County ponders gas pumps, COCA policies

Tallahassee Democrat Posted: November 13, 2012 Reporter: TaMaryn Waters November 13, 2012 Florida has more than 3.5 million residents living with disabilities, many of whom have no way of pumping fuel at gas stations, using controls or gripping the nozzle on their own. Leon County commissioners took a good faith effort Tuesday to remedy the…

Disability inclusion, the new green?

Forbes Posted: October 9, 2012 Contributor: Judy Owen Email Address: judy@opportunity-works.com October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, so all month I will try to bring some special postings about what is going on in the world of disability employment. I’m excited to kick off the month with a Q and A post with my…

Disabled advocate tells his story

Florida Keys News Posted: December 29, 2011 Reporter: Gwen Filosa Email Address: gfilosa@keysnews.com While recounting his path through two near-fatal spinal cord injuries, addiction, and a lifelong fight to ensure civil rights for the disabled, J.R. Harding leveled with his audience. Success in academia and advocacy didn’t come without its share of hard knocks and…

City, county elections heating up

Tallahassee Democrat – Tallahassee, Fla June 20, 2010 2010 has been a local-election season like no other, with an anti-establishment, anti-incumbency mood fueling some of the challengers trying to win seats at City Hall and the County Courthouse. Two outspoken critics of City Hall policies — businessmen Steve Stewart and Erwin Jackson — are making…

Disaster Plans for the Disabled

WCTV Updated: 11:53 PM Oct 12, 2009 Posted: 11:18 PM Oct 12, 2009 Reporter: Heather Biance Email Address: heather.biance@wctv.tv 3.5 million people are living with a disability in Florida and state Emergency Management workers are making sure their needs stay a top priority when a disaster hits. They say it’s not if a disaster is…

Governor Christ Appoints Five to The Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation

Press Release OCTOBER 9, 2009 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE (850) 488-5394 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced the following reappointments and appointments: FLORIDA ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION Richard Cole, 66, of The Villages, retired, reappointed for a term beginning October 9, 2009, and ending September 30, 2012. Jason Havens, 35,…

Sidewalks to accommodate disabled

Tallahassee Democrat July 30, 2008 City repairing two walkways to help handicapped persons Two Tallahassee sidewalks will become safer for people with disabilities. City workers Tuesday neared completion of a detour around a sidewalk-blocking oak tree in the 1400 block of North Martin Luther King Boulevard. And the county has agreed to repair a mile…

Citizens appreciate increased access

Tallahassee Democrat July 14, 2008 Letter to the editor On July 10, Gov. Crist released his strategies for “. . .increased access for persons with disabilities.” As a member of America’s largest minority group, and one of the commissioners who contributed to the 49 recommendations, I salute the governor’s leadership. The governor charged the cross-disability…