We kicked off Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) recently at the Tampa Marriott Water Street recognizing five Tampa-area employers that have excelled in the area of disability-inclusive employment.
Amazon, Bloomin' Brands, the City of Tampa, Dick's Sporting Goods and Marriott were recognized for their leadership in employing persons with disabilities. We were also pleased to hear from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who delivered a proclamation of support on behalf of the City of Tampa.
Another highlight that truly exemplified DEAM was a panel discussion on disability employment issues, during which Dick’s Sporting Goods Westshore employee Mel McCray discussed his difficulty in getting a job as a person living with a disability. McCray worked with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to discuss his skills and career goals. He was then connected to The Grow Group, a Tampa employment services provider for individuals with disabilities and that connection ultimately led to his successful employment at Dick’s Sporting Goods Westshore.
I hope you'll all join me in taking time this month to recognize the contributions people with disabilities make to our workforce. We have an online DEAM Toolkit with sample social media posts and we hope you'll show your support and spread the word!
President & CEO