Governor Scott Chooses Leaders for Disabilities Agency

By: Associated Press, Governor Scott Press Release
By: Associated Press, Governor Scott Press Release

Governor Scott Names Carl Littlefield and Bryan Vaughan to Lead Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott named Carl Littlefield to serve as his Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Littlefield, a former state representative, is currently an area administrator for the agency, where he helps oversee the agency’s vital mission of supporting people with developmental disabilities. The Governor also announced Bryan Vaughan as Chief of Staff to the agency. Vaughan is currently the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, where he oversees the commission’s goals to serve as an advocate and voice for Floridians with disabilities.

Littlefield has a long history of public service to Florida. Previously, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Developmental Disabilities at the Department of Children & Families and as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Elder Affairs. He served as Florida’s First Chairperson of the Health and Family Services Council, where he coordinated all state policy in the Florida House of Representatives relating to healthcare services, healthcare standards and long-term care. He has served as a member of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students, the Florida Public Health Foundation, and as Florida’s Representative to the President’s Council on Mental Retardation.

Vaughan has been a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities in Florida. He was a decorated law enforcement officer when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, became a wheelchair-user, and was determined legally blind. Since then, Vaughan has worked with a variety of ex-felons and individuals with physical, mental, and emotional conditions to help them overcome barriers to employment, independence, and inclusion. As a recipient as well as a provider of services, Vaughan has a unique perspective of the various difficulties faced by people with disabilities. He was awarded the Public Employee of the Year, Able Trust’s Ability Award in 2010 for his work as an advocate for the disabled. He was awarded the Outstanding Achiever Award by the Georgia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities for developing Georgia’s Ex-Offender Employment Program, which assists released felons in securing permanent employment.

“I am honored to be naming these two qualified individuals to lead the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Carl has a long history of public service to Floridians with disabilities, and his experiences as a state legislator and agency executive will serve APD well. Bryan is a living example that a person with disabilities can excel, and he will be an inspirational and vocal advocate,” Governor Scott said.

***** What People Are Saying about Governor Scott’s Appointments:

“The Able Trust is very pleased with Governor Scott’s selection of Carl Littlefield and Bryan Vaughan as the new leadership at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Both are not only champions of the rights of people with disabilities, they are equally strong advocates and believers in the capabilities of those they serve, and both bring great knowledge and compassion to their new positions. We look forward to working with them on our common mission.”

- Dr. Susanne Homant, President & CEO, The Able Trust

“Governor Scott knows there is nothing more important to persons with developmental disabilities and their families than self-determination, independence and dignity, and that was the driving force behind his selection of two outstanding, accomplished experts for APD Director and Chief of Staff. Carl Littlefield has spent his entire public service career dedicated to helping persons with disabilities achieve work skills, employment and their own success. Bryan Vaughan’s public service has placed him at the front lines of both public safety and as an advocate for the disability community. His personal successes in life speak for themselves. Carl and Bryan will make a terrific team, and I applaud Governor Scott both for these appointments as well as for his commitment to persons with developmental disabilities and their families.”

-Alan Levine, Former ACHA Secretary and Chair of Governor Scott’s Health and Human Services Transition Team

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has chosen a former legislator to head up the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Carl Littlefield, a former state representative from Dade City, is currently an area administrator for the agency where he helps oversee primary mission of supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Scott also said Bryan Vaughan would be the agency's chief of staff.

A decorated law enforcement officer when diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis, Vaughan became an advocate for people with disabilities
in Florida. He has worked with ex-felons and individuals with physical, mental, and emotional conditions to help them overcome barriers to employment, independence, and inclusion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by TISHA Location: TAMPA on Feb 7, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    I Am Excited About The Change Hopefully The Clients Can Get The Services They Need. I Pray This Change Will Help Look At The Consumer More Than A Tier And Limited Services. I Pray That Littlefield Eliminate Delmarva Services And Allow APD To Monitor The Providers Because They Understand The Client’s Needs More Than Delmarva. This Change Will Allow The Consumers To Have More Choices Of Services That Are Needed And Not Just Another Number Or Tier. Please Hear My Cry As A Provider The Clients Are Denied So Many Services That They Need And This Need To Stop.
  • by Hector Location: Torres on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    APD also serves persons with disabilities one of them is autism , but people that know really well the system are abusing for ex asperger syndrome , the thing is that condition is a really high functioning, APD should be more aware who are they providing those services, in the mind time children who really need this type of service with condition that are very severe , they keep them in the waiting list. Another thing why rich people received service from APD??? when they could found any type of service that they wish, I know many families in the rich community are receiving all type of service , living in mansions. APD is broke because they want to be broke.
  • by waitlistmom Location: Orlando on Feb 6, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    Kimberly, The APD in Florida only serves individuals with developmental disabilities such as spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, autism, Prader-Willi, or cerebral palsy. Your disability is not covered by this agency. I hope Littlefield's first action is to change the name of the agency! Debeaugrine was a nice man, but totally out of touch with reality in regard to the need for professional, accountable, transparent service delivery. Nearly 2 out of 5 people who make it through the paperwork to establish eligibility are on a Wait List for services. DeBeaugrine and his management staff gave ridiculous projects to the area staff, while requiring that they ignore urgent requests for help from families. They are spending $5 million on a special funding project while turning down crisis cases because they say they have no money! Requests for information and referrals from agencies or schools go to a black hole, never to see action - that's the policy! No file? No response. Pitiful.
  • by gravelyconcern Location: S.FL on Feb 5, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    GREAT CHOICE with a Wealth of Experience!!!
  • by Teacher Location: Tally on Feb 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    Kimberly, please turn off the caps lock and learn to spell. Not being able to walk is only a disability if you allow it to be. You can contribute to your own care and to society or you can whine about being a victim. Go to school, find a job, have some self-respect. Or sit back and wait on the gov't to take care of you. It's your choice.
  • by KIMBERLY JONES Location: PENSACOLA FLA on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    I AM GLAD THAT WE CAN NOW SEE A DIFFERENT IN PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO HELP THE DISABLE PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO CAN NOT WALK BUT STILL HAVE DOORS SLAMS IN MY FACE EVER DAY THEY DON'T KNOW HOW IT FEEL NOT TO BE ABLE TO WALK AND DO THE THINGS U ONCE USE TO DO BEFORE U GET INJURY BY SOMEONE ELSE HANDS. IT'S A SHAME THAT I HAVE TO GO THUR THIS KIND OF TOURCHING FROM THE STATE AND GOVERMENT JUST TO GET HELP AND STILL CAN'T GET ANY ITS BAD WHEN U HAVE TO SIT UP EVERY NITE AND CRY TELL UR EYES ARE CLOSE UP BECAUSE U CAN'T GET NOW KIND OF HELP FROM ANYBODY . DO WE REALLY CARE ABOUT THE SICK AND DISABLE ONES U CAN'T REALLY TAKE CARE OF THERE SELF BUT STILL TRY ANYWAY OR DO WE CARE ABOUT WHAT WE CAN GET OUT OF PEOPLE. AND WHAT HAPPEND TO THOSE WHO DO THE DAMANGE TO THE PERSON FOR THEM TO GET WHERE THEY ARE AT TODAY. THEY JUST WALK FREE LIKE NOTHING EVERY HAPPEND AT ALL. WHEN U HAVE THIS KIND OF MEDICAL PROBLEM LIKE I DO IT IS CALL INTRAVERTEBRAL DISC DISORDER WITH MYELOPATHY AND RADICULOPATHY OF LUMBE.
  • by keith vipperman Location: tally on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    looks like good choices .. if it the same mr littlefield i had contact with when an art student at FSU and donating my services to shoot a wedding for two disabled people who fell in love in a group home.. great choice . i was looking at the negatives the other day when feeling very down and was lifted by the memory i was touched by the joy of all the smiling faces in wheel chairs. i normally don't photograph weddings unless a freind asks for help and i cant get out of it. to much stress and i can't take any more stress but i enjoy taking wildlife and fine art photos part of my relaxation therapy . The state person i dealt with actually bankrolled the wedding for the disabled couple who simply wanted to sleep in the same room and hold hands at night , a true life love story that was amazing to me. others in the state office gave donations . there was a mrs philips also involved heavily. It was one of those life things where i donated something and got something far more than i g
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