November 26, 2019

"About Us" is a series of interviews with accomplished self-advocates in Florida.

Sarah Goldman has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. She is a Florida Developmental Disabilities Council member and also sits on the Pinellas County Council on People with Disabilities. She is an Idelio Valdes Advocacy and Leadership award wi...

November 1, 2019

Florida Self- Advocacy Central is pleased to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by featuring people with disabilities who are out in the workforce.

Name: Jimmy Fricke 

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Employer: Publix

Position: Cashier

Length of time at current job: 7 years

What is the best advice or encouragement you’d give to a fellow self-advocate about accessing or keeping employment?

Prove to...

October 28, 2019

Florida Self- Advocacy Central is pleased to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by featuring people with disabilities who are out in the workforce.

Name: Olivia Babis 

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Employer: Disability Rights Florida

Position: Public Policy Analyst 

Length of time at current job: 8 months

What is the best advice or encouragement you’d give to a fellow self-advocate about accessing...

October 23, 2019

Florida Self- Advocacy Central is pleased to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by featuring people with disabilities who are out in the workforce.

Name: Shari Wilson M. Ed., JD candidate

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Employer: University of South Florida; previously at Self-Reliance as an independent living coordinator and youth educator for 10 years. 

Position: Americans with Disabilities Act Coordina...

October 16, 2019

Florida Self- Advocacy Central is pleased to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by featuring people with disabilities who are out in the workforce.

Name: Eddie Hall

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Employer: Home Depot

Positions: Part-Time Greeter (current); retired after 26 years at Publix in warehousing and logistics 

Length of time at current job: 10 years

What is the best advice or encouragement...

October 9, 2019

2019 Idelio Valdes advocacy award winner Rachel Long talks about her work experience during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

September 30, 2019

Disability advocacy can be a long and sometimes daunting task. Often, we don’t consider the toll it can take on our health from day to day.

The effects of your advocacy efforts are worth it but it’s important to maintain your physical and mental well-being in the process. In advocacy, there are often multiple steps and chains of command to follow before reaching the desired goal. In the midst of all those details, it’s easy to...

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 Peanut Butter Falcon” is his first Hollywood role, he shares top-billing with heavy-hitters Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Johnson.

Gottsagen’s involvement in the film i...

July 14, 2019

"About Us" is a series of interviews with accomplished self-advocates in Florida.

Natalie Jean has spent her life working toward inclusion for people with disabilities.

She currently works as the ombudsman for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which means she is the primary point of contact for addressing concerns or unresolved issues expressed by clients, providers, and other stakeholders. Natalie earned a Bachelor of S...

April 30, 2019

"About Us" is a series of interviews with accomplished self-advocates in Florida.

Damian Gregory has spent his life as a disability advocate, most recently focusing on voting and employment.  

After graduating from the University of Miami in 1997 with bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Damian spent the first half of his career working in journalism. These days he dedicates himself to disability adv...

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