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October 4, 2013

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State to Honor Businesses as Exceptional Employers

TALLAHASSEE —The state of Florida is recognizing seven businesses on Wednesday, October 9, for being outstanding employers of people with disabilities. 

The annual celebration will be held at the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, 300 South Adams Street, as part of recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. An informational expo begins at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation will present the Exceptional Employer Awards to honor businesses from all over the state for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections employee Renee Llewellyn, who has a disability, will speak at the event about what having a job means to her.

APD Director Barbara Palmer said, "I am looking forward to recognizing these Florida companies who give people with disabilities an opportunity to prove themselves. Business leaders confirm what we have known for years that individuals with disabilities are great employees and provide a return on their investment. These employees are dedicated to their companies. They do not miss work because their job means so much to them.”

Event sponsors are The Able Trust, City of Tallahassee, and RESPECT of Florida.