District Resources

Polk County resources related to the transition of students with disabilities are provided in multiple categories in the box to the right. Some resources may be included in more than one category.

Employment Program Resources

Agency for Workforce Innovation
Jackie Small, Disability Program Navigator | jackie_small@polkworks.org
(863) 508-1600 ext. 102
Helps people with disabilities navigate the workforce system, facilitates services including the transition of youth with disabilities and serves as a resource for programs impacting people with disabilities

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Judy Dertod, Area Supervisor, Unit 17 A
(863) 680-5534
Works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain, or retain employment and find meaningful careers

Job Corps Centers in Florida  
Provide comprehensive residential education and job training for youth ages 16 through 24; the upper age limit may be waived for applicants with disabilities. Training accommodations are available. Students are usually matched with programs in their interest areas and near their residences

Polk Works
Susan Essayian | susan_essayian@polkworks.org
(863) 508-1100
Provides a full array of employment and training related services for job seekers, workers, youth and businesses. May include Disability Program Navigators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and Veterans Services on site

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
Contracted through Abilities Foundation 
(757) 538-7370, ext. 365
Works with people with disabilities on Social Security Act benefits, eligibility and planning; work incentives; career development; and job placement

Florida District Map
East Central Florida - Green Region - 3