Roof-Residential Options of Florida

By Matthew

Individuals with disabilities are a part of every community.
Chances are that you’ve met someone with disabilities at the gym,
At your job Or somewhere along your daily journey.

You probably haven’t thought about where they live, who helps them and how independent they are.

We’re going to look a little bit deeper at these important things by glimpsing into the lives of some pretty amazing people…
Robin works two jobs, (pause)
Owns her own condominium, (pause)
Has her own car, (pause)
Enjoys working out (pause)
And fun times spent with friends.
Robin has Autism.

Anne, Robin's mom, shares How she helped Robin with programs to purchase her home, why that is a challenge for most people with disabilities and how Residential Options Of Florida/ROOF, is working to change that.

The mission of ROOF is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusionary housing of their choice.

Whether that’s owning a home, living with roommates or renting an apartment, every individual has the right to live a life of independence.

Coach Christi shares why it’s important for people with disabilities to be given options and opportunity for living arrangements. How she’s seen Jodi grow being independent.

Jodi shares Where she works and why (UCP - to pay for her apartment and bills).What she does for fun (camp and bowling)
Why she likes living on her own with a roommate.

Damian sits on the ROOF board and shares why he wanted to be involved in ROOF as a leader (issue of housing is of critical importance) and the importance of housing options being flexible to meet changing needs and life circumstances.

Ann says, I’m grateful for ROOF and the shared belief that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families
should be the primary decision makers in the management of their lives including determining how the limited amount of public funding available to support them is spent. Individuals and families should be able to direct their supports to the extent they desire.
Individuals with disabilities and their families have the right to make such essential decisions as where to live, with whom to live, where to work and with whom, and how and where to spend their time. Individuals should also have the freedom to choose the individuals or agencies supporting them.

Full inclusion of people with disabilities, into schools, the workforce and communities, is the cornerstone of a good and safe quality of life.
By developing meaningful relationships with friends, peers, families, and fellow citizens, people with disabilities will live a full and rewarding life.

Isn’t that what we all deserve?

Help share and support the vision of ROOF, that every community in Florida will have an abundance of housing choices that meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Visit the website to learn more about Residential Options of Florida and and get involved in the important work we are doing.

Video produced by Guerilla Media

Our Affiliates