Gov. Scott Celebrating Success with Local Disabled

By: Betsy Goldin Email
By: Betsy Goldin Email

PANAMA CITY- Amanda works 25 to 30 hours each week and spends15 hours a week on public transportation.

She is one of many who came to participate in Wednesday's Agency for Persons with Disabilities town hall meeting.

"I just want to offer you solutions for employment and transportation issues," she said.

Governor Rick Scott and APD Director Barbara Palmer spent most of the town hall trying to create a conversation, from those with disabilities to service providers.

APD is receiving $36 million to address the waiting list, that money came from the Florida Family First Program.

"To put more money into the wait list, we have people on the wait list and i think everybody in the state would like to get everybody off the list," said Scott.

That money will help those 22,000 people on the wait list to enroll in APD's home and community services.

"The self advocates of Florida are very grateful for the funding," said Amanda. "I'm sorry I get emotional, but it is emotional. It's our lives."

The APD's top priorities are clearing up the wait list and getting many employed.

"The workforce, if we can get everybody ready and trained," said Rep. Matt Gaetz. "The good news is, there are great companies that want to hire you."

The agency has 12 more town hall meetings scheduled across the state, where they will speak with others like Amanda, and work towards more change.

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