Welcome to The Able Trust.
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. Since its establishment, The Able Trust has worked with community organizations throughout the state to help thousands of Floridians with disabilities of all ages enter the workforce. The Able Trust youth programs provide career development and transition to many students with disabilities annually, helping to reduce the dropout rate and prepare young adults for life beyond high school.
Grantees in the Lead: CIL Jacksonville - Webinar hosted by The Able Trust
On November 12th at 1pm CIL Jacksonville was featured in The Able Trust’s inaugural series of “Grantees in the Lead,” a webinar series which will introduce organizational partners that are working in every corner of Florida to create and support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. CIL Jacksonville shared about their "Careers 360" program in northeast Florida by highlighting their goals, community partnerships, program strategies, employer engagement and more. Listen to the recording to learn more about their specific strategies for employment success and lessons learned.
Tapping The Hidden Job Market, with Bill Santos; Webinar hosted by The Able Trust
Tapping The Hidden Job Market was hosted virtually by The Able Trust on October 20, 2020. During times of high employment, it is more important than ever for job developers to have the skills for tapping into the hidden job market and demonstrating value to employers. According to research, 80% of all the jobs available in the community are in the Hidden Market. If your job development activities are going to produce results, you must understand the employment markets. In the Hidden Job Market, it is up to the job developer to uncover the employer's desire for an exchange and reveal their needs. The job developer must initiate the contact because seldom will the employer come looking for you. In this webinar, we explore strategies for tapping into the Hidden Job Market and establishing value with employers which leads to a transactional exchange…i.e. hiring our consumers! The Able Trust hosts this conversation with Bill Santos, President/Partner of Employment Management Professionals Oakville, a consulting and training firm specializing in employment outcomes strategy and skill development for organizations/staff serving people with employment barriers. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below.
Communicating When It Matters Most, with Karen Moore, APR, CPRC; Webinar hosted by The Able Trust
Communicating When It Matters Most was hosted virtually by The Able Trust on October 8, 2020. Everything is changing except this...the importance of being heard in good times and in bad. Internationally recognized PR pro Karen Moore's thought leadership and her media and advocacy training sessions for Fortune 500 companies have made her a highly sought after public speaker and contributor to national publications on topics including advocacy, media relations, strategic planning, crisis communications, marketing and networking. As the Able Trust's immediate past chair, she has special insight and passion around the essential role YOU play and is ready to help us rise to the challenge ahead. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below.
A Townhall on Florida’s Accessible Transportation Future; Hosted by The Able Trust
A Townhall on Florida’s Accessible Transportation Future was hosted virtually by The Able Trust on September 2, 2020. Every 5 years, the Florida Department of Transportation updates its long-range plan to adjust for opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed for land, sea, air & even space travel. Representatives from the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) Planning Team were on the webinar and eager to hear from Floridians about what is needed to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families can live, work, learn, play, and raise a family in Florida. A majority of the townhall consisted of hearing from over 20 people across the state that had prepared comments regarding what is working well and what is not in the world of transportation and accessibility. Townhall attendees participated in the live chat and submitted questions. We have invited everyone to give input into the Florida Transportation Plan by emailing comments to Transportation@AbleTrust.org or by posting videos or comments to social media with the hashtag #AbleTrust. Comments submitted by September 30 will be forwarded directly to the FTP Steering Committee. To watch or listen to a replay of the virtual townhall click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE.
Webinar - Enabling & Empowering Your Remote Workforce; Talk Time with The Able Trust
Enabling & Empowering Your Remote Workforce; A Talk Time program of The Able Trust was held on August 13, 2020. Homebased work might have been forced on us earlier this year but businesses and employees alike are realizing the broad power and potential of remote settings. Tony Carvajal, President & CEO of The Able Trust, and Jeff Zbar, ChiefHomeOfficer.com, led the discussion and engaged the audience through the chat box. Topics such as physical set-up, accessibility and accommodations, management of remote employees, time management, well-being, and maintaining and enhancing company culture were addressed. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE.
Webinar - The New Landscape of Florida's Workforce - Trends & Data; A Business Webinar of The Able Trust
The New Landscape of Florida’s Workforce – Trends & Data; A Business Webinar of The Able Trust was on July 23, 2020. This webinar was led by Allison Chase, Vice President of The Able Trust, and featured Adrienne Johnston, Chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and Heather Deyrieux, President of HR Florida. Heather shared insights of Florida’s HR leaders, and how they continue to value and emphasize diversity and inclusion even during these most challenging times. Adrienne shared data regarding the ever evolving economy and labor market in Florida, and how those changes affect our work as we try to recover through the pandemic and more specifically as we are working to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce. Throughout the webinar Allison shared highlights of The Able Trust Disability & Inclusion Survey. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE. For a PDF of the presentation's slide deck CLICK HERE. To download the key takeaways frome the webinar CLICK HERE. For a summary of responses of The Able Trust Disability & Inclusion Survey CLICK HERE.
Webinar - Building Organizational Capacity to Accomplish Mission; Talk Time with The Able Trust
Building Organizational Capacity to Accomplish Mission; A Talk Time program of The Able Trust was a webinar on June 30, 2020 for online discussion on how to strategically build capacity with focus on key areas of funds, networking, equipment, needs assessment and human resources. This discussion was led by The Able Trust Senior Vice President, Guenevere Crum, and featured grantee spotlights on the Center for Independent Living in Jacksonville and the Key Clubhouse of South Florida in Miami to speak on their capacity expansion efforts. Speakers shared strategies to address hurdles created by COVID-19 and expansion efforts to meet anticipated needs/challenges ahead. Conversation was rounded out by Able Trust President & CEO, Tony Carvajal discussing needs assessment research and an open Q&A with the audience. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE. For a PDF of the presentation's slide deck CLICK HERE. Coming soon is a survey & share tool so keep your questions handy as you catch up on the replay.
Webinar - Jobs in Florida, Today & Tomorrow: Trends & Data -
Talk Time with The Able Trust
Jobs in Florida, Today & Tomorrow – Trends & Data; A Talk Time program of The Able Trust was a webinar on June 18, 2020 for individuals and organizations to learn more about the shifting employment trends now and a projection of what the future may hold. This discussion was led by The Able Trust President & CEO, Tony Carvajal who was joined by education leader Nicole Washington, of Washington Education Strategies. Both speakers shared data and trends to keep an eye on and recommend reports to connect with. Four audience speakers shared their perspective of the data impact and included speakers from Florida Vocational Rehabilitation, a national perspective from Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation and from the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE. For a PDF of the presentation's slide deck CLICK HERE. Coming soon is a survey & share tool so keep your questions handy as you catch up on the replay. For additional Talk Time Webinars, please visit our Talk Time page.
Webinar - The Future of Vocational Rehabilitation: A Discussion with VR Directors - Talk Time with The Able Trust
The Future of Vocational Rehabilitation: A Discussion with VR Directors; A Talk Time program of The Able Trust was a webinar on June 4, 2020 for individuals and organizations to hear from national executive leadership on changes reshaping the field. This discussion by state directors from Florida, Washington, Oregon, and California explored how responses to COVID-19 have levied both additional freedoms and pressures to providing vocational rehabilitation services. To watch or listen to a replay of the webinar click on the image below. For a written transcript of the webinar CLICK HERE. To download the highlights from The Future of Vocational Rehabilitation webinar CLICK HERE. After you view the replay we invite you to CLICK HERE for the companion survey and share your ideas, challenges and experiences with The Able Trust.