Exceptional Employers Honored with Awards


By Director Barbara Palmer

APD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, and our disability partners hosted the 15th annual Exceptional Employers Awards on October 14. The six outstanding Florida employers have a history of hiring people with disabilities and are committed to employing people with disabilities. I encourage you to watch this important event by visiting this link.


Six Exceptional Employers Honored


Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation recognized six businesses with an Exceptional Employer Award on October 14. These companies from across the state were recognized for hiring people with disabilities with plaques made by people with disabilities. The 15th annual celebration was held virtually as part of recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.


Governor DeSantis Proclaims October as Disability Employment Awareness Month


Thank you to Governor Ron DeSantis for officially recognizing October 2020 as Disability Employment Awareness Month. Access the signed proclamation here.


Sunland and Tacachale Residents Receive New Beds


Last month, Tacachale Center and Sunland Center received brand-new adjustable hospital beds for residents. These mattresses, head/foot boards, and rails were donated by the State Emergency Operations Center within the Division of Emergency Management.


Helping to Make Shopping a Pleasure


Craig Wallace works as a Front Service Clerk for Wedgewood Commons Publix in Stuart. Wallace is responsible for bagging groceries and cleaning and corralling carts, but his favorite duty is customer service. Wallace loves helping his customers by answering their questions, locating an item, or just a friendly greeting as they enter the store.


Roo Roo’s Diner Provides Job Skills for Individuals with Disabilities


Nick Ellis has been a Waiver Support Coordinator for seven years, so when his partner came to him with the idea of opening a diner, he had one crucial stipulation: that the diner incorporate a program to help individuals with special needs. This idea became Roo Roo’s Diner, one of Largo’s newest restaurants and the home of a new program that provides individuals with developmental disabilities crucial job skills.


Around the State


DDDP Resident Earns His GED


The Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program in Chattahoochee recently received some very exciting news about one of its residents. Resident Jalen Thomas has successfully earned his General Equivalency Degree (GED) from the Gadsden County Board of Education!


Disability Mentoring Day


To bring awareness to our community and give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to explore different career paths, the Arc of the Bay celebrated Disability Mentoring Day with an event on October 21.


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