Talking Prescription Bottles, Awards and Scholarship Opportunities and more in this issue of Accessibility for All.

Accessibility for All 

by the Disability and Health Program

New Development in Assistive Technology: Talking Prescriptions

ScripAbility Prescription Accessibility Systems helps pharmacists meet the needs of their blind, visually impaired, or print impaired patients by providing prescription information in large print, Braille, or even audible output. A list of participating pharmacies is available by clicking here. (Note: DHP is not soliciting on behalf of ScripAbility or promoting any particular pharmacy). 

Lawmakers Look to Improve Care for Kids With Complex Needs 

Under Medicaid, children with two or more life-threatening conditions that require intensive care by a wide array of specialists are considered medically complex.  Finding care for these children can force parents to tap into networks of highly specialized physicians and hospitals scattered around the country.  A new bill in Congress would amend the 50-year old Medicaid law to make it easier for health care providers in different states to coordinate the complicated care of these kids.  Read more here. Thanks to Disability Scoop for the article! 

10 Things You Want to Know About Federal Government Employment

If you didn't catch it, last month's Disability Connection newsletter had a great list of 10 things you may want to know about Federal Government employment. Topics include information such as the best places to work in the federal government for people with disabilities and how to apply. For more information and to see the original article itself, click here

Request for Transportation Voucher Pilot Project Proposals

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. have joined together to fund two pilot projects of up to $150,000 each for the development of voucher pilot programs to serve Florida's residents with developmental diabilities.  Click here for details of the request for proposals

Disability Etiquette Fact Sheet

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the publication of a new fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). “Disability Etiquette – Tips for Interacting with People with Disabilities” is intended to offer guidance to navigators on communicating more effectively with people with disabilities as they are doing ACA enrollment. This fact sheet can be found here.

Assistive Technology: Resource Highlight:
New AT Information Products

The NIDRR-funded AbleData project has released three new information products focusing on assistive technology (AT). AT for Parenting with a Disability highlights products that make day-to-day tasks like feeding, changing, transporting, and monitoring children easier for parents with disabilities. Make Your Own Tech Still Works for Many covers low- and medium-tech do-it-yourself AT solutions.Voting Success for People with Disabilities covers voting rights and technology to improve voting access.

Social Security Expanding Field Office Hours Nationwide 

Starting March 16, 2015, Social Security Administration field offices around the country will stay open for an extra hour every weekday except Wednesday. However, many Social Security matters don't even require a visit to a field office. You can apply for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits online or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to talk with a representative. Find your local field office.


Get Involved


Transportation Forum Invitation

The Florida Department of Transportation would like to invite you for a series of Transportation Visioning Forums.  The forums provide an opportunity for Floridians to offer their thoughts about the state's transportation system at all levels.  Forums are occurring at various times and locations throughout the state.  For more information and to register, go to


Functional and Access NeedS (FANS) Workgroup Call for Members

 FANS is still recruiting for individuals to fill a few remaining disability, functional and access needs positions on the FANs workgroup membership.  The representatives they are seeking could be a person with the disability, functional or access need, or a family member.  Representatives are needed for the following: People who have {blind or low vision, traumatic brain injury, behavioral health, mental health or other cognitive issues, developmental disabilities, service animals, autism, alzheimer's disease, multiple chemical sensitivities, transportation access needs}, seniors with functional and access needs, children with functional or access needs, childbearing women and newborns who have functional or access needs.  If you are interested or know others that may be interested in serving on the new workgroup to represent these populations, please contact Janet Collins at 

Toolkit for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) is launching a statewide grassroots advocacy campaign on 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month', on March 5, 2015. By holding a 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day' in your community any time during March, you can advocate with Florida legislators to maintain funding for critical services and programs, support additional funding for the APD waitlist and educate legislators and the public about the challenges and opportunities facing Floridians with Disabilities.  If you would like to hold a 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day' in your community, click here to download a media and advocacy kit.  

Escambia County: Destination 2020

This is a call to all people with disabilities in Escambia County.  Attend these public meetings and tell your story about making Escambia County accessible to people with disabilities.  What are your transportation needs, beach access, parking at events in Downtown Pensacola, access to the historic district, accessible sidewalks in the City, handicap parking, sign language interpreters for all public meetings, etc.? It's time to speak up in a friendly environment. Follow this link and make your reservations for Destination 2020. 

Awards and Scholarships

Submit Nominations for the "Idelio Valdes Leadership and self-Advocacy Award"

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is accepting nominations for the award in honor of Idelio's memory. The self-advocate chosen for this award will be selected based on certain criteria. To access the description and criteria for this award, click here.  For the nomination form, click here. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.


Shire ADHD Scholarship

Shire is sponsoring the Michael Yasik ADHD Scholarship to recognize students who are legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are accepted to or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, technical school, trade school, or vocational school located in the US for the academic year 2015-2016. For more information click here

Writing Contest for Fifth Graders

To create awareness among the children of Florida, the Florida department of Education has announced an essay contest to be held in conjunction with Florida Missing Children's Day (Monday, September 14, 2015). The statewide essay winner will read his or her essay during the ceremony in Tallahassee and will receive a trophy, a $100 cash award, and a Universal Studios Very Important Person package.  The essay contest theme is "This is how I stay safe all day." Please visit for essay contest guidelines.  Essays must be submitted by February 16, 2015. 




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Upcoming Events

Oral Health Care for Caregivers Training
February 27, 2015; Joseph P. D'Alessandro Office Complex, Ft. Myers, FL
What: A free training session for professional and family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, contact Roselyne Antao at

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2015
March 5, 2015; 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Florida Capitol
What: An exhibition to display and share information and services available to persons and families with developmental disabilities.  Additional opportunities to visit with legislators to share your concerns regarding issues affecting persons with developmental disabilities.  Hosted by the Arc of Florida and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. 


AAIDD Webinar: Sexual Boundary Violations by Individuals with Intellectual Disability: A Statewide Screening Program
February 4, 2015; 2:00 pm EST

Through a Preliminary Risk Screening (PRS) process, indicators of risk and methods of managing/attenuating factors associated with sexual risk have been assessed through an educational, non-pathologizing framework.  Click here to register.

FDDC Webinar: Goal Development for the FDDC 2017-2021 State Plan
February 9, 2015; 12:00 pm EST
February 10, 2015; 10:00 am EST,
February 12, 2015; 6:00 pm EST

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) is seeking information about what Floridians feel are the unmet needs and barriers for individuals with developmental disabilities.  They are also seeking information on what is working well.  Note: The same information will be shared during each webinar.  The multiple scheduling are to meet the diverse needs of families. Click on the time you would like to participate in to link to the registration page. 

CMS Guidance and Autism Spectrum Disorders
February 11, 2015; 12:00 pm EST

This webinar will feature presenters from AUCD, Easter Seals, NHeLP, and the Autism Society, and will provide perspective on how one state (Connecticut) has responded to the CMS guidance document related to services for those on the autism spectrum released earlier this year. Click here to register. 

ACL Webinar: Concepts and Examples of Dementia Capability
February 12, 2015; 3:00 pm EST

This webinar is sponsored by the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center.  Participants will learn about the concepts of dementia capability and will hear about two programs in California and North Dakota that are working to integrate dementia capability concepts into practice.  Click here to register. 

FCIC Webinar: Self-Advocacy in the Workplace
February 18, 2015; 5:00 pm EST

Participants in the webinar will learn about self-advocacy, why it is important, and strategies successful self-advocates use to identify goals, plan to advocate for support, and accomplish their goals.  Click here to participate. 


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