2021 Disability Employment Awareness Celebration, Tuesday, September  28, 2021, 10 a.m. (EDT)

Honoring outstanding employers that are committed to hiring people with disabilities

Disability Employment Awareness Celebration

The Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Division of Blind Services and the Able Trust gathered virtually to celebrate outstanding employers as part of a national initiative that raises awareness about employers who are committed to hiring people with disabilities. These employers' commitment and support provides much more than income; they provide community connection and purpose for employees and opens their company to a new level of support from customers and other businesses that value inclusion.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Advance Auto Parts Distribution Center, Lakeland
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., Jupiter
  • Aramark-USF Dining, St. Petersburg and Tampa
  • Challenge Enterprises, Green Cove Springs
  • Escambia County, Pensacola
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach
  • Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront, Palm Beach
  • Idolls Boutique, Miami
  • Jet's Pizza, North Port

We are committed to helping VR customers find a job and careers that aligns with their individual strengths, interests, abilities, perspectives, aptitude and priorities. Last year, VR assisted 5,055 Floridians become successfully employed. VR also served 39,460 individuals, including more than 20,283 transition-age youth. Blind Services served over 4,600 employment clients, and approximately 900 successfully completed their programs.

Since 1945, Disability Employment Awareness Celebration (DEAC) is a national campaign that celebrates the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices.

Watch the DEAC Celebration from 2021

Read Governor DeSantis Proclamation

VR Helps Businesses Find and Keep Talent

Last year, VR served 476 businesses. If you are looking to diversify your workforce, look no further than VR. VR will customize services to your business needs. We offer referral of qualified candidates and proven inclusion strategies, such as interactive disability awareness trainings, youth internships, and on-the-job training. All business services are no cost and will help you build your talent pipeline.
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