WUFT News

North Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities Holds Town Meeting in Gainesville

By on July 26th, 2013
Barbara Palmer, director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, speaks Thursday at the Department of Transportation in Gainesville.

Adam Gerstenfeld / WUFT News

Barbara Palmer, director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, speaks Thursday at the Department of Transportation in Gainesville.

North Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities held a town hall meeting in Gainesville Thursday in an attempt to attract people interested in further helping the region and state’s disabled.

The primary speaker at the meeting, held at the Department of Transportation, was Barbara Palmer, director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. She said the most crucial of six planning committees will focus on building businesses, because without businesses, there is no service.

Besides business, the committees include: aging caretakers, employment, behavior sciences, minimum waivers, and health and wellness.

She cited commuting problems as one of the major hurdles for the disabled community, and she’s attempting to combine a new business concept with a solution to a community need.

“One of the things we’ve talked about is people that are running group homes… giving them more money and having them do the transportation,” she said.

Palmer said there is still work to be done, and the agency must do what it can with the money it is given.

“The state can’t do everything. There are people with so many needs,” she said, “there is not enough money.”

Palmer has worked as a lobbyist for 35 years. She stressed during the meeting the importance of getting involved with state policies and communicating with politicians.

“They (the legislature) do not understand the difference between the disabled population, and the other group that’s on Medicaid” said Nina Krauthammer, mother of a developmentally disabled child. “My daugher’s needs are not being met.”

Krauthammer also noted the lack of communication between the agency and the community as a disturbing sign.

“There were maybe five or six people here that were actually disabled. The rest were providers, support coordinators and agencies,” she said.

Palmer will meet soon with Florida House Representative Keith Perry to discuss possible legislation.

Those interested in contacting Palmer with ideas or concerns can email her agency.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Victoria Rusinov administers FluMist to a child at the Control Flu clinic at Littlewood Elementary School.

CDC Studies Effects of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Over Traditional Shot for Children

Recent studies suggests a nasal spray form of the flu vaccine is more effective than the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 to 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Meg Taylor, 31, spins fire beside the drum circle at the Jam.

Gainesville’s Jam Set to Close

Local bar and music venue The Jam will close its doors this November after lease troubles and other plans for the area.


IMG_2694

Pizza and Parrot Lovers Come Together

Parrots and Pizza, a local group that meets monthly at Napolatano’s Restaurant in Gainesville, works closely with the Open Wings Rescue and Sanctuary in a joint effort to get attendees of the event to adopt parrots in need of new homes.


IMG_1085-200x300

Santa Fe Apes Get a New Home

Two-year-old Rainer received her first extreme home makeover, with renovations costing $350,000. Her new space is 70 feet in length, complete with rope courses, trees and tunnels.


Two Organizations Team Up For Second Time On Smokey Bear Park Developement

The Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs will work again with the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation to renovate Smokey Bear Park, which both organizations contributed to creating in 1963.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments