ROOF's mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusionary housing of their choice.

The ROOF Connector -  Special Edition 2016 Partners for Progress
Connecting you with housing news and resources
August 2016
Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) and the Florida chapter of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) are excited to announce the 2016 Partners for Progress Conference. Join us in Orlando to learn about housing and employment resources from around the state and beyond!
We invite you to learn more about The 2016 Partners for Progress Conference

As an entrepreneur living in rural Alabama, Pam Dorr runs two non-profits and five small businesses.  Her efforts create affordable housing and economic development, providing jobs and job training. 

Pam is the Executive Director of the Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO) and Habitat for Humanity, Hale County, Inc. As a non-profit, HERO provides economic development, community resources, housing education, and affordable housing construction. 

Working in partnership with all levels of government, community organizations, service providers and volunteers, HERO ensures community development projects value rural communities in the Alabama Black Belt. 

Live and Learn: Housing Strategies to Success

The 2016 Partners for Progress conference is quickly approaching and some of the housing workshops have been announced!

We are excited to offer the following workshops on:
  • Supported Living
  • Group Homes
  • Housing Success
  • Assistive Technology
  • Housing Models
  • Planning for Independent Living 
... and many more!

Workshops will be facilitated by professionals experienced in serving people with developmental disabilities as well as self-advocates experienced in navigating housing resources.

To read workshop summaries,  click here .
Finding, Maintaining, and Succeeding in Employment that Works

Residential Options of Florida is proud to partner with the Florida chapter of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). APSE's employment expertise will offer people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn about effective employment solutions and best practices.

Employment workshops will include speakers, panels, and presentations on: 
  • ADA Accommodations in the workplace
  • Vocational Rehabilitation services
  • ABLE United
  • Building Financial Stability
  • Rural Routes to Employment 
 ...and many more!

Click here to learn more about employment workshops available.
Getting There: Orlando and the Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Click the map to get directions to the Florida Hotel & Conference Center
The 2016 Partners for Progress Conference will take place October 12-14, 2016 at the Florida  Hotel and Conference Center. The Florida Hotel is conveniently located within the Florida Mall, 2  miles east of Interstate-4 in Orlando and 8 miles west of the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Residential Options of Florida has partnered with the Florida Hotel to offer participants a discounted Deluxe Room rate of $127 per night (service fees included). Amenities include:
  • Two Sealy Posturepedic Pillow Topped Queen bedsUnlimited In-Room High Speed Internet
  • Newspaper (lobby level)
  • Two (2) bottles of water upon arrival (replenished daily)
  • Key-accessible gated parking
  • 24 hour access to our state of the art Fitness Center
  • 24 hour access to our Business Center including high speed internet, printing and photocopies (limited quantities)
This special rate is only available until September 23rd!
Click here to reserve your stay at the Florida Hotel

Are You an Employment Professional? Special CESP Exam Session will be Administered at the 2016 Partners for Progress Conference!

The 2016 Partners for Progress conference is pleased to offer a special opportunity for those interested in becoming CESP™ certified.  The CESP™ program is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field.  The certification program falls under the oversight of the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC), established by the APSE Board of Directors.

Unlike training programs that provide a certificate of completion, the CESP™ certification sets a standard of knowledge and distinguishes employment support professionals who have shown they have the skill and competence to perform the requirements of the job.

Click here to learn more about the exam and register!

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