Greetings FCCD members and friends!
I am excited and honored to serve as this year’s FCCD State President. With this being the 89th year for the FCCD Annual Training Institute, I was challenged to bring in different ideas for training tracks and a unique statewide community service project.
It has been 13 years since we had a training conference in Southeast Florida, and I’m pleased to announce that the Boca Raton Beach Club and Resort will be the site for our next annual training institute. Our training committee is working hard to ensure that FCCD provides the most current and relevant criminal justice topics to its conference attendees.
The theme for this year is PIECE BY PIECE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The piece also represents puzzle pieces that ties into our Statewide community service project.... autism awareness. With the Conference being held in South Florida, it was my vision to assist a local grassroots charity that assists children with autism. Autism is diagnosed in 1 in 68 children, and it is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States.
Nearly 25 years ago, the Dan Marino Foundation was established by Clair and Dan Marino to assist families with services for children with autism. The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) is a results driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities.
The DMF is also creating unprecedented opportunities for the disability community. At the core of the Foundation’s initiatives is the Marino Campus, Which is an intensive 10-month post-secondary educational program to help young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities bridge the gap between high school and employment.
Obtaining services for autism can cost a family over $60,000 a year. As a part of the statewide community service project, FCCD will be raising funds to donate to the Dan Marino Foundation to assist families with much needed services and programs. We are off to a great start after raising $500 in one day at our first quarterly board meeting. Together we can make a difference with education and awareness. Please join us by getting involved so we can put all the pieces together until they fit.
Thank you all for your support....