Employing Youth with Significant Disabilities
This section contains information for students, families, and educators on employment options and strategies for students with significant disabilities.
Florida's Employment First Initiative has developed the Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help desk to help employers find qualified candidates with disabilities who are ready and able to work in their communities, and provide them with information that would help with their hiring decisions. The web portal offers employment information for both employers and job seekers.
Employment First Initiative
Florida became an Employment First state by Executive Order in October, 2013. Employment First is both a philosophy and policy. It means that employment is the first option for all individuals, including those with significant disabilities.
Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) comprise an underutilized population of potential employees proven to be a positive influence on coworkers, customers, the community and a company’s bottom line. Through survey data, case studies and individual success stories, this report demonstrates how workers with IDD provide both talent and productivity.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
APD partners with local Florida communities to identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities and to fund supports and services such as supported employment. There is a waitlist for services.
Web page with detailed information on customized employment including customized entrepreneurship and benefits planning and counseling.
Customized Employment - Blending and Braiding Resources
Customized Employment: Practical Solutions for Employment Success
Describes elements, principles, indicators, strategies, career development, employer negotiations, and more for customized employment.
Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DVR provides services for eligible persons with physical or mental impairments designed to enable them to prepare for, get, keep, or regain employment. Youth services include job-site assessment/accommodations, job placement, job coaching, on-the-job training, and supported employment.
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC
Free on-line resources on self employment, customized employment, job carving, natural supports, and social security considerations for people with disabilities.
Integrated Employment Toolkit
This toolkit from the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor provides a number of resources, organized by different stakeholder groups, for increasing capacity and understanding about employment opportunities for people with disabilities where they work with workers who do not have disabilities and are paid minimum wage or more by the employer.
Job Accommodation Network
Individualized technical assistance, consulting, and mentoring services to individuals with disabilities, families, and service providers including referrals, accommodations, and self-employment/small business development expertise.
Quality Indicators for Competitive Employment Outcomes - Fact Sheet
Quality Indicators for Review of Competitive Employment Job Outcomes - Form
These resources describe a process for determining quality job placements for people with significant disabilities.
Rural Routes to Employment
Supported Employment in Florida
Educator resources for supported employment including federal and state information and an on-line Agency for Persons with Disabilities approved pre-service certificate course on supported employment.
Contains detailed information on employment options for people with significant disabilities such as alternative work arrangements (self-employment and telecommuting), customized employment, supported employment, and natural supports.)
| The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).