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JUNE 2022

As I have discussed in recent issues, The Able Trust is expanding its role in leading disability employment in Florida. With the launch of Inclusive Florida, we are broadening our focus to increase our research efforts and conduct statewide outreach. We will use this information for capacity building of Florida's disability employment systems.

In our continued efforts to lead with data, I am excited to announce the release of Solving Florida’s Labor Shortage: The Hidden Solution, our latest research providing updated data about employment of persons with disabilities.

We are releasing this report to ensure employers, disability employment counselors, legislators and Floridians with disabilities understand how Florida is progressing in becoming more inclusive.

According to the report:

 -  Florida has nearly 500,000 unfilled jobs,

 -  While more job seekers with disabilities are in the workforce than in past years -- a 20.3 percent increase from 2016 to 2020 -- a workforce participation gap of more than 40 percentage points still persists. 

 -  Florida has more than 700,000 persons with a disability between age 20-64 who are not in the workforce.

It is projected that Florida will need more than 400,000 new jobs annually between now and 2030. There is no better time to leverage Florida’s talented yet underutilized pool of workers with disabilities to strengthen our workforce and ensure Florida’s economy continues to grow.

We need to hear from you:

Another crucial component of Inclusive Florida is outreach. We need to hear from you and we ask for 3-5 minutes of your time to share your experience about people with disabilities in your organization. Your feedback in this short survey will be important as we plan for ways to make Florida the best place for individuals with disabilities to prosper through meaningful employment. All responses will remain anonymous and all respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.

To help in our efforts to make Florida a leader in disability employment:

My last request is for your feedback on our research efforts. If there is data or other research you would like to see in the future, please let me know by contacting me at

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Allison Chase

President & CEO

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