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October 2, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Top Employers to be Honored at the Disability
Employment Awareness Celebration

TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, October 9, in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), The Able Trust and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities will recognize businesses that are committed to hiring people with disabilities. The Disability Employment Awareness Celebration will be held in the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers, 300 S. Adams St., from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The Disability Employment Awareness Celebration is free and open to the public. The morning will begin with an Information Fair on the second floor mezzanine with various businesses and disability providers explaining the different kinds of services they provide.

Lance Block, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, will welcome attendees. Vocational Rehabilitation will honor its top statewide employers, Publix, Wal-Mart, and Goodwill Industries, as well as its top Big Bend area employers, Leon County Schools, Florida State University, and Quincy Farms. Wal-Mart and Publix are top employers in both the Big Bend area and state. The Able Trust will honor its annual “Ability Award” recipients, outstanding individuals and organizations who have made contributions toward the employment of Florida citizens with disabilities. Additionally, Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities will honor seven “Exceptional Employers” from around the state committed to hiring people with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation is a statewide program that assists people with disabilities through training, medical treatment, accommodations, and other services so they may become or remain employed. VR helped more than 11,089 Floridians find or keep their jobs last year. VR has 116 offices across Florida. For more information about VR and its services, call 1-866-515-3692 or visit