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Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is coming to a close and it's provided a great opportunity to highlight the contributions of Floridians with disabilities. For The Able Trust and our partners across Florida, it's also a great point from which to launch our efforts for the coming year.

I know many of you held special events and highlighted the importance of DEAM throughout the month. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to expanding employment opportunities for Floridians with disabilities.

This year, we tried something new and my thanks go to our #cupofambition partners. Our custom DEAM coffee sleeves were used in coffee shops, hotels, businesses and at conferences throughout Florida and we appreciate the #cupofambition campaign supporters who helped us spread the word through social media.

Like many of you, we look forward to leveraging the opportunities that DEAM provides to expand new relationships and learn from experiences with our current partners. The Able Trust will continue to focus on working with our partners to develop connections, find ways to collaborate and provide important resources.

I look forward to continuing to work with you and I hope you will contact me at if you have questions or ideas for opportunities to work together.

Joey D'Souza

Vice President, External Engagement

#CupofAmbition Partners

Black Bean Deli – Winter Park

Busy Bee


Hope Healthcare


MacDonald Training Center


Pitney Bowes

Pups and Cups

RedEye Coffee

Rise and Nye’s

Saddlebrook Resort


Thank you to everyone who participated in our #cupofambition campaign! We had a great response to this effort to spread the word on the importance of disability employment and we appreciate your support.


The Webinar Wednesday series was a great way to focus on the opportunities and challenges we face in expanding disability employment. The 4-part series provided an opportunity to hear from business leaders, career development professionals and educators, and participants came away with vital information including:

  • Important considerations for employers when establishing a relationship with a career development partner.
  • A better understanding of the challenges students with disabilities face in planning for the workforce, and resources to make this process easier.
  • Strategies to use in developing relationships with employers who are interested in hiring job seekers with disabilities.
  • Important steps and considerations for businesses who are interesting in growing an inclusive culture.

Thank you to everyone who attended these webinars! If you were unable to attend but would like to watch the webinar recordings, click here.


The Able Trust was pleased by the response to our requests for cities to issue Proclamations recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. If your organization was also involved in a similar effort in your area, please let us know so we can update our list of participating cities and counties.


This week, we are holding a special DEAM celebration in Jacksonville combined with a training opportunity. We are working with Jacksonville career service providers who are engaged in their community and have strong business relationships.

We are looking for other areas in Florida where we can work with existing networks of providers and businesses. If you have this type of community engagement in your area, please let us know. Contact Joey D'Souza at

Your support ensures Floridians with disabilities have opportunities to gain meaningful employment.


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