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A note from Debbie....
The Presidential Preference Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 17, in Florida. If you have any questions or need help voting please go to the supervisor of elections website for more information.
Voting is a fundamental right and it is the way that you can express your opinion and let people know that you care about the issues that are important to you.
justin dart yelling vote as if your life depends on it. then the works because it does
What to do with your Emotional Support Unicorn? - HUD's new Guidance on Assistance Animals
picture of a unicorn with a rainbow
On January 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published new guidance on Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act . The goal of the document is to provide both housing providers and persons with disabilities guidance on what is required to maintain an assistance animal in housing covered under the Fair Housing Act. As many of the current complaints involving the denial of a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability in housing involve assistance animals, HUD felt considerable pressure to issue guidance, especially from the housing industry that believed that there was abuse of the Act when tenants would claim a disability as a means to keep their animal in a no-pets property. To a great extent, the guidance adopts existing case law with regards to assistance animals, with one glaring exception. HUD adopts a new classification of “unique” animals, which has no basis in either current law or regulation.

Out and About with DIG
Supper Social Club
March 2, 2020
California Pizza Kitchen

Baker Act Training
March 14, 2020

Supper Social Club
March 30, 2020
California Pizza Kitchen

Supper Social Club- Trivia Night
April 9, 2020
John Martin's Irish Pub

Supper Social Club
May 4, 2020
California Pizza Kitchen

Supper Social Club
June 1, 2020
California Pizza Kitchen

DIG in the News
Officer Engmann Roy and Mr Haj at the children's trust.
Officer Engmann, Roy, and Mr. Haj at the children's trust
Sharon on the Phoenicians ship.
Sharon standing on the deck of the Phoenician Ship.
debbie and megan standing in front of the phoenician ship
Debbie and Megan standing on the dock in front of the Phoenician Ship.
Paolo Matt and Max standing in suits and smiling
Prof. Annino, Matt, and Max
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Supper Social Club January 2020.
matt santo and gregg at the fl bar legislative reception
Matt, Santo, and Gregg
Wheels & Heels
Hi everyone! It’s great to be back. 2019 was a very busy year, and 2020 is starting to take on a whole new theme for me. I’m excited to be a part of this newsletter and to have such an awesome platform for speaking my mind and sharing my thoughts about living life as a person with a disability…and living it to the fullest! 
I figured a good way to get started is to re-introduce myself. My name is Lorinda, and I reside in Downtown, Miami, Florida. There are so many parts to the path of my life I could share, but most importantly I am at heart a writer - someone who loves the power of the pen and always goes back to writing as an expression of my experiences. One of the most impactful characteristics writing as a modality of expression is that supersedes all physical abilities. We all have a voice. We all have something to say. And regardless of your physical abilities, there is a way for you, too, to express your passion on paper.  

Lorinda in front of a cabinet in her home.
Animal Partners
The Importance of Training Your Dog.

  If having a dog was easy, everyone would have one. Just because it is not easy does not mean it cannot be fun. What can make things easier and fun is training. The impact training has on a family and the relationship with their dog is significant. Both the dog and the family are happy because we can communicate and help guide them to success.

  As a professional trainer for the past 11 years I have been given an opportunity to show a multitude of families what training can do for them and their dogs. Training is not just about doing commands such as sit, down, and stay. It is a time in which you learn about how your dog works and what works best for the two of you in order to come to the end goal; an obedient dog who enjoys being with their family. Most of all you will have a fun dog you can love, understand, and enjoy without being bitten upon, jumped on, and scratched up by. Unless you like those behaviors then that’s your decision. Training can also help in decreasing issues such as anxiety, stress, nuisances barking, potty training, running away, digging, and the list can go on.

Lucy with a sign in her mouth that says all guests must be approved by the dog.
The Wallet Card Project
The wallet card is a tool to be used by a teenager or an adult with a disability. Currently, we have developed cards for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Intellectual Disabilities.
Access The Vote Florida
Our next meeting will be on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10:30am.

Toll Free Call: (888) 585-9008
Conference Room No.: 133-116-452(#)
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Supper Social Club
California Pizza kitchen, 300 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

03/02/20 6:30pm - 03/02/20 8:30pm

I'll be there!
I can't make it
supper social flyer for jan through june of 2020 the flyer is red with a pizza in the middle and yellow writing that lists the dates of the event
Your Upward Journey
The cover of the book Your Upward Journey by Patricia Bochi
In a nutshell, Your Upward Journey:

It is Easier Than You Think!, a three-part project (book, self-help seminars and merchandise sale).