Family Care Council Florida - Area 7

Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties


Area 7 FCC is the local advisory council to APD for Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.

The mission of the Family Care Council Florida is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.


The Mission of the Area Seven Family Care Council is to encourage all individuals with developmental disabilities to ensure personal choice, wellbeing, self-determination, free and appropriate public education and community inclusion.


FCC Creation and Appointment:   

In 1993 the Florida State Legislature established the Family Care Council (Section 393.502).  The Family Care Council (FCC) advises the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) on the needs of self-advocates and their families.


FCC Primary Functions:

1. Assist in providing information and outreach to self-advocates and families.

2. Review the effectiveness of the Developmental Disabilities Program and make recommendations with respect to implementation.

3. Advise the Developmental Disabilities Program administrators on the community and family support systems in their area.

4. Meet and share information.

The Council may have up to fifteen (15) members appointed by the Governor.  At least three of the members must be self-advocates and the remaining membership are family or guardians of qualified consumers.

Please consider being a part of this very important united voice of families and self-advocates in our state. 


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