Employment Data Systems: Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The state of Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has implemented a five-year employment initiative for people with ID/DD. One goal is to enable at least 50 percent of adults (ages 18 to 55) receiving APD-funded day services (including adult day training, supported employment, and non-residential supports and services), as of July 1, 2004, to achieve community employment by July 1, 2009. Florida is specifically targeting a total of 25 percent of the adult day training population to be employed by July 1, 2009. The employment initiative requires that each area office has a plan with target goals that is updated semi-annually. Florida's Supported Employment Tracking System (SETS) was developed to provide a comprehensive and accurate picture of the state's progress in reaching its employment goals.

Prior to 2004, the state had a data collection system in place but it was less automated and standardized. The new database that is now in place reflects a more defined commitment to accuracy and buy-in from all those involved with employment services.

 


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