Whitney Harris Discusses New Internship Program for Floridians With Disabilities

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

June 27, 2016

 

The Florida Chamber Foundation, through a partnership with The Able Trust, recently launched an internship program for Floridians with disabilities. Through this internship program, business will be able to hire a person with a disability and at the end of the internship, the Florida Chamber Foundation will reimburse them the full cost of that intern.

Earlier this year, Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry D. Parrish provided an independent analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey to develop the first-of-its-kind Florida Scorecard research, Quantifying the Unemployment Rate for Workers with Disabilities in Florida. According to the report,   there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between 16 and 65.

“We found that there are more than 700,000 people with disabilities that aren’t even included in the workforce and that their unemployment rate was three times that of everybody else’s at 18.1 percent, said WHITNEY HARRIS. “People with disabilities are a large untapped workforce. In order to create a more diverse group of workers for our state, we need to tap into every component that Florida has to offer.”

Contact Whitney Harris at 850-521-1237 if you are interested in taking part in the Florida Chamber’s internship program.

 

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