We were excited last week by new BLS numbers that show an historic improvement in employment of persons with disabilities. We are encouraged to see employers hire from this hidden talent pool as they fill their staffing needs.
This improvement in employment reinforces how important it is for students with disabilities to be prepared for the workforce. The Able Trust has a long history of working with students through High School High Tech (HSHT), a program that gives high school students with disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to in-demand careers. While school may be out for the summer, preparing for the next step continues for HSHT students.
Nursing Summer Scholars Program
Through a partnership with the University of South Florida College of Nursing, HSHT students will be introduced to the role of a professional nurse and different career opportunities in the field. Ten students from around Florida will spend two days participating in hands-on experiences. Through engaging activities, students will also have the opportunity to form connections with other HSHT students with similar interests.
Nuts Bolts & Thingamajigs
In another program that took place earlier this summer, HSHT students had the opportunity to learn about Florida's manufacturing industry. HSHT students from The Haven Academy in Sarasota participated in a Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs camp where they toured companies including PPi Technologies and Tervis Tumbler. Through hands-on workshops, these students had the opportunity to learn about the career options available in the manufacturing industry.
We want to continue these summer programs to help students with disabilities understand a path to employment they might not be aware of. If you have an idea for a summer program that would introduce students with disabilities to your industry, please feel free to contact me at Allison@abletrust.org to discuss partnership opportunities.
President & CEO