Exceptional Employers

The 10th annual Exceptional Employers celebration was held at Tallahassee City Hall as part of recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. Eight businesses that hire and retain people with disabilities as part of their workforce were recognized by the state of Florida for being exceptional employers of people with disabilities. To read more, check out this press release.

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi introduced a resolution at the Tuesday, September 29, Cabinet meeting declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) employee Stacia Woolverton addressed Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on the importance of including people with disabilities in the workforce.

APD Wins Two Awards

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has been named 2015 Customer of the Year by RESPECT of Florida. The award was presented during the 39th Annual Conference of the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF). Also during the conference, APD Southeast Deputy Regional Operations Manager Rita Castor was recognized as the 2015 Mary Thiel Award recipient. To read more, check out the Press Release.

The Champion Newsletter

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

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Other News & Announcements

  • 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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