Inclusive Florida is comprised of a three-pronged approach:
- Research and data;
- Outreach; and
- Capacity building.
Research and data are going to lead our work. We believe that decision-making and system change must be grounded in data and research. We will conduct an extensive analysis of state, regional and local economic data that define the existing conditions of disability workforce inclusion in Florida. We are also engaging our partners and stakeholders throughout the state to learn from their experiences, challenges, and success. Through understanding of what works and what doesn’t, we can begin to identify best practices that can be shared statewide.
Capacity building is our focus on taking what The Able Trust learns from research and our discussions with partners and stakeholders, and aligning local and state disability employment assets, building bridges and connections, and integrating best practices for disability inclusion across the state. Capacity building is how we will make true impact in closing the disability employment gap.
Outreach is consistently needed to ensure that Florida is aware of the large, underutilized talent pool that people with disabilities comprise. Disability Employment Awareness is celebrated for a month, but that is what The Able Trust does year-round. We know that you are also talking about employing people with disabilities in your local community; our hope is that between your efforts and ours, businesses by and large will begin to have a cultural shift towards inclusion.