Disability Employment Awareness Celebration

The 2015 Disability Employment Awareness Celebration will be on Wednesday, October 7. The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. the Disability Employer Awards Ceremony will begin. The event will be held at Tallahassee City Hall Commision Chambers, 300 South Adams Street. We hope you can join us!

The Champion Newsletter

Be sure to check out this month's issue of APD's The Champion Newsletter. Read about the upcoming Disability Employment Awareness Month, Disability Mentoring Day, and the Exceptional Employers Awards. If you haven't read it yet, click here.

Always be Prepared!

During hurricane season, you should always be prepared. If you have questions about disaster preparedness, visit Florida Division of Emergency Management. Check out Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide on Also check out the Florida Special Needs Registry to receive important information from local emergency management officials. To find out where open shelters are, visit Emergency Shelters.

Exceptional Employer Awards

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. APD and its partners will be recognizing exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. If you would like to make a nomination be sure to fill out the nomination form. Please submit your nomination by September 8. The winners will be recognized on October 7 in Tallahassee.

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Other News & Announcements

  • The Association for Support Coordination Agencies (ASCA) is sponsoring a forum in Orlando with APD Director Barbara Palmer, State and Regional office staff! If you would like to learn more, check out this flyer.

  • Please read APD's guidance for changes to the Adults with Disabilities program. The agency will work to assist as many people as possible who are eligible for APD services.

  • Governor Scott has signed a bill into law creating a task force to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Florida. APD will be a member of the task force, representing the employment needs of workers and job seekers with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit and read CareerSource Florida’s news release.
  • If you are an active duty military service member and are interested to learn more about applying for services, please read this PDF for more information on how to apply.

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