Florida kicked off its observance of the month Thursday at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
Tampa restaurateur Richard Gonzmart, who was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, said that everyone has some type of ability. Businesses lose out when they dismiss people with disabilities, he said.
"I have a young man named Brock, who's now been with us for 18 years and he suffers from Autism," Gonzmart said. "But I would take 1,200 Brocks, because [of] his passion, his demeanor."
According to a recent study from the Florida Chamber Foundation, about 30 percent of Floridians with disabilities are employed.
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