In October 2004, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) became an agency separate from the Department of Children and Families, specifically tasked with serving the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. Prior to that time, it existed as the Developmental Disabilities Program. 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 provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.
Who We Serve
The agency serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the following disabilities:
People severely impaired by Autism
Children age 3-5 who are at a high risk of a developmental disability
Life Skills Development Level 1
Companion services consist of non-medical care, supervision and socialization activities provided o an adult on an on one basic. This service must be providing in direct relation to the achievement of the individual’s goals per his or her support plan. A laundry, light housekeeping and shopping.
Personal Care Assistance
Personal care assistance is a service that assists an individual or their caregiver with eating and meal preparation, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and activities of daily living when these activities are essential to the health and welfare of the individual. For adults living in a family home or their own home, this assistance is provided to the individual. For children living in the family home, this assistance is provided to the parent or primary caregiver to assist them in their meeting of the child’s daily needs.
Respite care is a service that provides supportive care and supervision to an individual when the primary caregiver is unable to perform these duties due to a planned brief absence, and emergency absence or when the caregiver is available but unable to care for or supervise the individual for a brief period.
Life Skills Development Level 2
Supported Employment is defined as assistance for the individual to obtain and maintain completive employment, which may be performed on a full-time or part-time basic in an integrated setting. The individual must be compensated at or above minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who are not disabled.
Supported living is an opportunity to choose where, how, and with whom you live. In supported living you receive the supports and services you need to live in your own home, in your own community. All over the community! People rent, lease, or buy houses or apartments that are available through the local housing market and receive the training and assistance they need to maintain their own private homes. Supported living is a residential option that does not include any agency-owned, state-owned, or congregate housing. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Anyone 18 years of age or older who: ; is a consumer of APD; ; wants to live in his or her own home; and ; needs some supports and services to live there. Each supported living arrangement is different, just as each person is different! Most individuals in supported living receive services from a supported living coach. Coaches assist people in areas where they need some support and help them learn to do new things. This can include finding a house or apartment, setting up a household, using a bank and managing money, planning and preparing meals, using public transportation, shopping, and many other life skills. Coaches help people
Transportation services are the provision of rides to and from the recipient’s home and
Community-based waiver services, enabling the recipient to receive the supports and services identified on both the support plan and approved cost plan, when such services cannot be accessed through natural (i.e., unpaid) supports. Transportation services funded through the DD waiver shall be used only for recipients who have no other means to get to a service identified on the support plan and approved cost plan. Family members, neighbors or friends who already transport the recipient, or who are capable of transporting the recipient at no cost to the APD, shall be encouraged to continue their support of the recipient. Recipients who are capable of using the fixed route public transit system to access services on their support plan shall be encouraged to use that method of transportation. This service is not available for transporting a recipient to school through 12th grade. Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the public school system. For other transportation needs not identified on the recipient’s support plan and approved cost plan, the recipient should be directed to the local community transportation
Aged Disabled Adults