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.
2015 Upcoming Webinars
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: 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.
Description: During this webinar, the presenter will provide promising practices and strategies to support employment outcomes for job seekers with criminal background issues. Attendees will hear what employers are seeking in applicants, some of the barriers to applicants’ employment and solutions to break barriers to fit what employers are seeking. Attendees will be given practical tips to support job seeker preparedness for successful employment outcomes. The presenter will share ideas and examples used in her community to partner with local networks to leverage support for the employment of job seekers with criminal background issues. Resources, materials, and information on Certifications will also be provided which can open doors to additional possibilities for employment.
Description: General Overview of each Law enforced (discussion with examples); Title VII (religion, race, sex (including pregnancy, LGBT and sexual harassment), color, national origin); Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); Equal Pay Act (EPA); American with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADAAA); Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA); and How to file an Employment Discrimination Complaint.
Description: The unique and unjust struggles often endured by persons who are deaf and hard of hearing attempting to seek and build successful careers can be significantly lessened with the general population’s further understanding of the deaf and hard of hearing culture. The webinar will help to clarify facts, myths, and misconceptions related to the deaf and hard of hearing culture. Participants of this webinar will be provided with promising practices to support successful employment outcomes for job seekers, employees, and employers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Read more...
Description: The best way to stay healthy is for each person, as developmentally able, to understand their health and participate in health care decision-making. This learning session will provide participants with actionable steps they can take to better meet their own health and wellness needs. Presenters will use the GLADD (Give-Listen-AskDecide-D0) model as a framework for identifying key activities and skills to improve health care self-management and communication with providers.
Description: Having epilepsy does not mean that fulfilling employment is out of reach. Individuals with seizure disorders are able to work in a variety of challenging and rewarding careers. This webinar will provide tips on pursuing a career with epilepsy, including obtaining the training and education needed for the field you choose, overcoming barriers to employment, deciding whether to disclose your condition to potential and current employers, seeking accommodations in the workplace, laws that protect against discrimination, dealing with misconceptions and myths about epilepsy, and resources that are available on epilepsy and employment.
Description: Looking for a solution to catch the attention of busy hire authorities who frequently use mechanical applications and other technology methods as their first line of review in the hire process? Visual resumes are fast growing as a tool today to catch the attention of decision makers looking to address their human resource needs. During this webinar the presenter will discuss using visual resumes as an employment tool to assist job seekers on job interviews, to apply for jobs, and to introduce themselves to employers. Webinar attendees will be shown actual examples to create informative and relevant visual resumes. An array of options and useful tools to design and develop a visual resume will be presented. Ideas, strategies, and promising practices for addressing some complex issues for job seekers with significant challenges will be shared. The presenter will also discuss the use of visual resumes to highlight to employers the students skills and market their contributions in situations when a student has little work experiences.
Description: Participants will learn that By 2030, Florida will be home to more than 9.7 million seniors over the age of 65. One in four households will include someone aged 65 or older. Demand for housing will shift dramatically and the need for services to help older adults and persons with disabilities to remain active and independent in their home and community will grow exponentially. Florida is also home to 3.5 million families with disabilities. Universal Design features allow the same quality of life enchantments for individuals aging as those with disabilities. Presenters will discuss the acceptance of Universal Design features as standardized home design elements and accessibility to community resources and amenities as avenues to independent living.
Description: During the webinar, the presenter will discuss 1) what's new for the 2014 federal income tax season, 2) filing options, and 3) federal income tax information for taxpayers with disabilities. Participants will receive current information, including answers to questions about various rules and forms. In addition, participants will receive guidance on resources and materials available on the IRS website.
Description:This webinar is designed to provide self-advocates, caregivers, professionals, and potential employers with an overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and its applicability in the workforce. The webinar will briefly define AAC, discuss AAC modalities, and provide examples of different AAC classifications (low/high tech). Access methods (direct selection, switch access, eye gaze, etc.) will be discussed. Communication and the use of AAC in the work place, including strategies for supporting AAC users, will be presented. The webinar will highlight profiles and feedback from several users of AAC in the workforce. Video demonstrations of AAC in use will be shown.
Description: This webinar focuses on supporting employment success of individuals with developmental disabilities through promoting healthy and active lifestyles. The presenter discuss health concerns for people with disabilities, the importance of increased physical activity, how to exercise good hygiene, and dressing for success. Parents and professionals are shown practical strategies to support successful employment outcomes.
Description: "Thinking outside of the box" is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This webinar will empower business owners, workers and communities to reevaluate their current system of operations to become innovative thinkers and doers in every aspect of business and life. The webinar will teach participants how to maximize their potential and minimize business failures. The webinar will provide financial resources and creative ideas for employers, employment consultants and communities to break free from dull routine to produce positive results.
Description: The webinar presentation will concentrate on supports and practical tips specific to job seekers with criminal history. The presenter will share examples of types of information to include on an application and in a resume and strategies for the job search. The webinar will also address what's hot and what's not for the job seeker's dress to impress. Participants will receive a booklet with resources and information on programs (such as federal bonding program), businesses that hire offenders, and employment agencies committed to support job seekers with criminal history.
Description:This webinar which shares Richard Chapman's journey through a system of limitations to Self -Discovery possibilities! Self-advocates, family members, service providers, transition specialist and educators will hear the importance of having high expectations for people with disabilities, setting goals, and collaboration. Richard will share his perspective and experience on how to achieve an array of expectations to enhance inclusive quality of life outcomes such as increase employment possibilities, develop meaningful relationships and networks, and identify post- secondary education possibilities which supports full participation in adult community life.
Description: "Students in their transition years at school supported in partnership with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation leave the school system through a seamless transition into adult life after high school with paid employment. Participants of this webinar will hear from Wakulla School District transition educator and local area DVR Transition Counselor share effective strategies, promising practices, and success stories of students supported by the Third Party Cooperative Arrangement and how students successfully transitioned into the adult workforce. Strategies include how the school district, Employment Specialist, and VR counselors work together to ensure the success of students who are active with DVR are prepared for adult life after high school to gain paid employment.
Description: Objective: To educate attendees on basic Health Insurance, Terms and information • What is Health Insurance? • Insurance in the life of an individual (Group Health Insurance, Individual and Medicare) • Health Insurance Lingo: Deductible, Co-payment, Co-insurance and MOOP (Maximum Out of Packet) • Difference between Medicare and Medicaid • ABC's of Medicare- Supplemental, Part D and Medicare Advantage of Replacements • Basic on Health Care reform • As of 2014 no more pre-existing conditions • How will health care reform affect Medicare replacements.
Description:Participants will receive current and accurate information relating to the 2012 Federal Income Tax season, resources and materials available on the IRS website, general federal income tax information, and receive answers to questions about various rules and forms. The presenter will also cover the following specific items: "What's new for the 2012 Federal Income Tax season" "Filing options" "Federal Income Tax information for taxpayers with disabilities"
Description: Disclosure: To Do or Not To Do is a webinar intended to provide information concerning the rights, laws, and some choices related to Disclosure. Materials and resources will be shared to help the participants to understand what disclosure is and why disclosure may be important. Participants will hear key terms and concepts related to Disclosure in the world of work. The presenter will provide strategies for job seekers and employees to consider before disclosing , how to disclose effectively, and the advantages/disadvantages of disclosing. During the webinar participants will also be provided information to help them to understand different example situations when job seeker or employee might disclose on the job.
Description: "To Work or Not to Work"… that is a question that is asked by many individuals with disabilities and their families. Having family members and other supportive adults involved in the career preparation and job search strengthens the motivation of individuals with complex disabilities to work. It is critical to encourage the involvement and realize the impact of family members on the positive customized employment outcomes for jobseekers with complex disabilities.
Description: Marketing Your Strengths for Your Job Search webinar focuses on utilizing community social capital. Participants will be given tips on job development to small business and independent companies for customized employment opportunities. Discussions will include tips to appeal to large corporations and strategies to develop profitable relationships with your Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development organizations, Business Leadership Networks and other business community forums. Best practices on how to capture the attention of hiring managers to market the array of possibilities for contributions to the workforce by the untapped and under-utilized human resource of job seekers with developmental disabilities.
Description: This webinar provides information to think about when considering if self- employment is right for you. Participants will be given best practice strategies to implement when developing a business plan, answers to why planning is necessary, key components to the plan, information to include in the plan, and given information on resources available in most communities to help perspective entrepreneurs with developing a business plan.
Description: This webinar will provide information about SSI/Medicaid and SSDI/Medicare benefits. The difference between the rules and their application when income is earned. Participants will be shown how to find information and other important resources on the SSA website. The presentation will also explore how to best utilize the various SSA work incentives available to beneficiaries. Participants will receive information to help better understand the Ticket to Work program and employment supports available to the beneficiary.
Description: The webinar will provide tools and tips to foster connections between agencies to enhance services available to job seekers and employees with disabilities. Viewers will receive information about the three types of community partnerships to include program partnerships, industry partnerships, and corporate partnerships. The presenter will also share effective strategies to develop a placement network with providers who have common goals and objectives to improve the service delivery system within a geographic region.
Description: Several million disabled persons receive monthly benefits from the Social Security Disability Programs. Many also utilize Medicare or Medicaid to aid them with their medical expenses. Often persons with disabilities worry that working or attempting to work may make them ineligible for these benefits forever. Social Security recognizing this fear has responded with developing the Ticket to Work Program. The presenters will introduce you to the Social Security Disability Programs, the Work Incentive Provisions and the Ticket to Work Program. Social Security Work Incentives are design to accommodate your needs and circumstances so you can go to work.
Description: Donna Whitfield, United Cerebral Palsy and Debra Noel, FCIC provide information about self-employment through the start-up and implementation phases of a small business and provide the background about why self-employment has emerged as a viable employment option for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Description: Nila Benito, FCIC community supports coordinator, provides specific examples and successful strategies that optimize transition outcomes for youth with autism. The Individualized Career Planning Model is an individualized process that includes the Discovery person-centered planning approach. Moderator: Debra Noel
Description: Michael Roush and Elizabeth Jennings from the National Disability Institute address many of the negative myths that surround the accumulation of assets by individuals with disabilities which are debunked and strategies for improving personal finances are shared. Moderator: Debra Noel.
Description: This webinar provides resources especially for Florida job seekers with disabilities, family members and providers who want to learn about the resources available to aid in the job search. Moderator: Debra Noel.
Other Employment Webinars
This five part webinar series, sponsored by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities and Southeast Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University provides information, tools, and tips to communicate, interact, and support individuals with autism to reach integrated, competitive employment goals. Presenters: Nila Benito and Brenda Clark
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.|