Helping students with disabilities

explore and prepare for career success.

May 2024

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VR's ArtCIE Website is Live!

The Florida Department of Education's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation recently launched the website for their ArtCIE initiative. ArtCIE works to identify job opportunities for Floridians with disabilities, with a primary focus on careers in the arts, entertainment and recreation fields.

If you represent a business in one of ArtCIE's fields of focus, or if you are or know an individual with a disability looking job opportunities in this field, please click the Learn More button to visit the ArtCIE website.

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CareerSource Florida Corner

Register Today for our May 30 Webinar!

The Able Trust and CareerSource Florida will come together Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. to host Improving Employment Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities, a webinar examining workforce opportunities in Florida for people with disabilities.

Allison Chase, President and CEO of The Able Trust, and Adrienne Johnston, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida, will lead the discussion.

If you have a question for our presenters, please click here to submit it prior to the webinar. For additional speaker information and to register, please click the Register Now button to the right.

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Partner Perspectives

Michelle Dennard, U.S. Federal Reserve

In this month's Partner Perspectives, Michelle Dennard, vice president and regional executive of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, discusses the role of the Federal Reserve in the education system and offers advice for students considering their postsecondary education options.

Read this month's Partner Perspective to learn about opportunities available to students looking to prepare for success after high school. Click here or click the Learn More button.

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High School High Tech Events

Pinellas Students Make a Splash in Tampa Bay

This month, Florida High School High Tech students from Pinellas County took part in a hands-on career exploration activity through Tampa Bay Watch. The students learned about a wide range of conservation efforts and related career pathways through activities involving water-testing, marine wildlife and more. Kudos to ServiceSource for organizing this exciting event for the students!

See more photos from the event and discover what else HSHT students have been up to lately on our HSHT Highlights page!

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Census Data Update: Education Attainment on the Rise

The Able Trust recently released the 2024 Annual Census Update report, which provides an overview of education, employment and earnings data for Floridians with disabilities. This most recent data indicates an increase in the percentage of individuals with a disability who have completed some college coursework and/or a bachelor's degree or higher.

The report also highlights changes in the population of Floridians with disabilities, employment growth, differences in labor force participation and more. To download a copy of the report, visit www.abletrust.org/research.

We Want to Feature Your HSHT Grads!

Do you have a graduating High School High Tech senior you want to highlight? Send a short description of their post-graduation plans and a high-resolution photo of your choice to Coleen Agner, High School High Tech state coordinator, at coleen@abletrust.org. We'd love to celebrate them in our next issue!

A Brighter Future for Students with Disabilities

Interested in Strengthening

High School High Tech?

- Would you host a tour of your business or industry for your local High School High Tech students?

- Interested in speaking to HSHT students about college or training programs?

Let us connect you to your local HSHT program coordinator so you can make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities.

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Invest in Florida's Future Workforce

Investing in preparing students with disabilities for post-secondary success helps nurture a stronger talent pipeline for Florida at large.

As our state’s workforce continues to evolve, it is imperative that we focus on opportunities to provide students with disabilities with the tools to adapt, grow, and advance in their chosen fields.

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The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public charity established by the Florida Legislature in 1990 as a direct support organization for the 

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing

Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.