Kevin Johnson, executive director of Bishop Grady Villas in St. Cloud, has been appointed to Governor Rick Scott’s Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC). His term began Jan. 22 and will end Sept. 30, 2018.
The FDDC’s mission is “to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.”
In his new role, Johnson will participate in the Employment and Transportation Task Force. The main areas of focus are employment-related activities including advocacy and system change efforts that result in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities acquiring, retaining, or advancing in paid employment at or above minimum wage, in integrated settings in the community. He will also support interagency collaboration and demonstration of new approaches to increase access to affordable, accessible, transportation options for Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
He will also have the opportunity to work with state leaders who develop and implement policies that affect individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as with advocates for persons with disabilities and other representatives from organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Being a member of the council will give me the opportunity to share the perspective of our unique services and share best practices,” Johnson said. “I hope to learn how we can further support meaningful participation and integration of the individuals we serve in their communities, and in turn, share how we are making a difference in the lives of those with disabilities in Central Florida, the challenges we’ve experienced, and the milestones we’ve reached.”