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Florida Disability Access and Awareness Foundation

The Florida Disability Access and Awareness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to empowering those with disability to enjoy the quality of life that all human beings deserve. The Foundation works to develop public understanding of issues that affect the disability community, dispelling demeaning stereotypes and offering a range of products and services to improve the lives of millions of people. The Foundation’s objectives are more important than ever due to an increasing number of people with disability, whether due to age, injury or congenital condition. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 13.4 percent of the Florida population has a disability – an increase of 12.9 percent from the previous year.

Nationally, about 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of the term. That number is over 2 million more than in 2005, and more than half of those reported that their disability was severe, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This percentage had increased compared to a study in 2005.While individuals have different levels of mobility and ability, some challenges are common to those with disability, including facing prejudice and exclusion. Creating a more inclusive society can help members of the disability community enjoy a fuller, happier life and expand understanding for everyone else. With a commitment to empowerment through inclusion and integration throughout society, FDAAF engages the public at large in a broad range of projects.


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A BETTER WORLD

What makes us unique

Learn more about FDAAF

Perspective

The FDAAF has members from all walks of life, giving us the ability to look at issues from a variety of viewpoints.

Dedication

Our team shares a passion for equality and quality of life for all people, and is dedicated to helping the disabled community achieve these.

Talent

We have people who excel at programming, art and creating and executing new ideas.

You (hopefully)

The success of the FDAAF depends us building a strong community of supporters.

"When people talk to me after noticing I'm blind, I can hear the pity in their voices. I don't want to be pitied. I want to be treated as an equal, not as a victim of circumstance."

− Michael, blind from a young age

"I've only been in a wheelchair for about a year, and it's profoundly affected how I view the world. I'm still struggling to understand my limits compared to what I used to be able to do."

− Stephen, Paraplegic

"The world is a lot bigger through my eyes. A small trip to the bus stop can feel like a long journey."

− Devin, paraplegic

"Some days, I feel like everyone is looking at me like I'm inconveniencing them just by existing. We need an open dialogue to find out what the cause of these stigmas are."

− Sam, Paraplegic

"My friends often see the world differently just by intereacting with me they notice things and think of the problems they haven't before. I wanted to make the greater public "think" and "notice, but I haven't heard of a nonprofit that presents the world from the disability perspective."

− Ralph Strzalkowski, President, DAAF

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Drag Queen accepts Wheelchair Challenge

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GAINESVILLE, Florida – As the Wheelchaired for a Day Challenge rolls through the city this month, Chastity Rose Della Cruize, the reigning Miss Jacksonville Comedy Queen of 2015, is planning her…

Piano Bar owner’s Wheelchaired Pub Crawl makes front page news!

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On the first day of school, The Alligator published a front page story about one of our campaign participants! Read the story about last Sunday night as our challenge rolls…

Piano Bar owner goes on a Pub Crawl in a wheelchair Sunday

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Fri., Aug. 21, 2015 GAINESVILLE, Florida – As the Wheelchaired for a Day Challenge rolls through the city this month, Brad Heron, who is both owner and piano player at…

Gainesville Interim Director of Equal Opportunity Gwendolyn Saffo Accepts Wheelchair Challenge and Challenges City Officials to Get Wheelchaired for a Day

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Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015 GAINESVILLE, Florida – As the Wheelchair for a Day Challenge rolls through the city, since the event began on Sat., Aug. 1, and continues throughout the…