Florida Disability Employment Awareness Month is part of a national event highlighting career paths and participating businesses to students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration, on-site job shadowing and other career exploration experiences leading to increased knowledge for participants. Florida’s DEAM program is organized by The Able Trust and statewide partners, who provide support to local community liaisons who coordinate the matchmaking experience between businesses and participants. The Able Trust receives tremendous support from local disability agencies and the business community in order to provide this exciting and meaningful experience.
Goals of DEAM
- Provide people with disabilities the opportunity to explore a career interest and learn from a current practioner what a day in their life is like.
- Provide businesses and organizations the opportunity to interact with people with disabilities from an employer/employee viewpoint in a time controlled setting.
- Introduce businesses and organizations to the capabilities of an under-utilized labor market.
- Introduce businesses and organizations to the concept of hiring a person with a disability for an internship or full-time or part-time employment.
Over the past 12 years, The Able Trust has seen the value that job shadowing and other career experiences adds to career development for students and job seekers with disabilities in Florida.
Individuals interested in participating can contact The Able Trust. Businesses who are interested in hosting job shadowers, internships, acting as mentors, or considering sponsorship opportunities can also contact The Able Trust: (850) 224-4493 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEAM 2016 Resources
Thank You For Your Support
Thank you everyone for participating in DEAM 2016! If you have yet to do so, please complete the summary questionnaire.