February was a month of significant developments in the disability community. From increased representation in media & toys to new key players, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities.
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APD welcomes new director
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that Taylor Hatch will be the new director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Hatch was previously the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). She also served as DCF’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency. Previously, she worked at the Department of Economic Opportunity as the Director of Workforce Services. Hatch’s new role took into effect on Feb. 6th. We are looking forward to working with Taylor Hatch and leveraging her extensive experience in the field to continue to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in our state. Learn more about Taylor Hatch at the APD website here.
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Lego Friends welcome new characters featuring a range of disabilities
Lego has announced the release of new characters with disabilities, continuing their commitment to inclusivity and representation. These new characters include a wheelchair user, a person with a hearing aid, and a guide dog user. This is a huge step forward for the toy industry and a positive representation for children with disabilities. We applaud Lego for their efforts to create a more inclusive world.