce the release of our 2017 Annual Report (PDF). You can download our report and many other documents on our Publications page. Read about some of our successes from...

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Success Story: Jared Martin

Monday, December 11, 2017

The guardian of Jared Martin, an individual with an intellectual disability, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy, contacted Disability Rights Florida about a denial for an increased level of Residential Habilitation services through the iBudget Waiver. The additional Residential...

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Disability Rights Florida Settles Landmark Lawsuit Against Florida Department of Corrections for Systemic Violations of Disability Laws

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 7, 2017, TALLAHASSEE – Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has settled an historic federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) over its systemic...

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June 22 is 18th Anniversary of Landmark Olmstead Decision

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C., in which the Court held that unjustified segregation and institutionalization of individuals with disabilities amounted to a form of...

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