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The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) is providing leadership in a variety of local and national research, training, and program development efforts. The following staff leaders provide contributions to the field of employment: Tammy Smith and Brenda Clark.

FCIC offers a large array of training and technical assistance in order to build capacity around effective transition and customized employment within the state. The activities described below provides state of the art training and technical assistance to job seekers, families, community rehabilitation providers, school districts, and state agencies involved with employment supports, services, policy development and implementation for people with disabilities. The FCIC employment activities have strong collaborations with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Florida Department of Education/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Social Security Administration.

For more information, contact Denise R. Barnes at 813-974-1063.

Programs & Activities

Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

CODIE is funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to build the capacity of competitively selected school professionals and community action teams to use the Discovery process in supporting youth and adults with disabilities in achieving customized employment. CODIE trains county-based teams, provide technical assistance to teams as to the use the DPG process, and has developed learning collaborative to support teams in achieving optimal transition and employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). CODIE staff members provide systematic training, mentoring, and ongoing technical assistance to ensure that teams can implement the Discovery process with fidelity to the values, procedures, and intent of the model. For more information, please contact Denise Barnes.


The Learning Academy at USF

The Learning Academy Services at USF offers an array of programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities. Learning Academy is a 30 week program designed to provide a structured employment-focused curriculum for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, between the ages of 18-25 after they have graduated from high school. Learning Academy Employment Services offers customized services which include, Employment, Supported Employment, Discovery and Customized Employment, On the Job Training, Pre-Placement Training and more to adults 18 and over. For more information, please contact Christine Hugh.


Materials & Resources

FCIC Resources

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Work Incentive Planning & Assistance (WIPA)

Job search for persons with disabilities must include a WIPA consultation. Determining how employment may affect your benefits (SSA, Medicaid, subsidies, etc.) is paramount. Find your local WIPA provider.


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A Resource for Employer Talent Search

Take advantage of an untapped resource of talented, skilled, and qualified people ready and willing to work.


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7 Soft Skills in Demand by Employers: A Brief Guide for Families

The following are seven soft skills that are often cited by employers as top traits that they look for in an employee.


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A Resource for Job Seekers

Take advantage of Florida’s workforce virtual service system to connect with employers looking to hire talented, skilled, and qualified job seekers with disabilities ready and willing to work.


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FCIC Transition Resource Information and Planning (TRIP) Sheets

Transition Resource Information and Planning (TRIP) sheets are the first of a series to provide students and their families belief that employment is possible for persons with developmental disabilities. These sheets specifically target middle school students so the students and their families can relate to the images and plain language. The sheets give some promising strategies for students and parents to learn as much as possible about the student. Planning guided by the student interest, preferences and priorities helps to identify careers that are the best match and focuses the students vision for possibilities of life after high school.


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FCIC Transition Resource Information and Planning (TRIP) Sheets — For Non-Readers

This companion document was designed to reach middle school students who are non-readers.


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Start Exploring for Tomorrow: A Family Guide for Vocational Planning

Active family involvement is important for preparing your child beginning at age 10 for life after high school. This Family Guide for Vocational Planning includes suggested activities that families can engage in to help children gain skills that will be beneficial in future paid jobs and for independent living. These activities support children to learn more about careers, improve skills related to goals, and better understand their own preference. The guide is rooted in the belief that all children have the ability to find jobs and careers that are not only within the scope of their abilities, but are aligned with their interest, preferences, and priorities which are principles and values of Discovery person centered planning process and customized employment planning. The guide also has a glossary of transition and supported employment terms, and listing of Florida and national resources for navigating transition and employment.

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FCIC Employment Programs and Resources

Interested in Employment? FCIC has a variety of resources to assist individuals with disabilities to find meaningful employment. Read about FCIC’s employment programs and resources by clicking on the link.


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FCIC Fact Sheet: The Discovery Process. A Path to Employment for All

This fact sheet provides information about cusomized employment, the Discovery process, and the components needed to make the process sucessful.

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FCIC Fact Sheet: Everyone Can Work! Customized Employment

This fact sheet provides information about customized employment as well as the resources available at FCIC's Center for Self-Employment and other projects.

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FCIC Fact Sheet: Inclusion Works for All

The guide has ten sections, each covering a topic related to employment and employment benefits – topics that job-seekers and their families should know about as they look for the best job for them. The guide is set up in sections pertaining to each topic area. You may choose to access or print the whole guide or just one section at a time.


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Everybody Works, Everybody Wins!

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities partnered with SSA's Florida Work Incentives Coordinator Marlene Ulisky to develop Everybody Works, Everybody Wins!, a flyer targeted to youth with disabilities and their families. The Florida Department of Education has request that Florida public schools distribute it to students via Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings.

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Florida Provider Network Archived Newsletters

Volume Highlight Article(s)

April 2010

Job Site Fading Why Job Coaches Find It Difficult to Leave Job Sites

February 2010

On-the-Job Skill Training of Workers with Disabilities

December 2009

Finding and Hiring Quality Staff for Employment and Transition Services

August 2009

Solving Problem Relationships for Workers with Disabilities

October 2009

The Employment Consultant’s Relationship  With Employers

May 2009

What Does It Take to Be an Employment Specialist?

March 2009

Situational Assessments:  Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

January 2009

Help Workers with Disabilities “Fit In” by Observing Workplace Culture

November 2008

Helping to Correct Supported Employee Performance Errors On-the-Job

Employment as Public Policy: Research Shows Large Support Employment Cost Advantages

September 2008

Job Analysis and Job Design

September 2007

Helping Job Seekers Prepare for Hiring Interviews

July 2007

Informing Strategies for Training Job-Related Tasks

May 2007

Disclosure of Disability in the Job Development Process

March 2007

On-the-Job Support Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

January 2007

Self-Determination and the Employment of People with Disabilities

November 2006

Assistance Not Assessment Getting at the Heart of Small Business Feasibility

July 2006

Study:  Hiring Yields Business Advantages

Customers Want Businesses to Hire People with Disabilities

May 2006

Informed Choice:  Supporting Decision-Making in Employment

March 2006

Career Planning-Building Solid Employment

Other Resources

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Career Guide for Teens with Disabilities

Many high school students have no idea what they want to do after they graduate. A resource, co-written by teens for teens, helps young people with disabilities to increase possibilities for success into adult community life.

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Guidepost for Success: Family Involvement & Supports

Find tips for parents, families, and other caring adults to support and be involved in the success of youth with and without disabilities.


 ICI's National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2015

ICI's National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes 2016

ICI's National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes is now available. The book provides national and state level statistics spanning a twenty-year period. Its sources include several data sets that address the status of employment and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with ID/DD.

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Adversity Breeds Innovation (The Able Trust)

In Adversity Breeds Innovation, The Able Trust encourages employers to consider the benefits of hiring a person with a disability.

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Quantifying the Unemployment Rate for Workers With Disabilities in florida

To establish a starting point that can be used for future analysis of the effectiveness of programs designed to help Floridians with disabilities who want to work, this paper estimates both a state-wide unemployment rate for persons with disabilities in Florida as well as unemployment rates for individual counties, as Florida prepares for its future workforce of jobs needed by 2030.

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Study of Employer Attitudes (The Able Trust)

In 2003 The Able Trust partnered with the Milbank Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation to conduct a study of business employers in Florida concerning their policies, practices, and attitudes related to hiring persons with disabilities.

Related Links

This page includes links to both internal (FCIC) and external (non-FCIC) websites. External links are selected and reviewed when the page is published. However, the FCIC is not responsible for the content of external websites. The FCIC website does not accept submissions or requests.

Florida Links


LaunchMyCareerFL.org is a free interactive website that helps students determine their ideal majors and jobs based on programs at public institutions and training programs in Florida.

CareerSource Centers

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity offers CareerSource Centers to help job seekers and employers. Services for job seekers include help with your job search, employability skills training, find a job, recruitment events and much more. Services for employers include posting jobs, employed worker training, and much more.

The Florida Abilities Work web portal

The Florida Abilities Work portal in the Employ Florida Marketplace was created to meet the needs of Florida employers who wish to hire qualified job seekers with disabilities and the job seekers who are trying to find that next great job.

Employ Florida Marketplace

Employ Florida Marketplace is the State of Florida's official job search website.

People First

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

The agency supports persons with developmental disabilities in living, learning, and working in their communities.  APS provides services to Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome, and spina bifida.  APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.

APD Supported Employment Services: Review of Supported Employment Services offered through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to their customers.

Department of Education, BEESS

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida is the designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Their mission is to advance the quality of life, dignity, equality, self-determination, and freedom of choice of persons with disabilities through collaboration, education, advocacy, as well as legal and legislative strategies.

Students with Disabilities : School and Work: This site provides information and resources to assist students in special education and their supports to understand the IDEA federal law, how to apply it and when to apply it to most effectively assist the students with what skills they will need to live in the community and plan for how those skills will be acquired. There are many ideas, services and technologies for people with disabilities and planning can put them within reach.

Florida Alliance for Assistance Services and Technology FAAST

FAAST is a non-profit organization funded by the US Department of Education through the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Online Resource Library: Quick access to information on a wide range of assistive services – FAAST's online resource library. Employment Resources and Self‐Help Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

Florida APSE

APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  APSE leads in the advancement of equitable employment for people with disabilities.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council  (FDDC)

The Developmental Disabilities Council is a non -profit organization that receives federal assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities.

The Able Trust

Created by the Florida Legislature in 1990 (FS 413.615), the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, parent organization of The Able Trust, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public/private partnership. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities successful opportunities for employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Supported Employment: Supported Employment is a unique employment service for individuals with the most significant disabilities who require ongoing support services to succeed in competitive employment.

School-to-Work Transition: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’ school-to-work transition supports and services helps students enter training, continue education, and/or work after leaving high school and provides information about what transition services and supports offer, who provides the services, who is eligible for the services, and how to apply for the services.


National Links

FYI Transition

This has the transition resources for students, families, and professionals. There is a notification that the site is getting a makeover however the existing resources are accessible.

Alliance for Full Participation

The Alliance for Full Participation to help increase employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is seeking short videos telling stories of integrated employment for people with I/DD. These can be success stories, job searches in progress, or stories about a job that didn’t work out. We are looking for videos and stories from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; employers; direct support providers; family members; co-workers—all those who have an employment story to share. The AFP YouTube channel is located link is http://www.youtube.com/user/RealJobsAFP

Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line

The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line. For general ADA information, answers to specific technical questions, free ADA materials, or information about filing a complaint, call 800-514-0301.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free consulting services for individuals with physical or intellectual limitations that affect employment. Services include one-on-one consultation about job accommodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations, and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws.

Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

SA Toolkit for Job Seekers

The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the personal finances of many Americans. As a result, many people — including those with disabilities — are making employment–related decisions based on their new financial situation. This toolkit provides a path forward, based on where you are in your employment journey. Toolkit includes:


FCIC Employment Webinar Series

Upcoming Dates

August 17, 2021, 4:30 P.M. EST - 6:00 P.M. EST
Topic: Amazon: All Abilities Opportunity
Amazon Abilities will share their statewide initiative to increase employment rates of persons with disabilities to 7%. Join us as Amazon shares their Amazon Abilities program, meet the Regional contacts, and learn how to access flexible employment with accommodations at a local Amazon facility near you. Great resource for employment providers, networks, supported employment, transition specialists and you!
Click here to register.

August 27, 2021, 12 P.M. EST - 1 P.M. EST
Topic: Lunch N Learn: Looking Beyond the Pandemic: Ways to Facilitate Growth and Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Seeking or Retaining Employment
Click here to register | Click here to view the event flyer

September 21, 2021, 4:40 P.M. EST - 6:30 P.M. EST
Topic: You are not in ESE Land Anymore! What Employers Really Want by VIP Works!
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October 7, 2021, 12 P.M. EST - 1 P.M. EST
Topic: Lunch N Learn: Supporting Community Success Through Positive Supports
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October 19, 2021, 4:30 P.M. EST - 6:00 P.M. EST
Topic: Transition Basics: Information for Families and Others Who Support Students with Disabilities
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November 16, 2021, 4:30 P.M. EST - 6:00 P.M. EST
Topic: Passions into Careers
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December 14, 2021, 4:30 P.M. EST - 6:00 P.M. EST
Topic: Life Beyond High School: Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Click here to register | More Information to Come


Join our vibrant and engaged virtual learning community every third Tuesday of the month. We will also feature quarterly Lunch n Learns. Feel free to participate in discussions, share experiences, and receive technical assistance in the application of strategies, resources, and best practices to increase employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All viewers are eligible to receive certificates of attendance. If you do not have access to a computer with speakers, utilize the Zoom phone number meeting ID/Password, provided upon registration. Closed Captioning provided. Please contact Denise R. Barnes at 813-974-2581 if other accommodation needs are warranted. Attendees may submit questions in advance to drbarnes@usf.edu. For more information, contact Denise R. Barnes, MA, FCIC Employment Coordinator at drbarnes@usf.edu or 813-974-1063.


Job Devel. Modules

Man trying on many hats. Reads: What's your fit? Success comes in many sizes.Collaborative on Discovery and Innovation in Employment (CODIE): Training Modules in Customized Job Development

Provided by: Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) & Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC)
Author: Dale DiLeo, Training Resource Network

These customized job development modules for individuals with developmental disabilities provide teachers, family members, support professionals, and individuals with disabilities with critical information on the following:

Module Topics:
  1. Overview of Customized Employment and Discovery
  2. The Vocational Profile
  3. Developing the Plan for Customized Employment
  4. Developing a Job Portfolio
  5. Researching and Visiting Targeted Businesses
  6. Marketing Tools to Support Job Development
  7. Negotiating with Employers and Meeting the Job Seeker
  8. Job Analysis
  9. Ongoing Job Support

Each module ranges from 15-25 minutes to complete. Many of the modules include a short quiz or learning check to help the participant reflect on what was learned.

Certificate of Completion available after successful completion of all modules.

Note: The modules must be completed in sequential order. Once you have completed all modules, you will be able to go back to review any of them again.

First Time Registration Instructions

You only need to register with our system once to access any of our FCIC online webinars and modules.

  1. Click on the link below.
  2. Create a log in (email address) and password. (Be sure to enter your email address correctly.)
  3. An automated confirmation email will be sent to your email, containing the login link used to view the modules.
  4. Add the email address admin@acrobat.com to your email safe-list.

DD Council These modules were sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.