Fast Facts

How many Floridians with disabilities are working?

There are many different ways to answer this question. Check out our latest Fast Facts featuring data from the sources below!

#6 American Community Survey

One way is to look at data from the United States Government. It collects information through the United States Census. This survey is called the American Community Survey (ACS).

#7 Indicator 14: Post-School Outcomes

Indicator 14: Post-School Outcomes measures the percent of youth with disabilities who are no longer in high school, had Individualized Education Plans when they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or working in the community within one year of leaving high school.

#8 National Core Indicators Project

Data from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Project can help us understand what percentage of people are working and what percentage of people want to work.

#9 Rehabilitation Services Administration-911

Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation reports data every year to the Rehabilitation Services Administration, which is part of the US government.The report shares the outcomes of the services Florida VR gave to job seekers with disabilities.

#10 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Florida reports data on individuals who got behavioral health services that are funded through grants from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral health services are ways of helping people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

Why is employment important for people with disabilities?

People with disabilities are LESS likely to work and MORE likely to live in poverty when compared to people without disabilities. Poverty is incredibly limiting. It limits where you live, how you get places, what you do in your free time, and the number of people you know.

Employment not only helps to reduce poverty, it also gives us independence and control over our own lives. It presents us with the opportunity to learn new things, gain skills, and make friends with people we meet through our job.

Autism resources

Recently, a mom who follows along with our project sent some autism resources for us to share with you. Check them out. If you have any recommended resources, let us know!

Are you worried about losing benefit payments?

Two type of benefits that people with disabilities may receive are Supplemental Security Income (called SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (called SSDI). Both programs have rules that let you try working without worrying about losing your benefit payments. There are a lot of resources to help you figure out what benefits you may still need once you are working. It is important that you talk to someone that can get to know you and your individual situation. Below are important resources.

What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 [PDF]
Work Incentives – General Information
Disability Benefits 101

Presentation | FAAST: Helping people with disabilities access assistive technology

Eric Reed, FAAST

Assistive technology (AT) is any item or piece of equipment that helps increase function. Most people think about wheelchairs, hearing aids, and screen readers, but there is so much more!

In some cases, AT may not be covered by insurance or government-funded supports. So where do you get AT devices in Florida? Luckily, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology (FAAST) is there to help. They have initiatives and programs that connect job seekers with the resources they need to thrive at home and at work.

In April 2018, the deputy director of FAAST, Eric Reed, presented to the EFF Grassroots Group. He gave an overview of FAAST and shared details about programs and initiatives, including device demonstrations, trainings, and the New Horizons Loan Program.

Watch Mr. Reed’s presentation recording to learn more about FAAST’s programs and how they can help people with disabilities.

You can also visit the FAAST website or contact Mr. Reed at ereed@faastinc.org. Also, connect with FAAST on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources: Getting to Your Job

We put together a list of helpful materials that can help you develop a plan for transportation and learn more about how to get where you want to go. Use the links to get more information.

Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida is an organization that protects and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Check out their webpage on transportation.

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

This group helps make sure that everyone in Florida can get low-cost, high-quality transportation. Click here to go to their website.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

The FDDC wrote a paper about transportation that you can read here. If you need help understanding it, ask a friend, family member, or support staff.

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