Disability Employment Awareness Month is Here
On Friday, October 11, The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation will recognize 12 businesses as Florida Exceptional Employers for hiring and retaining employees who have disabilities.
The 14th annual Exceptional Employer Awards celebration will be held at the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, 300 South Adams Street. This free event is open to the public.
A disability informational expo begins at 8:30 a.m., with the employer awards ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. Event sponsors are the City of Tallahassee, Able Trust, and RESPECT of Florida.
Department of Economic Opportunity Director Ken Lawson and ABLE United Director John Finch will speak. Also, Lively Technical College employee Jeremy Richard, Millennium Nail & Day Spa trainee Torey Roberts, and Cayer Behavioral Group employee Connor Yeatts will share what having a job means to them.
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Throughout October, APD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and its partner agencies will be promoting the valuable skills individuals with disabilities contribute to the workforce.
APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities. The agency annually serves more than 55,000 Floridians with severe forms of autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit APDcares.org or call toll-free 1‑866‑APD‑CARES (1‑866‑273‑2273).