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Maryellen McDonald Receives Stetson College of Law's William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award

Friday, January 29, 2016

Maryellen McDonald, executive director of Disability Rights Florida, is the latest recipient of the William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award. In 1990, this prestigious award was established by Stetson University’s College of Law to...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Lawsuit against Florida Department of Corrections for Systemic Violations of Disability Laws

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) over its systemic failure to comply with federal measures intended...

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2015 Annual Report

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Annual Report (PDF). Please take a look inside and learn about some of our successes from 2015, including: Client success stories Investigations into...

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UPDATE: Medicaid Managed Care Program Lawsuit

Monday, December 28, 2015

A United States District Judge denied a motion by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to dismiss a federal claim filed against the agency alleging that AHCA’s flawed implementation and oversight of its Long-Term...

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Peter Sleasman and Kristen Lentz Join Staff

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Peter Sleasman and Kristen Lentz to the Disability Rights Florida team.  Mr. Sleasman earned his law degree from the University of Florida. Since 2007, he served as an attorney for...

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Disability Advocates Pursue Action Against Jacksonville Zoning Restrictions

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

An area zoning ordinance discriminates against those with mental illness, claims a federal lawsuit filed last week by Disability Rights Florida, the state’s  designated protection and advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities. The suit alleges...

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Monday, October 05, 2015

October 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Celebrated each October, NDEAM educates and raises awareness of disability employment issues. NDEAM is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments and...

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Motorist With Multiple Sclerosis Sues to End Discriminatory Medical Review

Thursday, October 01, 2015

On August 14th, Disability Rights Florida filed suit in federal court against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on behalf of a licensed motorist with multiple sclerosis, alleging discrimination by the Department...

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Settlement Could Offer More Options for People with Mental Illness

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The state Department of Children and Families has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Florida and move toward providing more options for people who are mentally ill to live in their communities...

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Floridian with Visual Impairment Seeks Adoption of Rules to Assist with Food Stamp Applications

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kathryn Cosson, a 52-year old Food Stamp recipient with a visual disability from Walton County, has filed a formal petition with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) today asking the agency to promulgate and...

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Survey: Voters with Disabilities

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It may seem like there is plenty of time before the 2016 Election, but the primaries in Florida are less than six months away! Disability Rights Florida protects and advocates for the rights of voters...

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Medicaid Beneficiaries Sue Over Implementation of Medicaid Managed Care Program

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On August 27th, a lawsuit was filed against the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) on behalf of five individuals enrolled in Florida’s new Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care (LTC) Program. All five named...

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Anthony James DePalma Promoted to Director of Public Policy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce the promotion of staff attorney Anthony James DePalma to Director of Public Policy. Mr. DePalma will be responsible for the management of the PADD grant, and implementation and...

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the...

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Children: Medicaid, CMS and Managed Care Delays, Denials, and Confusion about Covered Services

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Accessing Medicaid coverage and services for children with disabilities or special health care needs has never been easy. Keeping up with your rights and responsibilities every time the system changes makes the process even more...

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