Ben Davis: The Fashion Consultant

With mentoring from a job coach on workplace soft skills, Ben Davis learned to succeed and grow in his job as a sales floor associate and dressing room attendant.

Englewood, FL – “The brunette ladies like to wear blue dresses, and the blonde ladies prefer red.” This observation comes from Rialto Goodwill’s fashion consultant-in-training, Ben Davis. Ben, who is a sales floor associate and the dressing room attendant for the store. Ben enjoys talking to the customers and helping them with their clothing choices. He is also eight percent deaf in both ears, is legally blind without his glasses, and has an organic brain injury that occurred when he was born prematurely.

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Fernando, guest operations host at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Fernando is thrilled with his new job as a guest operations host at the aquarium, but it was a difficult journey getting there. Fernando has vision problems due to a head injury, and he was having trouble finding a job because of it. He came to vocational rehabilitation (VR), a state agency that helps people with disabilities get or keep a job, to see if they could help.

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Let’s Get Everyone to Work: Shane, imaging technician

Shane has a career in data processing at a company in St. Petersburg. Watch his story to learn more about what he does and how he learned to do it.

“It feels good to have a job and a paycheck.” Shane Dahlin

Shane is one of 12 individuals with disabilities who share personal stories about employment and education as part of the FDDC’s “Let’s Get Everyone to Work: Resource Toolkit for Students and Families.” Learn more (and see more videos) at