The Grassroots Group

The Employment First Grassroots Group is a way for people to share their ideas and experiences about employment. Anyone who wants to share their experiences, make recommendations about how to improve employment, and learn new ideas about employment can join. 

Upcoming Events

All meetings will be held 3-4pm ET. Contact Sheila Johnson for more information on upcoming events.

Register now for April 18! 
Handouts

Join us April 18 to learn about an innovative partnership between the Nassau County public school and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to support employment opportunities in a rural community. As the first school system in Florida to become a Vocational Rehabilitation vendor, Nassau County School District shares valuable information on vendor qualifications, contacts, and navigating the VR system to provide career development services for transitioning youth. 

Save-the-Dates
July 18, 2017
October 17, 2017 

Past Events

Click here to see past meeting topics from 2016-2017

Click here to see past meeting topics from 2015

Click here to see past meeting topics from 2014

What is a grassroots group?

A grassroots group is made of people at the local level who get together to identify, plan, and accomplish goals that help address community needs. The Employment First Florida Grassroots Group is made up of people with disabilities and people who support them to improve employment opportunities. The Employment First Grassroots Group is a way for people to share their ideas and experiences about employment. Anyone who wants to share their experiences, make recommendations about how to improve employment, and learn new ideas about employment can join.

Who runs the Employment First Florida Grassroots Group?

Staff from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the Institute for Community Inclusion facilitate the activities.

Who can join the Employment First Florida Grassroots Group?

Anyone who wants to see people with disabilities find jobs! Current members include people with disabilities, self-advocates, teachers, family members, case managers, transition specialists, community rehabilitation providers, and government agency and organization staff members.

What happens during the meetings?

Group members learn from presenters and share their experiences and concerns. Each meeting has a special topic and guest speakers.Topics have included state employment policies, internships and jobs for youth,transportation, and working with employers to help them hire more people with disabilities.

When and where are the meetings?

All meetings are held online and by phone. If you want to participate, call Sheila Johnson at 617-287-4367, or email her at sheila.johnson@umb.edu. You can also join the mailing list to receive updates.

You can learn more about the group by emailing Jean Winsor .