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2021 Disability Employment Awareness Month Toolkit

Updated: Oct 1, 2021


Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is part of a national initiative highlighting career paths and industries for students and job seekers with disabilities. The Able Trust provides tools and resources to help support businesses in their efforts to employ persons with disabilities.


This DEAM toolkit provides several options your organization can use to learn more about this under-employed talent pool and become more engaged. Thank you for helping promote and support Disability Employment Awareness Month and if you need additional information, please reach out to The Able Trust at info@abletrust.org.


LEARN MORE

  • Sign up for The Able Trust communications so you don’t miss any important resources or best practices that illustrate how businesses around Florida are seeing success in hiring talent from an important workforce pool. CLICK HERE

  • Follow @AbleTrust to learn how businesses throughout Florida are working to close Florida’s talent gap by engaging with the under employed population of persons with disabilities.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  • Write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper showing your support for hiring persons with disabilities.

CLICK HERE for a sample letter you can customize.

  • Use your social media platforms to talk about disability inclusion. CLICK HERE for inclusion tips you can share to help raise awareness.

Use #DisabilityInclusion or #Inclusionworks hashtags and be sure to tag @abletrust.


TAKE THE FIRST STEP

  • Review your hiring practices and job descriptions to be sure workers with disabilities are able to envision themselves in positions with your company. Are your recruiting materials inclusive? If not, CLICK HERE for helpful information on how to update your hiring process.

  • Talk to your staff about disability employment and make sure employees with disabilities lead the dialogue. CLICK HERE to read how Monin, Inc. and other business leaders have found the perfect employee for their team.

BECOME A LEADER

  • Disability Mentoring Day is Oct. 21. Participate in this nationwide effort to promote professional development for students with disabilities. CLICK HERE for information on the benefits of mentoring and internships or visit The Able Trust Employer Toolkit for tips on how to incorporate these crucial programs into your business.

  • Identify and develop a relationship with a referral agency that specializes in people with disabilities. CLICK HERE for a list of Florida resources, including your local Division for Vocational Rehabilitation office. These organizations are in touch with people with disabilities and can refer qualified candidates to you.

SHARE YOUR STORY

  • Share your story of inclusion and experience hiring persons with disabilities with us so we can include your story in our growing catalog of best practices. CLICK HERE

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