Employer Resources

There are several options available to businesses and employers for exploring hiring a worker with a disability. Employers can choose what’s best for them and their company and find out how employees with disabilities can contribute to the bottom line.

Employers can include people with disabilities by:

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Work experience enables businesses and organizations throughout Florida to interact with individuals with disabilities and learn first-hand their capabilities. These experiences, which may lead to a job offer, break down the misperceptions of persons with disabilities and reveal the reality that people with disabilities have the desire, education, training, and skills to be successful in the workplace.


Mentoring is a personnel enhancement strategy wherein a current employee pairs with a new colleague or potential employee to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills. Mentoring experiences provide job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to get a glimpse of a company’s work environment while helping them gain and practice skills that are useful in professional settings and prepare for life in the workplace.

Mentoring can offer not only academic and career guidance to mentees, but also can cultivate role models for leadership, interpersonal and problem-solving skills at a business.

Benefits of Mentoring:

  • Increased organizational diversity
  • An effective employee recruitment and retention tool
  • Creation of a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture
  • Transfer of organizational knowledge and promotion of professional development within a business
  • Increased preparedness for workforce turnover, especially in senior-level positions, and reduction thereof
  • Improved supervisory skills, productivity and satisfaction among your employees



One-on-one job shadowing provides a short-term opportunity for a job seeker with a disability to learn what it is like to be a part of a company’s workplace. A business professional is matched individually with a student or job seeker with a disability so that the employee can share information about a typical workday at the company and provide insight about how to prepare for a particular career field.

Benefits of Job Shadowing:

  • A simple yet effective employee recruitment tool
  • Creation of a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture
  • Ability for staff to share professional knowledge to enrich, encourage, and support potential employees
  • Increased brand awareness via reinforcement of an organization's commitment to education and workforce development

Job shadowing experiences usually last one workday or a half-day and can lead to internships or mentoring experiences.

To provide a job shadowing experience to a job seeker with a disability, contact The Able Trust at 850.224.4493 or info@abletrust.org.



Many American businesses no longer view disability inclusion as a stand-alone initiative. Rather, they embed diversity throughout their business practices, and recognize that a diverse workforce can distinguish them from competitors, helping them attract new consumers and increase market share. Recruiting and retaining an inclusive workforce is key for fostering a workplace that attracts top talent.


Ensure that people with disabilities are part of your overall hiring plan.

  • Add a statement to job postings that, “Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.”
  • Ensure your online job applications and electronic/social media recruitment materials are fully accessible.
  • Support others who employ persons with disabilities by picking suppliers that make a commitment to an inclusive workforce.

Conduct targeted outreach and develop community partnerships to attract qualified candidates with disabilities.

  • Disability employment agencies and other community partners can help you find qualified candidates and provide guidance on how to effectively integrate people with disabilities into your workforce. For a list of career service providers, click here.

Don’t fear accommodations. Approximately 56 percent of accommodations for workers with disabilities have no associated costs, and the majority of those that do, cost less than $500.

  • Approach job accommodations as a strategy for ALL employees.
  • Businesses can attract good employees by offering things such as flexible scheduling, work at home opportunities, job sharing, and ergonomic workstations.

Business Benefits

How Offering Career Experiences to People with Disabilities Benefits Business

Help job seekers with a disability gain successful employment or learn about work opportunities. In return, employers get a chance to:

  • Access an underutilized pool of dependable, productive and capable workers
  • Recruit, screen and interview interns, volunteers or long-term employees
  • Discover how easy it is to accommodate workers with disabilities — many need no accommodations
  • Improve company-wide morale, goodwill and community involvement
  • Receive positive feedback from customers who see themselves reflected in a company’s workforce
  • Realize goals relating to diversity and inclusion and explore the advantages of such a workforce
  • Open up a world of opportunities for job seekers with disabilities and allow them to demonstrate the value they bring to the workplace




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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a service of the National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) based at Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute. NETAC is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

EARN supports employers in recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities through toll-free technical assistance; individualized consultation; customized trainings; webinars and events; regular updates on disability employment news; connections to college students and recent graduates with disabilites through The Workforce Recruitment Program; and easy-to-find online answers.


Think Beyond the Label

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Operated by Health & Disability Advocates – a national non-profit organization that promotes income security and improved health care access for children, people with disabilities, and low-income older adults – Think Beyond the Label is a campaign to facilitate more streamlined collaboration between public and private workforce systems to help build the pipeline of qualified candidates with disabilities and meet the overall hiring needs of businesses.

Think Beyond the Label provides businesses with up-to-date information, tools and the state and local resources they need to hire people with disabilities and integrate them into their workforce. The service also offers job seekers a network and digital hub that provides information, tools and resources to aid in their job search so they can find meaningful employment in their chosen field.


U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

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The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sets national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st-century workforce.

ODEP’s mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

To fulfill this mission, ODEP promotes the adoption and implementation of ODEP policy strategies and effective practices — meaning those that ODEP has developed and/or validated – that will impact the employment of people with disabilities. ODEP’s approach is to drive systems and practice changes by disseminating ODEP policy strategies and effective practices, sharing information, and providing technical assistance to government agencies, service providers, and non-governmental entities, as well as public and private employers.


CareerSource Florida

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The CareerSource Florida network of workforce professionals connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with disabilities to employment and career development opportunities. We do this through recruitment, hiring services and training solutions customized to meet the needs of employers and job seekers.


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  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    1621 NE Waldo Road, Building 1, Gainesville, Florida 32609
    (352) 955 - 6061
  • CareerSource North Central
    819 South Walnut Street Starke, FL 32091
    (352) 964-8092
  • Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida – Ocala Office
    3445 NE 24th St. Ocala, FL 34471
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Gainesville Unit 09A 2610 NW 43rd St., Suite 1A Gainesville, FL 32606-6677
    (352) 955-3200

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  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    400 W. Robinson St., Suite S430, Orlando, Florida 32801
    (407) 245-0440
  • Brevard Achievement Center
    1845 Cogswell St., Rockledge, FL 32955
  • Bridges (Formerly the ARC of Brevard)
    1694 Cedar Street, Rockledge, FL 32955
  • CareerSource Brevard
    295 Barnes Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955
    (321) 504-7600
  • CareerSource Brevard
    Country Club Plaza 5275 Babcock St., NE Suite 8B Palm Bay, FL 32905
    (321) 504-7600
  • CareerSource Brevard
    295 Barnes Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955
    (321) 504-7600
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Titusville Unit 13AA, 815 S. Washington Ave, Suite 102, Titusville, FL 32780
    (321) 383-2775
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Melbourne Unit 13B 1049 Eber Rd., Suite 101 Melbourne, FL 32904-8767
    (321) 984-4869
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Cocoa Unit 13A EAST, 1970 Michigan Ave., Building A-1, Cocoa, FL 32922-5723
    (321) 690-3280
  • Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, Inc.
    1600 Sarno Rd # 119, Melbourne, Florida, 32935
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.
    7531 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
    (407) 857-0659

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  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    337 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
    (772) 468 - 4080
  • ARC St. Lucie County
    P.O. Box 1016 Fort Pierce, FL 34954
    (772) 468-7879
  • CareerSource Research Coast
    Garden City Community Annex 2102 Ave. Q, Room 16 Fort Pierce, FL 34950
  • CareerSource Research Coast
    Career Center: 584 NW University Blvd. Suite 300 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
  • Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.
    Bayshore Professional Center 1680 SW Bayshore Boulevard Suite 231 Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
    (772) 878-3500
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Port St. Lucie Units 20AB, 20S, & 20SB 519 NW Lake Whitney Place, Suite 102 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986-1621
    (772) 873-6550

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  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    337 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
    (772) 468 - 4080
  • CareerSource Research Coast
    Career Center, 207 S.W. Park Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
  • Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.
    Bayshore Professional Center, 1680 SW Bayshore Boulevard, Suite 231, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984
    (772) 878-3500

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  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    111 S. Sapodilla Ave., Suite 204, West Palm Beach, FL. 33401
    (561) 837 - 5564
  • CareerSource Palm Beach County
    Central Career Center: 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
    (561) 340-1060
  • CareerSource Palm Beach County
    West Career Center: 1085 South Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
    (561) 829-2040
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Belle Glade Unit 21AA, 1079 South Main St., Belle Glade, FL 33430
    (561) 992-1316
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    West Palm Beach Unit 21C, 3111 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
    (561) 650-6804
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Palm Beach Gardens Unit 21A: 3930 RCA Blvd., Suite 3001, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-4214
    (561) 624-6957
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Boca Raton Unit 21B, 902 Clint Moore Rd Suite 118, Boca Raton, FL 33487
    (561) 544-4657