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The Pasco County Achievers of America Center (P.C.A.A.C.) is a proposed four building complex that will serve individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, and the general public. This center's main purpose is to improve the quality of life for everyone living in our community, the surrounding communities, and the State of Florida. With programs for special needs individuals and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, stroke and brain injury survivors, Alzheimer's support programs, programs for senior citizens to enhance their quality of life by providing the skills and training for related learning abilities, and special education programs for career development and employment training, adult day training, and assisted living.

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Thank You!

11-4-2010

Introducing:

The Equine Therapy Program for special needs individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.

We would like to introduce a new addition to the Pasco County Achievers of America Center (PCAAC): The Equine Therapy Program. This program will enhance the lives of special needs individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, giving them the opportunity to improve their quality of life.

Equine therapy gives a person a sense of themselves, their bodies, and increased contact and interaction with the surrounding world. This is especially true with autistic individuals. Their self-confidence is greatly increased and they form a sense of confidence by learning how to interact and work with their horse. They quickly form attachments and relationships with the horse they ride, and this behavior is then expanded to include trainers, therapists, teachers, and family members.

Other benefits of equine therapy include: helping tight muscles relax, gaining a sense of self-confidence, building muscle strength, increased balance, a gain in sense of body-awareness, improved fine motor coordination, improved hand/eye coordination, gaining a sense of self-control, and teaches patience, making it easier to concentrate, communicate, and feel more comfortable socializing.

The excitement of riding a horse encourages speech when the rider wants to communicate with the therapist and the horse. Non-verbal autistic children have suddenly started talking when they call the horse's name or ask the horse to get moving!

Sitting on a horse improves core muscle strength, balance, posture, flexibility, circulation, coordination, and breathing (which also make it easier to speak). The movement of the horse stimulates bones, ligaments, and joints. A horse moves a person in many positions, by tilting, rotating, and moving the rider; this would take a whole session of difficult physical therapy exercises to achieve. These are the benefit’s individuals experience with equine therapy

The unconditional, non-judgmental bond between the horse and the individual encourages more interaction with people, therefore broadening their ability to socialize, which is especially difficult for autistic persons to achieve. One of the greatest benefits of this type of therapy is the enjoyment they get out of it. It’s a wonderful program and we are proud to be able include Equine Therapy in the Pasco County Achievers of America Center.

Sincerely,

Steve Biondo, Founder of
The Achievers of America



Proposal for the Pasco County Achievers of America  (P.C.A.A.C.)
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We would like to inform you of a proposal that The Achievers of America Inc. has presented to State Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Peter Neher of Florida. It's a project called, The Pasco County Achievers of America Center.

Our goal is to help as many individuals as possible with well needed programs for special need individuals with developmental disabilities, senior citizens and the general public.

This project will focus on the health needs of individuals and will be beneficial to doctors and agencies in the community, and the surrounding communities throughout the State of Florida. This facility will bring well needed jobs to these areas. This project can be used as a model throughout the country, improving the quality of life for those individuals who are served.


The location of the property is in Pasco County, Hudson Florida, on Hicks Road and Hudson Ave. The property consists of 4.9 acres of land, enough to build up to two multi story buildings. There is an existing 11,000 square foot building, along with ample parking, which is occupant ready.

This property has a flood zone X designation, and is zoned C2 commercial, therefore allowing us to put up these buildings, making this a choice location.

This facility would be zoned/coded as a shelter, and would  be used as a community shelter in case of an emergency.

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To have this project become a reality, we are seeking a grant from the State of Florida and need the help of the local community and outside supporters.

The Achievers of America will help in any way to raise funds for this project. Mr. Rigo will donate $50,000 to The Achievers of America upon sale of the property. To help have this proposal become a reality, if needed, The Achievers of America will donate these funds to the State and ask other agencies to donate as an in kind contribution.

For more information, please read our letter below to Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Peter Neher sent on 2/10/10.

Please feel free to make any suggestions and ask any questions that could be helpful to this project. Your help is needed and will help this proposal become a reality.

Sincerely,

Steve Biondo, Founder of
The Achievers of America






The Achievers of America's letter to Senator Mike Fasano
2-10-2010

Dear Senator Fasano,

I hope you and your family are well. As you may be aware of, I have been active in promoting The Achievers of America program. We have just had an article in the Sun Coast News and Tampa Tribune news papers a couple of weeks ago. Enclosed is a copy of The Pasco County Achievers of America Center plan we used in 2006.

Our goal has been to better the community through The Achievers of America program, and not only serving special need individuals with developmental disabilities but also serve senior citizens and the community.

Our proposal is to build a three building complex in Hudson, (A six story building, and a two story building along with an 11,000 sq ft existing building) on Hicks Rd. and Hudson Ave. This property is still available and the owner, Mr. Pierro Rigo, is willing to work with us, as he has since 2006 when you and State Representative Peter Neher were working on this proposal.

This center's main purpose is to improve the quality of life for everyone living in our community, the surrounding communities, and the State of Florida. Our programs are for special needs individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, stroke, and brain injury survivors, Alzheimer's support programs, programs for senior citizens to enhance their quality of life by providing the skills and training for related learning problems, and special education programs for career development and employment training. Programs for teaching daily living living skills to improve an individual's life by helping individuals to live with their disability and if possible getting them on the road to live independently.

Even though it is tough times, I feel the time is right to reintroduce this proposal. Our proposal will bring jobs and build up the community, giving a boost to this part of Florida, and could be a model to the rest of the country.

The Achievers of America will help in any way to raise funds for this project. Mr. Rigo will donate $50,000 to The Achievers of America upon sale of the property. This donation will be given to the state as an in kind contribution from The Achievers of America to help have this proposal become a reality.

We should step up to the plate and request the funding that is needed to have this project become a reality, even though we have a financial crisis in our country at this time. I'm sure there are many other proposals and projects that will come across your desk. What makes this proposal unique, is that this facility will offer the community needed services for special needs individuals, senior citizens, and the general public, serving thousands of individuals for years to come.

We should resume our efforts and ask for assistance to receive a grant for this project. It would help the growth of our community and bring needed jobs to our area. I strongly suggest that we take an aggressive attempt to let our proposal be heard. We will help in advising the citizens and businesses of Pasco County and the surrounding area of this proposal, bringing it to everyone's attention.

Your action is very important in having us go on with this worthy proposal. it will certainly benefit the community.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope we have your support along with State Representative Peter Neher's support.

Please take this request seriously as we need to put this before the State of Florida, and if possible, President Obama.

Sincerely,

Steve Biondo, Founder of
The Achievers of America


Update 2-18-2010

On February 18, 2010, Senator Mike Fasano was kind enough to respond to our letter. Unfortunately, there are no available dollars at this time. However, Senator Fasano sounded optimistic that he may be able to help us in the future.

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P.C.A.A.C. Plan
PHASE 1

Population:

 - Individuals with disabilities. There are 15,000 on the waiting list. Many live in Pasco County and are growing older.

Services to be offered at the Facility:

 - Programs to improve services to individuals with disabilities and their families. Providing the skills and training for related learning problems, adult training, Special education, with professional guidance that is necessary for individuals with disabilities.

Programs for:

 - Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Stroke survivors, Brain injury, and other disabilities that effect individuals living in our community.

- Equine Rehab horse therapy program to include a state of the art horse barn, to be built on the necessary two acres of pasture, to assure and properly maintain the six horses needed for the Equine Rehab horse therapy program. This program will enhance the lives of those Special needs individuals with Autism and developmental disabilities giving them the opportunity to improve their quality of life.

- Physical therapy / rehabilitation for stroke and brain injury participants working along with the local hospitals.

Advocacy:

 - Families will be able to get information such as the resources that are available for them. This will help them through the maze. We also will work with other agencies and will have intake packets that will have the necessary paperwork and documents that can guide them through the maze. Making it easier to improve the services needed for their love one.

 - Career development training, Special education programs to assist other programs in the area.

 - Support for employment, on one on one, helping them get a job on location.

 - Supported housing facilities, where people with disabilities may live undependably.

 - Offer recreational and socialization programs with support groups. Working with other
organizations and agencies. Programs to educate and serve the community human relations.

 - Gymnasium, recreation area, sports year round, dance, special events, affairs, etc.

 - Physical Therapy section, Wading pool with current, Sensory skill room, touch, feel sensation Focusing on persons that need specially designed therapeutic task to improve activities and improve function.

 - Summer camp, recreational programs throughout the year. To have a place to go, especially during the summer. They sit at home and do nothing. They need Summer programs. When parents come to Florida, there are no programs for people with disabilities. People are leaving the State because of this problem.

 - Activities for daily living, day treatment, day training, speech therapists, teaching all phases of life and participation in the community, also family support programs.

 - This facility is to be built as a shelter for the community, in case of an emergency situation.

 - This facility will be built in accordance with Florida Green Building Coalition ( F.G.B.C. ) Standards.


PHASE 2

Senior Citizens:

 - Sections for the elderly. Our purpose is to promote the physical, mental, emotional well-being of senior citizens in our community, to be active participants in their community. To improve and enhance the quality of life for senior citizens.

 - Referral service and guidance for the families and caregivers of the elderly.

 - Offices for clinics, such as, health care, physical fitness, mental health, reach out programs.

 - Alzheimer's support program, helping with related learning problems for family members.

 - Crises center for our returning soldiers, police, and firemen / woman and the families of those who lost their love ones.

 - Offices for Medical and health care professionals such as: physicians, nurses, educators, social workers, health administrators, optometrists, dentists, nutritionists, podiatrists, and interested businesses relating to our program.


Your suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Sincerely,

Steve Biondo, Founder of
The Achievers Of America





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