Ability Awards

Able Trust Ability Awards


The Able Trust's annual Ability Awards recognize individuals, non-profit agencies, employers and other organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward providing employment opportunities for Floridians with disabilities. There are five categories of the Able Trust Ability Awards open for nominations each year. Each award has its own criteria and application form. These can be found in the Nomination Packet. Before you write your nomination, please make sure you read the nomination guidelines description for each award.



Beverly Chapman Award for Outstanding Employment Placement Program

Beverly Chapman was named the 1989 Disabled American of the Year and the Floridian of the Year and is remembered for her advocacy for employment and independence for persons with disabilities. The Beverly Chapman Award provides recognition and high visibility for outstanding job placement programs for persons with disabilities in Florida. This award is presented to a Florida nonprofit disability organization.


Dr. George L. Spelios Leadership Award 

Dr. George Spelios was a founding director and past Chair of The Able Trust who touched the lives of many through his passion and commitment to serve people with disabilities. As a tribute to his years of dedication and service, this award recognizes the outstanding leadership and advocacy efforts of an executive director or president of a Florida nonprofit disability organization.


Media Representative Award

Media plays a vital role in the public’s perception of individuals, products and services, especially for the disability community. This award honors an individual member of the media or a media organization for excellence in presenting and/or reporting about people with disabilities.


Employer of the Year Award

Because employers offer valuable resources to Florida’s citizens with disabilities, this award recognizes businesses of all sizes that have an exceptional record of disability friendly practices, including hiring persons with disabilities, making reasonable accommodations and demonstrating efforts beyond simple compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act  as amended.


Adult Leadership Award

This award will be presented to an adult over age 21 with a disability. This individual exhibits community and nonprofit leadership, is employed full time or part time and serves in a volunteer leadership position with a local organization. (e.g. nonprofit board member, community committee member, commission council, etc.)



The Able Trust will reimburse reasonable transportation costs (up to $200 per honoree) to the awards ceremony and one night’s lodging for the honoree. Honorees and their guests will join The Able Trust Board of Directors, staff and other dignitaries at the Brunch starting at 9 a.m.