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 Brenda Clark at 813-974-2581.
The Alliance for Full Participation was founded in 2003 by a consortium of national organizations in the developmental disability community. The Alliance came together to make the promise of integration, productivity, independence and quality of life a reality for all people with developmental disabilities. In 2009, they announced their new campaign, “Real Jobs – It’s Everybody’s Business,” and their goal of doubling the employment rate for people with developmental disabilities by 2015. For more information contact The Alliance for Full Participation.
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 Brenda Clark.
School-to-Adult Life - career advice for students with disabilities who are getting ready to graduate, and information and resources for families, and transition professionals who support those who are getting ready to graduate. This website portal is designed to provide information to guide decision making about a student’s transition from a Florida high school to post-school adult life. This site also features web courses, student learning games, family social networking, interactive animation, discussion board, success stories, student mini-courses, and frequently asked questions.
The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida 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. Participants engage in multiple career assessment activities to identify their strengths, skills, talents, interest and learn how they translate to work. Real life experiences and expectations through internships and peer mentoring complement the class work to provide generalization of skills and support personalized goals. For more information, please contact Susan Richmond.
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.
This companion document was designed to reach middle school students who are non-readers.
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.
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.
This fact sheet provides information about cusomized employment, the Discovery process, and the components needed to make the process sucessful.
This fact sheet provides information about customized employment as well as the resources available at FCIC's Center for Self-Employment and other projects.
This fact sheet provides information about inclusion, self-determination, and the supports needed to ensure inclusion happens.
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.
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.
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.
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities has developed a Supported Employment scorecard that focuses on some of the most important indicators that help people with developmental disabilities get and retain jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
The primary purpose of the Florida Business Leadership Network (FBLN) is to promote diversity policies that include people with disabilities and hiring practices that target candidates with disabilities. The FBLN serves as an information clearinghouse by providing employers with disability employment resources and local FBLN chapters with general information and networking opportunities for sharing best practices.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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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.
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.
Employment Webinar Series
Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST for an opportunity to participate in a series of webinars geared to build capacity on an array of employment related topics. The webinars are a tool used to share information and resources for self–advocates, family members, and other community partners to make informed choices and decisions about services, supports, policies, and best practices to ensure their requests and service provisions are based on individual goals and outcomes. The webinars are FREE and registration is not necessary to participate. Recent (2015) webinars are listed below.
A searchable archive of previous years presentations can be found HERE.
Everyone experiences feelings of stress at times while in the workplace. Regardless of individual abilities, special needs, work responsibilities, personalities, or how long we have worked at a particular job – we all get stressed at various times throughout our career. How do we know when we are stressed and what can we do about it? Lydia Abrams will help attendees identify signs of stress, triggers of stress that can occur during various stages of the employment process, effective relaxation techniques, and will guide listeners in a relaxation exercise. Q&A welcome at the end of the presentation.
Individuals with invisible disabilities--such as epilepsy, anxiety, ADHD, Asperger's, and others--face a number of unique challenges in the realms of education, employment, housing, and accessing public services and businesses in the community. We will discuss some of these challenges and practical solutions for addressing them, while giving an overview of the laws that protect the rights of those with invisible disabilities. Some of the topics we will touch on include IEPs and 504 plans in the school setting; revealing disabilities and reasonable accommodations in the workplace; housing issues, such as assistance and comfort animals; and access issues at businesses and agencies. We will also have a segment for Q &A.
Many youth experience challenges as they transition from the classroom to the workplace. For youth with disabilities, who face higher unemployment rates than their peers without disabilities, often experience additional challenges as they transition to the workplace. The webinar will focus on a few behaviors that are keys to success in any workplace. The demonstration of these behaviors may help job seekers and employees overcome some of the challenges and open doors to employment possibilities. Therefore it is important that youth with disabilities are exposed to and experience how to demonstrate these expected workplace behaviors. The presenter will share tips on the importance of the following six “soft skills”: Communication, Teamwork Networking, Enthusiasm and attitude, Professionalism Problem solving/critical thinking skills. The presenter will also share effective strategies and tips to help job seekers gain more confidence and awareness about the impact of each area. Webinar attendees will learn how these six areas are also useful to help you succeed in education, job training, independent living, community participation, and, ultimately, in the workplace.
The Commission is an independent state agency tasked by the Governor and Legislature to coordinate and provide transportation disadvantaged services for persons with disabilities, older adults, persons who are low income, and children-at-risk. Transportation disadvantaged services are available in all of Florida’s 67 counties. The webinar presentation and handouts, will explain how Florida’s Coordinated Transportation System works and how to access transportation services. The presenter will review the: history of the Commission, Local Coordinating Board, Designated Official Planning Agency, Purchasing Agencies, Community Transportation Coordinator, Transportation Operators, and Transportation Disadvantaged Riders.
Description: Join Delta Air Lines Disability Advisory Board presenters David Martin and Dr. JR Harding for an entertaining and enlightening informational session about air travel for persons with disabilities. This presentation is intended to educate individuals with disabilities and their families about:
“The Travel Ribbon”: what to expect from the arrival at the curb to picking up your bags at your destination (and everything in between)
How to plan and prepare for air travel domestically and internationally
How Delta Air Lines is proactively taking care of and including their customers with disabilities in the air travel experience.
Delta’s goal and commitment is to providing a quality air travel experience for people with disabilities. Recognizing that air travel is a partnership, Delta wants to provide the tools necessary for a person with a disability to manage their own experience, and level the field so they can focus on why they are traveling.
Description: The presenter will give 10 of her best tips to keep it all together! Staar Fields and her husband Quentin have a beautiful son Gabriel, who has recently been diagnosed with autism. He was born at 1lb 10oz, and is now 6 years old. Grace (Gabriel's twin) only lived for six days,” said Staar. Staar states “The loss was of course devastating, but has become an inspiration to her because challenges come to make you stronger.” She further shares with others that, “You are not your circumstances, because the rest of your life can be the best of your life if you don't give up when it gets hard.”
She has spent the past 15 years as a motivational speaker and now running the Staar Fields Foundation which helps children with autism and special needs. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida, is a full-time mother, works as a sales director with Mary Kay, Inc., and is a spokesperson for children with special needs and at risk teenage girls.
Staar has made hundreds of guest appearances including opening up for Yolanda Adams, The Legendary Manhattans, The Autism Speaks Walk for over 2500 people, The March of Dimes Walk for over 5,000 people, and most recently for the Governor of Florida at a Disabilities summit for over 10,000 attendees.
Description: Your voice matters in the workplace! During this webinar, participants will learn answers to the following questions: What is Self-advocacy? Why self-advocacy in the workplace is important? From the unique perspective of a self-advocate and employment support consultant, participants will hear strategies self-advocates may use to identify their workplace goals, plan to advocate for support, accomplish their goals in the workplace. This is a webinar designed to ensure self-advocates are a part of the conversation and their issues and concerns are discussed.
Description: The presentation will provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 federal income tax filing season, including filing options and deadlines. It will also include a description of work-related tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Other tax items of interest to persons with disabilities will be explained. Two new provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision and the Premium Tax Credit, will also be discussed.
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:
Teacher Inservice Credits
We will be offering teachers information about a follow-up activity that can be conducted after completing the modules to apply for inservice training credit.
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.
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|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.|