Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)

Closing the Gap

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) begins October 1 and commemorates the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workforce and economy. Despite these contributions, and improvement in the number of individuals with disabilities that are entering the workforce, a gap of more than 40 percentage points exists between workforce participation of the general population and persons with disabilities.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Special Events & Webinars

Webinar Wednesday 

Register today for one or all four webinars and don’t miss this opportunity to hear from business, employment, and community leaders on how Florida can continue to expand disability employment. Your participation is a great way to show support for Disability Employment Awareness Month and learn more about a valuable, yet hidden talent pool.

October 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To kick off Disability Employment Awareness Month, The Able Trust’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Leanne Rexford will be speaking with Kari Bates, CEO of the Arc Jacksonville and Brian Wolfburg, President and CEO of VyStar Credit Union. Register today to learn how Brian and his team are partnering with The Arc Jacksonville to employ and empower people with intellectual disabilities and how VyStar supports their employees with varying abilities long after they have been hired. 

October 12, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Don’t miss this important conversation with education leaders from Project 10: Transition Education Network on opportunities and challenges students with disabilities face as they transition to post-secondary education.

October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register today for a conversation between The Able Trust President & CEO Allison Chase and Bill Santos, President of EMP Oakville. Join this discussion on how to respond to market demands as we work together to close the labor force participation gap for Floridians with disabilities. 

October 26, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

In this last webinar of the series, Jim Sinocchi, formerly with IBM Corporation and JP Morgan Chase & Company, will outline steps businesses, large and small, should consider if they are planning to hire persons with disabilities. Register today to hear from Jim as he brings his 40 years of experience with disability inclusion strategies to our discussion.


While The Able Trust is focused on disability employment year-round, we are gearing up to recognize October which is National Disability Awareness Month and a very special time of year. 

This year, The Able Trust theme for Disability Employment Awareness Month is “Cup of Ambition” and we hope you will join us in helping to spread the word about this important month.

Social media will be important as we strive to reach a broad audience about Disability Employment Awareness Month. We would love to include a photo of our you, holding a cup of coffee (or your favorite morning beverage) as we roll out our “cup of ambition” campaign.

Please post your photo, with your favorite beverage and be sure to tag The Able Trust and use #cupofambition along with  #inclusiveflorida to show your support for expanding disability employment in Florida.

Become a Disability Employment Awareness Month Sponsor

Download the form below and show your  organization’s support of disability employment. For information or questions, contact Donna Wright at [email protected]