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Florida Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month During October!
Save the Date: Disability Mentoring Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Florida Disability Employment Awareness Month/Disability Mentoring Day (DEAM/DMD) is part of a national event highlighting career paths and participating businesses to students, job seekers, and veterans with disabilities through hands-on career exploration, on-site job shadowing and ongoing mentoring potentially leading to internship and employment opportunities. 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/DMD
- Provide people with disabilities the opportunity to explore a career interest and learn from an on-site mentor 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, part-time or full-time employment.
- Individuals with disabilities participating in DEAM/DMD are able to network with their mentors for possible future opportunities.
Over the past 12 years, The Able Trust has seen the value that mentoring and job shadowing adds to career development for students and job seekers with disabilities in Florida.
If you would like to participate in please contact The Able Trust. Businesses who are interested in hosting job shadowers, acting as mentors or sponsorship opportunities can contact The Able Trust at (850) 224-4493 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Able Trust is excited to represent the state and to serve the organizations that are helping to implement the Disability Employment Awareness Month program. It is through the help of such organizations and programs like DEAM that we are that we are able to continue our mission to assist those with disabilities in securing meaningful employment.” Susanne Homant, President & CEO of The Able Trust
DEAM 2012 Highlights
- 2,625 mentees participated in DEAM activities,
- Liaisons offered DEAM/DMD activities in 60 counties in Florida.
- 34 interviews were set, 55 applications and resumes were submitted and continued mentoring took place in eight counties
- 95 ongoing mentoring opportunities were reported, including volunteer positions and internships.
- Florida DEAM/DMD 2012 was supported financially by: The Able Trust, Publix Supermarkets, Vocational Rehabilitation, , Darden Restaurants, Florida Power & Light.
Florida DEAM 2012 was supported financially by: The Able Trust, Publix Super Markets, and The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Employers who participated in statewide activities were: Publix Super Markets, Florida Power & Light, Florida State Parks, Darden Restaurants, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Florida’s AmeriCorps Program sites. You are encouraged to patronize these companies.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), began in 1999 as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, celebrated every October. It is a national partnership between the AAPD and the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.
DEAM was patterned after other school-to-work activities such as the National Groundhog Job Shadow day, and began with just three-dozen student participants, mostly in Washington, DC. In 2000, DEAM began to take root in communities across the nation.
You could play an important role in the career path of a young adult with a disability. Learn more about being a Mentor…
DMD will give you the opportunity to network with individuals who have already pursued the career track that interests you. Learn more about being a Mentee…
Facilitate job shadowing and Mentoring opportunities for young adults with disabilities in your community. Learn more about serving as a Community Liaison…