Adult Services Lunch & Learn Series

Sessions are held on Wednesdays 12-1PM…

9/14 Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF): Services & Resources

9/21 SSI: Supplemental Security Income ( This session will be held on Microsoft Teams.)

9/28 ABLE United: Tax-free Savings Plan for Disability-Related Expenses
UPDATE 9/27: Postponed due to Hurricane Ian

10/5 Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD): Application & Eligibility Requirements

10/12 Supporting Your Youth through Healthcare Transition

Registration is required.

Please email any questions to card-training@ufl.edu.

***Accommodations***
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando at 352-265-2239 or aorlando@ufl.edu.


9/14 Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF): Services & Resources
Dr. Delisle will discuss services and resources the CILNCF offers people with disabilities.

Presenter: 
Dr. Tony Delisle is the Executive Director for the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). Dr. Delisle has a long track record of creating, implementing, and sustaining impactful community-based programs to address the needs of people with all types of disabilities. Dr. Delisle is an eager collaborator and committed to identifying innovative strategies for improving systemic, community, and individual level factors that will enhance the lives and independence for all people-especially those experiencing inequities.
Participants of this presentation will:
– Define what Independent Living means
– Describe the Independent Living Movement and how Center for Independent Living are a part of it.
– Identify the various services and resources the CILNCF offers individuals and the community.
– Learn how to access and utilize the various CILNCF services.


9/21 SSI: Supplemental Security Income
This information session will focus on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) employment support provisions that assist beneficiaries in moving from benefit dependency to independence. Work incentives are designed to help beneficiaries enter, re-enter, or stay in the workforce by protecting their eligibility for cash payments and/ or healthcare.  

Presenters:
Joel Hernandez began his career with the Social Security in Carolina, Puerto Rico. During his 15 years of public service, He worked as a Claims Specialist in Carolina, Puerto Rico and most recently in Orlando, Florida. In 2020, Joel accepted a Public Affairs Specialist position and as such he manages the Social Security outreach and education efforts within the North Florida area. Joel has a Master’s in Business Administration and is honored to have served the United States Air Force Reserve for over 23 years. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and kids and the occasional visits with his extended military family.

Tina Williams began her career with the Social Security Administration in 2007 as a Customer Service Representative in the Tallahassee, Florida Office. In 2010, she accepted the position as a Claims Specialist. She has worked in the Mandeville, Louisiana office and most recently in the Saint Augustine, Florida office before becoming a Public Affairs Specialist for the North Florida Area. As a Public Affairs Specialist, she manages the Social Security Outreach and education efforts, for half of the North Florida area. She provides Social Security information to the media, executives, other employees, and to the general public regarding Social Security issues and policies. Tina is a graduate of Troy University holding a degree in Business Administration. She is the mother of two wonderful children, Imani and Bryson, and is married to her high school sweetheart, Rickie. She considers herself privileged to have grown up in a military family, being born in Bangkok, Thailand, and living in various countries including Zaragoza Air Base, Spain.


9/28 ABLE United: Tax-free Savings Plan for Disability-Related Expenses
ABLE United was established in 2015 when the Florida state legislature passed the Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. This state law establishes ABLE United to oversee the state of Florida’s qualified ABLE program. The mission of ABLE United is to help persons with disabilities save private funds to cover costs that support their health, independence, and quality of life.

Presenter:
Kelly Spence is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Suicide Prevention Coordinator serving the Veteran population. Kelly obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Florida in 2009 and acquired her Masters of Social Work at Florida State University in 2013. Kelly is certified and trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders and enjoys supporting women and families in the Gainesville community. Kelly is also the mother of two daughters which inspired her quest to become an ally and advocate of the disability community. Kelly is currently an Able United Ambassador and looks forward to sharing more information about the program with you today.


10/5 Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD): Application & Eligibility Requirements
This session will provide helpful information about the application and eligibility determination process to receive services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (“APD”), the criteria for placement on the agency’s Waiting List and assignment of a Waiting List Priority Category, and the enrollment requirements for participation in Florida’s Medicaid Individual Budgeting (iBudget) waiver. The session will also include a high-level description of the types of services available to APD clients who are on the Waiting List and services available to individuals enrolled on the iBudget waiver.  

Presenter:
Liesl Ramos is a Music Therapist by profession and has been working in the disability field for over 30 years. She is currently a Program Administrator with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Operations Bureau at State Office in Tallahassee. She is responsible for management of the waiting list and non-waiver services, including the development and implementation of rules and procedures. Ms. Ramos also provides technical assistance and develops training materials related to application/eligibility, waiting list, and waiver enrollment.


10/12 Supporting Your Youth through Healthcare Transition
As youth transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services, it’s important to understand the differences they will encounter.  This presentation will help caregivers to understand the changes that occur from one stage of care to the other, what legal boundaries should be considered, what legal documents need to be considered, and how to support your youth as they navigate this process.

Presenter:
Lisa Math is the Director of the Family Support, Training, Assistance, and Resources program (STAR) for Family Network on Disabilities. She is also a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS-F) with an endorsement in working with Families. In her role at FND, she supports families who have children with special healthcare needs, complex medical conditions, developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, and the professionals who serve them. She has created webinars, resource materials, curricula, and presentations that are given at conferences and meetings throughout the state. Her most important role is as a parent of a 24-year-old young adult who has multiple medical conditions and mental health challenges. She educated herself and navigated multiple systems of care to advocate for her child’s needs and has used her lived experience to support others in their journey. Lisa is an award-winning poet and writer and enjoys traveling and watching historical dramas.