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.

Washington Budget Updates

Washington Budget Updates

Last Monday, President Trump released his Budget Request for FY 2019, which outlined a detailed guide to the budget, tax, and program changes the Administration is seeking for the upcoming fiscal year.  The budget request did not reflect the Bipartisan Budget Agreement (BBA) made last week, which raises funds for both defense and non-defense discretionary programs (the BBA was finalized only days before the release of the budget request). Thus, the budget request reflects lower spending allocations than Congress will be working with for FY19.  Nonetheless, the request is important because it reveals the President’s priorities through proposed funding levels for every discretionary program in the federal budget and their broad fiscal agenda (which dictates much Administration-led public policy).  This being said, it is important to remember that this budget is simply a request, not law.  Congress holds the power of the purse and thus the buck ultimately stops at Capitol Hill. 


This year’s President’s Budget Request dealt a few blows to disability programs.  While the Department of Health and Human Services received a slight increase, the increases were not dealt to disability...

DD Day 2018

Developmental Disabilities Advocates Gather at State Capitol for Annual DD Day


Tallahassee, Fla. (February 14) – Hundreds of Floridians concerned about quality care and funding for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gathered at the state Capitol today for the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day).

Hosted by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) and The Arc of Florida, individuals, families and caregivers from around the state presented the importance of direct care services and the need for increased state funding for these services during the event’s press conference.

Each speaker presented varying perspectives, experiences and testimonials, with a primary message of “Pay Fair for Care” – a cry to Florida lawmakers to consider the funding of fair wages for direct care staff. Currently, the rates paid to direct care workers are severely affecting the ability for individuals and families to recruit and retain qualified direct care workers as well as causing a decrease in the amount of available caregivers.

“The inability to find direct care assistance leads to many problems for individuals and their families,“ said...