Disability Employment Awareness Month is Here
On October 24, 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 unique abilities.
The 17th annual Exceptional Employer Awards celebration will be held at the Florida Capitol Cabinet Room, 400 South Monroe Street, Lower Level. This free event is open to the public.
A disability informational expo begins at 9 a.m. on the Capitol Lower Level, with the employer awards ceremony starting promptly at 10 a.m. inside the Cabinet Room. Event sponsors are ABLE Trust and RESPECT of Florida.
Empowerment Café Chef Kate Stanford, Piggly Wiggly employee Brenton Pete, and Living Better, Inc., President Patrick H. Martin will share what having a job means to them. Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle, ABLE United Director John Finch, and ABLE Trust Vice President Donna Wright will also speak.
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Throughout October, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) 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 58,000 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).