Hundreds of Floridians concerned about funding and services for people with 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, representatives from each group presented their concerns during the event’s press conference, which included numerous speakers and was attended by hundreds of people with developmental disabilities, advocates, self-advocates legislators, policy makers and others.
Their primary message focused on the current iBudget Provide Rate Crisis, a trend that is severely impacting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and care providers throughout the state. FDDC and The Arc of Florida urged legislators to correct the iBudget Provider Rate Crisis by increasing the rates paid to care providers so they are closer to the 2003 levels as well as to make a long-term commitment to eliminate the iBudget waiver waitlist, which approximately 20,000 Floridians are currently on.
In addition, the 2017 FDDC Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award, named in honor of the late former Council member and self-advocate, was presented to Tampa resident Sarah Goldman for her numerous community activities and personal achievements.
The Arc of Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. Working with local, state and national partners, The Arc of Florida advocates for local chapters, public policies and high quality supports for people with developmental and other disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. Find out how to get involved by visiting www.arcflorida.org.
The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities. To learn more about FDDC, visit www.fddc.org or call toll-free at 1-888-488-8633.