ABLE United Webinar January 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM

ABLE United provides a unique way to save up to $14,000 per year, tax-free, for qualified disability expenses, while maintaining eligibility for government benefits. If you've debated whether an ABLE account is right for you, your loved ones or the individuals you serve, you'll want to join us for our next webinar. 

Jen Pascarella and Scott Mattson, proud parents of ABLE United account holders, will share their motivation behind choosing ABLE United and the benefits of the account for their children with disabilities. The session will be moderated by the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

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Computer Coding Bill filed in the Florida Legislature

A House Republican on Tuesday filed legislation that would allow high-school students to take computer-coding courses to satisfy two credits of foreign-language requirements. Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, filed the legislation (HB 265), after Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a Senate counterpart (SB 104) last month. Porter chairs a House subcommittee that oversees post-secondary education. The proposal would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year. Similar legislation last year passed the Senate but wasn't taken up in the House. Supporters say the proposal would help students prepare for a world in which computer skills are increasingly important. But critics argue that it could undermine the value of traditional foreign-language courses.

USDA announces $540,000 to support people with disabilities in agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $540,000 in available funding for State and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Since 1991, NIFA's AgrAbility program has helped thousands of individuals with disabilities, including older farmers and Veterans, achieve success in agricultural occupations.

"Whether you are an experienced farmer facing mobility issues or a Veteran starting a new career in agriculture, AgrAbility works with the Cooperative Extension System and nonprofit disability organizations to open doors to people with disabilities," said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. "The AgrAbility network gives health, farm and government service providers tools to provide greater access to the agricultural profession."

This funding opportunity will support the development of new State and regional AgrAbility Projects that help providers build their capacity to serve people with disabilities. Projects also directly provide assistance to people with disabilities. Eligible projects focus on the following:

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Assistive technology to help families farm

The Ohio AgrAbility Program has a mission to promote independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. The program’s goal is to provide education, resources and technical assistance to those individuals and their families so they may continue to do what they love to do, farm.

Injuries are not limited to those that occur while working on the farm. Some injuries happen away from the property or are a result of an illness. Regardless of an injury, chronic arthritis, short- or long-term surgery impairments, or other health-related problems, the Ohio AgrAbility program can assist production agricultural workers in many situations.

This program conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology. Assistive technology includes any kind of device, modification, or service that will help a person with a disabling condition work and live more independently. It may be low or high tech, expensive or inexpensive. Ultimately it helps the person complete a job that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Polk Symposium on Special Education

This is an annual conference brings resources and workshops to families in Polk County.  

Workshop topic include behavior supports, IEP, and guardianship, pathways to diplomas, APD, and transition services to work.

Lakeland High School
726 Hollingsworth Road
Lakeland, FL

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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