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October 9, 2019

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College Leads to a Career for Jeremy Richard

By Tim Brown

TALLAHASSEE, FL – For more than 80 years, North Florida students have attended Lively Technical College to prepare them for a variety of jobs. This spring, Jeremy Richard began a different path toward employment through an internship in the college’s administration office. That work experience led to a position as an office assistant. Richard said, “I like helping students and having my own income.”

Richard has a developmental disability. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and APD is highlighting the workplace achievements of people with disabilities and the employers that hire them.

Richard works five mornings a week. His duties include shredding documents, vacuuming common areas, and delivering mail to the instructors’ boxes. He also helps in the bookstore by unloading boxes and organizing books on the shelves. Supervisor Shelly Bell said, “Jeremy is a hard worker with a strong work ethic. He wants to please and brings an infectious personality to the job.”

Richard is part of the Adult and Community Education (ACE) Transition Program at Lively Technical College, a division of Leon County Schools. The program focuses on helping students with disabilities successfully move from school to work, securing real jobs in the community, and developing independent living skills. These students continue to have job coaches and agencies supporting their activities when they exit the program.

When not working, Richard enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and sleeping in. Richard said his goals both personally and professionally are simple: “Be successful.”

APD supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities. The agency annually serves more than 55,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit or call toll free 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273).