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Pensacola, FL

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Susan Senkarik at [email protected].

 If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Jackie Keller at [email protected]

Disability Initiative Workgroup - 2010 Plans

Since inception of our VITA program in 2005 we have assured all sites are phisically accessible to those with disabilities including being located on primary public transportation routes.   We have provided printed and electronic information to our local ARC Gateway, UCP of Northwest Florida, Center for Independent Living and distributed through our state Association for Persons with Disabilities.   Several of those agencies actually transported those they serve in agency vans to our VITA sites and last year we provided VITA services on site at Lakeview Center's Southeast Vocational Rehabilitation program.

This year we plan to include the universal disability symbol on all printed material, increase the volume of printed material, plan for ASL as well as foreign language interpreters and make personal presentations to individual case workers.   Additionally we plan to strengthen the relationship with our APD, making presentations to case workers and group gatherings further clarifying asset building opportunites for those with disabilities.

In our local area there seems to be a significant value placed on particular radio stations by the disability community.   We have historically had good PSA coverage but plan to actually produce some targeting radio announcements that will include information about our every week basic money management workshops as well as VITA site information.   This year there will be a full time VITA site a Southeast Vocational Rehab.