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The VR Communications office is responsible for media relations, outreach efforts and internal communications.

Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC, Communications Director, may be reached at:
Rachel.Smith@vr.fldoe.org

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Press Releases

Man With a Disability Learns the Beauty of Employment
January 24, 2017

Learning Disabilities Can't Stop Woman from Playing a Leading Role at Telemundo
January 17, 2017

Dive Instructor with a Disability Feels Weightless in the Water
December 22, 2016

Hiring a Person with a Disability is a Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee
December 3, 2016

Chris Fink, Who has an Intellectual Disability, Found His Place at Publix
November 23, 2016

Knock on Wood: Man with Disability Becomes Furniture Entrepreneur
November 16, 2016

Persistence Pays Off for Rida Hernandez Who Found a New Career as a Security Guard
October 28, 2016

Tackling a Disability Comes Easy for Football-Player-Turned-Police-Officer
October 14, 2016

The Melting Pot Goes the Extra Mile to Accommodate Employee Who has a Disability
September 23, 2016

VR Helps Patricia Seabury Find Second Career
September 13, 2016

Van Modifications Give Man with Disability the Freedom He Needs to Join the Working World
August 23, 2016

Special Wheelchair Helps Music Director Keep Strumming
August 11, 2016

What Employers are Saying About Hiring and Working with People with Disabilities
July 26, 2016

Dolphins Winter and Hope Have a New Friend in Fernando Zuluaga, Who Also Has a Disability
July 19, 2016

Man Survives Brain Injury and Finally Lands His Dream Job
June 23, 2016

Organ Donation Plays a Part in Helping Omar Terceros Keep Working
June 7, 2016

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps Kathleen Roe Keep Working
May 26, 2016

Sudden Hearing Loss Changes Woman's Life
May 10, 2016

On-The-Job Training Program Helps Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome Find Dream Job">
April 27, 2016

Computer Programming – the Perfect Job for Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome
April 2, 2016

Discovery Program Helps Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Find Jobs
March 23, 2016

Nhat Do Keeps the Homewood Suites Clean
March 9, 2016

From Outstanding Volunteer to Paid Staff in 70 Words a Minute
February 25, 2016

Persistence and Determination, With a Little Stubbornness Thrown in, Win Out for New Library Employee
February 18, 2016

Modeling Success for People with Disabilities
January 27, 2016

Improving Other People’s Health Using Her Life Lessons
January 7, 2016

A Change in Vision Gives Dennis Lopez a New Career Path
December 30, 2015

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps Cristy Segura Help Others
December 24, 2015

VR Helps Hosterman Start His Own Tack Business
November 25, 2015

Six Florida Project SEARCH Host Sites Reach 100% Employment Rate
October 20, 2015

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps Mark Carstens Find a Job Preserving Historic Buildings for Future Generations
October 8, 2015

Juan Carlos Fulfills His Purpose to Make a Difference in Young Peoples’ Lives
August 27, 2015

Charley’s Subs Is a Great Place To Start for Kevin Durden
July 24, 2015

Innovation Keeps Things from Rolling Downhill
July 15, 2015

Cheryl Ollis, Who is Deaf-Blind, Finds Her Dream Job
June 25, 2015

Keeping Cool in the Heat is Easy for Jonathan Sanchez
May 28, 2015

With a Little Help from Vocational Rehabilitation, Kathy Batson is Flourishing in Her New Job
May 20, 2015

A Motorcycle Accident Changed His Life in an Instant
April 29, 2014

Scuba Diving Instructor Who is Deaf Offers Lessons Using American Sign Language
April 17, 2015

The Wonderful World of Discovery
March 20, 2015

With Help from Vocational Rehabilitation, Latoya Bristor Finds the Right Job for Her
March 4, 2015

Organizations Work Together to Help Karlee Hayes become Employed
February 11, 2015

Haitian Immigrant Achieves Success, Dreams with Help of Florida Vocational Rehabilitation
January 28, 2015

Starting over in America after the Haiti Earthquake
January 12, 2015

Teacher with Disability Is Role Model for Students
December 24, 2015

Governor and Florida Cabinet Highlight Program to Match Floridians with Disabilities to Jobs (PDF)
December 10, 2014

Renee Proctor, Who has Multiple Disabilities, Lands Dream Job Tutoring Special Needs College Students
December 10, 2014

VR Helps Man with Autism Realize Dream of Opening Business: In honor of National Entrepreneurship Month, Vocational Rehabilitation shares the story of a young man’s successful startup business – Fresh Foods Vending.
November 19, 2014

Keeping Linens Cleaned and Pressed: Vocational Rehabilitation shares a success story in honor of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System being honored as a 2014 Florida Exceptional Employer.
October 22, 2014

Artist with a Disability Launches Business with Help from Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Rehabilitation shares a success story in honor of Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month of an artist who found her true passion and opened her own art studio.
October 8, 2014

Turning Past Incarceration into an Asset With His New Job: A former inmate overcame a degenerative disease and uses his past jail time to connect with prisoners as an addictions counselor. In honor of September as Degenerative Disc Disease Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation would like to share Gary Virgin’s success story.
September 24, 2014

Perseverance and Persistence Pay off for Kember: In honor of September as Spinal Code Injury Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation would like to share the success story of Harry Kember.
September 17, 2014

Lajarvis Smiley Lives up to His Name: In honor of August as Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation would like to share the success story of Lajarvis Smiley.
August 27, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps People with Disabilities Become Entrepreneurs: In honor of August as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month, the team at Vocational Rehabilitation share the success story of Dawn McCleary
August 20, 2014

Multiple Sclerosis Doesn’t Stop Zoo Miami Receptionist: Vocational Rehabilitation shares a success story in honor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.
August 6, 2014

Agencies Work Together to Help Get New Business Off the Ground: Vocational Rehabilitation shares a success story in honor of the American Disabilities Act’s 24th anniversary, tomorrow, July 26.
July 25, 2014

VR Helps Customer Gain Independence: In honor of this Independence Day, Vocational Rehabilitation shares a story of independence and overcoming adversity.
July 4, 2014

Living Independently After Graduating From College: Vocational Rehabilitation shares a success story in honor of Arthrogryposis Awareness Day - June 30
June 27, 2014

Former Pro Golfer Achieves Success after Crash Changes His Life
June 20, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation Helps People Go from Hopeless to Homeowner
May 23, 2014

Michael Benders Overcomes Adversity to Prove His Worth at the Flying Pan
May 16, 2014

Cooking Up a Dream with Vocational Rehabilitation
April 24, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation’s On-the-Job Training Helps with Skills Needed for Full Time Job
April 16, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation Assists in Starting Small Business
March 26, 2014

Determination, Drive and Vocational Rehabilitation Help Young Man Find a Job with Downtown Disney
March 18, 2014

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation Highlights Brain Injury Awareness Month with Recent Success Story
February 21, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation of Florida Shares Success Story as Birth Defects Awareness Month Concludes
January 29, 2014

Success Story for the Holidays: Going the Extra Mile at FIT
December 16, 2013

Vocational Rehabilitation Shares Inspiring Success Story In Light of Thanksgiving
November 27, 2013

Vocational Rehabilitation Shares Success Story as Disability Employment Awareness Month Concludes
October 31, 2013

Media Alert: Due to federal shutdown, Miami Event has been Canceled
October 15, 2013

Media Alert: Due to federal shutdown, St. Petersburg Event has been Canceled
October 15, 2013

Media Alert: Local Employers to be Honored in Miami on October 25
August 29, 2013

Media Alert: Local Employers to be Honored in St. Petersburg on October 31
August 29, 2013

Determination and Drive Help Young Man with a Disability Find a Job with Disney
March 25, 2013

Cooking Up a Dream
March 25, 2013

Ambitious Mom with Disability Starts Company with Help of VR
December 20, 2012

VR Helps Man with Autism Realize Dream of Opening Business
December 20, 2012

Training Program Helps People with Disabilities Learn Hospitality Trade
November 13, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Local Employers Honored for Hiring People with Disabilities
October 31, 2012

Hiring People with Disabilities Benefits Employers - Op Ed Article
October 29, 2012

DAVIE, FL - Local Employers Honored for Hiring People with Disabilities
October 5, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Embraces Workers with Disabilities
October 1, 2012

People with Disabilities Find Great Employment Opportunities at Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center
September 24, 2012

Positive Attitude Secures Stephanie Lewis a Job with Innisbrook Resort
September 24, 2012

VR Customer Helps Others Who Have Disabilities Live Independently
September 24, 2012

Disability Mentoring Day Breakfast for Potential Mentors
August 16, 2012

VR Assists Cole in Starting Small Business
August 16, 2012

VR Helps Hosterman Start His Own Tack Business
August 16, 2012

Challenge Enterprise Honored for Hiring People with Disabilities
May 16, 2012

Tidbits Restaurant Honored for Hiring People with Disabilities
May 16, 2012