September 4, 2019

Advantage Ride, the on-demand transportation service that began a pilot program in March for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Tampa and surrounding counties, has been extended for another year.

The program received additional funding fro...

August 21, 2019

“The Peanut Butter Falcon,” a movie starring Florida self-advocate, Zack Gottsagen, opens in Florida and nationwide this Friday, August 23.

Gottsagen is a long-time member of FL SAND’s Palm Beach County group, Self-Advocacy for an Independent Life (SAIL). Although “The...

July 1, 2019

Hurricane season is upon us once again. It’s important to be prepared for weather events or emergencies that may occur in Florida, especially as a person with a disability. Here are some helpful tips and tools to do just that as well as advice from those who experience...

June 29, 2019

When most job candidates negotiate their salaries, the goal is usually to secure more pay. It’s nothing short of surreal that capable, intelligent, educated job candidates with disabilities in Florida have had to actually negotiate lower pay or fewer hours, settle for...

April 8, 2019

With 25 days left in the Florida legislative session there's still time to make our voices heard but we must act quickly.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the agencies that serve them made a huge impression at the Florida State Capitol on DD D...

A group of Florida self-advocates met with federal Administration on Disabilities commissioner Julie Hocker last week to discuss hot-button concerns for persons with disabilities in Florida.

Hocker met with members of Florida Self-Advocates Network’D (FL SAND) and other...

March 1, 2019

Advantage Ride, a free door-to-door transportation service that allows riders with disabilities to cross county lines is being piloted in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties through June.

Safe, affordable, and accessible transportation options that fit the spec...

February 11, 2019

The 7th annual FL SAND Conference is now just a memory to those of us who attended. It was held once again at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando January 25-27.

Let me be the first to say that this year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint. It seems to be...

This is the second article in a two-part series on "The Upside," released in theaters January 11.

The new year has just begun and several great movies have already made a big splash, including one that inadvertently addresses a very hot topic in disability advocacy – t...

January 18, 2019

This is the first in a two-part series of articles on "The Upside," released in theaters January 11.

Many in the disability community were chomping at the bit when trailers first came out for “The Upside.” Regardless of how it does at the box office overall, it will be...

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