January 29, 2020

Developmental Disabilities and Transportation Awareness Day in Florida is February 11 at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. 


The legislative priorities that have been chosen by Florida Self-Advocates Network'D FL SAND) focus on saving the iBudget (Medicaid) waiver. In 2019, state legislators asked the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to propose a re-design of the waiver to cut down on costs, prompting an uprising from self-...

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 from the state legislature to extend the services of the program through June 30, 2020, for people on the Medicaid waiver and waiver waiting list. The inception of...

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 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 experienced Hurricane Michael.

Each year, local officials improve on their hurricane preparedness based on what they learned from  previous years. The goal is to ensure the...

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 work they are over qualified for, and continued to live in poverty while working -- all in order to keep vital health services. Things have finally changed with...

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 Day March 20 but our actions in the coming weeks are equally important!


In the next 20 business days as legislators work on bills and the state budget, they need...

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 others February 25 while visiting the Sunshine State for the Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC) conference in Orlando. The Administration on Disabilities, p...

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 specific needs of people with disabilities are few and far between. In partnership with the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, UZURV – parent t...

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 growing with each year that passes. The theme “Ridin’ the Wave of the Future,” encapsulated the conference emphasis of long-term sustainability for the FL SAND n...

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 – the relationship between persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

“The Upside,” staring Hollywood A-listers Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, is bringing the h...

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