Disabled advocacy group The Able Trust announced Friday that it is awarding a $65,000 grant to the Best Buddies Jobs program in Central Florida.

“On behalf of The Able Trust, we are very excited to announce our support of this important program in the Central Florida community,” said Able Trust CEO Dr. Susanne Homant. “The Able Trust’s mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment, and one of the primary means of addressing that mission is to support programs and projects that do just that.”

BBJ helps secure competitive paying jobs for people with disabilities and continues the help after job placement with ongoing support and training.

The grant was announced at the 2018 Employer Recognition Reception & Awards Ceremony, an Orlando event that honors area businesses that proudly employ people with disabilities.

“We are thankful for this incredible opportunity and are honored to be the recipient of this generous support from The Able Trust,” said Cary Ombres, Florida director of jobs for Best Buddies. “BBJ takes all conditions into consideration when we match a participant with a potential employer. BBJ does not ‘assign’ people to jobs, rather we believe job development is tailored to identify employment opportunities on an individual basis in areas that allow them to excel the most.”

“With this support from The Able Trust, BBJ will continue to work to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities and a better chance for a life of as much independence and self-support as possible.”

The Able Trust said its grant would help BBJ put 10-12 individuals with disabilities into the workforce.

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