Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Employment Awareness


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When you have job openings in your company, think about adding people with disabilities to the mix-especially if you
value loyalty and dependability.

Recently, the Florida Cabinet declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. Applebee's Restaurant employee Elizabeth Haines addressed the Cabinet on the importance of including people with disabilities in the workforce.

In celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the state will recognize several businesses as Exceptional Employers of the Year at a ceremony in Tallahassee on October 9. Exceptional employers are businesses from around the state that are committed to hiring and retaining employees with disabilities. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Blind Services will present the awards. The City of Tallahassee and Able Trust are helping to sponsor the event.

The event will be held at the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, 300 South Adams Street. Information displays will be in the Second Floor Mezzanine beginning at 8:30 a.m. The employer recognition will begin at 9:30 a.m. Some of the organizations participating are the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, and Department of Economic Opportunity.

To RSVP for the event or request an accommodation, call (850) 488-4257.

Able Trust Job Seekers

The Able Trust Job Seekers website is a public resource about organizations providing services to Florida citizens with disabilities.

APD Employment Liasions

Contact your local liasion for more information regarding employment in your area.

Town Field Name Phone Number
Pensacola 1 Katrina Washington 850-595-8351
Panama City 2A Colleen Foley 850-872-7651
Tallahassee 2B Jane Tillman 850-922-2281
Gainesville 3 Jennifer Valenzuela 352-955-5121
Jacksonville 4 Terry Mothershed-Newman 352-955-5121
Tampa 23 Glorie Singleton 813-233-4326
Orlando 7 Jennifer Monje 407-245-0440 ext. 671
Ft. Myers 8 Jim Vidrine 239-338-1378
West Palm Beach 9 Subhash Vyas 561-822-4591
Ft. Lauderdale 10 Cora Brown 954-713-3033
Miami 11 Montrese Albury 305-377-7281
Daytona Beach 12 Vanessa Carter 386-238-4714
Wildwood 13 Cindy Drew 352-330-2747
Lakeland 14 Jenny Sykes 863-413-3377
Ft. Pierce 15 Shiela Wilson 772-467-3009