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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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Disability Rights Florida Saddened By Loss of Staff Attorney Bryan Funk

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We are saddened to announce the loss of a valued member of the Disability Rights Florida team. Bryan Funk passed away on Friday evening, August 19, 2016, surrounded by his wife, family and friends. Bryan...

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Disability Rights Florida Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Regarding Arnaldo Rios

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 5, 2016 The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington D.C. 20530-0001 Re: Support for Request for Investigation of Arnaldo Rios Case and Florida's Medicaid Waiver...

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Disability Rights Florida Launches “Access The Vote” Campaign

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Disability Rights Florida today launched its “Access The Vote” campaign to encourage Floridians with disabilities to vote in upcoming elections. The campaign includes a new accessible website (http://www.AccessTheVote.org) detailing the voting rights and...

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Disability Rights Florida Files Federal Lawsuit Against Three Beach Apartment Complexes Which Do Not Allow Persons with Disabilities to Rent and Live Independently

Monday, July 25, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – Disability Rights Florida, Inc., the Protection and Advocacy Agency for the State of Florida, with the assistance of attorneys from the Florida Justice Institute, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, today filed a civil rights...

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2017 Planning Survey: We Need Your Input!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Disability Rights Florida, Florida's statewide Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program, is developing its goals and objectives for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2016. We depend on you to...

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