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“This is the fight we cannot afford to lose.”

Karen Clay, former FAAST Board of Directors member and disability advocate, was interviewed last month by Elizabeth Koh, of the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times’ shared Tallahassee bureau. The topic of the interview was Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ (APD) proposed redesign to the iBudget
program. Any redesign efforts by APD will have some impact on the more than 30,000 Floridians who
currently benefit from the program.

The iBudget program covers the cost of personal care and assistive technology. Without this funding,
Clay believes that her son may risk losing the ability to live in the community and be forced to live in an
institution. Disability advocates from across Florida, including Disability Rights Florida, have been voicing
their opinions and concerns to APD, as they develop their final redesign plan to be released in the
coming weeks.

For more updated information and ways in which you can get involved, visit the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s website
Elizabeth Koh has written two articles for the Miami Herald on the APD iBudget redesign. Her articles
can be found here.

To learn more about APD’s iBudget Waiver Redesign Plan, visit the homepage of their website and click
the “Waiver Redesign Plan” tab.