Nominate an Exceptional Employer!


By Director Barbara Palmer

APD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and our disability partners are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. We want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities.


Florida Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA


Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation declaring July 24th “Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day” to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the federal bill. The ADA was signed into law 30 years ago last month and has made a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.


COVID-19 Resources and Guidance Updated Regularly on APD Website


If you’re looking for information about COVID-19 as it relates to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, be sure to check the COVID-19 resource page on APD’s website regularly. This online listing of COVID-19 resources and information is designed to help navigate the unique challenges of this pandemic for people with disabilities, their families, providers, and Waiver Support Coordinators. Check out the page at apd.myflorida.com/covid19.


Independence is a Pleasure


Where do you begin when you are hoping to achieve great things? For Luis Rodriguez, the answer was simple: Publix. Rodriguez, 23, works as a Front-end Clerk at Publix in Fort Myers, where he bags groceries, helps shoppers take groceries to their car, returns the shopping buggies, and lends a hand wherever he’s needed.


Around the State


ACE Summer Institute Hosts Virtual Job Fair


The Leon County School System Adult Community Education (ACE) Summer Institute hosted a virtual job fair for more than 40 young adults with unique abilities last month. This experience was in cooperation with Vocational Rehabilitation, FSU College of Education students, FSU College of Music students, KEYS Committee and Administration Team, the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Northwest Region.


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