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  • Employment First Interagency Cooperative Agreement - The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida. The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.

Employment Enhancement Project (EEP)

APD has received special appropriation for the past 4 years to provide supported employment services to individuals on the APD Waiting List to find and maintain competitive employment and participate in meaningful internships that have a high likelihood of resulting in competitive employment. The legislature and Governor appropriated $750,000 to APD for FY 2017/18 to provide supported employment services to individuals who are on the APD Waiting List who would like to work. For each person who participates as a job seeker in the Employment Enhancement Project (EEP), APD will allocate funds to provide the following services: Supported Employment coaching to secure a good job match; Supported Employment follow-along services to help retain the job; assistance with transportation needed for work and securing paid internships as pathways to competitive employment. Individuals meeting the criteria in any Florida county may be considered for participation in the EEP. The intent is for APD, local school districts, local work force career centers, and other collaborating agencies and organizations to work together to assist young adults who are leaving school, and others who are currently on the APD Waiting List, to secure competitive employment. We anticipate having another very successful year of the EEP!

This data shows our efforts to date.

Below is a link to some of the Employment Enhancement Project Success Stories

Employment Stability Plan (ESP)

Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program

The Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program recognizes businesses that are committed to providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities and to assisting organizations that support them. Participating businesses demonstrate their dedication to strengthening communities and the economy by helping these Floridians with untapped talents become more independent and by partnering with other businesses, organizations and state resources in this endeavor. Be sure to visit their website at FloridaJobs.org.

Let's Get Everyone to Work: Marketing Toolkit for Employers - Videos

Let's Get Everyone to Work: Resource Toolkit for Students and Families - Videos

Supported Employment Links

Outstanding State Disability Employment Winners

The 2018 award-winning businesses were:

  • Edibles by Ethel
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Hilton Ocala
  • Lucky’s Market
  • Paisley Cafe
  • Rising Tide Car Wash
  • SolarTech Universal
  • The Village at Gainesville
  • Treasure Bay Resort & Marina
  • Vinny & Bay’s Coffee and Eatery
  • World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

The 2017 award-winning businesses were:

  • Boca Raton Resort and Club
  • Cunningham Pest Control of Palm Beach County
  • Dosatron of Clearwater
  • Embassy Suites of Ft. Lauderdale
  • Martin Health System of Stuart
  • Piggly Wiggly of Quincy
  • Planet Fitness of Panama City
  • Publix
  • Sodexo (Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, and Daytona Beach)
  • The Women’s Center of Central Florida

The 2016 award-winning businesses were:

  • Barrette Outdoor Living (Brooksville)
  • Bealls
  • Flowers Baking Company of Jacksonville LLC
  • Greenspoon Marder (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Humane Society of Bay County Thrift and Gift Store (Panama City)
  • Mantiques Clock Shop (Inverness)
  • The Pickle Baron of Key West
  • The Print Shop (Naples)
  • Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (Orlando)
  • Walgreens

The 2015 award-winning businesses were:

  • Kilwins Jacksonville
  • LEGOLAND Florida (Winter Haven)
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement 
  • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
  • OfficeMax/Office Depot
  • Popeyes (Panama City)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing (St. Petersburg)
  • Winter Park Memorial Hospital

The 2014 award-winning businesses were:

  • 2-1-1 Broward
  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (St. Petersburg)
  • Citi (Jacksonville)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (Pensacola area)
  • Gulf Coast Enterprises
  • Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company (Miami)
  • SeaWorld Orlando

The 2013 award-winning businesses were:

  • Beck Automotive Group of Palatka
  • Express Employment Professionals of Pensacola
  • McDonald’s Restaurants
  • Sykes Enterprises, Inc. of Lakeland
  • TJX Companies (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods)
  • Wendy’s Restaurants (JAA Restaurant Holdings, LLC) of Boca Raton
  • Winn Dixie

The 2012 award-winning businesses were:

  • Baptist Health South Florida (Miami)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Pasco County)
  • Mangrove Mike's Café (Islamorada)
  • Miller's Ale House (Daytona Beach)
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  • Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center (St. Pete)
  • Universal Orlando Resort

The 2011 award-winning businesses were:

  • Citrus Memorial Health System of Inverness
  • Florida Department of Revenue
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries of Central Florida
  • Great Explorations Children's Museum of St. Petersburg
  • Hyatt Hotels of Florida
  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Marriott Global Reservations and Customer Care Center
  • My Best Friend’s Kitchen of Panama City
  • Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola

The 2010 award-winning businesses were:

  • ARAMARK Food Services of Tallahassee
  • Childhood Development Services of Ocala
  • European Street Café of Jacksonville
  • LCI Industries with stores in Melbourne, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Milton
  • Mathison Retirement Center of Panama City
  • Zoo Miami
  • TSE Industries of Clearwater

The 2009 businesses recognized were:

  • Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach
  • Call 4 Health of Boca Raton
  • Fausto’s Food Palace of Key West
  • Hilton at Home Reservations of Tampa
  • Jacksonville Aviation Authority
  • Stretcher Limo of New Port Richey
  • Walgreens Distribution Centers of Florida
  • Walmart of Florida

     The 2008 businesses to be recognized were:

  • Baptist Hospital of Pensacola
  • Kmart of Florida
  • Martin Electronics of Perry
  • Micro Systems of Fort Walton Beach
  • SunTrust Banks of Florida
  • TJ Maxx of Florida

     The 2007 businesses that were recognized were:

  • Publix based in Lakeland
  • Chef Imondi’s Bakery and Café of Panama City
  • Fidelity National Information Services of Jacksonville
  • Health First of Brevard County
  • Palm Beach Kennel Club of Palm Beach County
  • Studer Group of Pensacola
  • Wendy’s of Jacksonville/Ramsey Development, Inc.

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