Since 2015, Employment First Florida local collaborative sites have been on the cutting edge of creating solutions to help people with disabilities get the help they need to work. To further support local communities in Florida to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities, the Institute for Community Inclusion has developed the Employment Empowerment Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to support job seekers, families, teachers, case managers, employment staff, and other direct support staff to make employment the first option for all Floridians with disabilities.
This toolkit is a series of short actionable guides that people can use in their daily lives to support employment for people with disabilities. They can be used on an individual basis, in a team setting, or across an entire organization. The guides are grouped by the type of user: job seekers, families, teachers, case managers, employment staff, and Adult Day Training Staff. Guides for other stakeholders can be developed on request. Each guide describes:
• What Employment First Florida is
• Why employment is important for people with disabilities
• What the person reading the guide can do to support employment