Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ principle mission is to support persons with developmental disabilities in successfully living, learning, and working in their communities. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities was established in October of 2004 as a breakaway agency from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). It was tasked with serving specifically those Floridians with developmental disabilities, relieving some of the Department of Children and Families’ ever-expanding responsibilities. Prior to the establishment of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Florida’s public disability services were administered through the Developmental Disabilities Program, within the Department of Children and Families. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities derives its authority from Chapters 20, 393, and 916 of the Florida Statutes.

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Primary Goals of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities

In recent years, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities has established 3 primary goals for achieving its mission: 1) to increase persons with developmental disabilities’ access to community-based services, treatment, and residential options; 2) to increase the number of individuals with developmental disabilities in the workforce; and 3) to improve management of the agency and oversight of providers. Among those whom the Agency for Persons with Disabilities serves are those individuals severely impaired by one or more of the following: autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, and those children ages 3 to 5 who are at high risk of a developmental disability.

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

To process clients and administer services for Florida’s vast and diverse population, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities maintains regional offices whose jurisdictions designate Florida into 6 different regions. The regions are listed on the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ website at http://apd.myflorida.com/region/, along with a map their respective constitutive counties.

The Agency also maintains various public facilities across the State of Florida designed to facilitate those with developmental disabilities in more immersive ways. One such facility is the William J. (Billy Joe) Rish Recreational Park in Cape San Blas in the Florida Panhandle. The park was established with the vision to offer a safe and traditional beach experience to those with developmental disabilities. Rish Park boasts ramps and boardwalks connecting family cottages and dormitories to the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities also administers the Supporting Others and Acting Responsibly (S.O.A.R.) Program and the Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP), which offer immersive and positive living communities for those with developmental disabilities, complete with opportunities for therapy and traditional living amenities like malls, recreational centers, and community events.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities Cases Found at FALR

You can search our consolidated database of all available administrative caselaw and pertinent judicial decisions, including all precedential Agency for Persons with Disabilities cases, complete with search functions which allow our users to find the exact case documentation they seek in a single simple step. Subscribing grants you instant access to our database, which updates automatically as new orders and judgments are entered by Florida agencies and courts. We also offer a print copy subscription, which provides bound book volumes of all indexed cases back to 1979. Our Supercumulative Indexes are available for free on our website.

The best legal publication for Agency for Persons with Disabilities Caselaw is
Florida Administrative Law Reports.

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