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About one in six children, ages 3 to 17, are diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to the CDC. Varying in signs and symptoms, developmental disabilities are a group of conditions that begin during the developmental stages of an individual’s life and may affect day-to-day functioning throughout their lifetime due to an impairment in the […]

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Strengthening Lifelong Skills: Edliz’s Story A high school student with tons of creativity, Edliz was referred to employU in October of 2021. Along with drawing landscapes and characters, she enjoys studying science, biology, and botany. Looking to increase her workforce experience before graduating high school, Edliz participated in two on-the-job trainings (OJTs). After completing her [...]
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Exploring Possibilities: Joshua’s Story So many of us go through a period of time when we aren’t quite sure which career path is right for us. Sometimes we have so many interests we want to pursue that it’s hard to narrow things down. Other times we aren’t quite sure exactly which field we may be [...]
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employU Assists Job Seekers and Businesses with Tampa Jobs Over the past year, the increase in demand for employees and skilled workers has become apparent. With labor shortages affecting businesses in every industry, finding the right fit for job seekers has become more important than ever. Businesses and employees both benefit from these vacant positions [...]
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What is Adaptive Clothing and Where to Buy It As we’ve seen throughout the years, there are many benefits to raising awareness around the disability community. This education and knowledge has allowed for communities to come together to create solutions that benefit and improve the quality of day-to-day living for many. An increase in the [...]
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Passion, Charm, and "Super-Abilities": Hunter's Story Hunter is an employU client with an amazing personality. He has experience advocating for people with disabilities as a volunteer at the ELS Center for Autism and Best Buddies. He also loves to show the world how Autism has given his “super-abilities” – a remarkable memory and attention to [...]
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Having a passion and turning that into a lifelong career is something many dream of doing. employU client, Michael, is taking steps to make this dream a reality. Michael was referred to employU in 2019, where he met his Job Coach, Jernice. At the time, Michael was working in a restaurant at Universal Studios as […]

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Braille Literacy As we honor Braille literacy month, we are taking time to explore the use and versatility of Braille as employU customer turned employU Advocate Representative, Darlene, shares a little bit of her experience with us in the passage below.  Darlene's Braille Writer Learning Braille in my mid-fifties was challenging and liberating. I found [...]
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Tyler is a high school student who recently moved from Alabama with his mom. Wanting Tyler to get involved in activities around their new home, she mentioned employU’s Transition Youth Program to Tyler. Eager to find his first job opportunity, Tyler thought this would be a great chance to explore his options. Like many teens […]

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Vocational Evaluation: The Roadmap to Your Vocational Success As we look forward to 2022 up ahead, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of fresh starts and new beginnings. When it comes to a new career path, Vocational Evaluations can be just the roadmap you need. As Jenn Anken, our Vocational Evaluation Program Director, explains [...]
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