In 2007, Florida was awarded its first disability and health grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This grant allowed for the creation of the Florida Office on Disability and Health, housed within the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. In 2012, Florida was awarded its second round of funding which created the Florida Disability and Health Program (DHP) which is now housed out of the Florida Department of Health and contracts with the University of Florida. The DHP works closely with the University of Florida, who assists with these efforts and leads the training of healthcare practitioners and students on disability awareness. In 2016, Florida was awarded its third round of funding which will run from 2016-2021, this funding renewal will focus on making evidence-based diabetes and school health programs accessible for people with mobility limitations and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The Florida Disability and Health Program (DHP) works to adapt evidence based programs to ensure they are accessible for persons with disabilities (PWD). The DHP works with Diabetes Prevention Programs throughout the state of Florida to ensure they use the adapted Prevent T2 Curriculum that is inclusive of PWD in their DPP classes. The DHP also works with mainstream and exceptional education schools in the state to ensure that children with disabilities receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity before, during and after school. The DHP works with schools and districts to assist them in implementing the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) and provides mini grants for schools to purchase adapted playground equipment. The DHP works with state partners to oversee the work of these adapted programs and provides technical assistance to programs and PWD as needed.