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About the Community Advisory Committee

Go FCIC! AUCD AwardFCIC CAC Receives COCA Award from AUCD!

Each year during the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference , an Awards Gala is held to honor individuals, groups or programs for their exemplary work and service. The FCIC is the proud winner of this year's AUCD Council on Community Advocacy Award! It is given to the UCEDD that has exhibited the strongest commitment to support the full and active participation of self-advocates and family members on its consumer advisory council.

Photo: Dr. Perkins and CAC Chair Damian Gregory with AUCD President Julie Fodor. Photos by Denny Henny Photography for AUCD


CAC members pose together at CARD's Fiesta fundraiser.
Above and below: CAC members meet with FCIC faculty and staff
Consumer involvement and input is a crucial component of any UCEDD program. The UCEDD must involve consumers, in the form of a committee, who represent individuals with disabilities in the State, including those who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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 role of the Community Advisory Committee is to strengthen the work of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities by:

  • Serving in an advisory capacity,
  • Assisting with the dissemination of information and resources,
  • Meeting 4 times a year (1 face to face meeting in Tampa, 1 webinar style meeting and 2 conference calls),
  • Advocating for, and on behalf of, the center and its work, and
  • Advising and informing staff about other relevant organizations, programs, networks or activities that may provide opportunities collaboration.

FCIC CAC in boardroom meeting.

CAC Members

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.

Self-Advocates

Damian Gregory

Damian Gregory
Chairperson
Miami, FL

Rebecca Crosby

Rebecca Crosby
Vice-Chairperson
Tampa, FL

Arizona Jenkins

Arizona Jenkins
Tampa, FL

Erica Turner

Erica Turner
Panama City, FL

Bryan Vaughan

Bryan Vaughan
Crawfordville, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Representatives

Rosemary Banks

Rosemary Banks
Quincy, FL

Susan Creek

Susan Creek
Gainesville, FL

Tanya DiGiacomo

Tanya DiGiacomo
Winter Park, FL

Lynn James

Lynn James
Ft. Myers, FL

Elizabeth Petruzzi

Elizabeth Petruzzi
North Redington Beach, FL

Keli Mondello

Keli Mondello
North Redington Beach, FL

Reneť Valletutti

Reneť Valletutti
Merritt Island, FL

Laurie Woodard

Laurie Woodard
Tampa, FL

Agency Representatives

Liesl Ramos

Liesl Ramos
Program Administrator
Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Sophia Whaley

Sophia Whaley
Program Administrator
Agency for Health Care Administration

Debra Dowds

Debra Dowds
Executive Director
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

John Howell

John Howell
Area Director
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Judy White

Judy White
Program Specialist
Department of Education BEESS

Selina O’Shannon

Selina O’Shannon
Senior Advocate
Disability Rights Florida

Michelle Schladant

Michelle Schladant
Training Director
Mailman Center for Child Development

Liza Smith

Liza Smith
Training Director
CMS/Early Steps State Office

Membership Application

FCIC is seeking interested self-advocates and family members to serve as members on the Community Advisory Committee.  The Community Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of advising FCIC staff, helping us achieve the FCIC mission. CAC membership is a 2-year renewable commitment.  A stipend is provided and your travel costs are covered. See the About the CAC tab to learn more about the CAC member role.

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Interesting in becoming a CAC member?

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Fill out the application form and submit via email or fax to:

Dr. Elizabeth Perkins
Associate Director
eperkins@usf.edu
phone 813-974-7076
fax 813-974-6115

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A
Tampa, FL 33612

This form can be submitted at any time and will be kept on file for consideration when openings on the CAC become available.

If you have any questions or need assistance with completing your application please call or email Dr. Elizabeth Perkins. Forms are available in alternate formats upon request.

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