NWF Health would like to congratulate Octavius Jackson as he celebrates his first year with NWFHN in our newly developed role as our Regional Disability Specialist. Octavius bought his professional experience in Behavioral Health, Exceptional Student Education and 18 years in various roles including Northwest Regional Program Manager with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Octavius’ extensive disability expertise has allowed him to develop and streamline NWFH’s organizational and procedural processes to provide guidance, support, and a review process for our children in need of APD services in addition to other disability related outreach and services. He serves as a disability advocate via his role as a liaison for disability outreach, services coordination, and quality improvement between the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Children and Families.
Octavius is a graduate of Florida State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a concentration in Juvenile Justice. In addition, he earned a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling. He is heavily engaged in community empowerment through his works of education and navigation of supports to special need families. He is also involved in a multitude of youth and community outreach and support from scholarships, mentoring, family needs adoptions, and youth academic enrichment though his works as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
As the father of two and the experience of being a special needs parent, Octavius identifies the importance of active parental involvement and advocacy to promote social development, cultural exposure and educational progression. Octavius’ passion and works within his role of our Regional Disability Specialist has impactful in the lives our critical identified children in need.
We are excited and continue to look for great contributions from Octavius as he develops and expands our disability supports within our Out of Home Care department.