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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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Managing Attorney Peter Sleasman Honored by Florida Bar

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The John J. Copelan, Jr., Award is presented to a member of the Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to the field of public interest law. This year’s award will be presented to Peter Sleasman...

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City of Jacksonville Settles Housing Discrimination Suits, Agrees to Zoning Revisions and Supportive Housing Options

Friday, May 26, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (May 30, 2017) – The City of Jacksonville has agreed to settle lawsuits alleging violations of federal housing and disability regulations stemming from its determination that a proposed housing redevelopment project in the...

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2018 Public Input Survey: Help Us Plan for Next Year and Beyond

Friday, May 05, 2017

This year, Florida’s statewide Protection and Advocacy system is celebrating 40 years of service to Floridians with disabilities. As we develop our goals and priorities for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year starting October 1, 2017, we...

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2016 Annual Report Now Available

Friday, February 24, 2017

Disability Rights Florida is pleased to announce the release of our 2016 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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Home Care For Seniors And Disabled Must Be Enough To Prevent Nursing Home Entry

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tallahassee, FL – In her 90s and unhappy with nursing home care, Josephine Hollister, wanted only to go back to her home of forty years to live out her life. Like more than 45 thousand...

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Big Changes Coming to Florida’s Medicaid Long-Term Care Program

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

After more than a year of litigation, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has settled with four Plaintiffs who challenged AHCA’s management of the Medicaid Long-Term Care (LTC) Program. As of December 1,...

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Disability Independence Group and Disability Rights Florida Resolve Lawsuit against Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to Provide Services to Deaf Inmates

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MIAMI – Disability Independence Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, and Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy system for individuals with disabilities, have resolved a lawsuit...

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