Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Save the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association!!!

It's well documented that the Florida Legislature will be making cuts this session. Unfortunately, Florida's elected officials have once again decided to attack funding for a portion of Florida's most vulnerable population. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association gets many people with disabilities in Florida outside of their homes and participating in sports and activities. It would be a tragic blow for people with disabilities in Florida to lost this organization. A more detailed account of the association and what you can do to help is found after the jump..


Florida Disabled Outdoors Association and a number of other organizations that serve thousands of people with disabilities are in danger of losing Adults with Disabilities (AWD) funding!  The funding has been removed from the Senate version of the budget. (It is still in the House Budget – Line Item 24.)

Below is a list of legislators and information on the issue.  PLEASE contact Senate and House Appropriations Members and let them know that this funding is important!  If you have a personal story on how this funding has helped to improve you or your family member’s independence, please let them know that the ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES (AWD) funding is very important!

Effects of Adults with Disabilities (AWD) Funding

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) AWD Program is for any adult with a disability in Leon, Wakulla or Gadsden County. Enrollees participate in community-based sports, recreation and active leisure opportunities. The program is offers transitional reintegration opportunities determined by the individual participant. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) works with each person individually at no charge to the participant to remove barriers to participating in active leisure with the goal of increased independence and vocational pursuit.

Program Benefits



VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
􀀀 Employability Skills
􀀀 Job Readiness
SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENT
􀀀 Reduced Health Care Costs
􀀀 Community Inclusion
HEALING
􀀀 Therapeutic Rehabilitation
􀀀 Return of Daily Function


WELLNESS
􀀀 Disease Prevention
􀀀 Health Maintenance
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
􀀀 Mental and Emotional Well-being
􀀀 Socialization Skills



FDOA AWD Statistics
·      Serves over 265 RAPAD participants and almost 1,000 SportsAbility participants annually.
·      More than 12 different group recreational opportunities are offered annually.
·      Over 35 new Adult Individual Education Plans (IEP) are completed annually.

Impact
Funding is utilized for the crucial need of staffing for the program.  Without this funding the program would not exist.  We know that people that are receiving the valuable skills they need to become employed would lose the training necessary to become employed.  This funding is essential in improving quality of life for people with disabilities.



Appropriations Committee: House



222 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (863) 385-5251
Phone: (850) 488-3457
Email: denise.grimsley@myfloridahouse.gov  

Dorworth, Chris [R]   Vice Chair 
317 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (407) 333-1815
Phone: (850) 488-5843
Email: chris.dorworth@myfloridahouse.gov  

Chestnut IV, Charles S. "Chuck" [D] Democratic Ranking Member
212 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (352) 955-3083
Phone: (850) 488-5794
Email: charles.chestnut@myfloridahouse.gov  

422 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (239) 344-4900
Phone: (850) 488-7433
Email: gary.aubuchon@myfloridahouse.gov  

405 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 973-5630
Phone: (850) 488-7870
Email: leonard.bembry@myfloridahouse.gov  

319 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 718-0047
Phone: (850) 488-2873
Email: marti.coley@myfloridahouse.gov  



222 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (813) 757-9110   
Phone: (850) 488-0807
Email: rich.glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov 

222 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (727) 724-3000   
Phone: (850) 488-1540
Email: ed.hooper@myfloridahouse.gov 

Representative Mike Horner (Republican, District 79)
222 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (407) 943-3077
Phone: (850) 488-8992   
Email: mike.horner@myfloridahouse.gov 

222 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (239) 417-6270
Phone: (850) 488-1028
Email: matt.hudson@myfloridahouse.gov

204 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (386) 322-5111
Phone: (850) 488-6653
Email: dorothy.hukill@myfloridahouse.gov
  
405 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (904) 924-1615
Phone: (850) 488-6893
Email: mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov



1402 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (954) 346-2813
Phone: (850) 487-1588
Email: martin.kiar@myfloridahouse.gov

222 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (941) 575-5820   
Phone: (850) 488-9175
Email: paige.kreegel@myfloridahouse.gov 

422 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (863) 647-4896   
Phone: (850) 488-9890
Email: seth.mckeel@myfloridahouse.gov 

222 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (352) 315-4445   
Phone: (850) 488-5991
Email: marlene.otoole@myfloridahouse.gov 

405 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (954) 346-2810   
Phone: (850) 488-2124
Email: ari.porth@myfloridahouse.gov 

313 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (904) 823-2550 
Phone: (850) 488-2977
Email: bill.proctor@myfloridahouse.gov

405 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (727) 906-3200   
Phone: (850) 488-0925
Email: darryl.rouson@myfloridahouse.gov 
300 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (954) 424-6800   
Phone: (850) 488-0590
Email: franklin.sands@myfloridahouse.gov 

316 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (305) 853-1947   
Phone: (850) 488-9965
Email: ron.saunders@myfloridahouse.gov 

214 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (352) 688-5005   
Phone: (850) 488-6641
Email: robert.schenck@myfloridahouse.gov

412 HOB
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (772) 221-4904
Phone: (850) 488-8832
Email: william.snyder@myfloridahouse.gov 
   
222 Capitol
402 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (239) 433-6775   
Phone: (850) 488-2047
Email: trudi.williams@myfloridahouse.gov 





Senate Appropriations



412 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (863) 679-4847  
Phone:  (850) 487-5044

306 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (772) 219-1665
Phone:  (850) 487-5088

314 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (321) 752-3138    
Phone: (850) 487-5053

326 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (239) 433-6599    
Phone: (850) 487-5356

404 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (941) 727-6349    
Phone:  (850) 487-5078

212 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (954) 467-4205
Phone:  (850) 487-5100

316 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (305) 270-6550
Phone:  (850) 487-5130

420 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (850) 897-5747
Phone:  (850) 487-5009

324 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (352) 742-6441
Phone:  (850) 487-5014

202 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (813) 233-4277
Phone:  (850) 487-5059

416 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (386) 238-3180
Phone:  (850) 487-5033

414 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (305) 571-5777
Phone:  (850) 487-5121

208 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (850) 487-5004

214 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (813) 265-6260
Phone:  (850) 487-5068

228 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (954) 747-7933
Phone:  (850) 487-5103

322 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (239) 417-6205
Phone:  (850) 487-5124

320 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (407) 262-7578
Phone:  (850) 487-5050

205 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (407) 297-2071
Phone:  (850) 487-5190

222 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (954) 924-3693
Phone:  (850) 487-5097

400 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (904) 727-3600
Phone:  (850) 487-5030


410 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:  (904) 381-6000
Phone:  (850) 487-5027

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