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2016-09-03

(Miami Herald) 3 courts slap Florida for refusing to aid disabled people

Since turning 3, Marco Tapie has never gone more than a few days without a seizure; savage, sustained, unceasing seizures that sometimes left him bruised and bloodied. They also left him intellectually disabled, the result of trauma to his developing brain. Tapie’s mother, Maria Garaitonandia, asked state disability administrators two years ago for help in caring for Tapie, now 23, and too strapping for his mother to control him when his rare form of epilepsy sends him into paroxysms of unintended motion. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities refused, saying the young man failed to meet eligibility for a program that serves disabled Floridians in their homes or communities...

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Florida
2016-09-03

(Miami Herald) The machinations used to deny care to one disabled foster kid

No one at Florida’s disabilities agency disputes that S.J. is an unfortunate soul who needs help from the state just to survive. Agency heads just refused to pay for it. S.J. is a 16-year-old foster child with a significant intellectual impairment, bipolar disorder, a severe behavioral problem, and the propensity for making decisions that are so ill-advised as to “put her safety and health at risk,” a hearing officer wrote. Her mother surrendered her right to raise the teen. Her father is expected to abrogate his rights, as well. Since November 2014, when S.J. entered foster care, she has burned through 11 foster homes and seven juvenile justice facilities...

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Florida
2016-08-30

(Disability Scoop) Waiting list placements may violate ADA

Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with developmental disabilities is at risk for institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In a statement of interest filed this month, the Justice Department said that if individuals with developmental disabilities are not receiving services in the community, they may have a claim that their rights have been violated.

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National
2016-01-13

(PolitiFact Florida) Rick Scott: Florida completely funded the critical needs waiting list for first time

Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican seeking $1 billion in tax cuts this year, portrayed state spending on services for disabled Floridians as solid during his 2016 State of the State address. "With your help, we have invested Florida taxpayer dollars to make a lasting difference in the lives of Florida families," he said during the Jan. 12 speech. "For the first time ever, we completely funded the critical needs waiting list for persons with unique abilities so they can get the help they need."

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Florida

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