Mandated under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is one of the primary advising and guiding bodies for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. The CAC is to advise FCIC’s directors and provide guidance and feedback in the development of the 5-year plan. Each year, the CAC also provides guidance and feedback on how the UCEDD is doing with their 5-year plan.
The CAC will assist the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) with improving and enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities by doing the following:
The majority of the members of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) shall be individuals with developmental and related disabilities, and family members. The CAC must also include representatives from state agencies and other community groups concerned with the welfare of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Sara Romine, Chairperson
Amanda J. Baker, Vice-Chairperson
Panama City, FL
Panama City, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Bureau Chief of Community Development
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Education BEESS
Agency for Health Care Administration
Disability Rights Florida
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Mailman Center for Child Development
CMS/Early Steps State Office
Meet our Chair: Sara Romine
Sara Romine is chair of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Community Advisory Committee and is a self-advocate. Although neglect and abuse from her Romanian orphanage left her with learning and emotional challenges, she chose to rise above them in her relationships, job, and education. Sara works at Cobb Theatres where she was employee of the month and received high scores from two secret shoppers. She is also taking classes at Polk State College in an inclusive setting. On December 1, 2012 she will be marrying a hardworking, educated, and loving young man.
Sara says, “It doesn’t matter what sort of label a doctor tries to put on someone or the level of challenges, we can do anything we put our minds to.”
The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities seeks willing persons with disabilities, their family members, or representatives from community/state agencies who work with people with disabilities to participate on the Community Advisory Council (CAC).
Interested persons should fill out the application form and turn it into the Program Coordinator. This form can be submitted at any time and will be kept on file for consideration when openings on the CAC become available.
Please return your completed application form to:
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A
Tampa, FL 33612
Fax: (813) 974-6115
*This form is available in alternate formats upon request. Contact 866-818-4797.