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The 18th Annual Boca Royale Loveland Invitational Tournament  
Saturday, January 24, 2015
9 a.m.

Boca Royale Golf and 
Country Club
1601 Englewood Road #1, Englewood, FL 34223

If you would like to join the tournament or would like information on hole sponsorships, please contact John Nalepa, Tournament Chairman at ebnalepa@verizon.net or 

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Congratulations, Cody!


Cody Bowman is taking huge steps on making her dream of becoming a publicist for organizations that advocate for people with disabilities. The 28-year-old, who has Spina bifida, a disability of the spinal cord and backbone, receives services from Loveland's Community Opportunities program.

Bowman started working with Chris Meyer, Community Opportunities Program Manager, and Susan Georgi, Employment Specialist in early 2013 trying to find employment that fit her skills and in March she was offered a job at Goodwill Manasota.


Job coaches from Loveland Center help support participants from the initial stage of finding employment to the day they get hired, helping them become oriented to the new workplace and ensuring they are positioned for success.


"I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments Cody achieved throughout this year. She's our first Supported Employment participant to graduate with an associates degree." said Ms. Georgi, who supports Bowman on the job and makes sure she meets all of her responsibilities. "Cody is a determined young woman who has inspired lots of people with her can do attitude."

A 2014 December graduate of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Bowman is ready to put her Associate in Arts degree to use as she pursues a bachelor's degree in social work at University of South Florida, Sarasota.

Aside from attending school and working at Goodwill Manasota part-time, she is a Loveland volunteer who has built her path to success one small step at a time. In April of 2014, Bowman participated with seven other Florida women in Ms. Wheelchair Florida, a competition that emphasizes strong speaking and communication skills. 

Bowman says she doesn't let Spina Bifida keep her from her accomplishments. 

"I don't think of it as a disability," she explains. "I use it to my advantage and just because I can't walk doesn't mean I'm not valuable to society. I have to figure out different ways to do things, but it makes me stronger."

People-First Language Preferred Expressions


People-First Language is about making respectful word choices and remembering to always put the person before his or her disability. Language is a powerful thing and the words that we choose to use can make a big difference in everyday life. Let's make a conscious effort to use People-First Language words and help eliminate labels and prejudices!

You can use the list below to help suggest alternate language they may use. Not all people with disabilities agree on which language or terminology is preferred, individuals will vary as to how they refer to themselves and how they would like you to refer to them.


Say This...                                                         Instead of This...

Person with a disability                             handicapped or disabled
Individual with cerebral palsy                     palsied, CP or spastic
Person who has...                           afflicted, suffers from, victim of
Nonverbal (with speech)                                      mute or dumb
A person with autism                                                  autistic

Developmental delay                                           slow or retarded
Emotional disorder/mental illness                        crazy or insane
Deaf or has a hearing impairment                        deaf and dumb
Communicates with sign language                               signer
Uses a wheelchair                                      confined to a wheelchair
Has a cognitive or intellectual disability                     retarded
He has epilepsy                                                          epileptic
Adult with Down syndrome                 suffers from Down syndrome
Has a learning/physical disability                 disabled or crippled
Non-disabled                                                                normal
Congenital disability                                                  birth defect
Seizures                                                                          fits             
Has mobility impairment                                       lame or crippled
Has quadriplegia                                                      quadriplegic