Stephen Hawking Dies at Age 76

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) died peacefully in his home today on March 14, 2018. He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. 


In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, that gradually paralyzed him over the decades and was given 2 years to live. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.

Through the use of Assistive Technology, Hawking was able to continue his work and make amazing contributions to the scientific community. He was a guiding light for young minds and a strong inspiration for others with disabilities. 

He will be missed.

Cabinet to Declare Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Cabinet to Declare Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Attorney General Pam Bondi will introduce a resolution at the Florida Cabinet meeting tomorrow, March 7, declaring the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida.

Representatives from the following organizations will be there to accept the resolution:

  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
  • Family Care Council Area 2
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
  • The Arc of Florida
  • Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • RESPECT of Florida
  • ABLE Trust
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Blind Services
  • Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida
  • Support Coordination Association of Florida
  • Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology


Susan Mikesh of Tallahassee will address Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on the importance of meeting the changing needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Mikesh, who has cerebral palsy, has worked for more than 20 years at Creative Preschool in Tallahassee. 


2018 Youth Leadership Forum Application

2018 Youth Leadership Forum
July 18-22, 2018
Tallahassee, FL
Proudly hosted by
The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living
in financial partnership with
Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


Calling all Leaders! If you are an energetic, motivated and driven person with a disability between the ages of 16-19 this program may be for you! We are providing exciting opportunities today, so that you may help change the world tomorrow. Please join us on this journey.
The Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) is a unique leadership-training program for high school students with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities at a four-day event in the state capital, young people with disabilities cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills.


  • YLF Delegates will learn how laws are made and how...
HR 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

This bill would devastate the civil rights of disabled Americans and you need to know about it.

A bill which just passed the House would update the law for disabled Americans for modern times, say Republicans. Democrats say it would set disabled Americans’ civil rights back decades. Here's what you need to know. 

What does HR 620 do?

The ADA Education and Reform Act aims to crack down on frivolous lawsuits, by amending the existing 1990 law to require a “notice and cure” period.

The legislation would require that any person claiming discrimination must first provide written notice, allowing 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint, plus an additional 120 days before legal action can be initiated. No other civil rights legislation currently on the books contains such a provision, though, some states have enacted legislature to crack down on the frivolous suits themselves. 

What do Supporters say?

Supporters say that the bill will crack down on frivolous lawsuits that benefit lawyers more than disabled Americans. 

"The goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to provide access for the disabled – it’s not to give unscrupulous trial lawyers the...

2018 Florida Conference on Aging

The Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) and the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP), in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), are pleased to announce the 2018 Florida Conference on Aging.

The 2018 Conference will be held August 13-15 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, FL. The 2017 Conference attracted over 500 registrants and 100 presenters. The Florida Aging Network recognizes that professionals are busier than ever. However, the value of training and networking has never been more important. We invite you to be part of a 63-year tradition by sponsoring or exhibiting at the largest aging network conference in Florida. Over the years, our sponsors and exhibitors have succeeded in building brand awareness with leaders in the field of aging. Support from our sponsors makes this Conference possible and accessible to everyone who is interested in attending – from students and professionals to caregivers and retirees. We would like to work with you to develop the right mix of benefits to enhance your visibility and networking opportunities at the Conference.