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Employment First Florida



Abilities Work

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  • Abilities Work Brochure

  • 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)

The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in 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)


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Outstanding State Disability Employment Winners

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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