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Monday, October 1, 2012

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Florida's Cause for Celebration

- Honoring the people who make Disability Employment Awareness Month possible -

Tallahassee, Fla., October 1, 2012 - Today marks the beginning of a month that celebrates and recognizes Florida's efforts to help people with disabilities find work. Disability Employment Awareness Month launches with a Get Worked Up! theme to acknowledge and inspire 5.7 million Floridians with disabilities and the employers who hire them.

"Disability Employment Awareness Month highlights the value of hiring people with disabilities," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "It inspires us to learn more about what each person can add to the workplace. Celebrating differences and diversity makes Florida stronger."

The month-long observance focuses on hiring people with disabilities and acknowledging their contributions to an innovative, diverse workplace. Thousands of Floridians with disabilities found jobs last year thanks to the combined efforts of the Department of Education's Division of Blind Services and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation along with other state agencies.

On October 18, 2012, there will be a ceremony in Tallahassee to recognize area employers that hire people with disabilities. Other events will take place throughout the month.