Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Florida Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month During October!

Save the Date: Disability Mentoring Day, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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 info@abletrust.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

Look at My Ability

More information for employers


You could play an important role in the career path of a young adult with a disability. Learn more about being a Mentor…

More information for students and job seekers

Students/Job Seekers

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…

More information for Community Liaisons

Community Liaisons

Facilitate job shadowing and Mentoring opportunities for young adults with disabilities in your community. Learn more about serving as a Community Liaison…