Grassroots Group Materials and Meeting Recordings 2018


Topic Technology: Assistive, Adaptive, and Rehabilitative

Presenter: Eric Reed, Florida Alliance For Assistive Technology (FAAST)



Meeting Summary

Our April 24 event welcomed Eric Reed,  the deputy director of Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology (FAAST), to learn about initiatives and programs that connect job seekers with the resources they need to thrive at work.

In his presentation, he walked through several programs that FAAST runs in Florida that help connect job seekers with the AT resources they need to thrive at work. FAAST is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Topic: Business relations

Presenters: Kathy David and Aleks Bologna, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has changed the way it engages businesses. VR established a business relations project which provides customized services to local businesses to help them recognize the value persons with disabilities have and how to recruit and hire individuals. By providing businesses customized services, these partnerships allow VR participants to obtain competitive integrated employment. Vocational Rehabilitation’s business relations project has become a leading tool for helping employers meet the goal of hiring individuals with a disability into meaningful work. Join us January 23 to learn more about the project and how it functions.


Meeting summary


DVR presentation slides

Event transcript (closed captioning)

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