November 2023

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Florida's Growing Sectors Offer Employment Opportunities

Our recently released study Industry Analysis and Pathways to Career Success for Persons with Disabilities identified fast-growing industries in Florida and their future workforce needs.

Those industries (see table below) showing the most rapid growth may experience acute talent constraints. Florida's pool of job seekers with disabilities is an underutilized source of talent and these growing industries would benefit by expanding their recruitment efforts.

Additional research shows that increasing labor force participation among persons with disabilities by 10 percentage points over the next ten years would add an estimated $111 billion to the Florida economy, and $1.08 billion to state tax revenues.

To see the complete table and download the report, visit

Pathways Report

Historic Highs Continue

According to the recent National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) update, people with disabilities extended their historic highs of workforce participation into the fall. 

nTIDE October 2023 Jobs Report: People with Disabilities Maintain Job Gains as Economy Cools

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Webinar Recordings Available

If you missed any of the webinar series The Able Trust held during Disability Employment Awareness Month, we have recordings online. To learn more about the following topics, click the button below.

  • Future of Work Florida Initiative and Workforce Preparation
  • Autism at Work: A Refresher
  • New Transition-Related Legislation: What You Need to Know
  • Workplace Culture & Employee Engagement
  • Together We Thrive: ERGs Bridging Gaps for People with Disabilities and Their Families
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Inclusive Employment Celebrated Statewide

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is an important time of the year and while our team works on expanding disability employment year-round, October provides a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions people with disabilities make to the workforce, and to spotlight employers who are taking a leadership role in being inclusive. To recap a few highlights:

- Following our Kickoff in Tampa, we held a second celebration at Monin, Inc. where participants heard about their inclusive employment efforts and High School High Tech students were given a tour of their facilities.

- Doug Hilliard, Chief Financial Officer of AdventHealth Central Florida Division – South Region, and Treasurer for The Able Trust Board of Directors wrote an impactful Op-Ed that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.

- Our team was excited to share information about disability employment in presentations to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

- We were also pleased to support the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation as they presented Exceptional Employers Awards. During the celebration, employers and their employees with disabilities shared their hiring stories and discussed the benefits of having a more inclusive working environment.

As we celebrated the many contributions Floridians with disabilities make to our workforce, we were excited to see the latest job numbers that show labor force participation rate for people with disabilities increased slightly from 40.3 percent in September 2023 to 40.4 percent in October 2023.

We want to continue this positive trend and we look forward to new opportunities to share the benefits of disability employment with your company. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] to start this important conversation. 

Allison Chase

President & CEO

What We're Reading

The Tallahassee Chamber Teaches Skills-based Hiring Amid a Worker Shortage

Since the pandemic, many companies have struggled to find qualified employees amid a worker shortage. As a result, some are tossing out old ideas about how to find candidates and pivoting toward skills-based hiring.

In some cases, that means letting go of the notion that a college degree should be required.

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is creating a workshop that will run over a 12-week period to help businesses think outside the box when crafting job requirements.

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The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public charity established by the Florida Legislature in 1990 as a direct support organization for the 

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing

Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

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