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Two local businesses received an award Wednesday for employing people with disabilities.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state partnership program that helps people with disabilities find and keep jobs.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation / Florida Department of Education

The Florida office that helps people with disabilities find jobs dodged a de-funding bullet this past legislative session, but took a $10 million budget cut. Lawmakers are concerned the office isn't performing up to par, and now the State Board of Education is asking questions.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state partnership program that helps people with disabilities find and keep jobs.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation / Florida Department of Education

A bill that would require The Florida Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to undergo evaluations has been approved by the full Senate vote today, and is awaiting a final vote in the House. The job placement service for people with disabilities will need to shape up, or else.

APD Director Barbara Palmer (in gray) with supporters during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol
Sascha Cordner / WFSU News

Florida House and Senate Leaders have boasted about an ambitious agenda to improve the experiences of persons with disabilities. But some disability rights groups fear a proposal in the legislature filed by two powerful lawmakers, could privatize one of the important job placement programs that people with ‘unique abilities’ rely upon.

Perspectives: Vocational Rehabilitation

Sep 20, 2012

It’s tough these days for anyone to find work. But people with disabilities have even more of a challenge. The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the state’s Department of Education is dedicated to helping make preparing for and finding a job less challenging. We speak with Vocational Rehab Counselor Jennifer Wester, Vocational Rehab Client Robin Collins, Shirley Beuford, who is now Robin’s boss at the Florida Department of Management Services, and Vocational Rehab Communications Director Rachel Smith.