News from the Heart: Vol. 2, Issue 2 (January 14, 2011)

by Tammy 14. January 2011 14:41

Disability Rights Florida

Did you know that The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. is now Disability Rights Florida? What is Disability Rights Florida?
  • Designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida
  • Authority and responsibility under eight federal programs
  • Statewide not-for-profit corporation
  • Provides information and referral, self-advocacy support, advocacy services, dispute resolution representation, systemic advocacy, facility and program monitoring, community education and outreach

Educates policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities in areas such as abuse/neglect, health care, community resources, education, employment, housing, transportation and access to voting.

Celebrate, Mix, Mingle & Just Dance!

Join the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization on Saturday, February 19 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm at ARC Broward (10250 NW 53rd St, Sunrise, FL  33351). Music will provided by Entertainment, Inc. featuring "Kutmasta K". Refreshments will be served.  Everybody is welcome! All ages! For information, please call 954-253-4127.

Heart and Hope

The 5th Annual Heart and Hope Statewide Family Conference will be held at Southwest Middle School in Orlando, FL on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Heart and Hope is a FREE full day event that is designed to help bring individuals who are at risk, families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them awareness of their options and rights that are available to them within the school system and beyond. Workshop topics to be covered will include Transition, Guardianship, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RtI) and Early Childhood.  An IEP Clinic will be available for individual assistance with your child's IEP. There will be vendor displays and information. KidCamp will be provided (pre-registration is required for KidCamp as space is limited). This year's Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Angela Martin Walker, creator of the popular "Families Building Better Readers" and "Mysteries in the Middle" programs in Florida.  She will be presenting her "Readers of the Caribbean" literacy workshop for families.

Children will be invited to "pirate tryouts" and put through a battery of funny "tests" in their quest to become BOOK-A-NEERS. Parents and children practice reading activities led by the trainer, children participate in a live reader's theater, and each participating family takes home a literacy adventure gameboard that helps them apply what they learned during the workshop.  This event is sponsored by the Harper Family Charitable Foundation and presented in partnership with Orange County Public Schools Exceptional Student Education and Bright Feats.

Please visit for more information and to register.


Tallahassee Community Connection


Join us every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at Borders in Tallahassee (1302 Apalachee Parkway). A different workshop will be presented each week during January and February. Workshops will be presented in the Seattle's Best Coffee Cafe. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Please contact Suzanne Lane at or 850-847-0010 for more information or to register for one or more of these free workshops.

January 18:      Collaborative Communication

January 25:      Conflict Resolution

February 1:      Evaluation

February 8:      Understanding the Juvenile Justice System and IDEA

February 15:    Rights and Responsibilities

February 22:    FCAT Accommodations

FND's 25th Anniversary Celebration:  Fort Lauderdale

Please join us at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale (1150 G. Harold Martin Dr) from 2:00pm until 5:00pm on Saturday, January 22. There will be free information from local agencies (including Florida Autism Treatment Centers and Behavior Works), food, and games. We hope you'll come out and have a good time with us!

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