Hendry County Commissioner Janet Taylor came to visit the Clewiston Adult Day Training (ADT) Center as part of our UCP Valentine’s Day celebration. Support of diversity and community inclusion is a family tradition in the Taylor household. One of Commissioner Taylor’s nieces is a long term employee at the ADT and Taylor’s daughter owns a home that provides community living opportunities for three individuals with intellectual challenges. During the day, the District 1 Commissioner shared her depth of knowledge about Black History month and let everyone in attendance know about upcoming festivals in the local Harlem Community. UCP and those we serve are very excited about working on a float for the Brown Sugar Parade!
Mrs. Taylor has been a county commissioner for 19 years. She shared her growth as a public servant and described how she started as a police officer and eventually moved on to a career in politics when she was appointed by the governor of Florida as a County Commissioner. We are so pleased to have Commissioner Taylor as our advocate and friend.
As part of her presentation, Commissioner Taylor surprised program attendees with a personal photo of herself with President Obama. In turn, she was thrilled to learn that Clewiston’s self-advocates knew so much about the first African-American President, his wife and his commitment to people with disabilities. Taylor was especially pleased to meet so many registered votersattending the Clewiston ADT.
We look forward to working with Commissioner Taylor and other members of the County Commission to secure funding and ensure access to services for people with disabilities throughout Hendry County. In addition, we hope to host the Commissioner and Senator Dwight Bullard in the very near future! … maybe Developmental Disabilities in the State of Florida on March 7, 2013.