DAC Awarded Grants for the CEMA Program!

Many thanks to Pasco Aging Network for your grant that will serve seniors with disabilities in Pasco County and Senior Citizens Services for the grant that will serve seniors with disabilities in Pinellas County with durable medical equipment that enables them to safely remain independent in their homes!

Some examples of equipment provided through our Consumer Equipment & Modification Assistance (CEMA) Program include walkers, rollators, wheelchairs and batteries, raised commodes, transfer benches.  Minor home modifications include installation of grab bars, handrails, and ramps that improve safety and accessibility in the home!

Call us if we can be of assistance to you!  Our phone number is (727) 539-7550.

“Diapers for Dignity” Program

Disability Achievement Center is the designated Mid-County Distribution Center for AAAPP’s “Diapers for Dignity” Program.  If you have excess incontinence supplies, your donation is greatly appreciated.  If you are in need of incontinence supplies, you can pick them up at the Center.

DAC Designated as “Diapers for Dignity” Mid-County Distribution Center

The AAAPP is proud to announce that Disability Achievement Center is our newest partner in Diapers for Dignity, an adult incontinence supply bank for those that cannot afford to purchase the supplies that they need. Disability Achievement Center has experience working on this need and will continue to accept donations of unopened packages of adult incontinence supplies, including pads, pull-ups, tabbed briefs, etc.  Adults in Pinellas County who are unable to afford incontinence supplies can go to their Largo location to receive products, Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Disability Achievement Center is located at 12552 S Belcher Rd, Largo, FL 33773.

Hotel Suite Construction Continues!

While it may be hard to imagine what the final result will be, it’s always interesting to watch the transformation!

Disability Achievement Center will train students with disabilities to perform the skills necessary to begin a career in the hospitality industry.  Classes begin in January 2018!

Independent Living Skills Students Planning Garden at DAC

The Disability Achievement Center in conjunction with the University of Florida/IFAS are kicking off a Garden to Education to Community project beginning November 1st. Ms. Malory Foster, District Food Systems Specialist of Family Nutrition Program of Family Youth and Community Sciences will be spearheading this innovative program with the youth attending the Independent Living Skills class every Wednesday at DAC. Containment gardening will be developed in the small plot of land adjacent to the building. Raised planters, earth boxes and a hydroponic area will house the variety of seedlings and plants that are provided through the $500 allotment from University of Florida. The youth will be involved from the ground up and with the ongoing nurturing of their garden. A cooking event with Chef Donna Sagan-Hortez, Program Assistant, of the Family Nutrition Program will occur around the holidays featuring the vegetables, fruits and herbs harvested.

Construction Begins!

The first signs of the much anticipated Hotel Housekeeping Training Program began this morning at Disability Achievement Center!  Converting office space into a functional hotel suite is the first step and adding a tub/shower to expand an existing bathroom is the second.

The pictures show the first wall already taken down (our contractor works fast!) and the remainder of the pictures are the “before” photo.  Stay tuned for more pictures as construction progresses!

What is the Hotel Housekeeping Project you ask?  It’s simply the most exciting, innovative program ever offered!  Once the Hotel Suite is build out, we will begin accepting students with disabilities who wish to have a career in the hospitality industry.  Students will progress through the curriculum at their own pace, complete an internship, and move right into full time employment upon successful completion.  Independent living skills, social skills, and employment skills training are integrated into the curriculum, providing the supports that make this program unique and targeted for success!

If you, or someone you know would like to have a career in our region’s largest industry, call us at 727-539-7550.  There is no charge for this training!