April 1, 2018 Significant Changes in ABLE Law Removal of Medicaid Recovery The Florida legislature took the first steps this session to amend Florida ABLE statutes and remove Medicaid recovery from ABLE United accounts. This change would treat those with ABLE accounts in the same manner as those without ABLE accounts when it comes [...]
On November 15, NDSS cohosted a briefing with the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on the issue of special wage certificates under Sec. 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), under which individuals with disabilities may be employed at subminimum wage rates. Participants included Congressman Gregg [...]
Activists hail new savings account for parents of disabled children By Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel Kevin Thompson, executive director of ABLE United, and Jenn Sikora at Thursday news conference in Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE – Jenn Sikora of Orlando was the first person in Florida to set up a tax-free savings account for her disabled child [...]
On February 11, 2017 Catherine Davey, Founder of There's No Down Side, was honored by the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida at the Florida Down Syndrome Conference. She was the recipient of the Lynda Pollack, MD, Advocacy Award. This award recognizes outstanding advocacy to the benefit of the Down syndrome community.
Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor of animal sciences and world-renowned autism spokesperson, has been named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Grandin is one of only 10 women to receive the prestigious honor this year. “We are pleased to add 10 American women to the ranks of inductees whose leadership and achievements have [...]
This 2-day conference will present state-of-the-art information and best practices concerning children and adults with Down Syndrome, their families, and professionals that serve them. The pre-conference sessions, reception, and workshops are all designed to meet the needs of family members, educators, advocates, health care providers, and Self Advocates. The conference includes workshops intended to serve [...]