For Persons with Disability by Federal, State & Local Agencies
OlmsteadRights.org - National Advocacy Group
The mission of OlmsteadRights.org https://www.olmsteadrights.org/ is to help low-income people navigate the complexities of the legal system by providing resources and information for self-advocates, family, and friends of people with disabilities, and legal advocates alike. The organization has compiled a useful guide by state to locate resources for persons with disabilities. https://www.olmsteadrights.org/self-helptools/advocacy-resources/
National Council on Independent Living https://ncil.org/
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
Florida Department of Children and Families
The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. Ch.20.19 F.S.
The Agency for Health Care Administration
The Agency for Health Care Administration https://ahca.myflorida.com/ is responsible for the administration of the Florida Medicaid program, licensure and regulation of Florida’s health facilities and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of care they receive.
The Agency has compiled a comprehensive guide which introduces consumers to the many health and human services programs available through various Florida state agencies. For further information on the programs, view the website and phone number listed under each Agency. https://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/reports-guides/consumer-guide-programs.aspx
Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Florida
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is the state government agency specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. The agency is governed by Chapter 20, Chapter 393, and Chapter 916 of the Florida Statutes. The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also aids in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities Resource Guide https://resourcedirectory.apd.myflorida.com/resourcedirectory/
The Family Care Councils of Florida (FCCF) https://www.fccflorida.org/ mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and by partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, is to bring quality services to individuals with dignity and choice.
The Family Care Councils of Florida have created a resource page as guide to important services to assist those individuals with disabilities. https://www.fccflorida.org/resources.html
Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. (Cilo.org)
CILO’s mission is “Promoting Independence for People with Disabilities.” The purpose of CILO is twofold – to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their goals for independence and to create societal change to promote acceptance and opportunities for people with disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of community life. To that end, CILO provides a broad range of services for persons of any age with any type of disability in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.
Housing Resources for Seniors Offered by Federal, State and Local Agencies
Research Senior Care Providers:
Caring.com An excellent resource tool whether you’re looking for a senior living community or help with in-home health care. https://www.caring.com/medicare/ will help seniors and their loved ones understand what Medicare is and provide some basics about how the various aspects of the program work, such as whether Medicare will cover senior care services like an assisted living community or home health care.
Florida Resources for Senior Care
The Department of Elder Affairs The Department of Elder Affairs administers programs and services for elders across the state of Florida through 11 Area Agencies on Aging, which operate as Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). These ADRCs function as a single, coordinated system for information and access to services for all Floridians seeking long-term care resources. The ADRCs provide information and assistance about state and federal benefits, as well as available local programs and services. See below to contact your local ADRC.
By sharing a common information and referral system, the ADRCs can provide elders with uniform assistance no matter where they live. This system also offers the public access to a statewide database of local community resources, available on the internet or by calling the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96 ELDER (1-800-963-5337).