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New Protections against Abusive Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities Pass the House and Senate and Head to the Governor's Desk

Monday, May 03, 2010

This effort, sponsored by Senator Andy Gardiner and Representatives Dorothy Hukill and Marcelo Llorente, represents the Florida legislature’s first enactment of law that addresses widespread concern…

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Update on bills related to Background Screening (HB 7069 by Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council/SB 1520 by Sen. Storms)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

These bills will increase criminal background screening requirements of employees who work with vulnerable adults and children. The House bill has been in messages to the…

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Maryellen McDonald appointed as Director of Legal & Advocacy Services

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. proudly announces the appointment of Maryellen McDonald as Director of Legal & Advocacy Services. Ms. McDonald joined the…

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Update on Bills related to School Restraint/Seclusion on Students with Disabilities (SB 2118/HB 1073)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

These bills, sponsored by Senators Andy Gardiner and Representatives Dorothy Hukill and Marcelo Llorente, represent the Florida legislature’s first effort to enact law to address widespread…

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Advocacy Center Supports Affordable Housing

Monday, April 12, 2010

On Wednesday, April 7, staff from the Advocacy Center participated in the Sadowski Coalition rally on the steps of the old Capitol. As in prior…

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Peter Schoemann Appointed as Chair of the Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., announces the appointment of Peter Schoemann as Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Schoemann is a Partner…

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The Advocacy Center is Accepting Applications to its Board of Directors

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., is seeking individuals with disabilities, family members, health and human services professionals and attorneys to serve on our…

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SB 2118 Regarding Students with Disabilities/Seclusion/Restraint in Committee on Tuesday, March 23

Friday, March 19, 2010

Senate Bill 2118, a priority bill for the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., will be heard by the Senate Education PreK-12 Committee on…

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Free Tax Preparation Clinic beginning March 3, 2010, at the Advocacy Center

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Get free tax filing help through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Both programs can provide fast…

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Limiting Restraint on Students with Disabilities

Monday, February 22, 2010

Orlando Sentinel urges lawmakers to protect children with disabilities from improper restraint and seclusion.

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Students with Disabilities/Seclusion/Restraint (SB 2118) filed by Senator Andy Gardiner

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Senator Andy Gardiner filed SB 2118, the Senate companion to Rep. Dorothy Hukill’s HB 81 on the same subject.

Future updates on these bills will include…

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Free Webinar/Teleconference: February 8 at 12:00 noon

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Seclusion and Restraint: Concerns & Solutions
Monday, February 8, 2010 | 12:00 to 12:45 PM (ET)

NOTE: This webinar is now…

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Board of Directors Welcome Robert E. Whitney as Executive Director

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Board of Directors of the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. is proud to present Robert E. Whitney as its new Executive Director. Mr.…

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Mental-Health Reform Has Human, Fiscal Urgency

Sunday, September 27, 2009

As many as 125,000 people with mental illnesses requiring immediate treatment are arrested and booked into Florida jails every year. And on any given day, more…

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The Advocacy Center Recovery Project

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. and the Research Library at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of…

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