Disability Employment Awareness Celebration for 2020 DEAC Virtual Awards, 30th Anniversary of ADA, 75th Anniversary of DEAM, 100th Anniversary of VR

Join us as we honor outstanding employers that are committed to hiring people with disabilities

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
10 a.m.

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About this Event

Join the Disability Employment Awareness Celebration (DEAC) with a virtual award presentation -- all showcasing employers that hires and supports individuals with a physical or mental disability in Florida.

What to Expect at the 2020 DEAC

This year marks not only the 100-year observance of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), but also the 75th anniversary of Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn how we help diversify Florida’s workforce. Connect personally with the finalists to hear how they have engaged their workplace that celebrates diversity and inclusion.


The event will take place Tuesday, October 27 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (EDT)

10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks from VR Director Allison Flanagan
Division of Blind Services Director Robert Lee Doyle, III
CEO Tony Carvajal, The Able Trust
Special Guests

10:30 a.m.

Award Ceremony and Testimonials

11:15 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Meet the Honorees

VR has partnered with the Able Trust and Division of Blind Services. Meet this year's honorees. View past winners.

VR Helps Businesses Find and Keep Talent

If you are looking to diversify your workforce, look no further than VR. VR will customize services to your business needs. We offer referral of qualified candidates and proven inclusion strategies, such as interactive disability awareness trainings, youth internships, and on-the-job training. All business services are no cost and will help you build your talent pipeline.
Find a Business Relations Representative near you.

About Vocational Rehabilitation

Since 1925, Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is the state agency that helps people with physical and mental disabilities prepare for, get, advance in or keep a job. Today, there are more than 2.5 million Floridians living with some form of physical or mental disability and many of them want to go to work. Through our collaboration with providers, stakeholders and businesses, 5,389 individuals successfully obtained or maintained employment this past state fiscal year.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of VR, the 75-year of DEAM and the 30-year anniversary of the ADA, click here to view a VR song, “Lead On VR,” in both a podcast and video

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Since 1945, President Harry S. Truman approved a Congressional resolution declaring the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” is removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.